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  • December 5, 2014, 08:35

World Cup bid The Rugby World Cup is less than a year away and hopes of an Irish victory are higher than ever. But, if Joe Schmidt’s men fall s(...)

Stephen Hiney: won a National League medal in 2011 and a Leinster title (2013) during his long career with Dublin. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin hurler Ryan O’Dwyer has paid tribute to former captain Stephen Hiney, who has become the latest high-profile player to announce his retirement (...)

Danny Sutcliffe of St Jude’s has been the player of the Dublin hurling championship so far. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Kilmacud Crokes v St Jude’s, Parnell Park, 7.45pm: New Dublin manager Ger Cunningham will be an interested spectator in Donnycarney, as he assesses so(...)

John Power of Kilkenny is challenged by Peter Kelly of Dublin during the Leinster hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

After a Leinster championship of snap and crackle, a final curiously bereft of pop. Kilkenny’s slicing and dicing of a fidgety Dublin side was old-sch(...)

Dublin celebrate in front of their fans on Hill 16 following their victory over Kilkenny in the Allianz National Hurling League final in 2011. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Here is how it was. By the spring of 2011, Dublin had played 22 games under Anthony Daly in league and championship. Their record going into the leagu(...)

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 (...)

Tyrone’s Conor Gormley could miss the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo arising out of an incident in the quarter-final against Monaghan. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Tyrone could be without experienced defender Conor Gormley for their All-Ireland football semi-final against Mayo on Sunday week as the GAA’s Central(...)

Referee James Owens issues Dublin’s Ryan O’Dwyer with a red card after he was given a second yellow. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s just over three-and-a-half years since the GAA rolled out details of the ‘Respect’ initiative, described by then president Christy Cooney as “the(...)

Dublin manager Anthony Daly moves to console his crestfallen players following Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Cork at Croke Park.  Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Dublin have made it clear that they want Anthony Daly to remain in charge of the hurlers following the defeat by Cork in Sunday’s epic All-Ireland se(...)

Dublin and Cork teams shake hands before the game. Photograph: Inpho.

That was as good and as exciting a game I’ve ever seen in this the best hurling championship of my lifetime. Didn’t think I’d say that about a Cork Du(...)