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 ahead of Sunday’s Leinster final against Galway

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

Part of the former athletics track at Belfield is now being used as a car park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Six years later, Ireland’s biggest university lacks a proper suitable facility for athletes

 Caster Semenya winning the women’s   800m  at the Golden League Bislett Games in Oslo. Photograph: Vidar Ruud/Reuters

Implications of intersex athletes and hyperandrogenism yet to be finally addressed

Ireland’s Thomas Barr came third in the Diamond League meeting in Oslo. Photo: Inpho

Despite running in last lane, 24-year-old surged to claim third in Diamond League race

Cathal McCarron and Michael Murphy of Donegal in last year’s Ulster SFC final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Rejuvenated and younger Donegal side ready for familiar Ulster rivals Tyrone

Mayo’s Tom Parsons as the the launch of the  GPA’s  new three year strategic plan. Photograph:  Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Defeat to Galway in Connacht semi-final won’t halt a side used to dealing with adversity

Dermot Earley: launched the GPA’s 45-page strategic plan, entitled Players Thrive On and Off the Field. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

GPA CEO wants to consult with members on ‘Super 8’ plans for hurling championship

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean is aiming for titles and new records. Photograph: Inpho

‘Sonia was a fantastic athlete, if I can go after some of those records it would be special’

 Sean Armstrong is congratulated by supporters after the semi-final victory over Mayo at Salthill. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Skilful forward delighted to be playing his part in Kevin Walsh’s improving panel

Galway’s Sean Armstrong is congratulated by supporters after beating Mayo. Photograph: Inpho

‘Everyone knows what Sean brings to the panel; he is a natural corner-forward’

A view of the ongoing redevelopment at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

New Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium won’t be ready to host first game until mid-July

 Conor Moynagh reacts to Ryan Connolly’s miss at the end of the game. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Width of a post denies Cavan a replay as Ryan Connolly’s shot hits the woodwork

 Paul Hession celebrates winning his  200m heat at the Beijing Olympic Games. Hession’s national records for the  100m and 200 metres, set in 2007, still stand. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Could the likes of Jack McCaffrey or Sean Murphy have been another Paul Hession?

Seán O’Shea has impressed Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice while training with the senior panel. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Éamonn Fitzmaurice has added U21 stars to senior panel ahead of Clare clash

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly walks away from linesman Ciaran Branagan against Carlow. Photograph: Inpho

Is 12 weeks enough or too much? ‘Looking at the incident on its own, it’s a little bit harsh’

Michael Murphy at Croke Park where the GAA and GPA announced  a new partnership with Pat the Baker. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Donegal star dismisses suggestions that supplements are being widely abused

Pádraic Maher: says criticism has helped bring the Tipperary squad together.  Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Defender believes some of commentary on Cathal Barrett was ‘ridiculous’ and ‘personal’

 Henry Shefflin reckons Kilkenny will be a completely different proposition to what Wexford faced in early April, and injury worries aside, Brian Cody (pictured) will have done his homework this time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Quarter-final defeat to Wexford has primed Cody’s men for semi-final, says Shefflin

Aogán Ó Fearghail is hopeful that the proposals will also help ease the club fixture problems. Photograph: Inpho

Proposals would mean Leinster and Munster Championships would be on round-robin basis

 Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice is not happy with Sport Ireland. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Kerry boss unhappy with length of the process and asks how was it leaked to media?

 Ciara Neville of Castletroy College, Co Limerick, embraces Aoife Lynch of Luttrellstown, Co Dublin, after winning the Senior Girl’s 100m at Tullamore.  Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Her performances help Castletroy to the senior girls’ team title at Tullamore

Louth’s Beven Duffy and Jim McEneaney tackle Graham Reilly of Meath. Photograph: Inpho

Graham Reilly hits seven points from play as match remains tight until final quarter

Brendan O’Sullilvan: he took one capsule before the game and another at half-time before making an appearance as a substitute in last year’s league final against Dublin Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Delay over publicising the banned stimulant Brendan O’Sullivan took quite mystifying

Brendan O’Sullivan:  did not consult with or check with the Kerry team nutritionist    before ingesting the Oxyburn Pro Superthermotech tablet. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Why did it take 13 months to identify product which presents a risk for similar cases?

