No Grand Tour has ever been won without some tale of hardship –  Dutch rider Rick Flens of Team LottoNL-Jumbo after crashing during the 13th stage of the 98th Giro d’Italia yesterday. Photograph:  Claudio Peri/EPA

There are six steel screws and a five-inch titanium bar where my left collarbone used to be. There’s a tiny piece of bone floating beneath my left kne(...)

Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin never experienced sledging on a hurling field in the course of a glittering career. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In a game played with sticks it’s less likely that names will ever hurt you, although in his 16 years of intercounty hurling, Henry Shefflin was never(...)

The proposed Centre of Excellence at Tralee IT.

Kerry may boast an embarrassment of All-Ireland football riches but they’re exploring other means by which to fundraise for their new GAA Centre of E(...)

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell: “We’re very close. We’ve always been very close.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

If the disciplinary row, loss of dual players, and eventual league relegation has somehow upset Clare’s hurling championship preparations then Shane (...)

Niall McMorrow: midfielder is  going  to see a specialist over his  hand tendon injury he picked up at training, but he has been ruled out for at least the next few weeks. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

With an obvious sense of ill-timing Dublin hurling manager Ger Cunningham has confirmed the loss of two players ahead of their Leinster championshi(...)

 Limerick’s Cian Lynch in action against Dublin at Croke Park during this year’s league campaign. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cian Lynch may not be the obvious candidate to retell the tale of Limerick’s famous Munster hurling semi-final win over Clare in 1996, although he wa(...)

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh tackles Donegal’s  Odhrán MacNiallais during the Ulster SFC clash at Ballybofey. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

Seán Cavanagh pulls up his jersey to reveal several red scars down the front of his chest. At first glance they look like claw marks, as if he’s just (...)

Dublin GAA football star Alan Brogan, and his son Jamie. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cork have lost another defender ahead of their Munster hurling quarter-final against Waterford on June 7th after Lorcan McLoughlin dislocated his shou(...)

Leitrim manager Shane Ward shakes hands with Kevin Walsh of Galway after the Connacht Senior Football Championship quarter-final at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmad. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

When the winning manager keeps his players in a silent dressing room for nearly an hour after the game then he’s presumably not writing them personal(...)

Galway goalscorer Damien Comer gets a pat on the head from his team-mate Michael Lundy during the Connacht SFC quarter-final match against Leitrim at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in carrick-on-Shannon. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 1-13 Leitrim 0-8Some championship matches are about winning. Others are about making a statement. This one fell flat somewhere in between.Achtu(...)