Kerry forward Colm Cooper: ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee and he’d also torn the posterior cruciate ligament and fractured the kneecap. Photograph: Inpho

It’s now one year and 15 days since that cold February afternoon when the entire career of Colm “Gooch” Cooper flashed before his eyes – and everyone (...)

Kerry’s Anthony Maher and David Moran contest a high ball with Shane Carty and Cian O’Sullivan of Dublin in Sunday’s match in Killarney. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Not long ago Darragh Ó Sé defined the melee as a “mindset”, more about “getting the upper hand mentally” than going out to hurt someone.Writing in thi(...)

Tempers flare between the players during the final moments of the Kerry v Dublin game at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry 0-15 Dublin 1-10 It already felt like the perfect afternoon for Kieran Donaghy and then he mentioned the birthday. His first game as Ker(...)

Kilkenny’s Dara Kervick has a decent chance of making the final at the European indoor athletics championships in Prague next weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/The Irish Times

It’s been another tough week in the mountains. That February wind chill might tickle the bones at sea level, but it rattles them at this altitude, the(...)

Clare’s Podge Collins: “We’re just concentrating now on Sligo, hopefully getting two points there, and just pushing on from that.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The last thing Clare footballer Podge Collins would admit to is any lingering insecurities. Although it may or may not help that the Clare hurlers ha(...)

Dublin’s Conal Keaney sporting a head injury after last weekend’s Allianz Hurling League victory over Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.  Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Referees have no reason to fear the proposed blood-sub type rule for players with suspected concussion, despite fears it would increase their workloa(...)

Dublin’s Conor McHugh: man-of-the-match in last year’s under-21 football championship final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

With new title sponsors EirGrid on board another All-Ireland under-21 football championship gets underway on Wednesday, beginning with three openin(...)

Mayo’s Keith Higgins in action against Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy in last year’s All Ireland SFC semi-final replay. The cornerback admits his side were “very bitter, very sore” over the defeat. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Few teams captured the strangely unexpected openings of the Allianz Football League more than Mayo. After rolling over All-Ireland championship Kerry (...)

Mark English has been combining his athletics preparations with his third year of medical studies at UCD. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Not many Irish athletes can talk up their medal prospects in such realistic terms as Mark English. At 21, he may still be a student of 800 metre runn(...)

Announcement of the Irish Team for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Prague - Ciara Everard, Declan Murray, Mark English and Dara Kevrick. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 2:45

Twelve Irish athletes, led by 800 metres medal contender Mark English, will contest the European Indoor Championships, which get underway in Prague on(...)