Ireland international rules players were among the Irish athletes to endure disappointment last week. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Danes beat us, bid to host RWC proved unsuccessful and no joy in international rules series

Lena Tice’s third-quarter penalty ensured a UCD victory over  Railway Union. Photograph: Inpho

Cork Harlequins keep pressure on the student side following easy win over Pembroke

Ireland’s Chloe Watkins during a friendly against Spain in 2016. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

Six of under-21 panel called up last month retained for games against Spain and Belgium

Jenny Egan  winning a bronze medal at the Senior Canoe Marathon World Championships in  South Africa in September 2017. Photograph: Brendon Orpwood

After her best ever year, Irish canoeist feels at age 30 she has yet to reach her full potential

Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady dejected after their 5-1 defeat to Denmark in the 2018 World Cup qualifying playoffs. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The RTÉ panel’s pre-match optimism was well and truly dashed as the Danes ran riot

Lena Tice of UCD in action: UCD followed up that win with a 3-1 defeat of Loreto on Sunday, all three of their goals – from Lena Tice, Katie Mullan and Deirdre Duke – coming in the second half. Photograph:  Paul Walsh/Inpho

The students are currently top of the league table while Ards move up to fourth place

Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen and Andreas Bjelland battle with with Ciaran Clark of Ireland during the World Cup playoff first leg at the Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Long, straight and hopeful v long, diagonal and hopeful makes for a long night

Barry McGuigan’s achievements in 1985 were a topic of debate. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Moment: Eamon Dunphy and Joe Brolly discussed 1980s

Railway Union will look to build on their first win of the season, a 6-0 defeat of Monkstown, after drawing their opening three games. Photograph: Getty Images

Cork Harlequins play Monkstown before heading north to take on Belfast Harlequins

Katie Taylor in Dublin  with her WBA lightweight belt. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Boxer’s latest achievement a world professional title after win over Argentina’s Anahi Sanchez

Peter Schmeichel with his son Kasper at Old Trafford in 1992. As a Manchester United fan and goalkeeper, Darren Randolph said he looked up to Schmeichel snr. Photo: Getty Images

Ireland keeper says Kasper Schmeichel has done well to move out of his father’s shadow

Seagulls fly overhead as Ireland train ahead of their 2018 World Cup playoff with Denmark. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland without McCarthy, Keogh and Maguire for both World Cup play-off games

Shane Duffy at Republic of Ireland squad training in  Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Huge turnaround in Derryman’s fortunes since joining Chris Hughton at Brighton

Alex Speers of Pegasus. She was one of three scorers in the first half against Loreto. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

Ards suffer their first defeat of the season at the hands of Belfast Harlequins

Out of his tree: Pádraig Harrington hits his third shot on the 7th hole during the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Offalyman’s ‘seeeeeriously sexy’ fingers not enough to hand him a victory

 Monkstown’s Anna O’Flanagan and Ruth Maguire of Pegasus in action earlier this year. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

In-form student side faces Pembroke Wanderers as Cork Harlequins take on Trinity

Graeme Souness: “You don’t get to 64 years old and not want to change something. I made a few mistakes.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Soccer icon rules out a return to management and reveals his biggest mistake

Fernando Hierro: did so fine a job you’d be tempted to offer him a spot in your tent should he be stuck for somewhere to stay in Russia next summer. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Probably wise: the last time the Danes were this underestimated, they did quite well

Ireland’s Jessica McMaster: levelled for Ireland after Charlotte Watson had given Scotland. Photograph: Inpho

Loreto teenagers make debut as Ireland begin build-up to next summer’s World Cup in London

Ireland coach Graham Shaw is resting several of his senior players for now, as preparations for London will intensify in the months ahead

Sunday’s match against Scotland will be proving ground for several under-21 players

Anthony Foley and Paul O’Connell pictured after Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final victory over Leinster at Lansdowne Road in April 2006. Foley went on to lift the trophy in Cardiff as Munster beat Biarritz at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Moving documentary was not afraid to tackle dark days Foley suffered as coach

 Philly McMahon high fives young fan Joe Ecock as he signed copies of The Choice

The Dublin footballer opened his heart on the Late Late Show ahead of book release

