Athlone Town have been awarded €200,000 under the  Sports Capital Programme. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

GAA, FAI and IRFU the chief beneficiaries as overall funding rises by €500k

Paddy Andrews of Dublin is tackled by Kerry’s Fionn Fitzgerald during this year’s All-Ireland senior football final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Spending 2011 in the stands has made the Dublin forward a better player

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid has been named the GAA/GPA Hurler of the Month for Sepetember. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Body language says it all for Kilkenny’s comeback king and All-Ireland winner

Cian O’Neill has been appointed as the new Kildare football manager, while Joe Quaid will take charge of the county’s hurlers. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Limerick goalkeeper Joe Quaid will take charge of the Kildare hurlers

Stephen Rochford: guided Galway club Corofin to an impressive All-Ireland club final success earlier this year.

Mayo native and current Corofin manager has impressive credentials for the job

 Bernard Brogan: “My two gripes are the length of the season, and the need for more games of importance. And I wouldn’t do that by taking away games.”

Trio believe current GAA season in real need of a pragmatic if radical overhaul

GPA chief executive  Dessie Farrell with county footballers, from left, Dermot Malone, Monaghan, Michael Quinlivan, Tipperary, James McCarthy, Dublin, Ronan Sweeney, Kildare and Michael Quinn, Longford, at the presentation of the GPA’s Football Competitions Proposal. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

More games in a condensed season part of GPA plan for new-look football season

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has unveiled its proposals to the GAA’s competition structures review. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Structure of the football competition has been a burning issue for several years’

Lizzie Lee: “I’m not presuming I’m going, not at all, but I’m in contention, and I’m going to train like I am, until someone tells me I’m not. Because if I do make the start line in Rio I want to be in the best possible condition I can be.”

Cork athlete has a great chance of making it to Olympic Games after her run in Berlin marathon

Kevin Seaward produced the fastest Irish marathon performance in three years in Berlin. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland to have full quota of men’s marathon runners for first time since Barcelona 1992

Ireland’s Paul Pollock has already proved he is capable of bettering the Olympic marathon qualification time of 2:17:00. Photograph: Ian McNicol: Inpho.

Countdown to next year’s Olympics has begun with distance runners giving their all

Denis Bastick: “Anything is possible with this team. We’ve three All-Irelands, early in the decade, and who knows what can happen.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Veteran midfielder didn’t allow a stolen car impinge on his focus for the big game

Philly McMahon tackles Kieran Donaghy: “It probably did look bad. But there was no intention whatsoever.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘This is Gaelic football, we get stuck into each other and we shake hands after it’

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly waits to take a free during Sunday’s All-Ireland football final win over Kerry. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Brian Rennick strongly disagreed with DRA tribunal’s decision to rescind suspension

A dejected looking Colm Cooper after Kerry’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Kerry manager gives honest credit to victors after their comprehensive win

Kerry players celebrate their minor football final victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Jack O’Connor’s young charges dominate to cast a bright light on Kingdom’s future

Sonia O’Sullivan was one of the many Irish athletes to accept a scholarship at a US university. Photograph: Getty.

American universities didn’t so much open a path of opportunity as bulldoze it

Paul Geaney has been given the nod ahead of Kieran Donaghy for Sunday’s All-Ireland final with Dublin. Photo: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has instead decided to name Paul Geaney at full forward

Dublin footballer Denis Bastick feels that Stephen Cluxton’s kick-outs have been over-analysed and is confident going into Sunday’s All-Ireland final with Kerry. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Dublin midfielder feels analysis of Cluxton’s kick-outs has been completely overplayed

Kerry’s Marc Ó Sé in action in the Munster final against Cork. “Physically, I feel great, so I’ll just keep going as long as I feel I can,” he says. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry defender not thinking about records or retirement – only winning sixth medal

Kieran Donaghy: ‘The battling for positions and starting jerseys has been huge all summer. It’s probably the main reason why we’re back in this position . . . We all have to fight for that jersey.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland SFC final: Skipper banishing all thoughts of lifting Sam Maguire

Dublin hurler Mark Schutte and Galway’s Dave Collins at a press conference announcing the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival Announcement, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox

It will be the first time since November 1954 that hurling will be played at the world famous home of the Boston Red Sox

Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice celbrates beating Donegal in last year’s All-Ireland Senior Football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Kerry boss relishing a tight contest and his first championship win over rivals

