Mickey Harte on Diarmuid Connolly: “He’s absolutely a quality player, and has developed into an even better player than he was when he first came on the scene.” Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho/Presseye

Tyrone manager relishing the shot at the back-to-back All-Ireland champions

No wonder West Ham’s opening games of last season were marred by infighting among home and rival supporters. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Perfect for athletics, it will never feel quite at home as a football stadium

Former OCI President Pat Hickey has claimed there are significant inaccuracie sin Justice Carroll Moran’s report on the Rio ticket touting controversy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

However Hickey is ‘pleased to see my reputation and good name have been cleared’

Seb Coe: “We wouldn’t be in the business of marking our own homework at this stage.”  Photograph:  Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Walker was best of the Irish in London in what was his final major championships

Rob Heffernan crosses the finish line in eighth place in London. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Yohann Diniz takes the 50km walk gold as Irish great rages against dying of the light

 Usain Bolt of Jamaica bids farewell to fans after his last World Athletics Championships during day ten of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 13, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. Photograph:  Patrick Smith/Getty

Mo Farah rails against questions about his association with coach still under investigation

Usain Bolt of Jamaica falls to the track in the Men’s 4x100 Relay final. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Sprint legend pulls up injured on his final ever competitive appearance

 Mo Farah applauds the crowd after the race. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Farah loses out to Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris in 5,000m final at World Championships

Mo Farah: vowed he will be ready for the 5,000 metres final. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Most successful British athlete of all time can’t quite shake off suspicions of doping

This will be Rob Heffernan’s seventh World Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Olympic champion Toth among those missing from Sunday morning’s 50km walk

Sebastian Coe: said the biggest challenge facing athletics is not doping; it’s the need to attract a younger and wider audience. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Are the current stricter anti-doping controls ensuring a more level playing field?

 Sally Pearson of Australia wins her 100m hurdles semi-final at the World Athletics Championship in London. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Australian puts two years of crippling injuries behind her to reach 100m hurdles final

South Africa’s Caster Semenya: After falling just short of winning the 1,500m on Monday night, Semenya duly won her heat  in London  in 2:01.34, extending a now unbeaten 23-month winning streak at that distance. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

Only women capable of beating her also understood to be athletes with hyperandrogenism

 Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain celebrates after winning silver in the Women’s 400 metres at the World Athletics Championships in London. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Nigerian-born Salwa Eid Naser’s medal for Bahrain a sign of the times

Isaac Makwala celebrates his second place finish in his 200m semi-final in London. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Botswanan says he is ‘running with anger’ after he stole the show on a sodden day

Isaac Makwala crosses the line in his solitary 200m heat at the World Championships in London. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Botswanan bounces back from 400m exclusion by smashing time needed in solo heat

Isaac Makwala has the chance to compete in the 200m semi-finals after being excluded from the 400m on Tuesday. Photograph: John Walton/PA

Must run 20.53 in a time trial to qualify for semi-finals later on Wednesday evening

Thomas Barr:  affected by  illness which forced him to withdraw from his 400m hurdle semi-final at the World Championships.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish team manager says standard at World Championships getting tougher all the time

Wayde van Niekerk romped to gold in the 400m in London. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Botswana’s medal hope Isaac Makwala refused access to stadium due to illness

Two cases of norovirus have been identified after an outbreak of illness at one of the official London 2017 World Championships hotels. Photograph: PA

Race walkers Rob Heffernan, Brendan Boyce and Alex Wright arrive on Thursday

South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga celebrates his gold medal win after the final of the men’s long jump  at the 2017 IAAF World Championships  in London on Saturday. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

The South African was addicted to crystal meth, but an Irishman helped save his career

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon beats Jenny Simpson (USA, right) and Caster Semenya (South Africa) to win the women’s 1,500m final at London Stadium. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Kenyan Olympic champion takes high-class 1,500m race in London

Thomas Barr of Ireland competes in the Men’s 400 metres hurdles during day three of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships in London. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish hurdler one of a number of athletes struck down with gastroenteritis at Irish team hotel

 Justin Gatlin pips  Christian Coleman and third placed  Usain Bolt  to win the men’s 100m at the World Championships in London.  Photograph:  Kirill Kudryavtse/Getty

Cacophony of booing reminds American that public hadn’t forgotten his doping past

Ireland’s Brian Gregan on the way to finishing sixth in a  400m semi-final  at the World Athletics Championships in London. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Irish runner pleased with sixth place in 45.42 seconds at the World Championships

Ireland’s Thomas Barr in action during his heat of the men’s 400m hurdles at the London Stadium. Photograph: PA Wire