Jamie Clarke: opted out for the entire 2016 season but re-established himself during Armagh’s league run this year. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Corner forward to start for first time in two years in Ulster quarter-final against Down

Brendan O’Sullivan’s failed drugs test was cause by fat-burning pills called ‘Oxyburn Pro Superthermotech.’ Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sport Ireland reduced Kerry player’s ban for taking ‘contaminated product’ to 21 weeks

Clare’s Aron Shanagher in action against Waterford’s  Stephen Daniels and Conor Gleeson during the teams’ league clash at Cusack Park in March. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho e

Skilful forward expecting a fierce battle with Limerick as rivals vie for coveted final place

“It’s unfortunate in this case that Cathal was out injured and he let his guard down.”

County secretary suggests door will remain open for possible return

Armagh’s Jamie Clarke at the launch of the 2017 Global Games Development Fund. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

The 26-year-old will play championship football for the first time since 2015 this year

Laois’s Charles Dwyer, Wexford’s John Tubritt and Laois’s Ross King become involved in an off the ball tussle during the Leinster senior hurling championship quarter-final at  O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Davy Fitzgerald’s absence not felt as Wexford push home advantage in second half

Kerry have confirmed footballer Brendan O’Sullivan (R) missed a drugs test after last year’s Allianz League final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Offence came in wake of 2016 Allianz League final defeat to Dublin at Croke Park

Wheel deal: Carlow GAA Football Manager Turlough O’Brien has just published a book, ‘Cycling South Leinster: Great Road Routes’. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Manager wants his team to shake their negative self-image as they prepare to face Dublin

Sam Barry: “The dream is to become number one in the world, to win Grand Slams and stuff. The reality is I’ve got to be top-100 before I can even start talking about that.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A documentary about the Irish tennis player shows just how isolated the tour can be

Wexford’s Lee Chin at the launch of the Global Games Development Fund at  Iveagh House in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Banned hurling manager ‘sees everything, we just can’t see him’, says Lee Chin

Dublin’s Shane Barrett: “Hopefully on Sunday now, we right the wrongs and come out with a win. And I’m very confident we can.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Defender Shane Barrett says he is confident Dublin can up their game to beat Galway

Carlow’s Brendan Murphy scores a late goal during their Leinster SFC first round win over Wexford. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Wexford manager Séamus McEnaney held back in his assessment of referee Fergal Kelly

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan takes on Cork’s Damian Cahalane during last year’s Munster championship meeting. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Fermanagh face tough task in Clones, Mayo to get past Sligo while Tipperary and Cork clash

Former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey, is still awaiting a court date to face ticket-touting charges in Brazil. Photograph: Getty Images

Change will happen regardless of outcome of the still pending ticket-touting charges

John Treacy talking the silver medal in Los Angeles in 1984 with  a time of 2:09:56

Dick Hooper say Irish athletes ‘went soft in their thinking and willingness to do the work’

 Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke has this season welcomed back a fully fit  Jack McCarron (left). Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Trevor Lucy

Fermanagh not sure of fitness of key players such as Ryan Jones and Tomas Corrigan

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea: “I am good even though I obviously missed out on some game fitness I would liked to have had coming into the championship.” Photograph:  INPHO/Donall Farmer

Player has been dropped despite coming off the bench in final two league games

Kevin McManamon at the launch of the Topaz Cash for Clubs in Ringsend, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph:  INPHO/James Crombie

Psychology behind McManamon’s game has taken him from an ‘imposter’ to a winner

Eoin Morton  celebrates winning the second stage of the Rás last year from Mullingar to Charleville in Cork. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan

Morton last year became first rider with a full-time job to win a Rás stage in seven years

Kevin McManamon in action for club side St Jude’s. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Forward raring to go ahead of June 3rd Leinster opener against Wexford or Carlow

Wexford manager Seamus McEnaney: “I think it’s been cut and dried for the last 10 years . . . I think Dublin are still streaks ahead of everyone else.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wexford manager enjoying challenge but stresses coaches ‘life commitment’

Cork’s Seamus Harnedy tackles Michael Cahill of Tipperary. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

All-Ireland champions are still haunted by 16 point defeat to Galway in the league final

Wicklow manager Johnny Magee: “It will be interesting to see the loss of players, next year, and not just in Wicklow, but all the so-called weaker counties. Just getting fellas committing to county squads. I hope I’m wrong, but I think there will be.”

