Paul Galvin: he told Ray D’Arcy he joined Oliver Plunkett’s as he was “too young to be sitting on the couch”. Photograph: Luke Duffy/Inpho

Celtic v Rangers v Tipperary v Galway v Clermont v Leinster v Arsenal wasn't easy

 Lurgan now go into a play-off with Belfast Harlequins for a place in next season’s Hockey League. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ellie Noone scores twice in final match of play-offs to clinch Hockey League place

Ireland return to Germany for a Four Nations tournament in Berlin in June

Germany recover from conceding early goal to Emily Beatty to win 3-1

Slaughtneil’s Aoife Cassidy lifts the cup after the Derry club’s victory over Sarsfields in the All-Ireland senior club camogie final. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Captain played a huge role in Slaughtneil’s march to All-Ireland camogie club title

Sergio Garcia’s US Masters win helped Niall Kavanagh  and his Hill Hoppers team to the top of the of Irish Times Allianz Fantasy Golf leaderboard. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Spaniard’s Augusta triumph sets pace for week one of Irish Times Allianz Fantasy Golf

Pádraig Harrington: There’s literally nothing he doesn’t know.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

From Peter Alliss to Pádraig Harrington plain-speaking wins even if we don’t understand

Loreto’s Sarah Torrans takes on Rachel Johnston of Harlequins during Loreto’s 5-1 victory. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

Lena Tice double retains title for student side and ends Hermes’s unbeaten streak

Deirdre Duke: the UCD player has been included in the Ireland squad to face Germany in Dusseldorf. Photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

Hermes need a draw to clinch title but cup winners require a victory to seal the double

Republic of Ireland players with PFAI officials at the press conference in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mary Hannigan: Strong stance of Republic’s women’s team exposes association’s failure

Emotional involvement: the Irish Olympian Claire Lambe was rowing for Cambridge. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty

That’s the mindset of a winner, even when the Boat Race isn’t much of a contest

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has recently launched a new range of perfume. Photo: Getty Images

Quotes of the week, tatoo of the week, Javier Masherano’s torn anus and much more

 Cork Harlequins’ Rachael Kohler has a chance to earn her second ISC winners’ medal on Sunday. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

UCD are warm favourites to claim their fourth Irish Senior Cup since 2009

Cora Staunton of Mayo and Dublin’s Fiona Hudson during the Senior Ladies National Football League game at Croke Park last Sunday. Photograph: Gary Carr/ Inpho.

Promoting games as ‘curtain-raisers’ to men’s matches is plainly not fit for purpose

Stephen Gleeson’s third international cap came 10 years after his first. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Don’t expect a flurry of December deliveries after Iceland edge a dour Aviva friendly

Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson (right) and his team mates celebrate scoring against Kosovo  on March 24th, 2017. Photograph: EPA/Valdrin Xxhemaj

Exploits of Iceland at Euro 2016 blamed for more injuries this season than ever before

Katie Taylor, the next Muhammad Ali, floors Milena Koleva. Photograph: Lawrence Lustig/Inpho

Our woman won it in style that didn’t need gilding of the lily from commentators

Jessica McGirr: scored a hat-trick for Loreto in the crucial victory over Ulster Elks. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

Comfortable victory over Ulster Elks sees latter relegated

Ireland’s Glenn Whelan with Referee Nicola Rizzoll after he fouled Joe Allen of Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Eamon was upbeat about McCarthy’s absence but still reckoned we’d get a battering

For their Champions Trophy-qualifying hopes to stay alive, Railway Union and Pegasus need Elks to defeat  Loreto. File photograph: Ryan Bryne/Inpho

Rollercoaster campaign could end on a high note if they defeat struggling Ulster Elks

Jonathan Walters and Kevin Doyle at the Republic of Ireland squad training session at Abbotstown. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Colorado Rapids striker is still keen to contribute to the Republic of Ireland cause

John O’Shea: “You put yourself forward to be used and needed when required, that’s what I’ve been willing to do for my country.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With Duffy and Clark ruled out, veteran defender is likely to face Wales on Friday

“It’s really enjoyable to come and meet up. I speak to players from other countries and they don’t enjoy it as much, which is baffling really.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stoke man is determined to make up for missing out on Ireland’s Euros campaign

John Egan: “At the start of the season one of my big goals was to break in to the squad.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Son of Kerry legend delighted with his first call-up to Republic of Ireland senior squad

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez of Barcelona were asked some...questionable...questions by an interviewer. Photo: Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Meanwhile Jack Wilshere gets confused by his age, word of mouth and much more

Johnny Sexton: managed to stay on the pitch despite all of England’s efforts to put him in the treatment room. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

England’s Grand Slam hopes snuffed out, but Dublin still carrying flame in the heart