Hurdler initially fifth in his heat but is promoted to fourth after disqualification

Ireland’s Thomas Barr during the Men’s 400m Hurdle heat two at the London Stadium. Photograph: PA

Waterford native progresses in the 400m hurdles at the World Championships

Justin Gatlin bows down to Usain Bolt after the men’s 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in London. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

Previously banned American beat Bolt to 100m gold medal at World Championships

Ireland’s Brian Gregan celebrates after finishing third in the heats of the 400m at World Athletics Championships in London. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Clonliffe Harriers athlete runs his second fastest 400m in London World Championships

Supporters are pictured in Usain Bolt masks during day one of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium Photograph:  Patrick Smith/Getty Images

English capital, like athletics, was always close to the heart of the great Kerry writer

 Usain Bolt celebrating winning the men’s 200m final at the National stadium as part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Seventh major 100m title beckons for Jamaican in his final global championship

Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates while crossing the finish line to win the men’s 10,000m final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

It’s now a hat-trick of world titles and an undefeated record that stretches six years

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean dejected after finishing 13th in her Women’s 1500m heats at the World Athletics Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Irish runner finished 13th and last in her heat with the top six finishers qualifying

Usain Bolt  during a training session ahead of the World Athletics Championships in London 2017. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

London’s Olympic Stadium the venue for the biggest global sporting event of the year

Mo Farah training prior to the  World Athletics Championships in London where he will seek to win another 5000/10,000 metre double. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A third 5,000/10,000m double at the World Championships would be some way to bow out

Ciara Mageean: will have learnt a lot from competing at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Star-studded field makes Women’s 1,500m one of the most competitive events of all

Ciara Mageean will face Caster Semenya in her 1,500m heats at the World Championships in London. Photo: Inpho

South African has opted to attempt an 800m/1,500m double at World Championships

Rory Gallagher: has quit his post as Donegal senior football manager. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fermanagh man walks away following heavy defeats to Tyrone and Galway

Roscommon’s Donie Smith kicks the equalising point from a free to secure a draw against Mayo in the All-Ireland quarater-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Addition of Mayo-Roscommon replay could see total figure climb to around 200,000

Cillian O’Connor missed late chances to see Mayo past Roscommon in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Rochford’s side will have played a mammoth nine games if they reach the All-Ireland final

Roscommon’s Fintan Cregg, Niall McInerney and Ronan Stack try block a late attempt by Cillian O’Connor of Mayo which went wide. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht sides will have to do it all again at Croke Park on August bank holiday Monday

 Ireland’s Patience Jumbo Gula celebrates after winning the bronze medal  in the 100m the European Youth Olympic Festival  in Gyor, Hungary. Photograph:   Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Gina Akpe-Moses, Patience Jumbo-Gula and Rhasidat Adeleke represent new generation

David Moran: 'That’s the key to rejuvenating a team; you need fresh blood coming in. It’s great that guys are putting up their hand.' Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Faces may change but ultimate success in September remains Kingdom’s sole goal

Daniel Flynn: “I’m content with my life, enjoying my football as well. If you are down in the dumps it is bound to have knock-on-effect on the field.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Footballer of the Month for June looking forward to facing Armagh in Croke Park

 Down’s Kevin McKernan in action against Monaghan’s Vinny Corey during the Ulster semi-final. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Presseye/Inpho

Ideal chance for Malachy O’Rourke’s side to avenge their defeat in Ulster to Down

Patrick Collins: “Limerick have been very impressive in their first two games. We’re looking forward to it but we know it’s going to be a huge task.” Photograph: Inpho

After senior and minor success, Rebels face a difficult assignment against Limerick

Gina Akpe-Moses celebrates as she crosses the line to take 100-metre gold in the Under-20 European championships in Italy. Photograph: Sportsfile

18-year-old took gold in the 100-metres at under-20 European championships in Italy

Thomas Barr on his way to winning the 400m hurdles title on Sunday in Santry. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Barr fell just short of his championship best, but retained his national 400m hurdle title

Cork’s Sean Powter in  action with  Jason Doherty of Mayo during All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 4A at the  Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Manager steps down after extra-time thriller that sets Mayo up for clash with Roscommon

Mayo’s Evan Regan appeals after  a point  is waved wide during the All-Ireland SFC Round 4A Qualifier against Cork at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo make it seven quarter-finals in a row; Peader Healy steps down as Cork boss

The first mountain bike trail in the Dublin Mountains at Ticknock Forrest, near Sandyford, Co Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Glencullen golf course has been adapted to an activity circuit, a sign of changing times

Tyrone celebrate their Ulster title win. “You might win one game, but you won’t beat a Kerry or a Dublin or a Tyrone back-to-back. I’ve no doubt about that,” says O’Brien. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Presseye/Inpho

Carlow boss says new system will ensure that strong counties grow even stronger

Irish sprinter secures rare sprinting gold medal in Italy

Mayo endured a similarly stuttering championship campaign last year – but they still reached the final and forced eventual champions Dublin to a replay.

