Leighton Glynn celebrates with the trophy after the victory over Australia at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast in 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Armagh boss says representing country remains a huge honour for players

Aogan O’Fearghail: “There are far more good things in Gaelic football than negative things, absolutely no doubt about that.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

GAA president contradicts Mickey Harte and says entertainment still central to the game

Joe Kernan won an All-Ireland football title in his first year in charge of Armagh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Former Armagh boss set to oversee November Test against Australians

Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath is planning for the future

Two even divisions of six teams would serve the game of hurling better, according to McGrath

Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor of Kenya  wins at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The event is dying a death, with numbers of participants declining each year

 Jason Smyth celebrates  wining the 200m T13  final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He received €40,000 from the Irish Sports Council. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Twenty athletes receive the €40,000 “podium” amount

European indoord silver medalist Mark English missed out on full podium funding. Photograph: Inpho

Katie Taylor and Robert Heffernan will also benefit from Irish Sport Council International carding scheme

Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett: “It would be nice to win the league final. Winning is a habit, and you can keep believing, following through in Munster, and the championship.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Defender says driven Clare boss helped him come to prominence in the Fitzgibbon Cup

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan finished fourth in the 2012 Olympics but may be upgraded and given the bronze medal.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Russian Sergei Kirdyapkin won the 50km walk at the 2012 London Olympics

Henry Shefflin’s decision to call time – at the age of 36, with a record 10 All-Ireland medals, 13 Leinster titles, 11 All Stars, six League titles – has been coming. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

One of the greatest players in the history of hurling will bow out in Kilkenny on Wednesday

Ciaran Kilkenny of Dublin in action against  Keith Higgins and Patrick Durcan of Mayo in the Allianz Football League. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Dublin forward says long absence has made him appreciate game a lot more

Galway’s Damien Comer: “You’d the high of the U-21 on Saturday, then go out with the seniors and another loss . . .” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway’s Damien Comer one of a select band juggling commitments to their county

Eoghan O’Gara will miss the season for Dublin with a cruciate ligament injury. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Cruciate ligament injury is ‘very disappointing’ for the player

An RTE documentary charts John Joe Nevin’s return to boxing. Photograph: Inpho

An RTE documentary show’s Nevin’s return to boxing after breaking both of his legs

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid: The Ballyhale Shamrocks captain is willing to come back into the Kilkenny side for a relegation playoff. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin need a win or a draw against Galway to see them through to knock-outs

Clare hurler Davy O’Halloran told The Irish Times that he and team-mate Nicky O’Connell felt “humiliated” by the treatment he received from Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Management and players say disciplinary issue ‘is now closed’ following St Patrick’s Day meeting

Slaughtneil’s Christopher McKaigue tries to outrun the challenge of Corofin’s Micheál Lundy during the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former Crossmolina All-Ireland winner becomes first to win as manager of a different club

Slaughtneil’s Christopher McKaigue dives to try and block Corofin’s Michael Lundy during yesterday’s All-Ireland club football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

No way back for Slaughtneil once Michael Lundy fired over three quickfire points

Joey Holden (right) in action against Dan Currams of Kilcormac/Killoughey in the AIB Leinster Club Senior Hurling  Final at  O’Moore Park in  Portlaoise. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks defender has sharpened his game against some of the best

High fielding has been one of the highlights of Johnny Buckley and his  Kerry team-mates. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dr Crokes player relishing full run in a league campaign

Clare win overshadowed by circumstances of Davy O’Halloran and Nicky O’Connell exit from squad

Ireland’s Mark English is interviewed on his return home from winning silver at the European indoors in Prague. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

With the race for fitness ever-dominant real athletes are being overlooked

Dublin’s Niall Corcoran says inconsistency has been a trait of their game in recent years but it is something they are trying to rectify. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Defender Niall Corcoran says they “forgot to bring the shovel to work” against Cork

Former soccer player David Bentley, hurler Jackie Tyrell and Gaelic footballer Aaron Kernan are the focus of The Toughest Trade. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.

