Louis Mulqueen: Clare selector has been involved with  Clare county teams for many years. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Louis Mulqueen, Donal Óg Cusack and Paul Kinnerk offer a wealth of experience

James McCarthy: athletic defender has played a huge role in Dublin’s success in recent years. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin camp have yet to clarify how long Ballymun Kickhams man will be ruled out

Wexford’s Matthew O’Hanlon: “We were delighted to get over the line and prove we have it within us to win a big championship game.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Model County now targeting a first All-Ireland semi-final appearance in 12 years

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald may miss his side’s All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Galway due to undergoing tests in hospital after feeling ill. Photo: Inpho

The 44-year-old was moved to Dublin for additional tests after feeling ill on Tuesday

Waterford captain Kevin Moran: “We are still in the All-Ireland series; we can still put in a huge performance against Wexford.” Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/ Inpho

More questions than answers linger for Waterford hurlers after trouncing by Tipp

Tyrone captain Seán Cavanagh: “We became men today . . . we have been knocking at the door in Ulster for the past few years but got no breaks.” Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Tyrone are now a maturing side with silverware to show for it, says manager

The Dublin team celebrate with the cup. After beating Westmeath for a sixth Leinster title in a row. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Brave first half effort but fitness levels and quality of the hosts echoes around Croker

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne during Friday’s agm at Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

IRFU chief believes move may be viable in bid to counter fiscal imbalance with English clubs

Munster Ian Keatley kicks at goal in front of a scant crowd during the European Champions Cup Round 5 tie against Stade Francais in January. Photograph: Ryan/Byrne.

Downturn of results and decrease in crowds seen as underlying problem for province

Irish Olympic boxer Paddy Barnes has questioned Rory McIlroy’s reasons for missing the Games in Rio next month. Photograph: Inpho

‘Tell the truth: There is no prize money to be made from the Olympics for a golfer. That’s it’

John Delaney: said the FAI, which now owes €35 million, can be debt-free by 2020.  Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

John Delaney says without businessman’s contribution ‘ it just wouldn’t be possible’

Rory O’Carroll in action against Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea during last year’s  All Ireland senior football semi-final replay. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin full back to squeeze some football in to his busy travelling itinerary

John Delaney has said private funding is vital to the reappointment of Martin O’Neill as Ireland manager. Photograph: Sportsfile

Ireland manager and assistant Roy Keane set to sign new contracts until 2018 World Cup

Galway’s David Burke. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

County face Clare in All-Ireland quarter-finals with pressure on Joe Canning and co

RTÉ are contractually obliged to show the Leinster decider from Croke Park (throw-in 4pm) after the Ulster final between Donegal and Tyrone at 2pm.

MacHale Park switch means the Galway-Roscommon match clashes with Leinster final

“The main thing is to keep my heart rate down. I am not running at a hundred miles an hour to the free. The free will be taken when I am good and ready, I suppose.”

Like his father before him, Dublin’s free taker inspired by high pressure situations

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is a man in demand. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

‘I’ve been made aware of the fact there’s the potential for him to look at moving home’

Clare’s Colm Galvin and David McInerney in action against  Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick during the All-Ireland SHC round two qualifier at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Limerick made a game of things at times but Banner class prevails in Thurles qualifier

Meath are slightly better off than Derry after a Leinster semi-final against Dublin that would have looked like a contest to the untrained eye. Photograph: Inpho

Cork look to restore some pride against Limerick while Monaghan, Kildare and Laois should also get back on track

TJ Reid says “whatever needs to be done will be done” to win another All-Ireland final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hurler of year believes whichever team works harder will prevail in Thurles

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson dominated the third instalment of the Clare affair in this season’s Munster championship. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Déise’s new talisman eager to make up for last year’s Munster final loss to Tipperary

Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath with former Tipperary All-Ireland captain Eoin Kelly. Photo: Sportsfile

All-Ireland winner admits his county will miss long-range accuracy of John O’Dwyer

Former Ireland captian Brian O’Driscoll at the launch of Eir Sport: the company also secured the rights to the under-20s championship and the woman’s World Cup. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eir launches its rebranded Setanta channels as it announces six-channel sports pack

Luke Fitzgerald was forced to retire from rugby last week after a career ravaged with injuries. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The 28-year-old was forced to retire from the game last week after one injury too many

