Friday, Oct 2nd – Sunday, Oct 4th

Starting a fitness drive and sticking with one are completely different challenges

There are many articles written by fitness fans who are looking forward to the next exercise session moments after finishing the last. I do not belong to that club. Photograph: Getty Images

We can have all the plans and hopes we like, but without commitment we merely have plans and hopes

Saturday, Sep 26th – Sunday, Sep 27th

Tipperary’s Eddie Connolly and Cork’s Cian McCarthy during the Hurling League Division One clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in March, 2011. Photograph: Neil Danton/Inpho

‘Eddie battled his illness with huge determination, positivity and bravery,’ says local GAA club

A natural defender, Eddie Connolly led his club to the Munster senior hurling title in 2007 from corner forward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Irish Times and Second Captains take part in ‘Score4Eddie’

Monday, Sep 14th – Sunday, Sep 20th

 Damian Cullen: turning up an hour early for his first 5km race didn’t affect his non-existent pre-race preparations.  Photograph: Alan Betson

I managed to finish my first 5km race and make a new friend

Monday, Sep 7th – Sunday, Sep 13th

Monday, Aug 31st – Sunday, Sep 6th

There is a chasm between health and fitness evangelists and those who feel their new-found loss of a spare tyre has also unburdened themselves of any need to be sensitive to others. Illustration: Getty

Your new-found fitness could lose you more than a few stone if your friends and family get fed up with you preaching

Monday, Aug 24th – Sunday, Aug 30th

Saturday, August 22nd – Sunday, Aug 23rd

Strangely enough, the longer you stay away from chocolate and sugar, the less you crave them. Photograph: Getty Images

I gave up smoking years ago but my sweet tooth has been harder to stub out, writes Damian Cullen

Monday, August 10th – Sunday, Aug 16th

Saturday, August 8th – Sunday, Aug 9th

Eve Cullen: A chatterbox who helps distract from the task at hand.

Expect stress, disruption and distractions when you try to get fit with little ones in tow

Saturday, August 1st – Sunday, Aug 2nd

Friday, July 24th – Sunday, July 26th

Whatever your exercise routine, a multibillion euro industry wants to accompany you. Photograph: Getty

Don’t let technology spoil the fun of the run. Getting fit means exercising; it doesn’t mean being a techno wizard

Thursday, July 16th – Sunday, July 19th

Saturday, July 11th – Sunday, July 12th

Mindless munching has got me to where I am, but could a simple food diary make a real difference to my eating habits?

Friday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 4th

Saturday, June 27th – Sunday, June 28th

Sole mates: ‘I’m not just buying a running shoe, apparently, I’m buying a set of car tyres.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Since when did buying a new pair of running shoes become so complicated?

Friday, June 19th – Sunday, June 21st

Monday, June 8th – Sunday, June 14th

Running on empty: Damian Cullen finds running monotonous without his headphones. Photograph: Alan Betson

Okay, my taste in music may not be great, but even Theory of a Deadman can help alleviate the mind-numbing boredom of running

Thursday, June 4th – Sunday, June 7th

Friday, May 29th – Sunday, May 31st

Gyms can be mysterious, unwelcoming, intimidating enclosures.

Joining a gym and then not attending regularly or, worse, going but not gaining the benefit, is an awful waste, says Damian Cullen(...)

Saturday, May 23rd – Sunday, May 24th

Thursday, May 14th – Sunday, May 17th

In the online survey to find the “The World’s Sexiest Nationalities”, Irish men, naturally, came top of the list.

49% of female respondents list ‘accent’ as quality that influenced their decision

Tuesday, May 5th – Sunday, May 10th

Exercising in the supermarket is a step too far for most of us.Photograph: Thinkstock

Not being able to find the time to exercise is a proper, grown-up excuse, despite what the fitness gurus say

Friday, May 1st – Sunday, May 3rd

Damian Cullen: ‘It’s slightly creepy, but the class setting is contagious.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

In gymland, it seems the harder the workout, the more participants resemble the instructor, says Damian Cullen

Monday, Apr 20th – Sunday, Apr 26th

Sunday, Apr 19th

Gardaí are investigating the collision which occurred on the N2 at Tuiterath, Balrath, Co Meath.

The N2 remains closed in Co Meath after pedestrian was hit by a car

A weighing scales: ‘I prefer the old weighing scales; it’s so off the mark.’ Photograph: Getty

This crude device has been around for aeons and, for some curious reason, still inspires our trust

Monday, Apr 6th – Sunday, Apr 12th

Wednesday, Apr 1st – Sunday, Apr 5th

The Irish Times five-a-side team during 2014: back row: Greg Christodoulu, Carl O’Malley, Damian Cullen, Brian Blake, Martin Doyle, Tony Owens, Dave McKechnie, Brian Morrissey, Neil Reid and Damien Bates. Front: Shay Kenny, Fran Walsh, Emmet Malone, Laurence Mackin and Malachy Clerkin.

Five-a-side games move swiftly from friendly to frenzy but the friendships last beyond the final whistle

Friday, Mar 27th – Sunday, Mar 29th

Sunday, Mar 23rd

This  €100 note was used in Newry to buy a sandwich.