 Lizzie Colvin  celebrates with her Ireland team-mates during the 7th-8th place semi-final against India during the FIH Hockey World League at Wits University  in Johannesburg back in July. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland women qualify for first major international tournament since 2002 as PNG are trounced

Cork captain Rena Buckley lifts the O’Duffy Cup after the All-Ireland camogie win over Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland captains share ‘The Irish Times’/Sport Ireland award for September

Anna O’Flanagan has a burning ambition to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. Photograph: Getty Images

Goalscorer getting up to speed with Bloemendaal after putting legal career on hold

 Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy celebrates after the game. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jubilation once again as Martin O’Neill’s men put in another brilliant away shift

Abbie Russell: was on target for UCD in the big win over Belfast Harlequins. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan:/Inpho

Trinity mark their first home Hockey League game with a 2-1 win over Pembroke

Slovenian slots in with Sonia O’Sullivan, Paul McGrath et al after brace against Scotland

Alexandru Gatcan of Moldova makes a spectacular clearance as Ireland’s Callum O’Dowda  looks on during the  World Cup Group D qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Moldova prove to be a Duff outfit despite Damien’s long hours on YouTube

Graham Shaw: overseeing an injection of new blood in Ireland senior panel.

Coach challenging young guns to stake their case for a place in possible World Cup panel

Paul Dunne  celebrates with his caddie Darren Reynolds after chipping in on the 18th hole to win the tournament.  Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Irish golfer hardly collected trophy before he was asked to recreate winning chip

Defending champions beaten on the first day of the Hockey League season

Former Monkstown player Ellen Curran who has joined UCD this year

Monkstown down three international players as they face Belfast Harlequins away

  Hope Solo:  “I want to win medals, I want to win big tournaments. Those are the moments in my career that I have lived for.” Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Outspoken USA goalkeeper intends to return to action in pursuit of yet more honours

 The attendance of 46,286 is shown during the TG4 Ladies  All-Ireland senior football final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park.  Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Phenomenal attendance of 46,286 marks a massive breakthrough for women’s game

 Sarah Tierney, left, and  team-mate Sarah Rowe. “We’re all from Mayo, we all care about Mayo, and on Sunday we’ll try to do it for Mayo.”  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

All-Ireland final against Dublin presents county’s women with ideal opportunity

 Cork’s Brid Stack and Dublin’s Sinéad Aherne  in the  2014 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Final. Dublin were 10 points up with 16 minutes to go but Cork came back to win it.  Photograph: Alan Betson

After number of heartbreaking finals, captain is keen to triumph over Mayo on Sunday

Davy Fitzgerald with his two poodles, Holly and Sophie (don’t ask us which is which), Lucy Kennedy and his partner Sharon during the filming of Living with Lucy.

Bells ring, ting-a-ling-a-ling, as Lucy Kennedy moves in with Wexford boss

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford consoles Cillian O’Connor after the game. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sleeveless Diarmuid Connolly caused quite a stir before the game

Ireland’s Katie-George Dunlevy and her pilot Eve McCrystal in action during the Paralympic Games  in Rio de Janeiro where they won two medals. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Para-cycling pair follow up Rio success with two golds at World Championships

 Cork team celebrate after beating Kilkenny in the All-Ireland senior camogie final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Gemma O’Connor and Julie White help Cork gain revenge for last year’s All-Ireland defeat

Rena Buckley: “You tend to remember the ones [finals] you lost better than the ones you win. They stick in your mind. But you have to learn from them.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Versatile Cork star will play in a remarkable 22nd All-Ireland final this Sunday

Kilkenny captain Anna Farrell:  “You accept that once you win the All-Ireland, you’re the team to beat.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Anna will captain the holders against Cork while three more sisters are on the panel

Ireland’s James McClean slides in to tackle Serbia’s  Luka Milivojevic during the World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inph

Like the team, RTÉ’s panel gets a revamp for crucial World Cup qualifier

Conor Cooney celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

After Galway’s start, Waterford’s All-Ireland hopes quickly looked like ancient Distory

 Lydia Boylan competes at the  the 2017 UCI track cycling World Championships in Hong Kong. Photogrpah: Power Sport/Getty

Downturn meant an engineering career was put on hold as she blossoms on the bike

Ireland players walk off the pitch dejected after their defeat against Wales at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Doom, gloom and a total eclipse of the heart to go around in the weekend viewing