A TV documentary sees two GAA stars exchange roles for soccer and baseball

Mark English celebrates winning a silver medal in the men’s European Indoor 800m final, in which he ran a tactically perfect race. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The single-minded 21-year-old’s priority is the World Championships in the summer

Mark English felt he could catch Thijmen Kupers “once he timed it right”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The 21-year-old puts strong finish down to “big well of energy” he felt in the last 150m

Mark English dips on the line for a second place and qualification for Sunday’s 800m European Indoor Final. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Beaten across the line by Britain’s Guy Learmonth but second place finish enough

Ireland’s Declan Murray qualifies from his heat of the Men’s 800m as Poland’s Karol Konieczny and Austria’s Andreas Rapatz fall on the line. Photograph: Inpho

Must finish in top two to reach the European Indoor 800m final and emulate Seb Coe

Britain’s Jenny Meadows has run four of the five quickest 800m times in the world this season

Doping records casts dark shadow of doubt over successful Russian athletes

Mark English is expected to make it through Friday’s 800m heat where he may attempt to run from the front. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

800m runner has final hopes as do several other Irish competitors in Prague

Paul Galvin, at 35, will hope to have a positive impact on the Kerry football team after his decision to come out of retirement. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho

Retired Limerick midfielder John Galvin believes the Kerry forward has much to offer

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham: his charges host All-Ireland champions Kilkenny on Sunday. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Star recovering from broken finger but Fergal Moore fit to face Kilkenny

Ryan Wylie of UCD with Conor McHugh of DCU in the Sigerson Cup semi-final. McHugh features in Dublin’s U21 squad. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Most notable absentee is Cormac Costello, one of the standout players from last year

Paul Galvin: will add considerable experience to manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s already formidable panel. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2009 Footballer of the Year returns to All-Ireland champions’ panel

From the start of this summer’s championship, all counties will be required to submit their team of 15 players, plus 11 further panel members (26 in total) no later than 9am on the Thursday before a weekend game. Photograph: Inpho.

Mickey Harte and Pete McGrath critical of tidying up of existing rule

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin: “The lads have massive respect for him [Gerry Duffy].” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Advisers include former British Olympic nutritionist Barry Murray

Kerry forward Colm Cooper: ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee and he’d also torn the posterior cruciate ligament and fractured the kneecap. Photograph: Inpho

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice says he’s reluctant to put another date on return

Kerry’s Anthony Maher and David Moran contest a high ball with Shane Carty and Cian O’Sullivan of Dublin in Sunday’s match in Killarney. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Sunday’s defeat was a setback in Dublin’s quest for a third league title

Tempers flare between the players during the final moments of the Kerry v Dublin game at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kingdom out-score visitors in second half to gift captain Kieran Donaghy a happy birthday

Kilkenny’s Dara Kervick has a decent chance of making the final at the European indoor athletics championships in Prague next weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/The Irish Times

English is best contender for a medal at the European athletics indoor championships

Dublin’s Conal Keaney sporting a head injury after last weekend’s Allianz Hurling League victory over Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.  Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ex-ref John Devine supports proposed blood-sub rule for suspected head injury victims

Clare’s Podge Collins: “We’re just concentrating now on Sligo, hopefully getting two points there, and just pushing on from that.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Clare man has no regrets about leaving hurling panel to focus on big ball game

Dublin’s Conor McHugh: man-of-the-match in last year’s under-21 football championship final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wexford and Laois play for chance to meet All-Ireland champions

Mayo’s Keith Higgins in action against Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy in last year’s All Ireland SFC semi-final replay. The cornerback admits his side were “very bitter, very sore” over the defeat. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Captain wants the players to keep taking responsibilty under the new management

Mark English has been combining his athletics preparations with his third year of medical studies at UCD. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

800m runner confident of place on podium after last summer’s exploits

Announcement of the Irish Team for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Prague - Ciara Everard, Declan Murray, Mark English and Dara Kevrick. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

UCD student one of nine individual qualifiers for Championships in Prague on Friday week

Cork’s Aidan Walsh gets away from Domhnall O’Donovan and Bobby Duggan of Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s charges bounce back from Kilkenny defeat in fine style

Henry Shefflin: “I’ve been going well, and feeling good in the club campaign.” Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kilkenny legend to reveal his future plans after club final against Kilmallock

Kildare’s former star Dermot Earley: “I just think the way is gone, it’s now 24/7, so I can’t see players doing it for more than seven, eight years. That would be the max.”  Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ever-increasing commitment taking its inevitable toll on the top players

 Mutaz Barshimof  Qatar fails to clear a world record attempt at 2.44 meters in the Alkermes men’s high jump event during the AIT International Arena Grand Prix at Athlone Institute of Technology International Arena. Photograph: Sportsfile

Jamaica’s Asafa Powell pulls out of event with a groin injury sustained while warming up for the 60 metres

