So many good things in life come in twos. Shoes, buses, papal visits (maybe), brothers-in-law ... Brothers-in-law? Hang on there now! I have two. One (...)

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(...)

Colm Cooper has been named on the substitutes’ bench again for the Munster final replay against Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The news came and went on Thursday night with all the fanfare of a fógra in the bottom corner of the parish bulletin. Four changes on the Kerry team, (...)

Tipperary hurling legend Jimmy Doyle photographed in June 2005 at the Thurles Sarsfields Club at Semple Stadium. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Thurles on Thursday, the spiritual home of hurling, to pay their last respects and hear warm tributes to one of the g(...)

Clare’s Colm Galvin: “What I’ll miss most is the big match days and the preparation for that. I wish the lads the best of luck for the year and I hope they bring back silverware.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Colm Galvin hasn’t ruled out the prospect of featuring for Clare in this year’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship.Galvin, 22, will fly to Bosto(...)

 David Bentley, Jackie Tyrell and Aaron Kernan feature  in “TheToughest Trade”. The  documentary film  follows the GAA players  who experience professional sports of baseball and football while former professional athletes David Bentley and Brian Schneider experience the life of an amateur GAA club player with Crossmaglen Rangers, Armagh, and James Stephens, Kilkenny. Photograph: Sportsfile

The first thing that needs to be said about The Toughest Trade, which aired on TV3 on Thursday night, is that Jackie Tyrrell is one of the very few me(...)

Clare players go through a warm up drill before the game against Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork v Clare in Pairc Ui Rinn, a quick rasher sandwich, then off to Dunedin for Sri Lanka v Afghanistan. Where would you be going? And if it wasn’t fo(...)

Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche arriving at Fifa awards. Photograph: Andreas Meier/Inpho

The dream dashed - James Rodriguez has been awarded the Fifa Puskas award for goal of the year. Irish woman Stephanie Roche’s effort during Peamount’s(...)

Dublin’s Shane Carthy on the attack  during Dublin’s one-point win. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 1-12 Laois 1-11Not since Jason Sherlock scored two injury time goals eight years ago have Dublin lifted the O’Byrne cup but how high it is on t(...)

Former Dublin captain Bryan Cullen has retired from intercounty football. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Dublin’s 2011 All-Ireland winning captain Bryan Cullen has announced his retirement from intercounty football. The Skerries man ends his 12-year se(...)