Galway manager Cyril Farrell is carried by jubilant supporters after Galway’s victory over Tipperary in the 1988 All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

It is fitting that Kilkenny and Galway on Sunday mark the 40th anniversary of their first All-Ireland because 1975 is the start of modernity with the (...)

George Collins and Dan Clark oversee the Munster v Glasgow Warriors tie with the Hawkeye system. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The TMO is rarely truly loved. When judged by the court of public opinion to be incorrect, he is scorned. As he is if he makes a decision that is corr(...)

Paul O’Connell speaks to the team before the Wales game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney 7 And he’s only getting started. Didn’t really attack the Welsh like he would in a full metal jacket affair but was his usual dominant sel(...)

Kildare’s Conor Hartley and Tipperary’s Emmett Moloney, who was sent off during the  All-Ireland minor football semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary 0-11 Kildare 0-9 A Tipperary minor football and hurling double perhaps? “Well sure, there is nobody else going to do it,” coach Cha(...)

Munster’s Francis Saili runs in for a try in the pre-season match against London Irish at Musgrave Park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 21 London Irish 15 Andrew Conway sparkled for Munster with two tries, while Francis Saili ran in a brilliant first try for the province in a p(...)

Ireland’s Michael Bent is tackled by Scotland’s Grant Gilchrist during the World Cup warm-up match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo Niall Carson/PA

The Ireland management will be keeping a close eye on the performances of Michael Bent and Gordon D’Arcy in tonight’s pre-season friendly against Mose(...)

The Taste of Greystones Regatta is now in its third year. Photograph: David O’Brien.

There’s little evidence of recession at Ireland’s newest keelboat sailing centre where this weekend’s Taste Of Greystones Sailing Regatta has attract(...)

Dublin fans create an atmosphere on Hill 16. Tickets for the county’s All-Ireland semi-final clash with Mayo sold out very quickly. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA realised when the recession hit that it would face a significant challenge to maintain attendance figures. According its director general Pára(...)

18-year-old Bill Johnston will make his first start at Musgrave Park on Friday night. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Munster head coach Anthony Foley has made nine changes to the team for Friday night’s visit of London Irish to Musgrave Park. In the pack John Ryan jo(...)

Kerry footballers celebrate their Munster final victory over Cork. The success of a small number of teams in provincial championships has sparked calls for  a two-tier system. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

After Kerry’s victory over Tyrone, one feature of the All-Ireland final has been confirmed: despite the back-door system, once again two provincial ch(...)