Clare’s Podge Collins: “It’s going to go professional eventually. It’s just a matter of when and who makes that happen.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We have seen crazy weekends like this before. The very nature of this business is feast or famine, and no one should act surprised at how our three(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Richie Hogan: former player Derek Lyng must now instill confidence into the players: Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

“When you get out there, perform well, and you win an All-Ireland, there’s no greater feeling than that,” says Derek Lyng. Although now that Lyng ha(...)

Michael Delaney: has served alongside manager Brian Cody since 2005 – a glorious period of success in Kilkenny hurling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – except when it comes to Kilkenny hurling. Because the one constant in preparing for this their 14th All-Ire(...)

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh:  “Every player wants to be playing, but if someone is going better than you they deserve to be playing.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Around 8pm on Friday evening, Brian Cody will assemble the entire Kilkenny hurling squad in the upstairs meeting room adjacent to Nowlan Park. In his (...)

Brian Cody: “We learn from each other, and we learn from matches. We learn from all the various aspects of the game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Don’t look back. It’s the same beginning, every year, because the last thing Brian Cody wants to talk about before an All-Ireland hurling final is the(...)

Nickel Ashmeade, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter and Astafa Powell take a picture with fans after winning gold in the 4x100m men relay during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium. Photo: Diego Azubel/PA

Nine days and every possible superlative later not even Sebastian Coe could have envisaged it all ending so majestically. And not just the way Asbel K(...)

Rob Heffernan came fifth in the 50km race walk in the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

He vowed not to surrender his World Championship title without a fight and so it proved, Rob Heffernan displaying typical courage and determination be(...)

Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers crosses  the finish line to win the 200m women’s final at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Move over, Usain Bolt. Here comes Dafne Schippers. Because anyone who thought things might slow down a little inside the Bird’s Nest in the absence of(...)

Gold medallist Usain Bolt turns to wave to the crowd during the victory ceremony for the men’s 200 metres. Photograph: Getty Images

For a sport reportedly on its deathbed, might events in Beijing over the last seven days be considered a glorious resurrection? It certainly takes so(...)

Rob Heffernan on issue of doping in his event: “I hear about all these doping allegations, and I think to myself, ‘sure I’ve already known this the whole time.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The last thing Rob Heffernan needs is any reminder of how difficult it is to defend a World Championship title. Especially in the 50km walk. In the l(...)