Joe Schmidt saw his side produce a performance which was worth waiting for against England in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Parisian farce sees kick off in Dublin delayed but win more than worth the wait

 Ted Walsh: “What in the name of God is going to happen to you in the middle of the lawn?” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Trainer rails against ‘health and safety’ excesses and reveals why horses are like people

Hannah Matthews: proved clinical from penalty corners. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Pembroke, Railway and Belfast Harlequins face battle to avoid relegation

Ireland number eight Paula Fitzpatrick has won the Sportswoman Award for February. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Irish number eight has stepped in to Niamh Briggs’s captaincy shoes

Former Irish rugby captain Fiona Coghlan; twice Olympic pentathlon athlete Natalya Coyle; camogie all-star Mags D’Arcy; and Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy launching  Liberty Insurance Game of Two Halves research on Tuesday. Photograph:  Naoise Culhane

Wexford camogie star Mags D’Arcy wants less talk, more action on equality for women

 Mark Halsey spoke about “Back The Whistleblowers” under the cover of anonymity, but he didn’t do a very good job of being secretive. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Robbie Savage: ‘the most insecure person ever’, and Hamburg’s wee Wildpinklers

 Katie Taylor celebrates beating Italian boxer Monica Gentili.The Irish boxer was quietly satisfied with her evening’s work. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP

Taylor’s opponent boxed less ferociously than she looked and it was over in five rounds

Pegasus’s Vanessa Surgeoner in action against Cork Harlequins during the Senior Cup semi-final. Pegasus host UCD in a vital league clash this weekend.  Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Defining Railway-Ards clash on Sunday could knock losers out of the race

Jamie Vardy celebrates his second goal in Leicester’s 3-1 win over Liverpool, their first fixture since the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

Foxes beat sorry Liverpool to leave Neville and Carragher scratching heads

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, manager Claudio Ranieri, captain Wes Morgan and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with the Premier League trophy. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Also, Arsene Wenger and his unsavoury company, Merson at it again and more

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton celebrates kicking a drop goal. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

You can never write off the Germans and you never know which France will turn up

Alex Speers of Pegasus in action last weekend against Cork Harlequins at The Dub, Belfast. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Victory over Loreto essential to retain hopes of qualifying for the Champions Trophy

Joanne Cantwell: “The thing I hate more than anything is being called a female sports broadcaster. It’s only when that distinction is no longer made that we’ll be okay.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

Breaking down boundaries always a matter of course for RTÉ sports presenter

Statues in the offing? Terry Hawkridge  and Alan Power of Lincoln City  celebrate Burnley defeat. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Plenty of drama in Lincoln win, but nothing beats valour of Des Cahill in face of injury

Karen Bateman of Cork Harlequins in action against Pegasus. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Fourth-placed Loreto are 10 points adrift of Cork Harlequins in third

The pick of the IHL games this weekend looks to be the meeting of fourth-placed Loreto and Hermes-Monkstown at Beaufort. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ards to play in indoor EuroHockey Club Trophy in Lithuania this weekend

 Hannah Tyrrell in action for Ireland sevens against Fiji. “From where I’ve come to where I am now is an exceptional achievement for me.” Photograph:  Matt King/Getty Images

Ireland rugby international has overcome major challenges in her eventful career

Arsene Wenger’s 21-year love affair with Arsenal looks to be coming to its end. Photograph: Marc Mueller/Getty

Bavarian thrashing edges 21-year love affair towards its end

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose on his way to becoming the next Brian. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire

After pummelling Italy mercilessly the Irish team was told it has even more to give

Cork Harlequins celebrate the final whistle after victory over Pegasus. Photograph: Rowland White/InphO/Presseye

Special weekend for students as league win on Saturday puts them on top of the table

 George Best was one of the greatest footballers to ever play in England, but outside of that he was consumed by alcoholism. Photograph: PA

For all the joyous, spellbinding football this new documentary is a gut-wrenching one

Winning the Irish Senior Cup will, of course, guarantee a place in the Champions Trophy.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Club face Pembroke at home on Saturday before travelling to face Pegasus in Belfast

Glanmire’s Gráinne Dwyer celebrates with  Chantell Alford after the National Cup final victory over Courtyard Liffey Celtics at the National Arena in Tallaght.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tipperary woman helped lead Glanmire to a third successive league/cup double

Anna O’Flanagan: the Irish international getting her fifth hat-trick of the campaign against Ards, bringing her tally to 20 in 11 games. Photograph: Inpho

Hermes-Monkstown, UCD and Cork Harlequins all won on Saturday and stay on track for Champions Trophy qualification

Greig Laidlaw: “You feared judging by the smiley head on the fella that Princess Ann had just shown him the RTÉ tweet with the clip of mouthy Ronan.” Photograph: Andy Buchanan/Getty Images

