Ronnie Delany of Ireland wins the 1500m at the Melbourne Olympic Games of 1956, three years previous he won the Irish schools 800m. Photograph: IOC/Allsport.

Schools Championships didn’t fully assimilate until 1966). In 1956, a farmer’s son from Ardfert, Thomas O’Riordan(...)

Wexford forward PJ Banville has won four county football medals with Horeswood. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

(...) manager, Ian Galvin, to let him know he was in town: Galvin, naturally, got him up to the Bronx with(...)

Michael Meehan:  “I suppose there’s hope in Galway every year, but being fair, I’m sure it’s Mayo, followed by Roscommon, followed by Galway.” Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Five years later and Michael Meehan doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the memory of Galway’s last trip to New York. So he laughs, although it w(...)

Colin O’Riordan will captain Tipperary in Saturday’s All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship final against Tyrone at Parnell Park.

(...) rallying against the lure of hurling then no wonder Colin O’Riordan is the young man leading the charge(...)

Karl Lacey: “It makes a huge difference, it’s unbelievable. I only kind of realise how much of a difference it makes now that I’m doing it.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Karl Lacey is not the first intercounty player claiming to be professional in every sense except for the pay cheque at the end of the month, although(...)

Henry Shefflin celebrating another Kilkenny All-Ireland victory. “At the moment it is still a bit of a novelty, that bit of freedom. I have been busy with my family life, my work.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/inpho

Five weeks later and there’s not one minute of any day when Henry Shefflin questions his decision. He may long to be back hurling when summer comes(...)

Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin with, from left,  Alice Brannigan (8), Hannah Brannigan (7) and twins Conor  and Tadhg Scanlon (7), at the launch of Kellogg’s renewed sponsorship deal with GAA Cúl Camps.

Henry Shefflin is in line to land a job on television as a hurling analyst before the start of the championship. It may mean that he has to be crit(...)

PJ Banville, the former Wexford player, is now lining out with New York. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

(...) “Look, I’m not going to make any great predictions,” says Ian Galvin, “but I would say we(...)

 Roscommon manager John Evans: “There were a few harsh words at half-time.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

For a man who had tamely lost a Division Two final, and harshly lost one of his key players, Jim McCorry was a picture of calmness. Instead, the only(...)

Caolan Mooney of Down claims the ball ahead of Roscommon’s  Neil Collins during the Allianz Football League division two final at Croke Park. Photo:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Roscommon 1-17 Down 0-15It’s arguably the second biggest football match so far this year, and Roscommon have come out on top. And then celebrated it w(...)