Ideally Brian Cody would simply apologise to Barry Kelly, let the matter go and spend the winter enjoying his unique achievement but what are the chances of that? Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s now well over four years since former GAA president Christy Cooney, in what he described as “the most important launch” of his term of office, un(...)

Heavy lifting: Mark Ryan and John Kennedy of the HSA stand at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Alan Betson

Metropolitan sophisticates holding forth on livestock, urbane presenters recalling their rural roots and notables falling over themselves to pay ho(...)

Members of the Cork Senior Camogie team celebrate victory over Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final in Croke Park. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The last time Kilkenny won a senior Camogie All-Ireland title, Riverdance was number one. An aeon ago, like. Especially if you grew up in a time when (...)

Cork’s Alan Cadogan and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary clash in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A testing Sunday, that. From Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin to Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin and back again, and as ever you end up addled, half hear(...)

Awesome: squeezing into shot at Fianna Fáil’s 2009 ardfheis

Television was invented 90 years ago. Irish television is more than 50 years old. As far back as the 1950s people could make home movies. By the 19(...)

Ecuadors  Segundo Castillo heads a ball during a training session at the Casa de la Seleccion (House of the National Team), in Quito, Ecuador. Photograph: José Jacome / EPA

Manager: Reinaldo Rueda Best finish: Second round (2006). World Cup record: Played 10, Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 5. History Ecuador made(...)

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At the end of a very special day, they raised their glasses and toasted the future. A good future. One that many Irishmen and wom(...)

Easygoing: Marty Morrissey celebrates with Clare hurlers Conor Ryan and Colin Ryan at September’s All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA has produced many unlikely heroes, seemingly ordinary men who have unexpectedly captured the public imagination through their feats in the spo(...)

Monaghan’s Cathriona McConnell, Therese McNally, Grainne McNally and Ciara McAnespie after loosing by a point to Cork in the All-Ireland  women’s football final at Croke Park.  Photograph: Alan Betson

When the hooter sounded in yesterday’s All-Ireland final, we were treated to what’s possibly the loveliest noise in Irish sport, one that annually tes(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny visiting the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Scarcely 10 minutes at the ploughing and Enda Kenny had already put his foot in it. The photographers surged forward. “Lads, lads – keep away from the(...)