Blame for the nightmare in Edinburgh dished up and shared out

Irish Hockey League resumes on Saturday after a seven-week break. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hermes, UCD and Cork Harlequins currently fill qualifying spots for Champions Trophy

Steven Gerrard and John Terry’s chat on BT Sport almost turned into a counselling session as both consoled each other on their slips which cost their teams trophies. Photo: Getty Images

Former Liverpool captain was the odd guest out in a studio of Premier League winners

Juventus Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring against Sassuolo in their Serie A clash. Photo:  Elisabetta Baracchi/Getty Images

York City hit out at Trump, sacked groundsman of the week and more

 Rafael Nadal  congratulates Roger Federer after the Australian Open final. With a combined age of 65, it was  the mother of all “Oldies But Goldies” contests. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Roger and Rafa dug so deep the court was almost excavated as the years rolled back

Ireland’s Anna O’Flanagan, who was so impressive in Malaysia recently, was on the losing side for Hermes against UCD. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Pembroke Wanderers, Pegasus and Cork Harlequins make up last four of competition

The cream has risen to the top in the cup this season with the top five in the Irish Hockey League all making it through to the last eight. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Something has to give this time as both clubs, unbeaten to date this season, clash at Belfield

Juventus vice president and former player Pavel Nedved has given the thumbs up to the club’s new logo. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Juve's logo love and hate . . . history bites back . . . Palermo’s revolving door . . . East Timor Samba no more . . quotes of the(...)

Anna O’Flanagan (front): top scorer and  Player of the Tournament. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

World League semi-finals next up after hosts Malaysia are beaten 3-0 in sixth straight win

Ireland’s Anna O’Flanagan scored three goals against Singapore in Kuala Lumpur. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho.

Graham Shaw’s side have scored 34 goals in four games and now face Wales in the semi-finals

You’re codding me: Former GAA football star Oisín McConville  has made it to the next round of Celebrity MasterChef Ireland on TV3.  Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho

Winning the All-Ireland seems a doddle compared to Celebrity MasterChef Ireland

Shelbourne Ladies’ Leanne Kiernan celebrates scoring the second of her three goals against  Wexford Youths in the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

2016 proved an amazing year for the exciting Shelbourne and Republic of Ireland prospect

Anna O’Flanagan (front): scored four goals against Kazakhstan. Photograph: Presseye/Rowland White/Inpho

Hosts Malaysia next up for Ireland in Pool B of World League Two

 Manchester United’s Paul Pogba reacts after a missed chance against Liverpool. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Viewers treated to a ‘hard-hitting’ exchange between Thierry Henry and Ibrahimovic

Graham Shaw:  his Ireland side begin their World League 2 campaign against Kazakhstan on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Graham Shaw’s team face Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Hong Kong over four days

No-win situation: Plymouth Argyle’s Craig Tanner has a shot blocked  at Anfield. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Battle of the goalless draws at Gander Green Lane and Anfield ends in tedium stalemate

Olympic rowing silver medallists  Gary and Paul O’Donovan (left and second left) with host Graham Norton and other guests on the set  of the Graham Norton New Year’s Eve show. Photograph: PA

O’Donovan brothers steal show, while world greets Mr Borussia Mönchengladbach

 Annalise Murphy  celebrates winning the silver medal in the Women’s Laser Radial class at  the Rio  Olympic Games. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

‘I hope I’ve shown what’s possible, not just for sailing but for Irish sport’

Conor McGregor: “I’m sorry I couldn’t make the awards ceremony. You know I love to stick on a good suit and roll in to these awards ceremonies.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Compared to all his rivals he is the Star Wars franchise next to their Ros na Rún

Chloe Watkins who scored Hermes’ second goal against Belfast Harlequins. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Pembroke pick up first EY Hockey League win of season against Railway Union

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Graham Shaw: will be hoping Ireland players emerge unscathed from final series of domestic games before World League II campaign in Kuala Lumpur.

Clubs prepare for final outing prior to break for Ireland’s World League II campaign

 Team Turkey: It’s only been a couple of years since 46 of Turkey’s international athletes were added to the IAAF’s banned list, for assorted transgressions, including doping. Photograph:  Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images for European Athletics

If at first you don’t succeed through doping, try buying in athletes from other countries

Hermes-Monkstown’s Anna O’Flanagan was denied the winning goal by UCD’s Katie Mullan. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho.

