Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan in action against Waterford in the recent All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Hogan has been fortright in his views on the current format of the league structure. Photograph: Inpho.

This is a drum I’ve beaten before but it needs to be beaten again. Why? Well a wide-reaching decision with fairly serious consequences for many hurlin(...)

Younger age groups are gulping down their protein shakes – even though sporting governing bodies, such as the GAA and the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), do not recommend them for players under 18 years of age.  Photograph: Thinkstock

I used to see these oversized, slightly sinister-looking plastic tubs with mysterious labels piled high in shops that I passed by but never went in(...)

Oisín McGrath’s father Nigel (front right) carries his son’s coffin during the funeral at St Patrick’s Church in Holywell, Belcoo, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A schoolboy who died following a playground incident had a bright future, a priest told mourners at his funeral.Oisín McGrath (13) was a pupil at St M(...)

Andy Kettle: turned up at games wearing the team tracksuit as he didn’t want to be seen as a ‘suit’ in the stands. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Andy Kettle was hard to miss, His shock of black hair may have turned white, but his voice remained undimmed. On the touchline at a weekend hurling or(...)

Lovely hurling
  • Hurling
  • September 13, 2014, 01:01

There was a touch of serendipity for the Gaelic Athletic Association in last week’s magnificent All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Tippera(...)

President Michael D Higgins, delivers the commencement speech at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, US, yesterday. Photograph: Steve C Mitchell/EPA

Many new emigrants to the United States, while feeling a sense of loss at leaving Ireland, are highly skilled and have opportunities to use those skil(...)

Volkswagen has the best reputation among Irish consumers according to a new survey. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/GettyImages)

Volkswagen has been named the most reputable organisation in Ireland, according to a new survey, followed by SuperValu and An Post, with Google and Bo(...)

Sky’s the limit

It didn’t take the most acute foresight for the Gaelic Athletic Association to anticipate the uproar in some quarters by the decision to sell t(...)

 Clare’s triple goal scorer Shane O Donnell and Cork’s Brian Murphy in action during the All Ireland Hurling Final replay between Cork and Clare on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

A shining example of sportsmanship, it certainly is. High praise this morning for the game of hurling in the wake of last weekend’s All Ireland final (...)

County Clare native Fr Kevin McNamara is a priest in Knocknagree, Co. Cork and is not shy about telling his local parishioners that he will be cheering for the banner county againt Cork in Saturday’s All Ireland hurling final replay. He is surrounded by Cork fans Mary O’Halloran, Joan Collins, Andy O’Halloran, Brendan Hickey, Mary O’Connor, Katelyn Fleming, Jimmy O’Sullivan and Christina Fleming. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

in Kilbrin, Co CorkThe beech trees that stand sentinel in the heart of Kilbrin village are turning an autumnal russet as September prepares to slip in(...)