Eir Sport have won the rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

Just 13 fixtures including Ireland’s pool games will have to be on free-to-air television

Cork: “They beat Clare in the championship last year so they have match-winners when they are on the ball,” says JJ Delaney.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former Kilkenny stalwart says Rebels need to change tactics to reward loyal home fans

 Waterford  manager Derek McGrath: “It’s about constantly challenging yourself to be better every time you go out.” Photograph:  Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Waterford manager an advocate of the core hallmark of Brian Cody’s Kilkenny

Racing 92 skills coach Ronan O’Gara will relish returning to Munster in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Champions Cup draw puts focus on provinces’ failure to attract top overseas players

The stage is set for the 2016-2017 EPCR European Rugby Champions Cup & European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool Draws. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster could join Pro 12 champions in the top tier when draw is made on Wesnesday

Luke Fitzgerad: suffered a litany of series injuries which curtailed the number of Test caps he won to 35, one more than his dad, Des. Photograph: Alan Betson

Class act has paid a high physical price for his early exposure to the professional game

Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert catches the ball in the end zone for a touchdown in the last American Football college game played in the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

The sport’s governing body in Ireland has concerns about insurance for the event

The GAA may opt to show Ireland versus France on their big screen on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

To avoid free fall in attendance France match will be shown live before Leinster semi-final

Jeff Hendrick nearly gave Ireland the lead in the first half with a fizzinf left footed effort. Photograph: PA

Gavin Cummiskey rates Martin O’Neill’s side after a famous win over the Azzurri in Lille

Ireland denied series win at Ellis Park as South Africa power play in final quarter snatches victory

Martin O’Neill must have shed a tear on learning the seriousness of Jon Walters achilles injury. He constructed a finely balanced, effective, workmanlike starting XI that simply could not afford to lose even one key figure.

A tough day for Martin O’Neill’s side as Belgium hand out a footballing lesson in Bordeaux

Graham Henry: the New Zealander brings a wealth of experience to his coaching activities. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leo Cullen behind the idea to enhance his own and his coaching team’s development

Dublin hurler Gary Maguire,  footballers Denis Bastick,  Jonny Cooper and fellow Dublin hurler Mark Schutte. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Goalkeeper reluctant to discuss Conal Keaney’s ‘tactical shambles’ view

Ireland’s goalkeeper Darren Randolph jumps for the ball during the Euro 2016 group E football match between Ireland and Sweden at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis on June 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Gavin Cummiskey assesses the Irish performances after the 1-1 draw with Sweden in Paris

 Meath captain James Toher  makes his victory speech following the Christy Ring Cup final ‘victory’ over Antrim at Croke Park. Photograph:  Tom Beary/Inpho

Christy Ring Cup final to be replayed despite Meath having initially claimed the cup

“I never believed in getting beaten and trying to keep the score down,” says Clare manager Colm Collins. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Clare manager believes provincial competition is past its sell-by date

Meath’s James Toher with the Christy Ring Cup. The final against Antrim will be replayed on June 18th. Photograph: Inpho

Embarrassing error saw Meath awarded trophy despite game finishing as a draw

Colm O’Neill: “The players have to drive it. At the end of the day you have to look in the mirror.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Gifted forward aiming to help Rebels overcome Tipperary in tricky Thurles test

Darren Hughes in action for  Monaghan against Down. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Darren Hughes says teams left in Ulster championship will provide sterner challenge

Bundee Aki was named player of the season in the Guinness Pro12 this season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt met Connacht’s Kiwi centre after Pro12 final

Kieran Hughes of Monaghan shoots past Joe Murphy of Down in their Ulster SFC quarter-final. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Another uneven match in the provincial championships saw Down crushed in Clones

Karim Benzema  poses with Marcel Desailly following the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

World Cup winner defends ex-team-mate Deschamps from racism allegation

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland coach expects Connacht lock to add physical presence for tourists in South Africa

Matt Healy celebrates scoring Connacht’s third try during the Guinness Pro 12 Final at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht winger set to cap dream season with spot on South Africa tour

Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter slides in to tackle Kevin Strootman of the Netherlands during the friendly international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Bournemouth midfielder makes big statement in bid to make final 23

Roscommon  full back Neil Patrick Collins, who studies fashion. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sacrifices are getting steeper for players who want to realise their sporting ambitions

London taking on Mayo at Ruislip in the Connacht SFC quarter-final in 2011. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht champions should be forewarned thanks to memories of 2011

Tyrone’s Matthew Donnelly gets away from  Derry’s Brendan Rogers during the Ulster Senior Football Championship match at Celtic Park. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho.

