Conal Keaney celebrates his goal during Dublin’s comfortable Round 1 qualifier win over Laois. Photograph: Inpho

Laois 0-19 Dublin 4-17 The most unpredictable hurlers in Ireland find the briefest groove but it was enough. Laois sensed a real opportunity here, th(...)

Killian Young: “Preparation has now gone very professional, and where it’s all going to stop, nobody know.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Professional rugby player walks into a bank to be greeted by a four-time All-Ireland winner. One is on holidays, which really means full-scale recov(...)

Ger Aylward scores a goal against Wexford. “Never any doubt in my mind that he would play at some stage,” says Richie Hogan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It wasn’t those ageing doyens that kept Ger Aylward at bay. Nor was he the best kept secret of Kilkenny people. Just held up by circumstances beyond h(...)

Conor McDonald battles for the sliotar during the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Conor McDonald had never been chastised in a Kilkenny tutorial. Not through all the age grades. Not once. The black and amber was just another jersey (...)

Éamonn Fitzmaurice has ruled Paul Galvin out of Sunday’s Munster football final at Fitzgerald stadium, Killarney. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Éamonn Fitzmaurice has ruled Paul Galvin out of Sunday’s Munster football final at Fitzgerald stadium, Killarney. The 2009 footballer of the year and(...)

Kieran Martin and Ger Egan celebrate Westmeath’s thrilling win over rivals Meath. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ger Egan remembers Westmeath’s solitary Leinster football title and Páidí Ó Sé like those pushing 40 remember Italia 90 and Jack Charlton. “It’s a d(...)

Richie Hogan: “We were totally blown away . . .Galway just came with, and they do it every couple of years, an attitude that they would beat all the teams in the country put together.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The faceless men of Kilkenny, it turns out, are brimming with character. But we always knew this. We just didn’t see the idiosyncrasies until Eddie (...)

The women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) are to receive corporate sponsorship from Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC). “PwC’s backing will enable the(...)

Kildare manager John Ryan reacts late on in their defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Five is the magic number An unusual feature of Dublin’s win over Kildare at Croke Park this weekend is that it marks a rare five-goal champion(...)

Kieran Martin of Westmeath celebrates at the final whistle after his side’s victory over Meath in the Leinster SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Westmeath 3-19 Meath 2-18 “It’s a miracle for the lads there,” says Westmeath manager Tom Cribben. He’s not exaggerating. A historic first (...)