The work of predicting elections is ‘as ridiculous as expecting Galway to win the Liam McCarthy every year even though it’s nearly 30 years since they last did it’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of the skills required of a political journalist is knowing when and how to make predictions. Such tasks including calling the date of an electio(...)

Thanks to Katie Taylor, things are looking up for Ireland at the Olympics.   Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

“It’s like déjà vu all over again” is a quote attributed to the famous American baseball player and coach Yogi Berra and, for everyone looking back wi(...)

Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan wins the ball ahead of Padraig Mannion of Galway to score his sides second goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We are in the midst of the greatest Canning era yet 2015 has not been the summer of Joe. There have been memorable moments, sure, like the wonderful, (...)

Galway’s Cathal Mannion has enjoyed an impressive championship campaign to date, scoring a total of 3-15 from play.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Can Galway rely on 10 minutes of excellence to beat Tipperary or Kilkenny? No. The Tribesmen have shown in flashes of dexterous free-scoring&nb(...)

Cork hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy shows his frustration during the quarter-final defeat by Galway.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The woes of the Cork senior teams have been the subject of much criticism and debate since last weekend. The performance, or underperformance, shou(...)

Limerick’s manager TJ Ryan celebrates with selector Paul Beary after last year’s Munster semi-final win over Tipperary at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

In this viral news cyberworld instant news is available to all who have smartphones or any other multimedia devices. We can now get/send our message f(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Power prepares to fire home Kilkenny’s first goal against Tipperary at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fifty-eight minutes in and the game is still there for either county and Pádraig Maher has just been bustled over the sideline for a Kilkenny line bal(...)

Henry Shefflin celebrates one of his two goals in the 2000 All-Ireland final victory over Offaly, the first of nine Celtic Crosses for the great Ballyhale club man. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

It could be the last time. As so often with All-Ireland hurling finals and Henry Shefflin, speculation cloaks the unflappable Ballyhale man. He has ac(...)

Limerick will require top-notch displays from the likes of Paul Browne, here scoring a goal against Wexford, if they are to prevail on Sunday. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Last week I wrote about interpreting the pre-match signs in an effort to determine your team’s state of readiness for battle.This time last year Limer(...)

 Clare’s Colm Galvin battles with Cork’s  Daniel Kearney during the Munster semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Guiney spoke this week about Wexford’s sheer delight at drawing Clare for this one, even if that also meant having to travel to Ennis. If there i(...)