Manager suggests Derry were not emotionally ready for game against Tyrone

Derry’s  Chrissy McKaigue remonstrates with referee David Goldrick after being shown a red card at Celtic Park. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho.

Ravenous defence and swift counter attacks form basis of comprehensive win

Tyrone’s Cathal McShane gives Derry’s Gareth McKinless the slip during the Ulster SFC quarter-final at Celtic Park. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

First-half goals put Mickey Harte’s side out of sight at Celtic Park

After struggling for much of the season Leinster blitzed the team that had impressed

Former Donegal manager says teams need to target centre back Cian O’Sullivan

Dublin’s David Treacy says team are aiming for a consistent level of performance in this summer’s championship. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

David Treacy understands why so many players have chosen to concentrate on football

Tipperary’s Barry Heffernan in action against Galway in the  league in March. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Young wing back misses chance to make championship debut against Cork

Wicklow forward Paul Cunningham after his side’s defeat in the Leinster championship to Laois. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mick Lillis admits side will have to sharpen up quick smart before facing Dublin

Laois’ Gary Walsh celebrates scoring a first-half goal against Wicklow. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Unconvincing Leinster championship win as Wicklow rally well during heated second half

Dublin stars Ali Twomey, David Treacy, Jonny Cooper and Noelle Healy modelling the county’s new jersey. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Over 55,000 of least year's All Ireland winners shirts are expected to be sold in 2016

Jonny Cooper doesn’t feel any more pressure now than when he first played for Dublin in 2012. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Corner back likes new kit he will be donning in the defence of Leinster and All-Ireland titles

Chairman of World Rugby Bill Beaumont. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Vice chairman Pichot reveals how his attempt to bring Argentina into Six Nations was dismissed

 Agustin Pichot (new vice-chairman of World Rugby) and Bill Beaumont (new chairman of World Rugby) pose for a photograph during a media conference in Dublin. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

New vice chairman at odds with executive council and tier one nations

Munster’s head coach Anthony Foley arrives at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster coach blames disappointing season on injuries as he refuses to discuss Erasmus

Munster’s Francis Saili scores his team’s first try at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Reuters

Anthony Foley’s team capitalise on Welsh mistakes to seal their Champions Cup place

Clontarf captain Ben Reilly and Cork Constitution captain James Ryan with the trophy ahead of the All-Ireland League final. Photograph: Inpho

All-Ireland League final: Clontarf v Cork Constitution, Aviva stadium, Sunday, 2.30pm – RTÉ 2

British and Irish Lions prop Alex Corbisiero is taking a break from the game after a decade of physically punishing and mentally draining scrummaging. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Prop’s decision puts focus on physical damage being endured by modern-day players

Cork Con’s Tomás Quinlan: “Tomás has had a fantastic season,” said Con captain James Ryan.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork Con versus Clontarf clash will showcase the talents of two young gifted outhalves

Andrew Conway: will be part of a formidable Munster backline against Scarlets at Thomond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Disappointing campaign can be consigned to history with victory over Scarlets

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton: “Johnny is a very passionate guy and he is very passionate about Leinster rugby,” said coach Leo  Cullen. Photograph: Inpho

Pro12: Leinster v Treviso, RDS, 3pm

Munster’s Rory Scannell tackles Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Outhalf’s influence proves crucial as Anthony Foley’s withdrawal of Johnny Holland backfires

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip tackles Munster’s Ian Keatley Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Munster were on the Leinster line in the dying moments, but left Dublin with a loss

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton scores his sides first try Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Leinster hold on at the last to claim narrow win over rivals Munster in Pro12

Ireland and Leinster player Jack McGrath at the launch of IRUPA’s ‘Tackle Your Feelings Mental Wellbeing Campaign at  St Mary’s College in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland and Leinster prop forward has fought hard to overcome the loss of his brother

Leinster scrumhalf Eoin Reddan played for his native province Munster for two seasons from 2003 to ’05 before joining London Wasps for four years.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Veteran scrumhalf: `All of a sudden it’s about the guy who can pass the ball who gets the job'

