The Nire manager Benji Whelan says his job is to find out what makes Austin Stacks tick and to stop them ticking. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

No manager likes to admit to doing a thorough psychological profiling of their opposition. It can be a sign of weakness, or uncertainty, which is why (...)

Austin Stacks manager Stephen Stack: “Not many teams from Kerry have won [Munster club title].” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

GAANEWS1: IAN O’RIORDAN:Now that Joe Schmidt has mastered the art of maintaining form in the face(...)

 Ballyhale Shamrocks captain TJ Reid (left) celebrates winning the Kilkenny senior hurling title. Reid was surprised at news of Tommy Walsh’s retirement. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Typical of Kilkenny hurling that even as another leading name exits the inter-county stage, their success continues unrelentingly, with Ballyhale Sha(...)

Benny Coulter has ended his Down inter-county career after 15 seasons. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

The list of high-profile inter-county retirements continues, with veteran Down footballer Benny Coulter calling time on his 15-year career. Although h(...)

 Fionnuala Britton, Kilcoole AC, Co. Wicklow, on her way to winning the Senior Women’s 8000m race at the GloHealth Inter County  Cross Country Championships at Dundalk Institute of Technology,  Co. Louth. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Only the untouchables of cross country running make it look this easy, and in defending her National Inter-counties title Fionnuala Britton sent out (...)

The Qatar Sports Club field in Doha staged the IAAF Diamond League in May 2011. Photograph: Getty.

Criswell always said we should all be interested in the future, because that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives, whether we w(...)

Kilmallock captain Graeme Mulcahy is gunning for Cratloe. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Such is the Clare backdrop to Sunday’s Munster club hurling final that Kilmallock may need some reminding of where exactly they’re coming from.They’re(...)

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring announced the winners of the National Volunteers in Sport Awards at an awards ceremony in the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Pictured at the announcement are award-winners: (from left) Danielle Keane, Community Administrator Award, Laois, Seán Naughton, Lifetime Achievement Award, Tipperary, Peggy Mason, Special Recognition Award, Dublin, Paddy Christie, Youth Manager Award, Dublin, Patrick Akpoveta, Youth Coach Award, Dublin, Minister of State  Michael Ring, Ernie Deacy, Sporting Official Award, Dublin, Tony Cummins, Adult Coach Award, Waterford, Mary Sharp, National Administrator Award, Dublin, Shane Carolan, Disabilities Sport Volunteer Award, and Tony Hehir, Adult Manager Award, Limerick. Volunteers in Sports Awards 2014, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile

How utterly fitting that Seán Naughton, on the day he turned 81, found himself being recognised for his lifetime of volunteering in Irish sport by no(...)

Travis Tygart, CEO, US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) speaking at the Irish Sports Council’s information day at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The last question Travis Tygart wants again is exactly how he took down Lance Armstrong, although he smiles in the face of monotony, knowing full wel(...)

Conor Ryan in action for Cratloe in the Clare Football final against Éire Óg. Photograph: Inpho.

Conor Ryan is not a very good advertisement for player burnout. No one has played more football and hurling this year, between club and county, and Ry(...)