The Budget will present Leo Varadkar with the chance to set send out a statement about exactly how much he values sport in what will be his first properly financial act as Taoiseach.

Budget will present Varadkar with chance to set send out statement about sport's value

Already there is some uncertainty surrounding the date for next year’s All-Ireland Football final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Date of football final in doubt due to planned papal visit to Ireland in late August

Referee Jerome Henry covered the max distance in football (11.7km) in the All-Ireland Round 2A qualifier, Laois vs Clare, in Portlaoise. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All national hurling and football referees were tracked using GPS units this summer

Pat Gilroy: firmly in the frame to take over as manager of  the Dublin senior hurling team. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Crucial county board meeting will also consider successful Cuala boss Mattie Kenny

Jamie Barron: The Nire/Fourmilewater dual star, a candidate for hurler of the year, said: “It’s all a backlog of games being called off due to ourselves going so far in the championship.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

County won’t have their football championship completed in time for Munster action

Ireland’s Sean Cavanagh in action against  Jackson Geary of Victoria Football League in Melbourne in 2014. Cavanagh is club-tied with Moy this year.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland manager Joe Kernan faces task recruiting All-Ireland winners for Australia

 Minister for Sport Shane Ross is July made the crazy suggestion that Ireland should bid for the  Olympics, should its hosting of the 2023 Rugby World Cup prove successful. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Dublin half marathon last weekend hardly a major sporting event yet problems emerged

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Shane Aston (decathlon), Ciara Neville (60m),  CX+Sport chief executive Tom MacGuinness and Mick Clohisey (marathon) at the unveiling  of the latest Athletics Ireland team kit

Irish athletes to wear the new kit in international competitions through to 2020

Kevin Doyle has retired from football on medical grounds. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The 34-year-old has suffered repeated headaches and two concussions this season

 Conor McKenna of the Essendon Bombers in action against the  Carlton Blues.  “At the minute I am happy there and I’ll see after four years what happens.”  Photograph:  Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Ex-Tyrone minor has secured a four-year full-time deal with AFL side Essendon

 Ireland International Rules manager Joe Kernan with  Tyrone native Conor McKenna who now plays with AFL side Essendon. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Manager yet to get full commitment from any of Dublin’s All-Ireland football winners

 Mayo’s Andy Moran with Michael Fitzsimons of Dublin: “In terms of football this is what we do, what we love, so we just go again.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mayo veteran has no intention of giving up pursuit of his goal – All-Ireland glory

Galway’s Conor Cooney celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy cup after the All-Ireland final victory over Waterford. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All-Ireland winner backing the GAA’s bid to revise the hurling championship format

Mayo’s Andy Moran and Waterford’s Jamie Barron were confirmed as the PwC GAA/GPA Players of the Month for August in football and hurling. Pictured is Andy Moran of Mayo after being presented with his award. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The 33-year-old full forward was named as the GAA/GPA Player of the Month for August

Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly at the Nissan Classic in 1988. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barry Ryan’s new book ‘The Ascent’ looks at doping in Irish cycling which media ignored

A dejected Mayo manager Stephen Rochford at the final whistle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘We rattled the post with a free kick in injury time. And Dean Rock nails it, and that’s the margin

 James McCarthy turned in an all round man-of-the-match performance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ian O’Riordan assesses the Dublin performances as history is made at Croke Park

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford after his side’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager saw his side pipped by a point in All-Ireland final for second year in a row

Classroom visits by All-Ireland winners a still effective strategy for improving participation levels among school children. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

In a sports-mad nation why is one in four Irish schoolchildren considered overweight?

Cian O’Sullivan in action against Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A swim, a meal and a movie on Saturday all part of Dublin defender’s preparations

New OCI president Sarah Keane. She can influence positive changes through athlete support and improved results.   Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Athletes left to fend for themselves may just lose heart, faith and confidence in the OCI

 Star of Erin  GAA club at  Glencullen in the Dublin mountains. The club was founded in 1903. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

GAA club is 10 miles from O’Connell Street but a million miles from Croke Park

Ciarán Kilkenny: “You’re just so in that bubble – the heat of the battle, in Croke Park.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The forward believes Dublin have strength in depth. But he won’t look beyond Sunday

 Professor John Coolahan,  Sonia O’Sullivan and Labhrás Ó Murchú at the ceremony in DCU where they were awarded Honorary Doctorates. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘The enormity of the individual ambition became inextricably intertwined with that of the nation’