PSNI wrote: ‘Yep you are right you know, it’s a pretend €100 note from a leading kiddies toy store’

Damian Cullen: ‘Mixing it up will be crucial – running outside and on a treadmill, cycling, weight-lifting, five-a-side football.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

'The plan is to have a fitness regime that involves more than moving the couch farther from the fridge'

Friday, Mar 13th – Sunday, Mar 15th

Friday, Mar 6th – Sunday, Mar 8th

A still from the film, ‘The Cormack Brothers’. In the scene, a family is evicted on the orders of land agent, John Ellis, and the property burned

New film ‘The Cormack Brothers’ tells tale of murder and injustice in Tipperary

Monday, Feb 23rd – Sunday, Feb 29th

Thursday, Feb 19th – Sunday, Feb 22nd

A woman holds a ticket purchased for Wednesday’s estimated Powerball lottery jackpot of $450 million in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Players select five numbers from a set of 59, and one number from 35

Monday, Feb 9th – Sunday, Feb 15th

Saturday, Feb 7th – Sunday, Feb 8th

Friday, Jan 30th – Sunday, Feb 1st

Monday, Jan 19th – Sunday, Jan 25th

Thursday, Jan 15th – Sunday, Jan 18th

Thursday, Jan 8th – Sunday, Jan 11th

Saturday, Jan 3rd – Sunday, Jan 4th

Thursday, Dec 18th – Sunday, Dec 21st

Friday, Dec 12th – Sunday, Dec 14th

Friday, Dec 5th – Sunday, Dec 7th

Monday, Nov 27th – Sunday, Nov 30th

Tuesday, Nov 18th – Sunday, Nov 23rd

Thursday, Nov 13th – Sunday, Nov 16th

Thursday, Nov 6th – Sunday, Nov 9th

Wednesday, Oct 29th – Sunday, Nov 2nd

Friday, Oct 24th – Sunday, Oct 26th

Wednesday, Oct 15th – Sunday, Oct 19th

Monday, Oct 6th – Sunday, Oct 12th

Friday, Oct 3rd – Sunday, Oct 5th

Team captain Brendan Maher addresses Tipperary supporters at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Wound of All-Ireland final loss clearly visible as team are welcomed home in Thurles

The SNP’s Angela Constance wears a pair of unusual shoes ahead of a statement by first minister Alex Salmond at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh today. Photograph: PA

Scottish Government cabinet secretary wears some unusual shoes

How do you get your player to operate farther out the pitch? Kerry’s James O’Donoghue plays table football with Abigail Bradshaw (6) from Knockylon during a visit with the Sam Maguire Cup to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin this morning. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Not the prize they wanted, but Mayo did win an All-Ireland football title yesterday

Considering the hardship of the time, the 1945 match programme was an impressive, advert-full, 26 pages, which included an extraordinary editorial-style piece about Croke Park’s place in the newly emerging world.

An Irishman’s Diary on a momentous final

Monday, Sep 22nd – Sunday, Sep 28th

Monday, Sep 15th – Sunday, Sep 21st

Hawkeye decided a draw would be a fair result at the end of the All-Ireland hurling decider yesterday.

Why are there children’s tickets for the replay but not for the first game?

Monday, Sep 8th – Sunday, Sep 14th

Thanks to Paula Greally for the picture taken in Ballingarry.

Pat Shortt predicts Premier County will kick the Cats up the arse

A word of warning from a Kilkenny supporter for their neighbours . . .

For Kilkenny to prevail Sunday they’ll need Shefflin shuffling

Eve Cullen, still smiling after joining her father on a lesiurely country cycle.

Damian Cullen on the joys of a leisurely spin

Monday, Sep 1st – Sunday, Sep 6th

Feeling outnumbered? Galway supporters at the under-21 hurling semi-final at the weekend surely were.

What’s having the crowd urging one team on worth on the scoreboard?

Thursday, Aug 28th – Sunday, Aug 31st

Monday, Aug 18th – Sunday, Aug 24th

The Hill 16 on Saturday: “Blue skies, bouncy springs, We just named two awesome things, A Nobel prize, a piece of string, You know what’s awesome? EVERYTHING!”

In other essential news, what the story with Annie, Disney Princess and The Little Mermaid?

Thursday, Aug 14th – Sunday, Aug 17th

Monday, Aug 4th – Sunday, Aug 10th

Along with her team-mates US World Cup squad player Nathalie Marchino has faced financial and logistical challenges to reach the World Cup finals in France. Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty Images

An Irish connection is helping the US on their tough road to the World Cup finals in France

Monday, July 28th – Sunday, Aug 3rd

(Tweetto Jackie Tyrrell from Colum Mackey @cMack1987): @Jackllock any chance of RT for my sister, ended up with this tattoo after a night in Tijuana #dedication #kingjackie

Meath should bite their tongue and forget about the incident

Friday, July 25th – Sunday, July 27th

There is a perfect pattern to Tipperary’s senior hurling season this year. In the past 20 weeks, they have played 10 league and championship matches – with 50 goals scored in the matches, an average of 5 per game. Worryingly, however, for the Premier County, more of the three-pointers were scored against the county than for it (27-23). Of the teams remaining in the race for the Liam MacCarthy Cup, Waterford have the worst goals scored to conceded ratio – claiming just seven goals in their last 10 competitive appearances, while allowing 20 hit the net at their end of the pitch. Ominously for all who believe in the “goals win matches” maxim, Kilkenny this year are running at an average of scoring two goals for every one conceded.

Comparisons between soccer and GAA, and the most ignore rule in Gaelic football

Wednesday, July 16th – Sunday, July 20th

Friday, July 11th – Sunday, July 13th

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