Kerry selector Diarmuid Murphy won four All-Ireland medals as a goalkeeper with the county. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Exploits of Dublin’s netminder has not gone unnoticed by Kingdom’s All-Ireland winner

Limerick’s Cian Lynch and Simon Donohoe of Wexford during the Under-21 hurling final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Impressive Treaty county led from early on, playing to the tune of a 18,554 crowd at Semple Stadum

Wexford’s Conor McDonald will be determined to help his side take Under-21 glory in Thurles. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Battle for the Cross of Cashel trophy is set to be tight in repeat of 1996 senior final

Mick Murphy, who won the Rás Tailteann in 1958, was also an acrobat, rower, weight lifter and sporting philosopher.photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Winner of Rás Tailteann in 1958 would cut vein of cow and drink blood during race

Former Dublin captain Bryan Cullen with Morgan Freeman, Savannah Keogh, Summer O’Callaghan and Charlie O Reilly from St Audoens NS, Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Former All-Ireland winning captain reckons tactics will be vital in final against Kerry

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody on his future: “I was able to obviously marry both all along, and it won’t have any influence on what I decide to do or not to do.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Kilkenny manager is very forthright about how hurling can be improved

Jackie Tyrell celebrates Kilkenny’s All-Ireland Hurling victory over Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

'You want to be playing, you want to be out there, but to say nine medals is unbelievable.'

Jim Gavin: the Dublin manager does not believe that Diarmuid Connolly’s appeal process was in any way distracting.  Photograph: Dublin

Dublin manager believes his side will learn a lot about themselves from two matches against Mayo

Galway defender Iarla Tannian competes with Kilkenny’s TJ Reid during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny manager was not concerned as his side trailed by three points at half time

Joe Canning’s uncharacteristic late miss denied Galway the chance to get back into the All-Ireland final against Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

Ian O’Riordan looks at five key turning points in the Cats’ All-Ireland final win

Dublin manager Jim Gavin Photograph ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

A week of controversy and debate ends with a seven-point win for Gavin’s side

Clare’s Podge Collins: “It’s going to go professional eventually. It’s just a matter of when and who makes that happen.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Páirc Life’ looks at how GAA players feel about being amateurs in a professional era

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Richie Hogan: former player Derek Lyng must now instill confidence into the players: Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny selector says watching from the sideline creates a different kind of emotion

Michael Delaney: has served alongside manager Brian Cody since 2005 – a glorious period of success in Kilkenny hurling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In his decade with the Cats, their fitness trainer has sought to keep things fresh

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh:  “Every player wants to be playing, but if someone is going better than you they deserve to be playing.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Under Brian Cody’s regime, current form alone determines team selection

Brian Cody: “We learn from each other, and we learn from matches. We learn from all the various aspects of the game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny manager’s killer instinct constantly being honed by adapting to ‘challenge’

Nickel Ashmeade, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter and Astafa Powell take a picture with fans after winning gold in the 4x100m men relay during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium. Photo: Diego Azubel/PA

After the recent talk of cheating these championships were needed

Rob Heffernan came fifth in the 50km race walk in the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

Cork athlete fails to defend World Championship title as Matej Tóth takes the gold

Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers crosses  the finish line to win the 200m women’s final at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch runner takes gold in a time of 21.63 - the third fastest in history

Gold medallist Usain Bolt turns to wave to the crowd during the victory ceremony for the men’s 200 metres. Photograph: Getty Images

Beijing has seen the second-longest-ever triple jump and the third-furthest javelin throw

Rob Heffernan on issue of doping in his event: “I hear about all these doping allegations, and I think to myself, ‘sure I’ve already known this the whole time.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork man feeling confident having trained for month in Atlas Mountains

A cameraman riding a segway drives into a celebrating Usain Bolt after the men’s 200m final at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Photograph: Rolex De La Pena/EPA

Jamaican sprinter reaches landmark as he completes sprint double over Justin Gatlin

Usain Bolt rounds the bend in his 200m semi-final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

With two Kenyan athletes suspended for failing doping tests, all eyes are on 200m final

 Ciara Everard of Ireland competes in the Women’s 800 metres heats during day five of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Irish duo disappointed not to get out of their heats in World Championships

Dublin’s Denis Bastick: “A lot of it is mental. We are a better team. We have been improving the last few years but there is the mental factor in that.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Veteran midfielder says Jim Gavin’s side know what it takes to get over the line

“Eoin, barring something else happens, will be available for selection. There’s no doubt about that, and we have no concerns about Eoin’s participation.”

