Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Eamonn McGee of Donegal in action during the 2012 All-Ireland quarter-final. The pair will renew battle in the All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

After two attention grabbing semi-finals with unexpected winners, you’d normally expect more of a sense of infinite possibility about tomorrow’s GA(...)

  Ulster’s Dan Tuohy left the field shortly after scoring a try against Cardiff. Photograph: Simon King / Inpho

Ulster lock Dan Tuohy is facing a length lay-off after sustaining a suspected fracture to his right forearm in the win over Cardiff Blues. The 29-year(...)

 Ulster and Ireland outhalf  Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty against Cardiff at the Arms Park. Photograph: Ashley Crowden / Inpho

Cardiff 9 Ulster 26Paddy Jackson kicked 14 points on his first appearance of the campaign to maintain Ulster’s unbeaten start to the season.The 22-yea(...)

Paul McGinley seems to have been preparing for the captain’s role for years, making sure to read Paul Azinger’s book on his 2008 captaincy at Valhalla as soon as it was published. “You can’t get enough information. It would be arrogant to think you know all the answers. I certainly don’t,” he says. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

“Golf can be selfish, as we all know, and that’s possibly why it took Paul McGinley a little longer than most to get into the whole ethos and mindset (...)

Tommy Bowe: Ireland international set to take the field against Cardiff. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

As Italian side Zebre continue their Irish mini tour with Munster tonight, they may feel that the 33-13 hiding they got in Belfast last week was the w(...)

Paul O’Connell makes his first start of the Pro12 campaign against Zebre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Munster v Zebre, Thomond Park, 7.30pm: Dave Kilcoyne spoke this week about the team delivering for the fans and “turning up” on the day to win their (...)

Professor Ronan Fanning said ‘British failures were responsible for violence and the triumph of violence in Ireland’. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Veteran historian Professor Ronan Fanning has said violence worked in Ireland during the revolutionary period because of the “pusillanimous and inept (...)

Rory Kavanagh of Donegal in action against Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll in their All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Kavanagh kicked a big point during his side’s recovery late in the first half. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rory Kavanagh’s excellent league campaign ended frustratingly. The Division Two final brought Donegal back to Croke Park for the first time since Mayo(...)

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and  First Minister Peter Robinson.  One of the reasons relations between the two are so bad is because of Sinn Féin opposition to welfare reform. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

What would happen economically in Northern Ireland if the Scots vote Yes tomorrow creates more questions than answers, while the prospect of a fairly (...)

Luke Marshall at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Luke Marshall has had his problems. Concussion followed by concussion along with Gordon D’Arcy’s refusal to go quietly into the international wildern(...)