Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly scores his side’s  fourth goal against Kildare in the Leinster semi-final at Croke Park last Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It’s hard to condemn the team you soldiered with for 16 years, although these are troubled times for Kildare football, and Dermot Earley in no way den(...)

Ireland’s Darren O’Neill, who fights in the  Men’s Heavy 91kg class. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So, and in no particular order, that’s Darren O’Neill, Brendan Irvine, Dean Gardiner, Ceire Smith, Dean Walsh, Adam Nolan, Sean McComb, Michael O’Rei(...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine in action during his victory over Bulgarian Tinko Banabakov in the light flyweight last 16 clash in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Such is the lavish efficiency with which these European Games are being run that even Billy Walsh was lured into a false sense of security. Not that (...)

Ireland’s Under 20s were beaten 25-3 by New Zealand ending their hopes of World Cup glory. Photograph: Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • June 11, 2015, 08:34

World Cup dream over Dreams of World Cup glory are over for Ireland’s Under 20s after they were beaten 25-3 by a very impressive New Zealand side in V(...)

Liam Rushe can’t keep fighting fires for Dublin all over the park. Photo: Cathal Noone/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin: Dublin’s hurlers look in disarray Worse almost than the fact that the replay against Galway was gone from their grasp inside the ope(...)

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash says GAA players need drug education. Photograph: Inpho

Anthony Nash compares it to that moment when you walk through airport security, knowing full well you’ve nothing to hide, yet still can’t help but wo(...)

Conor O’Sullivan has opted out of the Cork senior hurling panel. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Confirmation that Conor O’Sullivan has opted out of the Cork hurling panel has taken parts of the county by surprise given everything else appears (...)

Rory McIlroy walks alongside his caddie Niall Horan of the band One Direction during the Par 3 contest prior to the start of the  Masters  at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • April 9, 2015, 08:00

Golf: It’s Masters time It’s the second weekend in April and for golf fans and sports fans in general that means the Masters. And this year(...)

Dublin’s Conor McHugh: man-of-the-match in last year’s under-21 football championship final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

With new title sponsors EirGrid on board another All-Ireland under-21 football championship gets underway on Wednesday, beginning with three openin(...)

 Conor McHugh of DCU: his side will take on   UCD in the first of Friday’s Sigerson Cup semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

According to some experts Conor McHugh is entering the perfect storm – Sigerson Cup finals, promptly followed by the under-21 championship, with Allia(...)