Fr Peter Quinn: regarded by his peers as a very stylish centre half back, he  had to play under the name Peter Quinlan because of a ban on clerics playing inter-county football at the time

One of the last three surviving members of the Mayo All-Ireland winning team of 1950 and 1951 passed away peacefully at the weekend. Fr Peter Quinn, (...)

Dublin celebrate winning the Allianz National Football League last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The modern football season was born 15 years ago. In 2001 the contours of the competitive landscape were changed beyond recognition. The league for th(...)

Alan Brogan: ‘Representing Dublin for the last 14 years has given me immense satisfaction and joy, both the good days and the bad’. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

As sporting salutes go those from your own team are typically more compelling than those from your team of rivals. Alan Brogan was being saluted on b(...)

 Leinster  chairman John Horan and vice-chairman Jim Bolger with  Wexford hurler Eanna Martin and Kildare footballer Paul Cribbin at the launch of the Leinster GAA Strategic Vision and Action Plan at Croke Park. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Leinster Council has outlined plans to raise playing standards in the province. These include taking a direct role in the senior teams of certain coun(...)

Philips Manager of the Year award winners  Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill with  Philips MD Cel O’Reilly. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Without it being groundbreaking, there’s some symmetry to the O’Neills sharing the Philips Sports Manager of the Year award. At the 33rd instalment of(...)

Cork couple Kieran and Catherine O’Sullivan have won the prestigious Dairy Farmer of the Year award.

Cork couple Kieran and Catherine O’Sullivan have won the prestigious Dairy Farmer of the Year award. They received a prize of €5,000 and the National (...)

A fan looks on from the terrace during the Round 3B qualifier between Galway and Derry at Pearse Stadium in July. Photograph: Inpho

When we look at the intercounty championship structures, the idea of natural selection rather than intelligent design suggests itself, but there we(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton and manager Jim Gavin with the Sam Maguire trophy on O’Connell Street. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

“Dublin. The city that fought an empire” was the message on a fan’s T-shirt at the homecoming for the victorious Dublin senior footballers. The GAA(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan and Paul Flynn celebrate with the Sam Maguire trophy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The city game is edging towards greatness and the Dublin football team is claiming the teenage decade of this young century. On a slate-grey day in th(...)

Dublin and Kerry: since 1928 Sam Maguire has gone to Kerry 30 times but to Dublin only 10 times. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The hierarchies in football and hurling differ. Throughout the history of the small ball game, Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny have pushed ahead like (...)