Kilkenny manager has ‘no concerns’ over the fitness of Larkin and Ger Aylward for Galway decider

Dublin manager Jim gavin has described Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea as the “form player in Ireland at the moment”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin manager has faith in ability of backs to cope with Mayo attacking threat

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates next to Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers as she wins the final of the women’s 100m at the World Championships  in Beijing. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Kenyans take clean sweep in steeplechase, while shock of day came in the pole vault

Kerry O’Flaherty missed out on place in the steeplechase final at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

Finn, Treacy and O’Flaherty out in steeplechase semis while Pena out of pole vault

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates winning the final of the men’s 100 metres at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Brilliant Jamaican wins fifth major title in ‘hardest’ 100m of his career

Thomas Barr: finished fourth in his semi-final, clocking 48.71 seconds. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Irish duo come up short in 800m and 400m hurdles respectively

Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt cross the finish line  in Beijing. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

It was hero v villian at the 100m World Championship final in Beijing as Bolt won out

Mark English finished fifth in the semi-finals of the 800m at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

Fifth place finish rounds off disappointing day at World Championships for Irish

Thomas Barr has reached the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

Barr remains on course to become first Irish man to reach World Championships final

Mark English through to the semi-finals of the 800m in Beijing. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Things didn’t go entirely to plan for UCD student in World Championships opener

Mo Farah: hasn’t lost a 10,000m race since the 2011 World Championships. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Ian O'Riordan looks through the Beijing schedule and picks out the events to watch or record

Irish men’s 800metre champion Mark English has a relatively easy opening heat at the IAAF World Athletic Championships. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho.

Ian O'Riordan profiles the 16 Irish athletes competing in Beijing and when they are competing

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt wins gold ahead of Justin Gatlin of the United States in the 100 metres final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Truth may be less black and white than some are billing it in sprint showdown

Thomas Barr’s Irish 400m hurdles record of 48.65 seconds, set in June, ranks him 11th fastest of the Beijing entrants. Photogaph: Ramsey Cardy/ Sportsfile

400m hurdler aiming to become first Irishman to reach World Championship final

Kerry’s David Moran: “Whatever about their defensive system, they haven’t got enough credit for some of the footballers they have.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Kerry midfielder was on the losing side in the final at Croke Park in 2008

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte’s greatest moments have come against Kerry but his team will go in as underdogs on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All-Ireland semi-final will reveal whether team have reached Kerry’s level, says manager

Conor McDonald: “It’s a different Wexford side, it’s a different Antrim side, it’s another game. I suppose, from the personal side of things, you think ‘we have to put it right’.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Memories of shock defeat in 2013 to Ulster side very fresh in the Model County

Jim Gavin says players are not given credit for sacrifices they make to play game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin manager wanted sin bin to be introduced but believes black card is working well

Peter Harte: “They all play the Tyrone way, if you like. A brand of football where you use your head in certain situations.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye /Inpho

Stalwart believes qualifier run and arrival of fresh talent has stiffened Ulster side’s resolve

Galway’s Jason Flynn along with fellow forwards Cathal Mannion and Conor Whelan, now turn their attention to Saturday’s All-Ireland under-21 semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

Three of Galway’s starting senior forward line also targeting place in under-21 final

 Mikey Sheehy with manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice, trainer Cian O’Neill and fellow selector Diarmuid Murphy. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Kerry selector highlights big totals racked up by Mickey Harte’s team so far this summer

Benjamin Reynolds of North Down AC and Gerard O’Donnell of Carrick-on-Shannon AC on their marks before the race. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Thomas Barr won a fifth national title in the 400m hurdles ahead of World Championships

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearthy closes in on Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo captain happy to reflect on a ‘satisfying’ Croke Park victory over Donegal

Tyrone’s Peter Harte fields the ball against Monaghan at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Malachy O’Rourke admits Tyrone were better side on the day

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher  described Mayo as “a team in the prime of their health” Photo: INPHO/James Crombie

Donegal fall short against fresher Mayo side

Tyrone’s Mattie Donnelly celebrates after the final whistle Photo: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Mickey Harte’s team will again face Kerry in Croke Park

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean will hope to secure the necessary A-standard at 1,500m at the National Championships  to ensure qualification for World Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