Sene Naoupu in action for Ireland in the Women’s Six Nations Championship. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Kiwi has seized her second chance since coming to Ireland with husband George

Shane Duffy: “I just tried to go out there, pull the shirt on for Ireland and perform. It was a proud day.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Blackburn defender takes the opportunity to press his case for a squad place in Euro 2016

Dempsey confident key players will be back on field, but not for a few weeks yet

Irish internationals Hannah Tyrrell and Jack McGrath with Dr Eddie Murphy, clinical psychologist and Tackle Your Feelings adviser, Zurich’s Elaine Hayes and Omar Irupa chief executive Hassanein at the launch of the Tackle Your Feelings campaign on Monday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Members need to be in system where their salary meets their needs, says Hassanein

Irish internationals Hannah Tyrrell and Jack McGrath with Dr Eddie Murphy, clinical psychologist and Tackle Your Feelings adviser, Zurich’s Elaine Hayes and Omar Irupa chief executive Hassanein at the launch of the Tackle Your Feelings campaign on Monday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Members need to be in system where their salary meets their needs, says Hassanein

Luke Fitzgerald could return for Leinster’s trip to play Connacht. Photograph: Inpho

Sean O’Brien, Rob Kearney and Marty Moore unlikely to feature in Sportsground clash

Ireland’s Simon Zebo and CJ Stander after victory over Scotland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Three-Test series promises to be punishing one for Joe Schmidt’s team

Ireland’s Kim Flood breaks through the Scotland defence during Ireland’s Six Nations win. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The win in Donnybrook gives Tom Tierney’s team a third place Six Nations finish

Niamh Briggs: Ireland’s captain reverts from centre to fullback for for the clash against Scotland. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Tom Tierney brings more experienced personnel back for final Six Nations game

Belvedere celebrate their Leinster Schools Cup victory at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho

Last year’s losing finalists go one better at the RDS and lift Leinster Schools Senior Cup

Ireland’s Fergus McFadden and Josh van der Flier are both key players in Joe Schmidt’s eyes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ultan Dillane may be a long term answer and the early kick-off far from ideal

Conor Murray and Ian Madigan share a joke at the final whistle after Ireland’s victory over Italy in Saturday’s Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

‘I personally counted 14 Italy injuries before the match. We saw that as an opportunity’

Sophie Spence starts at number eight for Ireland against Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Tom Tierney has selected a new pack while Niamh Briggs starts in midfield with Sene Naoupu

  Belvedere’s James McKeown on his way to scoring the first try against St Michael’s College in the semi-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Defending champions Roscrea will be the underdogs at the RDS this weekend

Connacht prop Finlay Bealham (left) has been added to the Ireland bench for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Italy   after Cian Healy was ruled out through injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Leinster prop has been left out for Italy game after picking up a mild hamstring strain

CJ Stander: “The last six weeks have been the best time of my life.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

South African-born Munster captain proud to get the chance to represent Ireland

Simon Zebo is tackled by  Paddy Jackson during an Ireland training session at Carton House on Thursday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jared Payne will play outside centre as Stuart McCloskey is dropped

Ireland’s Andrew Trimble is tackled by Englands’s Jonathan Joseph during the frustrating defeat at Twickenham. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Victory over Italy and Scotland essential to ease the mood within the Ireland camp

Jared Payne is available for Ireland’s trip to Rome on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Andrew Trimble likely to retain his place on the wing ahead of Simon Zebo against Italy

Dublin manager Jim Gavin during his side’s victory over Cork at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Manager fully supports Jack McCaffrey’s decision to work overseas this summer

Brian Hurley celebrates a score against Dublin in Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Jim Gavin confirmed that Jack McCaffrey will be unavailable for the championship

Ireland’s Larissa Muldoon in action during against England at Twickenham: Ireland were unable to hold on to their 9-8 lead. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Narrow defeat at Twickenham must be learning experience for us, says Ailis Egan

Eddie Jones: “If I talk to the media I’m giving you commentary to give you stories. Now it’s gamesmanship. I can be like any other coach and say yes and no and not say anything.”

England coach happy to take on the media scrum as gamesmanship allegations fly

England’s wing Jack Nowell manages to tackles Ireland’s centre Robbie Henshaw in time to prevent a try during the Six Nations international rugby union match. Photograph: Getty Images

Robbie Henshaw, Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray impress in limp Irish showing

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