Shelbourne’s Pearl Slattery in action against Wexford Youths  at the Aviva Stadium. “My life is just football, it’s absolutely everything.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shelbourne captain back in thick of Champions League action following a health scare

Irish Banshees joint captains Laura Corrigan Duryea and Onóra Mulcahy celebrate the win with team coach Brendan Kelly. Photograph: Scott Barbour/AFL Media

Squad backboned by players from Belfast and Dublin clubs win International Cup again

Ali Meeke of Loreto has been called up to the Ireland squad for the European Championships in Amsterdam. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Graham Shaw’s side open campaign against England in Amsterdam on Saturday

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Kevin McLoughlin attempt to dispossess Kerry’s  Kieran Donaghy. Photograph: Inpho/Gary Carr

TV view: More “liathróidí” required for replay, says Pat Spillane

Matt Walker on his visit to  Estonia: “That will be 14 countries covered by the end of the week,” he says of his visit to Ireland, “just 41 to go”.

Matt Walker is travelling to all 55 Uefa countries in one season and attending a top-flight game

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson leaves Cork’s defenders Colm Spillane and Marc Coleman in his wake as he soloes through to score a wonder goal in the semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Relief palpable at Belfield as Ireland stumble over the line against Japan

Gina Akpe-Moses with her 100m gold medal  at the homecoming of the Irish team from the European Athletics Under-20 Championships in Italy. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The Nigerian-born sprinter claimed Ireland’s first women’s sprinting medal in Italy

Ireland’s Ciara Griffin celebrates scoring her side’s  second try  against Australia in the World Cup clash at Belfield. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Not the team’s job to get youth of Ireland up off the couch to lower their obesity levels

Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates winning her bout against Sofya Ochigava of Russia. Photograph:  Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Mary Hannigan selects the top 10 highlights in women’s sport from the last 30 years

Katie Walsh and Seabass in the Aintree Grand National in 2012. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

In part four of five, Mary Hannigan continues her look at highlights in Irish women’s sport

 Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo look on as Stephanie Roche arrives for the 2014 Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Every day this week, Mary Hannigan looks at some of the highlights in women’s sport from the last 30 years. Part three looks at 30(...)

Ellen Keane on her way to bronze in the women's 100m breaststroke final at the Paralympics in Rio. Photograph: Al Tielemans/Getty

Every day this week, Mary Hannigan looks at some of the highlights in women’s sport from the last 30 years. Part two looks at 40 t(...)

Lindsay Peat scores Ireland's opening try against Wales in this year's Six Nations. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Every day this week, Mary Hannigan looks at some of the highlights in women’s sport from the last 30 years. Part one looks at 50 t(...)

US player Venus Williams  reacts as Spain’s Garbine Muguruza  as she celebrates winning the women’s singles final at Wimbledon. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Mary Hannigan: Old age was the theme for much of the weekend in the Wimbledon finals

Ireland’s Mona McSharry after winning a silver medal in the women’s 200m breast stroke at the European Junior Swimming Championships, Netanya, Israel. Photograph: Andrea Masini/Inpho

Ballyshannon swimmer took home two golds and a silver from European Junior Championships

Warren Gatland wears a clown nose to the post-match press conference after the Lions final Test draw with the All Blacks. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP

Mary Hannigan with a selection of sound bites from the drawn Test series

Irish Open: Jon Rahm had marched to a six-stroke victory. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

TV View: For even more drama than the Irish Open you needed to be in Thurles

Ireland’s Hannah Matthews in action against Spain last year. Player  will earn her 81st international cap on Saturday. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

Triumph over Japan in Johannesburg would keep their World Cup 2018 dream alive

Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell are more and more quickly becoming parodies of themselves with each Lions match. Photo: Sky Sports screengrab

‘Immortality. Is. Beckoning,’ Graham Simmons informed a bemused Seán O’Brien

Beauden Barrett down injured during the game. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘Some of us wondered when there are so many men on a rugby pitch, would one be missed?’

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan scoring a point against Westmeath at Croke Park.  “A turkey shoot,”concluded Pat  Spillane. Photograph:  INPHO/Gary Carr

If Lewis Hamilton had been wired to a heart monitor it would have exploded

After a 15 point victory you’d imagine it’ll be the hosts who’ll be licking their lips.

