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

Countess and Erol, seven-week old terrier crosses. Photograph: Fran Veale.

Centre in Finglas to cost €400,000 to run and creates seven new jobs

Farmers use hurleys at work and play.

Plus: GAA clubs abroad, Féile Peile na nÓg, Twitter Twaddle and midges

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