A view of the par 4, 4th hole at The Old Head Golf Links towards the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

The glass half-full philosophy is back in Irish golf, it would seem. Where once you needed a magnifying glass to see any green shoots, the evid(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly watches the flight of a shot during the NHL Division IA against Galway at Cusack Park in Ennis. Last year’s hurler of the year impressed on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The dressingroom exits at Cusack Park take players along a narrow pathway towards the gate. On Sunday, the thoroughfare was cr(...)

Pádraic Collins celebrates scoring a goal against Waterforf in Ennis. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

All-Ireland champions Clare moved to the top of Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League with Shane O’Donnell proving provider and goal-score(...)

Galway’s David Collins with students of the Shanghai University, including Peng Zhontao, who demonstrates his recently acquired skills, during an Introduction to the GAA/welcome reception for the 2013 GAA GPA All-Stars, hosted by the Shanghai GAA Club.  Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

At the on-field presentation of medals in Shanghai rugby club last Saturday, Ireland’s ambassador to China Paul Kavanagh remarked that the trains trav(...)

Seán Hehir has that winning feeling in  the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Emil Zatopek always said the marathon begins around 20 miles. Sometimes that’s also where it ends. Here, it was where the race for victory was both wo(...)

 Clare supporters mob Shane O’Donnell after the GOAL challenge game at Sixmilebridge. Photograph:   Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

In Sixmilebridge, there is a row of houses so close to the GAA pitch people can keep one eye on the television and another on the match outside their (...)

Cadhla Brock, Conor Ryan, Sean McDermott and Brod Brock McDermott (three months) with the Liam MacCarthy cup. Photograph: Sean Curtin Photo.

It has taken 16 years to bring Liam MacCarthy back to Clare and nearly five hours to transport him the short distance from the Clare border to Ennis f(...)

Clare manager manager Davy Fitzgerald celebrates his side’s second goal against Cork during the All-Ireland Hurling Final replay at Croke Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16: An incredible hurling season got the final curtain it deserved, Clare coming through a throttling good replay with a 5-16 to 3-1(...)

Demand for tickets has gone up 100 per cent from the drawn game,” says Clare County Board chairman, Michael McDonagh. “We got around 14,500, but with the cheaper prices and €10 tickets for children there has been unprecedented demand.”

Nigerian Independence Day celebrations come to Ennis next Tuesday, but of more importance to the Clare capital will be the arrival – hopefully – of th(...)

Clare’s Darach Honan holds off Stephen McDonnell of Cork during the Munster SHC semi-final, a game where the Clare forward threatened to rule the roost. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The same old clichés keep recurring: hurling-wise, it’s been a fantastic championship, reminiscent of 1995, and weather-wise it hasn’t been too bad ei(...)