“Focus isn’t enough anymore: instead, near zealotry appears necessary. And if you listen to enough analysis of Gaelic football in particular, talent has become an optional extra when it comes to the demands of inter-county competition.”

It is tough being a modern intercounty player: the instinctive GAA reflex to kneel at the altar of asceticism means the swap between sacrifice and suc(...)

Trainer  Ted Walsh is awaiting the judgment of the Turf Club’s Referrals Committee. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Trainer and RTÉ racing pundit Ted Walsh is awaiting the judgment of the Turf Club’s Referrals Committee into the reopened case of the running and rid(...)

Trainer Jim Bolger celebrating last year’s Derby win with Trading Leather. He’s still the one to watch for winners, having just secured an 840-1 Curragh hat trick. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

With just a fortnight to the Newmarket 1,000 Guineas Jim Bolger looks to be cranking his 2015 season into top gear at the right time, securing an 840(...)

Chris Hayes on Sruthan wins The Power European Breeders Fund Tetrarch Stakes at the Curragh in 2013. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Ryan Moore is on duty for Ballydoyle aboard the Group One winner Dick Whittington in Newbury’s Greenham Stakes but it’s like old times at the Curragh (...)

Trainer Ted Walsh says he will be happy to answer any questions at Turf Club. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Grand National-winning trainer and well-known RTE racing pundit Ted Walsh will be legally represented by the former attorney general and minister for(...)

Paul Townend on his way to winning the Boomerang Animal Bedding Handicap Hurdle on I Shot The Sheriff  at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Coral Scottish Grand National has proved an elusive target for Irish raiders over the years but punters appear set to put their trust in Tony Mar(...)

Ruby Walsh steers Faugheen to victory in The Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at the 2014 Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Inpho

Faugheen is on track to try and secure a “perfect 10” by maintaining his unbeaten racecourse record at Punchestown in over two weeks’ time.It is less (...)

Chopin trainer Ger Lyons, who is based in Co Meath. Photograph: Inpho

The influence of Sheikh Fahad Al Thani within Irish racing can be further advertised by German import Chopin in Leopardstown’s Heritage Stakes. Qat(...)

Top amateur jockey Colman Sweeney who was a  three-time Cheltenham Foxhunters winner, including on the dual-victor, Salsify, has retired. Photograph: Inpho

BRIAN O’CONNOR The Group One winner Tapestry could get her four-year-old campaign off to a Listed(...)

Goonyella won the Midlands National on his last start under Johnny Burke and the jockey should be available to renew the partnership in Saturday’s Scottish Grand National, despite a fall at Tramore over the weekend. Photograph: Clint Hughes/Getty Images

Gallant Oscar skipped the Irish Grand National and failed to make the cut for the Aintree National, but is among the favourites to bridge a 146-yea(...)