Kerry players celebrate their minor football final victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Kerry 4-14 Tipperary 0-6 For a county that couldn’t win a minor All-Ireland for 20 years Kerry are suddenly golden. They didn’t so much defend(...)

Grapes of wrath: since 2012, excise on wine has risen by 62 per cent in Ireland with the tax take from a standard €9 bottle increasing from 39 per cent to 54 per cent. Photograph: EPA

Excise on wine is now 106 times higher in Ireland than in France, according to a new study, which reveals that despite this, sales continue to reboun(...)

Kerry’s Andrew Barry evades Derry’s Oisin Duffin and Michael McEvoy during his side’s All-Ireland minor semi-final win at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Kerry 1-11 Derry 1-6 Michael Foley’s 1-3 haul proved crucial for Kerry as the All-Ireland minor football title holders eased past Derry to keep alive (...)

Andrew Sheridan gets to grips with Australia’s Matt Dunning during England’s 2007 quarter-final win. Photograph: Getty

Standing at 6ft 5” and weighing 20 stone Andrew Sheridan was a monster even by the pumped up standards of modern rugby, especially when you consider h(...)

Defending All-Ireland champions Kerry had to withstand a second-half comeback by neighbours Cork to advance to the Munster minor football final.It too(...)

Eamon O’Shea acquired the reputation of being an innovative  hurling coach and when Liam Sheedy invited him in to join the Tipperary set up, the players instantly responded to  his training methods. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“I never retired! I didn’t retire. Babs didn’t pick me,” Eamon O’Shea clarifies with a laugh, lightly poking fun at his last days as the skilful, u(...)

THE BEST The Bloodied Field by Michael Foley (O’Brien Press, €16.99) A sports book, a history book, a thriller. Like a quietly determined geek wit(...)

Reports in Australia media say that talks between between Michael Cheika and the Australia Rugby Union about taking over the national coaching job have hit a stumbling block. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Australian media are reporting that negotiations between former Leinster coach Michael Cheika and the Australia Rugby Union about taking over the nati(...)

 Keith Higgins of Mayo tracks Kerry’s James O’Donoghue at Croke Park last weekend.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

There’s a great story told in Michael Foley’s book “Kings of September” about the moment in the week before the 1982 All-Ireland football final that (...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is surely contemplating how he will know when his tenure should end. Photograph: Andrew Paton / Inpho / Presseye

Mickey Harte has been in charge of the Tyrone senior football team for the last 12 years. In that time, he has won their first 3 All-Ireland titles, t(...)