“You can measure everything, but how important is the piece of information is the important thing. You could end up with paralysis by analysis. It can go wrong if you’re spending too much time trawling over data with little effect” – Cork manager Brian Cuthbert. Photograph:  Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

Pep Guardiola, who is widely lauded as the most original thinker in soccer coaching at the top level, says his favourite part of the job is when he’s (...)

 Former Dublin captain Sean Doherty who was inducted into the All-Ireland Kick Fada Hall of Fame. Doherty captained Dublin to success in 1974 and added further winner’s medals in 1976 and ’77. Photo: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile .

In the 40 years since Sean Doherty captained Dublin to the All-Ireland title the style and execution of Gaelic football has changed beyond recognitio(...)

A section of the crowd at Cork versus Kerry in the 1976 Munster football final.

It could only have been conceived in Cork and in the decades since it has come to embody all of the charms and peculiarities of that county. The ov(...)

Dublin players celebrate their National Football League Division One final victory over Derry at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho.

Forty years ago Kevin Heffernan’s Dublin team began the process of opening up the capital city – and more specifically its previously uninteres(...)

Jacqueline O’Brien with  Vincent O’Brien and the then president Mrs Mary Robinson. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some things really get on my goat, one of them being arguments about the Goat, or greatest of all time. These disputes invariably descen(...)

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn (centre), conferring the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin on Fr Peter McVerry (left) and Brian O’Driscoll, at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin last night. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:42

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll and social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry were awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin last night. (...)

Brian O’Driscoll: joins list including John F Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, the four members of U2, Kevin Heffernan, Aung San Suu Kyi. Louis Le Brocquy and Thomas Kinsella. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll and social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry are to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin. Lord Mayor Oisín Qui(...)

St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly celebrates scoring a goal against Ballyboden St Enda’s in the semi-final. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is a sentimental view that it is fitting St Vincent’s have made it to the Dublin senior final to distinguish the year in which Kevin Heffernan p(...)

Bernard Brogan, whose two goals with his mitts did most to win the day for Dublin, parades the  Sam Maguire Cup in front of  Hill 16 watched by Ger Brennan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The pilgrimage began in mid-afternoon on a September day of veiled heat. It was a route Vinny Fitzpatrick knew like the back of his hairy hand, along (...)

Having been supportive of referees, Jim Gavin might come to regret  – however privately – his  criticism of referee Joe McQuillan for the amount of frees conceded by Dublin in Sunday’s Al-Ireland football final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was an ending of a different sort. For everyone who had been hoping Sunday’s All-Ireland final would crown a fine championship in fitting style the(...)