Wicklow manager says it’s been a frustrating season so far ahead of Leinster first round

Tipperary’s Jason Forde clashes with Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny in April. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One-match ban rules Forde out of Munster hurling quarter-final against Cork on Sunday

Olympian Mick Clohisey, international athlete Clare Gibbons-McCarthy, reigning national champion Laura Graham and two-time national marathon champion Sean Hehir, launched the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon and Race Series at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

2017 race, taking place on a Sunday for second year, will increase competitors to 20,000

Mark Bradley enjoyed All-Ireland under-21 success with Tyrone in 2015. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mark Bradley, Niall Kelly, Michael Daly, Jack Barry and Con O’Callaghan set for big years

The Shay Elliot Memorial in the Wicklow Mountains, with the yellow jersey he wore in the 1963 Tour de France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

An AFL champion and Irish cycling greats are fondly remembered on the climb

Bob Dylan performs on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2015. Photograph: Jeffrey R Staab/CBS/Getty

Dylan has never tried to please anyone but himself, and at 75 he powers through a two-hour set, mischievous, buoyant and brillian(...)

Donegal’s Stephen McBrearty after winning the 2014 Minor Football Championship. Photo: Inpho

The young Kilcar player, brother of Patrick, intends on spending the summer in the US

 Conor McDonald of Wexford: “I don’t think Davy Fitzgerald gets enough credit for that, what he can do, and what he can bring out of players.” Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Conor McDonald says Wexford now have complete faith in themselves

Lindsay Peat with son Barra: “At 36, with an 18-month-old son, Barra, some might say she’s already done it all.” Photograph: Inpho

Incredibly versatile sportswoman now targeting the next World Cup with Ireland

 Dublin defender Michael Fitzsimons at the AIG Heroes event in  Blubell Community Centre with pupils from St Ultan’s school in Cherry Orchard. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Defender not taking anything for granted as Dublin go for sixth straight Leinster title

Dublin goalkeeper Conor Dooley with pupils from St Ultan’s school in Cherry Orchard at the AIG Heroes day in Bluebell Community Centre. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Goalkeeper Conor Dooley confident team has enough ‘leaders’ to take on Galway

Micheál Donoghue: “We’re under no illusion that it’s still going to be a step up for the championship.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manager brushes off some local criticism of ‘celebrations’ after league final win over Tipp

Bob Dylan: too many album, which to choose?

After a seven-year hiatus, the bard released the wonderful, deeply personal ‘Time Out of Mind’ in 1997

Andy McEntee: “They still looked pretty decent that day, against a pretty decent Kerry team. But it does show they can be beaten.” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Meath manager has delivered All-Ireland club glory for Ballyboden St Enda’s

Pierce O’Callaghan judging the men’s 50k race walk at the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships in 2009. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Irishman’s proposal to ‘retire’ the current list of world champions draws fire

Brian Cody: “There are four or five teams who more or less on a regular basis could win the All-Ireland final.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Most successful GAA manager says he retains ‘a huge confidence in our players’

Síofra  Cléirigh Büttner, right, with her Villanova team-mates after their victory in the Penn Relays at Philadelphia’s  Franklin Field.