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has come to Athlone as he prepares for the World Championships in Beijing later this summer. Photograph: Matt Browne/ Sportsfile

Former world record holder wants to make up for lost time after 2013 ban

 Conor McHugh of DCU: his side will take on   UCD in the first of Friday’s Sigerson Cup semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Forward happy to juggle Sigerson Cup, Dublin and Na Fianna commitments

Asafa Powell: headlines a meet in Athlone that also includes American sprinter Carmelita Jeter plus the world’s leading high jumper  Mutaz Barshim. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Athletics Ireland’s Ciarán Ó Catháin defends decision to invite formerly banned sprinter

Bryan Cullen: the former Dublin captain and now Leinster rugby strength and conditioning coach highlights recovery time as the main difference between the two codes. Photograph: Inpho

Now working with Leinster rugby the former Dublin captain has no regrets over retirement

U21 ambassador and former Galway footballer Micheal Meehan. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Galway captain is optimistic for his county’s future and hopeful for his return

DIT’s Tommy Doyle battles with Paul Flaherty of LIT during their Fitzgibbon Cup round two clash. DIT now face Mary Immaculate in the quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

DJ Carey’s side fielded an ineligible player against Mary Immaculate College

Corofin’s Liam Silke fends off  Diarmuid Connolly during his side’s win over St Vincent’s, ending their 28 month unbeaten run. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

28 month unbeaten run comes to an end as Galways champions reach All-Ireland club final

John Treacy in action in 1979

John Treacy’s marathon loss came a day after Mike Tyson’s sensational defeat

Jackie Tyrrell: “The players are there. It’s just about finding them, getting them up to speed, taking some of that leadership and driving it on.” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cats may be in transition but Kilkenny veteran enjoying the game as much as ever

There have been a number of proposals to entend the black card into hurling. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Talk of opening all county grounds to other sports and motion to remove hooter system

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman, Irish Sports Council says that increased funding will increase participation and enhance high performance - A total of €8.16m will be invested in 22 Performance Plans which will support Ireland participation at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

€19.6 million figure thanks largely to the special Rio Olympic-cycle funding

 Brian Cody celebrates with JJ Delaney after Kilkenny beat Tipperary in the All-Ireland final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny manager admits Delaney’s decision to quit took him by surprise

Brian Cody celebrates at the final whistle after Kilkenny beat Tipperary in last year’s All-Ireland hurling final repay in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny manager confident his panel will be ready for the challenges ahead

Eileen O’Keeffe competing in the hammer at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Surely we can find one propping machine who might fancy their Olympic chances

GAA’s annual report for 2014 showed hurling championship income outstripping football championship income for the first time.

Annual financial report for 2014 shows capital netting more than the other combined 31 counties

New Dublin hurling manager Ger Cunningham. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Capital’s hurling coach’s decision to leave is ‘disappointing’ but understandable, according to manager Ger Cunningham

The GAA Finance Report Media Briefinghas shown that Hurling gate receipts in 2014 were higher than those of football. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

GAA’s financial report has shown Central Council’s total revenue for 2014

Paudie O’Brien with his club and county team-mate  Graeme Mulcahy: “We’ve watched Portaferry, and have a huge respect for them,” says O’Brien. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster champions aware of the traditional big threat Ulster winners pose

Jim Gavin at Parnell Park for the unveiling of Britvic Ireland as the new official hydration partners of Dublin GAA in a three-year deal. Photo: Paul Mohan

Lessons of last summer’s shock defeat to Donegal still being processed in the camp

Alan Cadogan: “I suppose the hurlers don’t want fellas going off playing football, and the footballers don’t want fellas going off playing hurling.” Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Alan Cadogan has opted for Cork hurling only after juggling both codes last season

Dublin’s Paul Flynn. Like most people he did not see the defeat to Donegal in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final coming. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Dublin’s Paul Flynn says the loss to Donegal in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final felt like a bereavement

Down’s Brendan McArdle lays the ball off with Niall Kelly in close attendance in the Allianz League game in Newbridge. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kildare manager Jason Ryan described it as a “stinker” of a finish

In his first televised interview since the Oprah confessions, Lance Armstrong says that when it comes to doping he would “probably do it again”, at least if he was taken back to 1995. Photograph: George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network via Getty Images

The disgraced cyclist is back in the news and desperately seeking attention of any sort

Kerry’s David Moran and Séamus O’Shea of Mayo will renew acquaintances on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry manager names only six players who started All-Ireland win over Donegal

Mark English: running in New York as part of an Irish distance medley relay team invited to the New Balance Indoor Games. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Donegal athlete also targeting 800m at European Indoor Championships in Prague

Donegal’s Christy Toye was not surprised by the departure of Jim McGuinness. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal forward believes Rory Gallagher can continue positive legacy of McGuinness

Tommy Walsh spent five years in the AFL but his career was badly disrupted by injury and he made only five appearances in total. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kerry forward enjoyed life of professional sportsman but felt time was right to return

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan and Kerry’s Darran O’Sullivan, who has left his job in the bank in order to become a full-time footballer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

'I’m 28 now, there aren’t too many years left, so I just wanted to get the most out of it.'

