Jerry Flannery is enjoying being back at Munster. ‘I’m only in the door and I’m lucky that I trust the guys around me so much because I know them so well,’ he says. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jerry Flannery loved being a player. Best job in the world. At 36 he could still be doing it but for the calf injuries that eventually forced him to r(...)

Mayo’s Aidan Walsh rises to a ball during the All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Croke Park. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

“Last year they mastered many new skills and brought football to a different level on many fronts… particularly in the area around physicality. They r(...)

 Mayo manager James Horan (left) and Gavin Duffy (centre) along with Mayo players at Dr Hyde Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We were delighted to welcome David Gillick in to us on the Irish Times Second Captains Podcast on Monday, to talk about his decision to retire from in(...)

Aidan O’Shea: starts at midfield with his brother Séamus for Mayo against Roscommon. Photograph: Inpho

Gavin Duffy has not been named in the Mayo football panel by manager James Horan for Sunday’s Connacht football semi-final against Roscommon at Dr (...)

Mayo’s Alan Dillon: “There’s a good vibe in the camp and it’s been like that since we started back in January.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Alan Dillon sits down for an interview and stands up from a psychology lesson. There is no way of talking with any Mayo footballer these days without (...)

Gavin Duffy in action for Connacht. “He’s a powerful guy and a powerful runner. If you look at Gaelic football now, power and athleticism are big parts of the game” says James Horan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

When Gavin Duffy made the leap from the cradle of Mayo football to the bold world of professional rugby, people resigned themselves to wondering wh(...)

Connacht’s Gavin Duffy in action against Munster’s Doug Howlett. Duffy is training with the Mayo senior football squad. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland rugby international Gavin Duffy trained with the Mayo senior football panel on Tuesday night and is set to make a dramatic return to Gaelic fo(...)

 The signing of Mils Muliaina from the Waikato Chiefs is a clear statement of intent, not only by Connacht  themselves, but by the IRFU. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Ever since the IRFU proposed shutting them down as a professional entity 11 years ago, Connacht have been a tad paranoid about the governing body’s in(...)

 Eoin Griffin celebrates with Connacht’s first try scorer Matt Healy during the RaboDirect Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground in Galway.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 15 Cardiff 22: Cardiff won in Ireland for the first time in 16 months as they came from behind to beat Connacht 22-15 at the Sportsground.The(...)

Connacht’s Michael Swift: was named as one of coach Pat Lam’s captains for the season. Photograph: Inpho

The Pro12’s most capped player, Michael Swift, is set to go on and on after signing a new one-year contract to remain with Connacht for a 15th (...)