Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin: “Obviously Brian is drilling it into the lads to use the ball intelligently. It’s not anything scientific but that’s what we should always be doing.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Of the countless records piled up against Henry Shefflin’s name, his number of All-Ireland semi-final appearances is arguably at once the most remarka(...)

 Stephen Hiney of Dublin, right, gets to grips with James Woodlock of Tipperary during yesterday’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When you win, you can talk. You don’t have to throw an elbow but you can stand up with your back straight and your chest out and let it be known you a(...)

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy greets  Limerick boss   TJ Ryan after the game. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In the fuss we made over Clare’s All-Ireland, the team on the receiving end got forgotten. A group of players that had to go home and lick their woun(...)

Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciaran Murphy, Simon Hick and Mark Horgan will continue to produce outstanding online radio content for The Irish Times.

The Irish Times today announced the signing of an extended contract with the Second Captains team who provide The Irish Times Second Captains Podcast;(...)

Kilkenny’s Water Walsh: will pose a big threat to Galway’s ambitions in the Leinster senior hurling semi-final at Tullamore. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

From the beginning of his still young hurling life, Walter Walsh has been the square peg around whom managers have decided to reshape round holes. Vi(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte shows his frustration during the Ulster quarter-final defeat to Monaghan at Clones. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mickey Harte has never not spoken to the media after a game before, not as far as any of us could remember anyway. Yet he left the duties to Tony Donn(...)

Dublin boss Anthony Daly: Last year Dublin  went from averaging 0-4 from play out of their starting forwards to averaging 1-11. Now Daly needs them to pick up where they left off. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the aftermath of Dublin’s draw in Wexford Park last June, certain truths were self-evident. One, that Dublin would go nowhere unless they started (...)

Dessie Mone: “There’s a group of us there who have been around a long time and we sat down and said that we really had a responsibility to try and get Monaghan back competing with the bigger counties. We couldn’t all walk away.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In a small county, it doesn’t take a huge amount of erosion for the cliff to topple into the sea. For the prime years of Dessie Mone’s intercounty car(...)

Westmeath’s Kevin Maguire and Derek Maguire of Louth come to grips in the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Round One, Cusack Park, Mullingar, at the weekend. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was about midway through the second half in Mullingar on Saturday night when the shout came down the seats in the Cusack Park press box: “Attendanc(...)

Louth manager Aidan O’Rourke: “Offences that drew a black card at the weekend didn’t get a black card tonight. I’m reluctant to use the word shambles but that’s where we’re at.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wednesday night in Parnell Park was neither the time nor the place to be judging the worth or efficacy of the black card, purely because the only inst(...)