Reigning champions still have four-point lead in EY Hockey League despite 1-1 draw

Irish international Hannah Mathews was on target for her club Loreto against Railway Union in midweek. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Unbeaten top two meet in intriguing clash at Belfield

Donaghmoyne manager  Francie Coleman:  “Winning a few matches makes it all worthwhile.”  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Francie Coleman finally guides Monaghan team to back-to-back All-Ireland senior titles

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s retirement plans are a little like that pack of reds he expertly dealt with in the deciding frame of his semi-final against Marco Fu. All over the place. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Tiger Woods and Ronnie O’Sullivan are still going strong, hitting little balls with sticks

Alex Speers scored two goals in an 8-0 win for Pegasus at Genesis. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Pegasus, Hermes and Pembroke score 21 goals between them without reply

Of the eight scheduled ties,  three are  all-Leinster affairs, another two are all-Ulster games including Lurgan against last year’s beaten finalists, Ards. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork Harlequins facing a long trip north to face Belfast Harlequins

Katie Taylor celebrates her win at the SSE Arena in Wembley over the weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bray boxer’s first pro match but was a straightforward, if understated, affair

Ards defeated Pembroke Wanderers 2-1 in the EY Women’s Hockey League at Newtownards last Saturday. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho.

Top-two sides Hermes-Monkstown and UCD can both expect wins as they continue to dominate

Kilkenny’s Denise Gaule: outstanding in her county’s  National League and All-Ireland title victories. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny camogie star and Cork footballer honoured for their exceptional campaigns

Hermes-Monkstown’s Anna O’Flanagan in action for Ireland against Spain earlier this year: the player bagged a hat-trick in Hermes’ 5-0 win over Ulster Elks.   Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

In-form Hermes clinch their seventh victory in row with 5-0 defeat of Ulster Elks

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen before his ding-dong battle with Claire McNamara. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Donncha O’Callaghan needed a gumshield – and he was only watching the game

Orla O’Shea of Harlequins with Anna O’Flanagan of Monkstown. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye/

Ten players named in Graham Shaw’s training panel of World League 2 in Malaysia

 Mary Decker, Zola Budd and Maricica Puica (316) during the controversial Women’s 3000 Metres final at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Photo:  Tony Duffy/Getty Images

Athletes who fell out at the 1984 Olympics had a lot more in common than they thought

Liz McInerney had given Hermes a first quarter lead but by half-time they trailed 2-1 to  Cork Harlequins.Photograph: Inpho

Nikki Evans sealed Hermes’ sixth win in as many games with a reverse strike from the top of the circle

James McClean celebrates scoring Ireland’s winning goal against Austria in Vienna. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Vienna bogey busted even with Jim Beglin and George Hamilton tempting fate

Ireland won the three-match series against Scotland 2-0, 2-1 and 1-0. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Hermes-Monkstown and Cork Harlequins to vie for top spot in Hockey League

Kilkenny’s Denise Gaule in action against Cork during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park in September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Player of the year targets another All-Ireland triumph after an outstanding 2016

 Laura Graham  celebrates completing the 2016  Dublin Marathon at Merrion Square in Dublin City.  Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

National marathon title win in Dublin a big surprise for Co Down mother-of-four

Ireland players celebrate beating the All Blacks. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

NBC and rugby are hardly a marriage made in heaven – but who really cares now

Ireland captain Megan Frazer will be out of action for several months witha knee injury. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Hockey League resumes with Cork Harlequins and Hermes-Monkstown protecting 100% records

Isobel Joyce in action for Tasmania during the WNCL match against Queensland at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Australia. Photograph: Jason O’Brien/CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Ireland star prepares for World Cup qualifiers while plying trade in Australia’s top flight

The cover of Molly Schiot’s book.

Molly Schiot has produced a lovely work on trailblazers whose stories were never told

Paul O’Connell went viral as a result of his answer on A Question of Sport and is now known in parts of the world that might still not be aware that a game called rugby even exists

TV View: Ireland hero’s remarkable answer on show received the praise it deserved

Touch Judge Joy Neville during the Challenge Cup clash between Bath and Bristol. Photo: Inpho

The Limerick Grand Slam winner has moved into a role officiating the game

Padraig Harrington drives off the first hole during the last round of Portugal Master golf tournament at Oceanico Victoria golf course in Vilamoura. Photo: Getty Images

Sunday afternoons concluding with a Harrington triumph are the best Sunday afternoons

Leinster and Ulster shined in the  interprovincial tournament in Garryduff. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster’s 4-0 defeat of Connacht seals under-16 glory; Leinster prevail in under-18s contest

The Irish senior hockey squad are preparing for their two matches away to Belgium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne /Inpho

Ulster aim for under-18 three-in-a-row as Leinster target fourth successive under-16 title

Ireland’s Nicci Daly in action against the United States.  “Motor racing and hockey . .  They’re not jobs, they’re my hobbies, my passions.” Photograph: David Aliaga/Inpho

A career in motor racing is put on hold as she continues to pursue her World Cup dream

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