Former Mayo boss believes struggling Rebels are still capable of producing a big display

 Thomas Barr is back in training in perfect timing for this weekend’s Irish Life Health National Championships at Santry. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

400 metres hurdler hopes to be in rude health for National Championships at Santry

Sonia O’Sullivan presenting her daughter Sophie with a medal at Cork City Sports on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

'It’s important for young athletes to explore and enjoy the things beyond the track'

 Clare coach and selector Donal Óg Cusack with joint managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The former Cork champion hopes to coach his Clare team to victory at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Ireland’s Jason Smyth (right) wins the Men’s 200m T13 Final during day five of the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships at London Stadium. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

The Irish sprinter continued his complete dominance of the T13 200m in London

Down’s Jerome Johnston with Cathal McCarron of Tyrone during the Ulster football final at Clones. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Substitute Ronan O’Neill grabs two goals as Harte’s men see off outclassed Down

 Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop celebrate their gold medals at the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in London. Photograph: Luc Percival/Sportsfile

Duo claim victories within 10 minutes of each other at World Para Athletics Championships

Sean Cavanagh is tackled during Tyrone’s Ulster SFC final win over Down. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho/Presseye

Mickey Harte lifts Anglo-Celt Cup for a sixth time as his side ultimately cruise to victory

Britain’s  Mo Farah wins the  3,000m at the r Anniversary Games at London Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

The question of whether or not he is clean will continue to follow him no matter what

Cian O’Neill: “We’ve invested a lot of time, energy and hard work into trying to get our game plan right.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cian O’Neill’s side braced for crucial test against defending All-Ireland champions

The Olympics in Ireland is a simply ridiculous idea and Shane Ross needs to step into the real world. Photo: Getty Images

The assertion that Ireland could host the Olympics is absolutely and utterly ludicrous

Clare selector Donal Óg Cusack said in no way were his loyalties tested during Sunday’s  Munster SHC final against Cork. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Clare selector and former Cork goalkeeper calls for standardisation of sliotar manufacture

The start of last year’s Dublin marathon. Photograph: Inpho

All 20,000 race entries filled over three months ahead of the event on October 29th

Jim Gavin at the Dublin senior football press conference, at The Gibson Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

Gavin has resumed full cooperation with RTE in terms of doing one-on-one interviews

Niall Kelly eludes a challenge from Colm Begley  of Laois: “We’re under no illusions about what Dublin can bring, what they will bring.” Photograph: Donal Farmer/Inpho

‘We don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion’ says impressive Lilywhite forward

Jonny Cooper: “There seems to be a good bit of expectation amongst themselves, Kildare GAA, and the team, and they’ve a manager, a coach, who’s put a lot into them.”

Dublin stalwart is looking forward to locking horns with an expectant Kildare again

Clare have apologised to Cork for a member of their backroom team throwing away Anthony Nash’s sliotars. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork will not take the matter further, having considered approach to Munster Council

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash and Damian Cahalane celebrate after the final whistle. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meanwhile, the indications are that Brian Cody will be back for more with Kilkenny

The new Páirc Uí Chaoimh will open up for the hurling quarter-finals on the weekend of July 22nd and July 23rd. Photograph: Cork County Board.

Renovated stadium will open its doors again for meeting of Clare and Tipperary on July 22nd

Roscommon players celebrate after beating Galway to win the Connacht SFC. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

A year ago no one would have believed Roscommon or Cork could do what they did

Waterford’s Tadhg de Burca gets his shot away despite pressure from TJ Reid of Kilkenny at  Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All-Ireland SHC Qualifier: Kilkenny were out-hurled both in normal and extra-time

Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan celebrates after the All-Ireland hurling qualifier win over Kilkenny at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cats rage against the dying of the light in seismic Semple Stadium clash

Germany’s John Degenkolb and Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish lie on the ground after falling near the finish line of the fourth stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

Mark Cavendish’s injury shows the risks on the bike, but running is a different level

Clare player Podge Collins: “Cork are the form side, will be favourites. They gave us a nice trimming in the league down in Páirc Uí Rinn.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Player says final is ‘massive occasion’ for county given their poor record over the years