Kerry’s Paul Geaney  ahead of the  opening weekend of the Allianz League. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Kerry forward eager to hit ground running in league after fine season last year

Cavan’s Gearóid McKiernan: received a two-match ban in the McKenna Cup for sectarian abuse. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Two-game ban for Cavan’s Gearóid McKiernan applies to McKenna Cup only

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney says his players  are only training three or four times a week. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Manager dismisses reports that players are working too much ahead of first match

Cian O’Sullivan is hoping to return to the Dublin side by end of National Football League.

Dublin midfielder concerned about wear and tear of elite players

David O’Callaghan at the launch of AIG’s sponsorship of Dublin in 2015. “I would be calling for a combined Tallaght hurling team at this stage, even for underage as well.” Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Former St Mark’s player concerned about the state of hurling in the west of the city

Olive Loughnane looks certain to have her world silver World Athletics Championships medal, won in Berlin in 2009, upgraded to gold by the IAAF. Photograph: Morgan/Inpho.

Selective periods of bans means Rob Heffernan will have to wait for medal upgrade

Cork footballer Valerie Murphy speaking at the launch of the Women’s Gaelic Players’ Association in Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Cork star among the football and camogie stars to show support for new organisation

Olive Loughnane: “A part of me was half expecting this day would come, especially with so many of the Russian athletes being banned over the last year or so.”

Belated recognition imminent for silver medalist at 2009 World Championships

Race-walker Rob Heffernan came fourth in the 50km race at the 2012 Olympics but could be awarded a bronze medal after the IAAF confirmed three Russian athletes have received provisional suspensions. (Photograph: Inpho/ Morgan Treacy)

IAAF have confirmed the suspension of three Russian Olympic champion race-walkers

TJ Reid: Kilkenny’s designated penalty-taker  believes the existing penalty rule is still the better option. Photograph: Inpho

New rule part of the Hurling 2020 proposals which come before next month’s Congress for approva

Cork and Milford player Anna Geary after receiving the AIB Munster club camogie award, with her club Milford. Photograph: Sportsfile

Milford player says WGPA will help address the increasing demands of camogie and women’s football

 Ger Brennan of Dublin club St Vincent’s. “I’d play in an All-Ireland final on Christmas Day. I’d play any day.” Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Dublin defender admits drawn-out club campaign over two seasons has hurt him physically

Mike King tested positive after losing to Irish fighter, Cathal Pendred, in Dublin last July. Photograph: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Conor McGregor’s next opponent is coming off nine-month ban after positive test

There are fears over the water quality for the sailing events at the Rio Olympic Games but Ireland’s chef de mission, Kevin Kilty, says ultimately it will be up to the International Sailing Federation to decide whether or not it is safe for sailing. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Reconnaissance of Uberlândia the target for sharpshooting chef de mission with Rio in sights

St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly scores a goal against Castlebar Mitchels during last year’s All-Ireland club footbal final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sub-committee to present their ideas on running club competitions within the one calendar year

Donal O’Grady: the 34-year-old has been reappointed Limerick captain for 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Despite demands of the game Limerick captain is committed to another year

GPA chief executive officer Dessie Farrell at the launch of the 2014 annual report. “We are a separate entity, but I think there’ll always be a requirement for funding from the GAA.”Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

CEO says negotiations for a new funding deal with the GAA will soon begin as the current five-year deal ends in 2015

 Cork’s Aidan Walsh: ‘After the Mayo game I needed a few days’ recovery, and by then the hurling team were already downing their training, preparing for the game. So there was no real intensity there, hurling-wise, for me, because I didn’t have enough time between the two games.’ Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

The All-Ireland winning footballer will focus on hurling for Cork in the 2015 season

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea suffered a bang on the head against Kerry in Limerick last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo midfielder played on after suffering head injury in All-Ireland semi-final

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