“The only bird I’ll be roasting in future will be our Christmas turkey”

They say things happen in threes, and for me this is always the case. First the washing machine broke, then the tumble-dryer gave up and then the o(...)

Jo Berry,  whose father Anthony Berry MP was killed by the Brighton bomb, with Patrick Magee, the man who planted the device at the launch of an exhibition on forgiveness in 2005. Photograph: PA

When I mentioned having studied ‘Troubles fiction’ while in prison, typically, the novels of Jack Higgins and Gerald Seymour, I often meet with pol(...)

Cork’s Colm O’Neill had a disappointing game in the replayed Munster final against Kerry last Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If Brian Cuthbert is still trying to figure out why his Cork team have found themselves in this precarious position then he’s not alone. They effec(...)

Eoin Cadogan is named in midfield by Cork manager Brian Cuthbert for Saturday’s qualifier against Kildare. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork football manager Brian Cuthbert has made some notable changes to his team for Saturday’s fourth-round qualifier against Kildare in Thurles – in p(...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

 Brian Hurley scores a goal past Donegal goalkeepr Michael Boyle in the Allianz Football League semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The counties with the biggest boxes to tick after last year meet in tomorrow’s Allianz Football League final in Croke Park. Both Dublin and Cork ha(...)

Mayo goalkeeper David Clarke is beaten by Brian Hurley’s late fisted goal as Cork claimed victory in the Allianz Football League Division One game at  Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork 2-7 Mayo 0-12Cork snatched victory at the death to secure their first division semi-final slot after a tetchy affair in difficult conditions at P(...)

Donncha O’Connor takes on Kieran Duffy at St Mary’s Stadium. The veteran O’Connor had a fine game for Cork scoring five points. Photograph: Andrew Paton/INPHO/Presseye

CORK 2-14 MONAGHAN 1-16An unpredictable afternoon in Castleblayney: rolling mist threatened the afternoon early on, as Monaghan played their first All(...)

The chef: Kevin Aherne, Sage, Midleton I first bump into Kevin Aherne at Midleton Farmers’ market, a kind of Irish food producers’ walking, tal(...)

Kerry’s Anthony Maher challenges Andrew O’Sullivan in Tralee. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork’s impressive league campaign ended with an emphatic 2-18 to 1-11 win over Kerry in Tralee. Full-forward Brian Hurley racked up eight poin(...)