Donegal’s Paddy McBrearty: “This year it’s been easier to go about our business, playing in Division Two. As All-Ireland champions there is a massive expectation of you.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

They were in sunny Portugal the week before Easter, topping off their championship preparations. They already topped Division (...)

In-form Paul Conroy will start at full forward for Galway against Laois. Photo:  James Crombie/Inpho  In-form Paul Conroy will start at full forward for Galway against Laois. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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For those who thought the light had gone out on the Kilkenny hurlers and coach Brian Cody, the message is clear: he is as switched on as ever and eager for the fray, starting with tomorrow’s NHL opener against All-Ireland champions Clare. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Brian Cody begins his 16th season as Kilkenny manager tomorrow when his team face All-Ireland champions Clare in Cusack Park. He is the longest(...)

 Donegal manager Jim McGuinness chats to the players before the throw-in of their Division Two clash against Laois at  O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Photograph: Inpho

It all felt disarmingly fresh and new for Donegal in O’Moore Park on Sunday. Even their old was new, what with Christy Toye (league debut 2002) making(...)

 Armagh’s Jamie Clarke fends off  Donegal’s Neil McGee during the Dr McKenna Cup clash at the Athletic Grounds. Photo:  Jonathan Porter/Presseye/Inpho

Donegal 1-10 Armagh 0-11A strong last quarter helped Donegal come from five points down to record their first win of the season at the Athletic Ground(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy kicks a point as Tyrone’s Conan Grugan closes in at Letterkenny. Photo: Donna McBride/Inpho

Donegal 1-7 Tyrone 0-13Mickey Harte won the big battle in the Dr McKenna Cup as Tyrone had three points to spare over Jim McGuinness’s Donegal in Lett(...)

Glenswilly’s Ciaran Bonner and Caolan McFadden celebrate a goal against Killybegs. Photograph: Kieran Murray/Inpho

In June of 2012, London hosted Leitrim in the All-Ireland football championship and among those listed on the programme for the exiles that day was Ci(...)

Loughmore-Castleiney’s Ciaran McGrath and James O’Brien of Na Piarsaigh with referee Cathal McAllister at the coin toss for the Munster club hurling championship clash on Sunday last. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpp

As Irish summers go, the one just past beats most. It had a mid-1990s feel to it. The glorious weather, the scalded brows, the succession of champions(...)

Killybegs’ Christopher Murrin and Michael Murphy of Glenswilly in action during the  Donegal SFC final. Photograph: Kieran Murray/Inpho

Glenswilly 3-19 Killybegs 2-6: There was no dilemma. Less than 24 hours after captaining his country in the International Rules series on Saturday ni(...)

It’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: Kieran McGeeney is leaving Kildare and returning to his native county Armagh. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So it’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: on the same night Jason Ryan went before the Kildare county board to be ratified as thei(...)

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