All-Ireland champions: Jim Gavin and the Dublin captain, Stephen Cluxton, with the Sam Maguire Cup in 2015. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘The ultimate test is an All-Ireland final against a great Mayo team’

As selector to Jim Gavin, Declan Darcy won two under-21 All-Irelands in five seasons; Darcy was again his first choice as selector when Gavin was offered the top job in 2013. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Selector says current success is not down to size but the work done ten years ago

Last week, a court in Rio de Janeiro set a date in November for the start of Pat Hickey’s trial on the charges related to the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Alan Betson

In letter to IOC, Hickey reiterated his innocence over alleged ticket touting charges

 Chris Froome (centre) of Sky is likely to  become the first rider in history to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in succession. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Ian O’Riordan: Aside from the grey area of marginal gains their smothering tactics are boring fans

Kevin Nolan in action against Kerry’s Donnchadh Walsh in the 2011 All-Ireland final in which Nolan won the man-of-the-match award. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Dublin All-Ireland winner still harbours ambitions of intercounty football

Seán Cavanagh with Dublin’s Paul Flynn: “All things being equal I think Dublin are going to dominate for a while to come.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘I believe they’re the best team I’ve ever seen play the game’ says Tyrone legend

Joe Connolly: “It’s mad that it’s been that length of time for a start but it’s great that it has come around at long last.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Galway captain relieved class of 2017 have finally emulated team of the 80s

Waterford’s Barry Coughlan gets to grips with Jonathan Glynn during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ardrahan club man delighted to be rewarded for long commute with an All-Ireland medal

Micheál Donoghue: only when the final whistle went was the Galway manager swept up in the emotion of it all. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty

The manager gave a masterclass in precision during the All-Ireland final

Micheál Donoghue celebrates with Galway supporters after his side beat Waterford to win the All-Ireland SHC. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The myth and the truth of Galway hurling combine as Tribesmen sink Waterford

Galway’s David Burke lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup after they beat Waterford to win the 2017 All-Ireland senior hurling championship title. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan rates the victorious Tribesmen after their pulsating Croke Park win

Waterford’s young star Austin Gleeson has, according to Dan Shanahan, the winning formula that sets him apart from the masses: he is both talented and works hard. Photograph: Inpho

Be it running, cycling or hurling, talent and dedication are crucial to rising above the rest

Waterford’s Kevin Moran tries to block Darragh Fitzgibbon during the  semi-final. “We have to try and set up as best we can to prevent teams from scoring goals.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Veteran backs manager McGrath for devising a successful game plan for the county

Waterford manager Derek McGrath and selector Dan Shanahan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Waterford sideline’s little and large have a date with destiny in Croke Park

John Mullane loves his county so much that he says he’ll ride a horse naked down the quays in Waterford if they win. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht hopes for first double, GAA goes global, numbers game, team talk and more

Waterford’s selector Dan Shanahan and manager Derek McGrath: McGrath offers up  Shanahan as  proof the entire squad have bought into their style of play. Photograph: Inpho

“It’s not as if we think we know everything,” says coach of team’s sweeper system

Galway’s Joe Canning: brother Ollie Canning thinks Galway are a more balanced team this year, more composed. Photograph: Inpho

Joe Canning will be seeking elusive senior title while nephew Jack is in the minor showdown

Eoin Murphy in action for Waterford during the 2008 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ticket allocations for Galway and Waterford, numbers game, team talk and more

Jim Gavin prepares to introduce Diarmuid Connolly. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Dublin manager keen to praise Tyrone and take one game at a time

Colm Cavanagh at Tyrone GAA HQ in Garvaghey: “I think we are in a good enough place at the moment to take on Dublin.” Photograph: Declan Roughan/Presseye/Inpho

Towering figure has become a real leader this season for Mickey Harte’s improving side

Aidan McCrory: “Every team is beatable. But in order to beat them it will take the best of what we have.” Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Aidan McCrory believes integration of fresh talent has made for a potent Red Hand mix

Mickey Harte: “When you play Dublin in Croke Park in the championship, it might as well be an All-Ireland final because the atmosphere is there.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Veteran manager relishing the task of pitting his charges against champions Dublin

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy at the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final at  Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo manager won’t say if O’Shea will again mark Kieran Donaghy in replay

 Kieran Donaghy celebrates a Kerry goal  beside Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Éamonn Fitzmaurice: ‘We felt maybe it would be down list of possible options’

Mayo’s Andy Moran scores his side’s opening goal despite the attempted block of Kerry’s Johnny Buckley during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sides will meet again at Croke Park next Saturday to decide All-Ireland final spot

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

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