Waterford players warm down after playing extra-time in drawing against Clare in Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Not even Sun Tzu could make much sense of this, a new chapter in the art of war where two teams couldn’t decide which mattered more – the winning or (...)

Olympic Council of Ireland officials and qualified Team Ireland atheletes mark the 100 days from Rio countdown in Dublin this week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

They say everything can be replaced. That every distance is not near. Now try singing that to the athlete who just misses out on the Olympics. Becau(...)

Boxer Paddy Barnes, flag bearer for the Ireland team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

For all the superficiality of Olympic countdowns there is something touchingly real about the lessening of days, these little chimes for the athletes (...)

Team Ireland boxer Paddy Barnes who was named as flagbearer for Team Ireland for the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games during a press conference to celebrate 100 Days out from the Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

He described it as just as good as winning an Olympic medal, which may be a slight exaggeration, although Paddy Barnes was clearly chuffed at being na(...)

Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony is sent off by referee Eddie Kinsella at the Division One final in Croke Park. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Most managers will tell you they learn as much in defeat as in victory, although Eamonn Fitzmaurice was not being as philosophical as that. Defeat to(...)

Ronan O’Neill celebrates scoring Tyrone’s goal in the Allianz Football League Division 2 Final against Cavan at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tyrone 1-17 Cavan 0-15 They say freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose, and Tyrone won this game with exactly that in mind. Division T(...)

Australia’s Adam Scott admitted that winning an Olympic medal wasn’t something he’d ever aspired to. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/ AFP Photo/Getty Images

You know it’s almost summertime in the Dublin mountains when the O’Brien brothers knock up for some golf and a pint outside Johnnie Fox’s. Not necessa(...)

Phil Healy of UCC in action at the Irish Universities Athletic Association Track & Field Championships 2016 at Morton Stadium in Santry. A video of her performance in the anchor leg of the 4x400m has gone viral around the world. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile.

It’s the one sporting video it seems people can’t stop viewing, and not just for the performance of Phil Healy. Because to put it in its full and prop(...)

Colm Cavanagh: “Peter has come in and done a tremendous job. He’s a superb coach . . ”.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/inpho

It’s always been standard practice for both players and managers to spread the acclaim to the backroom team, although Peter Donnelly has been singled (...)

Cavan’s Gearoid McKiernan in action against Fermanagh. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho/Presseye

Most players will tell you they’re happy to wear any number on the back of their jersey but for Gearóid McKiernan that simply isn’t true. His wearing(...)