Irish athlete helps Villanova University record a triple success in the distance relays

Jack McCaffrey: “Playing for Dublin was a childhood dream of mine, and I love every minute of it.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Year away hasn’t diminished wish to aid Dublin’s push for third Sam Maguire in a row

Aidan O’Shea: “We’ve had a few good battles with Dublin. They’ve had the upper hand . . . but we didn’t need Kerry for us to know Dublin are beatable.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mayo talisman wants to reclaim Connacht title en route to a crack at All-Ireland glory

Clare’s Podge Collins in action against Waterford. For now he is  concentrating on Clare’s forthcoming Munster championship  with Limerick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Willing Banner servant says trying to play both codes at top level took too big a toll

Sonia O’Sullivan could lose her outdoor 2,000 metres world record. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish runner set outdoor 2,000 metres mark back in 1994

Joey Barton:  banned for 18 months after he admitted to  placing over 15,000 bets across a range of sports since 2004, including 1,260 on football. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

The more obsessed and consumed we are with elite sport, the less active we’ve become

Fans interfere with the scoreboard during the All-Ireland under-21 final of 2002. Galway defeated Dublin by 0-15 to 0-7. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin and Galway will bring down the curtain on the most competitive of GAA competitions

Dublin’s Cillian O’Shea made his breakthrough at under-21 level. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cillian O’Shea and his team-mates face Galway in historic game in Tullamore

Polish native Lukasz Kirszenstein has also worked with Irish women’s rugby team and with Munster rugby academy. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Polish strength and conditioning coach switched to Tribesmen from All-Ireland winners

Galway captain David Burke celebrates with the Division One trophy, with his neice and nephew. Photograph: Inpho

David Burke: ‘Getting up for games all the time, can be hard. We’ve to be on our guard’

Brendan O’Neill, at the back of the three runners, taking part in the R3 Race across the  Grand Canyon.

Brendan O’Neill took on a scorching endurance run that’s all about the finishing, not the time

Conor Cooney: back hurling with confidence  after a spate of injuries which sidelined him on and off for 18 months. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In-form forward now injury-free and looking forward to league final against Tipperary

Former Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin: Fitzgerald’s pitch incursion “crossed the line”.  Photograph:  ©INPHO/James Crombie

Even if Fitzgerald gets a sideline ban, Shefflin believes his presence will still be felt

Liam Sheedy: “You don’t win All-Irelands in April.”Andrew Paton/Inpho

All-Ireland victors in mood to double up on silverware ahead of championship campaign

 Galway’s Aidan Harte and Tipperary’s Noel McGrath at the Allianz Hurling League Division One final preview at Croke Park. Photograph:   Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Classy Tipperary forward expecting another close battle against old rivals Galway

Galway’s Aidan Harte: “We’re not looking past Sunday . . . Will it define our season if we lose the game? Probably not.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Galway corner back looks forward to challenge posed by free-scoring Tipperary forwards

Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty with Daithí Burke of Galway during the semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Confident Tribesmen show their ample experience to secure showdown with Tipperary

Limerick’s Kyle Hayes in action against  Adrian Tuohy of Galway during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A semi-final at the  Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tribesmen run out 10-point winners at the Gaelic Grounds

Rob Heffernan at City Hall in Cork with his bronze  medal from the    London Olympic  50km walk. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Cork man Rob Heffernan has the chance to compete in a record sixth Olympics

Cork cyclist Eddie Dunbar won the under-23 race at the Tour of Flanders in Belgium – a  gruelling 168km contest with some of world’s  best young riders

New generation of cyclists deserve more recognition for their achievements

Lydia Gurley in action on the velodrome. “I think any of the coaching staff will tell you the only reason I’m still here is because I just wouldn’t go away. I just stuck at it.”

Irish team travel to World Championships in Hong Kong with high hopes of medals

Limerick’s Michael Casey and David Dempsey: “The mood is hopeful that we can transform the U-21 and minor successes over the last two or three years into senior level,” said Dempsey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

League final place beckons if they can avenge narrow defeat to Galway in last round proper

Jonnny Glynn  in action for Galway against  Tipperary in the 2015 All-Ireland sem-final. The forward spent last season in New York. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pádraic Mannion says return of team-mate to intercounty action is a real boost

Declan O’Keeefe has  escaped most of the hype around the county, but there’ll be no masking the Wexford support in Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Diarmuid O’Keeffe says Wexford always had the players as they prepare to face Tipperary

Lydia Gurley will compete in the women’s scratch race

Lydia Gurley will be the first to compete for Ireland in Hong Kong

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