Leighton Glynn celebrates with the trophy after the victory over Australia at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast in 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It begins as a chat about the long-term future of the International Rules and soon turns into a debate about the immediate future of Gaelic football.(...)

Aogan O’Fearghail: “There are far more good things in Gaelic football than negative things, absolutely no doubt about that.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If after death comes the resurrection then it’s at least fitting that GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail is reserving any judgement on the fate of Gae(...)

Joe Kernan won an All-Ireland football title in his first year in charge of Armagh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If the first requirement was availability and the second was experience then Joe Kernan certainly satisfied both counts when approached to take over (...)

Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath is planning for the future

Strange how the manager who has arguably got the most out of the Allianz Hurling League so far would like to see the format changed again, although W(...)

Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor of Kenya  wins at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

How sad and yet entirely fitting that even while writing this column it already feels dated. Because, by the time you read it, the World Cross Country(...)

 Jason Smyth celebrates  wining the 200m T13  final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He received €40,000 from the Irish Sports Council. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Gone are the days when our elite athletes greeted the announcement of the International Carding Scheme with applause, surprise or else total horror –(...)

European indoord silver medalist Mark English missed out on full podium funding. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s Paralympics athletes, swimmers and cyclists are once again the big winners in the latest allocation of the Irish Sports Council’s Internatio(...)

Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett: “It would be nice to win the league final. Winning is a habit, and you can keep believing, following through in Munster, and the championship.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Not many people outside of Clare are speaking in openly glowing terms about Davy Fitzgerald these days, although Cathal Barrett reckons he’s being mi(...)

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan finished fourth in the 2012 Olympics but may be upgraded and given the bronze medal.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rob Heffernan is now one step away from an Olympic bronze medal after the IAAF – the governing body of world athletics – confirmed its appeal against(...)

Henry Shefflin’s decision to call time – at the age of 36, with a record 10 All-Ireland medals, 13 Leinster titles, 11 All Stars, six League titles – has been coming. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, or why Henry Shefflin has called us to a press conference, because the forecast is now p(...)