Dublin defender Cian O’Callaghan: believes all the pressure will be on Tipperary in the knockout qualifier at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Optimistic defender hoping to make amends for hammering inflicted in league clash

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly: player who is serving a 12-week suspension will become eligible to play for Dublin in the semi-finals if they advance. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cooper believes team-mate was ‘probably’ hard done by in ‘Sunday Game’ analysis

Kilkenny’s Liam Blanchfield under pressure from Seamus Hickey of Limerick at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Limerick fearless but wasteful and naive in encounter Cody calls ‘hell for leather’

Kilkenny’s Pádraig Walsh under pressure from David Dempsey of Limerick during the All-Ireland Round One hurling qualifier at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Brian Cody’s side were lucky that the visitors were so off target at Nowlan Park

Pat Hickey:  gave his version of events surrounding  Rio  when interviewed by Paul Williams on Newstalk Breakfast.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Ex-OCI boss fails to address key questions about tickets controversy in interview

Éamonn Cregan: “In Nowlan Park, Kilkenny will always be competitive, and I still think they will be a force to be reckoned with as the championship progresses.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former star Éamonn Cregan says victory in Nowlan Park a big ask for a young team

Mona McSharry has won 50m breaststroke gold at the European Junior Championships. Photograph: Giorgio Perottino/Inpho

16-year-old from Donegal wins 50-metre breaststroke in Netanya, Israel

Jack O’Connor: “I love playing, I love championship matches. That’s what I train for, and this is what’s going to be the end product.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Wexford team mascot in 1997 now looking forward to facing Galway in Leinster final

Tipperary’s Pádraic Maher in action against Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meeting of Kilkenny and Limerick the highlight of hurling qualifier draw

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald in the team huddle ahead of the Allianz Hurling League quarter-final against Kilkenny at Nowlan Park in April. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Wexford’s hurling manager reflects on a dynamic time for the county

Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke. Photograph:  Philip Magowan/Inpho/Presseye

Defeat last year to Longford ended the summer campaign earlier than expected

Dublin manager Jim Gavin hit out at Pat Spillane and ‘The Sunday Game’ over comments on Diarmuid Connolly. Photo: Inpho

Even ‘The Sunday Game’ themselves fell for it. Maybe Connolly should have been let off?

Down’s Conor Maginn and Kieran Hughes of Monaghan contest a high ball at the Athletic Grounds. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Eamonn Burns’ charges produce an energetic, skilful display to shock Monaghan

Mark English (centre) finishing second to  Thijmen Kupers  of The Netherlands in the men’s 800m at Stockholm last week. English registered an impressive victory  in 1:49.02 at the European Team Championships in Finland. Photo: Anders Wiklund/EPA

Ireland secure First League status at European Team Championships in Vaasa

Down’s Ryan Johnston takes on his man. Photograph: Inpho

Darragh O’Hanlon’s second half penalty puts Down in their first Ulster final since 2012

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt  embraces South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk after winning the “Salute to a Legend” 100 metres during the Racers Grand Prix at the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. Photograph: Bryan Cummings/AP

Wayde van Niekerk already has the times to claim the mantle of the retiring Usain Bolt

OCI president Sara Keane at the organisation’s pre-AGM media briefing at the Davenport Hotel. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

President Sarah Keane confirms costs to date are €1.5 million – and rising

The OCI has paid out €1.04 million in legal fees alone.

‘The past year has been extremely damaging, financially, as well as reputationally’

The late introduction of Dermot Malone before  the Ulster quarter-final win over Cavan illustrates Monaghan’s strength in depth. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Experience the key to Malachy O’Rourkes’s side reaching four of the last five Ulster finals

Claire McCarthy running the Women’s Half Marathon at the 2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. Her selection for London was confirmed last month. Photograph: Karel Delvoije/Inpho

Returning to distance running after giving birth is not child’s play, but has real benefits

Bernard Brogan: his proven quality will still be an asset for  Dublin this summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Proven forward still has plenty to offer Jim Gavin this summer, reckons his brother

Davy Fitzgerald confronts Jason Forde during the league semi-final at Nowlan Park.  “I deserved the ban, I was on the field, and if you’re on the field, that’s it, you accept it.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New vantage point proved an eye-opener for Wexford manager in the defeat of Kilkenny

Roscommon’s Conor Devaney with Dean McGovern and James Rooney of Leitrim in the Connacht senior football  semi-final at Dr Hyde Park. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Roscommon finish Connacht senior football semi-final with 10 different scorers

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