TV View: Forget Day of Destiny, we can’t wait for Day of Destiny: Part II™

Austin Gleeson of Waterford. Where were you when he scored his ninth minute point against Cork?

No beginner's luck here: Gooch somewhat off the mark with his prediction for Tyrone

The Clipper Round the World yachts return to London in a victory parade in 2014 after sailing 40,000 nautical miles in the world’s longest ocean race. Photograph by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Donegal woman ready to take part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

 Leona Maguire:  was voted the top US college player of 2017 and she also claimed the Women’s Golf Coaches Association National Player of the Year and the Annika Award. Photograph:  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Cavan woman claims several awards in USA after another outstanding season at Duke

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan  and Austria’s Martin Hinteregger battle for the ball during Sunday’s  World Cup Group D qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

We were expecting an absent Austria, but Ireland were very nearly not there at all

Marcel Koller: Austria’s manager has been been busy batting off talk of an unhappy camp all week prior to the game with the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Six players who faced Ireland in Vienna last November are unavailable this time

Uruguay’s coach Oscar Washington Tabarez  and Venezuela’s Tomas Rincon greet each other at the end of the Copa America clash in  Philadelphia last year. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty  Images

Oscar Tabarez’s side have slipped up of late but the squad still boasts world-class talent

will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas perform prior to the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Juve doomed because they can’t compete with the monied clubs?

Margaret Court poses with a bronze bust of herself during the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Photo: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

The 74-year-old said homosexual tendencies the work of the devil among other things

Potential Republic of Ireland captain James McClean in training ahead of his club’s friendly against Mexico on Thursday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Martin O’Neill praises eager winger’s attitude after request to travel with side to US

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan after winning gold:  “We did it, we beat the Brits, what did I tell ye, said Mark afterwards. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Denise Walsh thanks her lucky socks as highly promiscuous Galileo sees fruits of his labour

Manchester United manager  Jose Mourinho shows his emotions after victory over Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Presenters and commentators handled emotional night in Sweden very well

David Luiz made a very generous gesture to his Chelsea teammates after they won the Premier League. Photo: Ian Kington/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Schalke chip in with new initiative, quotes of the week, numbers and more

A section of the  large attendance  at Semple Stadium for the Tipperary vs Cork game. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Joe Brolly like a mosquito buzzing in your ear as championship gets up and running

Megan Campbell with the FA Cup trophy after her side Manchester City beat Birmingham City 4-1. Photograph: Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Strong form won Irish defender a place in Manchester City’s line-up at Wembley

Stephen Kenny went on some rather unusual tangents in his programme notes. Photo: Inpho

Meanwhile, Ezequiel Lavezzi insults a nation, Mourinho changes his tune and more

Megan Campbell battles for the ball with Ellie Brazil of Chelsea during the Women’s FA Cup final. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Drogheda native helped Manchester City win the FA Cup while United aren’t interested

 Chloe Magee , playing with her brother Sam took bronze,  in the mixed double match at the European Championships. Photograph:  Claus Fisker/Scanpix Denmark/ Reuters

Trainer claimed Cheltenham Gold Cup and Irish Grand National while Magee made Irish badminton history

Dustin Johnson returned to action with second place in the Wells Fargo Championship. Photograph: Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Competition leaders can’t be separated after the efforts of their captain fantastic

At Lord’s: Ireland’s William Porterfield is bowled out for 82 runs by England’s Mark Wood. Photograph: INPHO/Andrew Fosker

TV VIEW: Cricketers leave Sky with hours to fill while Premier League yawns on

Rosa Kelly of GMIT during the Lagan Cup final  between GMIT and University of Ulster Coleraine in March.  Photograph:  Matt Browne/Sportsfile

‘In the early days there would have been some double-takes alright’

Anthony Joshua walks to his corner with Wladamir Klirschko on the Wembley canvas. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Hard not to admire courage of both fighters after an absorbing encounter at Wembley

 Anna O’Flanagan in action for Ireland:  Monkstown player remains a doubt for the weekend having suffered concussion in her last outing against UCD.  Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/Rowland White

Loreto seek to cause upset in other Champions Trophy semi-final as they take on UCD

Deirdre Duke in action for Ireland against Italy.  Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Club remain on course for a treble while she faces a busy summer schedule with Ireland

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

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