National Track and Field Championships preview

Sebastian Coe called the recent revelations aimed at atheltics “a war on my sport”. Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters

Coe during the week blasted the recent doping allegations aimed at athletics

Kilkenny’s Ger Aylward scores his side’s fourth goal against Wexford despite the efforts of  Liam Ryan. The Kilkenny sharpshooter contributed 3-5 form play that day. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Top-class talent had always impressed in the underage grades for the Cats

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley vies for possession with Fermanagh’s Marty O’Brien. “No one should just be happy getting into the 26. Lads shouldn’t be happy until they have that starting jersey.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Midfielder determined to reclaim his place in the starting XV after Fermanagh snub

Dublin’s Philip McMahon tackles Sean Quigley of Fermanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Fermanagh forward says ex-Donegal manager wrong to say they celebrated defeat

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan believes the Mayo-Donegal quarter-final is too close to call. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Dublin defender says Kerry are clear favourites after their demolition of Kildare

Donegal’s Frank McGlynn tackles Galway’s Paul Conroy at Croke Park. “This year, with the two weeks’ recovery after the Ulster final, that has made a big difference.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

But defender says Donegal in better shape now to face Connacht kingpins than they were in 2013

Hurdler Thomas Barr: this weekend’s National Championships in Santry will be his last race before Beijing. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Hurdler Thomas Barr believes that athletes who dope are essentially stealing from others

Cillian Buckley: “It’s turning into a fierce game of athleticism and fitness. It’s probably suiting me, and it is a place I enjoy playing.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Defender claiming the mantle left by the likes of JJ Delaney, Tommy Walsh and Brian Hogan

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal during the Connacht SFC Final at Dr Hyde Park in  Roscommon. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cillian O’Connor has no problem sharing the burden of scoring with talented team-mate

Fiona Doyle shows off the silver medal she won  in the 50m breaststroke at the  World University Games in Gwangju.

Limerick athlete says she is not going to Rio Olympics merely to participate

The investigative trail that ultimately led to what is being described as “the biggest leak of blood test data in sporting history” began in Kenya

‘Sunday Times’ and ARD/WDR revelations show Russia and Kenya worst offenders

Sebastian Coe is in the final two weeks of his campaign to take over as president of the IAAF. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

That news concerns endurance events comes as particular blow to the sport

Doping scandal: None of the athletes have been named. Photograph: Getty Images

Clarification urged on 3% of Irish athletes who may have had abnormal bloods

Darren McCurry tries to shrug off the attentions of Sligo’s Niall Murphy as Tyrone booked their place in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Monaghan up next as back-door specialists enter business end of summer with authority

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh gets his shot away despite the attempted block of Sligo’s Brian Curran during the  All-Ireland Round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s side keep up 100% record in round four as momentum grows

Mark English running in the Cork City Sports in early July. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 800m runner was a UCD class-mate of two of the Berkelely tragedy victims

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien in action against Cork in the Munster SFC Final replay against Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Colm Cooper again starts on bench as defending champions face Kildare in Sunday’s quarter-final

Derry footballer Aaron Devlin passed away on Thursday after battling an aggressive strain of meningitis. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ballinderry player was battling an aggressive strain of meningitis

Limerick’s Cian Lynch and Clarecaptain   Conor Cleary will be in action in the Munster U-21 final at Cusack Park. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Limerick star Cian Lynch braced for final at a packed Cusack Park

Former  Cork manager Brian Cuthbert looks dejected at Semple Stadium during his side’s loss to Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Footballers beaten by Kildare in qualifiers having almost toppled Kerry in Munster final

Clare and Dublin will meet in a play-off at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Saturday.  Photograph: Inpho

Winners face two games in three days as Wexford quarter Wexford set for Bank Holiday Monday

Dublin’s quarter-final last season drew over 72,000 to Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Crowd of 50,000 expected at Croke Park for quarter-final double-header

Philly McMahon dismisses notion that an easy run in Leinster has left Dublin unprepared. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin corner back enjoys supporting attack but stresses stopping opposition is priority

It’s been a contrasting week for Cork and Galway GAA. Photograph: Inpho

Gavin Cummiskey and Ian O’Riordan with the main talking points from the weekend

 Jonathan Glynn gathers the ball from his tap over before scoring Galway’s  first goal  in the  All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tribesmen showing form reminiscent of 2012 as they set up Tipperary semi-final

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