Manuma Samoa is coached by World Rugby Hall of Famer Brian Lima. File photograph: Getty Images

‘When we arrived in New Zealand it was summer, when we left it was winter’

With all the attention on the child with special needs, there is often hurt and anger among the other children in the family. Photograph: iStock

TY students develop a booklet aimed at the siblings of those with special needs

Luke Dempsey: ed St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge to their first Leinster senior ‘A’ final this year. “I think it’s good to give people hope and that’s what we’ve been given by the Leinster Council.” Photograph: Inpho

Luke Dempsey’s Rochfortbridge hopeful their first ever Leinster final will go ahead

Qualter (right) celebrating a Challenge Cup victory in 2014 with Niyi Adeolokun. Photograph: Inpho

Danny Qualter is one of six Irish players at Nottingham about to become unemployed

Alan Stenson: ‘You’re in a room with two or three billionaires, and one is writing a cheque for $15 million to the other’

Wild Geese: Alan Stenson, real estate broker, New York City

Roscommon goalkeeper Colm Lavin has headed the county’s fundraising campaign to support their local hospice. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Similar initiative gaining momentum in Laois as Meyler family do their bit in Tyrone

Brian O’Carroll in action for Offaly against Kilkenny in 2014. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Carroll has added his in-depth sports podcast to the mix as others get creative

Roscommon’s Mark Miley celebrates his side’s All-Ireland minor final replay win over Kerry in 2006. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

2006 All-Ireland win brought success when it was least expected and needed the most

Influencer Louise Cooney has set up a fundraising page for Pieta House through her social media platforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Charity postpones major fundraising event while demand for services goes up

Wexford’s Jonathan Bealin  in action against Louth’s Emmet Carolan during the first round of the Leinster SFC last summer. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

The son of former Dublin player Paul has been making his mark with Wexford

 Nigel Dunne in action for Offaly against Wicklow in the 2018 Leinster championship. Photograph: Inpho

Former Offaly player explains how the game took a heavy toll on his mental health

Na Fianna and Dublin senior footballer Niall McGovern. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Na Fianna are providing community assistance amid the outbreak

Liam Sheedy’s team are self-isolating after returning from Spain. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Liam Sheedy’s team advised to ‘restrict their movements for the next two weeks’

England are back in contention for the 2020 Six Nations after Sunday’s crushing win over Ireland. Photograph: EPA

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton heavily criticised in Monday morning’s newspapers

Jim Gavin after receiving an honorary doctorate from DCU in December. Photograph: Inpho

All-Ireland winning player and manager to be honoured by Dublin city council

 Michael Duignan in Croke Park working for RTÉ during their coverage of last summer’s hurling championship. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

He replaces the incumbent Tommy Byrne who is in his second term in the role

 Carlin Isles in action for the United States during the Rugby World Cup Sevens. Photograph: Getty Images

Insole claims to make athletes jump higher, run faster, and protects them from injury

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan receives a red card from referee James Owens. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hogan retains the option of appealing the suspension to Central Appeals Committee

 Donal Maloney will not be managing the Clare hurlers in 2020. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Louis Mulqueen and Brian Lohan are vying for the vacant role in the Banner county

Martin Bennett and Ciaran Archer during an individual speed session.

Martin Bennett has helped the country's best players to match the game’s new pace

Jack Carty will start for Ireland against Japan on Saturday morning. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eamon Donoghue looks back on his years playing GAA and soccer with Irish No 10

Eamon Donoghue breaks the All-Ireland football final replay into its key moments

The Kerry team dejected after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Eamon Donoghue runs the rule over Peter Keane’s side

Kevin Walsh has stepped down as Galway manager. Photograph: Inpho

Under Walsh Galway have ended Mayo’s stranglehold of the Connacht championship

Kerry and Dublin fans watch Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland final. Photograph: Inpho

Stand tickets will cost €60 and terraces €30 for second meeting of Dublin and Kerry

Con O’Callaghan has scorded 4-9 from play in six matches and David Clifford has 0-17 in five this summer. Photographs: Inpho

Two of the most exciting players in the game could hold key to All-Ireland victory

Make sure your trip to LA includes great food, cool bars and a Dodgers game

Brian Fenton and Jack Barry in action last year. Photograph: Inpho

Kerry midfielder looks the ideal candidate for a man marking job on Dublin’s key figure

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan walks past his manager Brian Cody after being red carded. Photograph: Inpho

'If it happened and was deserved then it happens. But the circumstances . . . '

Tipperary’s Padraic Maher wins the balls and burst out of his defence. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Liam Sheedy’s Tipp team had too much for Kilkenny in a thrilling hurling finale

Tipperary’s manager Liam Sheedy celebrates after the All-Ireland SHC semi-final with Noel McGrath. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Loughmore-Castleiney club man has reaped the rewards of a switch to midfield

 Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly in action against Tyrone last weekend. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mayo, Dublin and Kilkenny name their teams but late changes are expected

Dublin have threats all over but Jack McCaffrey and Brian Fenton are unique

Referee James Owens during the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final between Kilkenny and Cork. Photograph: Inpho

Wexford native to referee senior final while Patrick Murphy is in charge for the minor

Ultan Dillane has left Ireland’s Rugby World Cup training squad. Photograph: James Crombie

Duo return to their provinces as IRFU release a 43-man squad ahead of Italy match

Rob Hennelly is back in the Mayo team. Photograph: Inpho

Rory O’Carroll is back in the Dublin team with Diarmuid Connolly on the bench

The Underdogs’ 2018 joint manager Paul Galvin is set to take over the Wexford footballers. Photograph: Inpho

Appointment of former Footballer of the Year a major boost for football in Wexford

Mayo goalkeeper David Clarke and his defenders defend a free during the victory over Meath. In four of his five championship starts this summer  Clarke has been unable to find Aidan O’Shea for a clean catch from a long kick-out. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rob Hennelly and David Clarke are both top 'keepers - how much do Mayo value the restart?

Tyrone’s Peter Harte: he  is very much on a black-card tightrope. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

This year stand-alone black cards issued during the league were all wiped thereafter

Shane, Sean, Mick and Brendan Lowry at Esker Hills Golf Club in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Father and uncles will be forever remembered for Offaly’s 1982 All-Ireland victory

Kildare manager Cian O’Neill was without a number of his team’s key players in 2019. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Their summer ended in championship defeats to 2018 finalists Dublin and Tyrone

Peter Harte is available to play for Tyrone on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Tyrone attacker has been cleared to line out in the first Super 8s match of 2019

Mayo’s David Clarke celebrates after beating Galway in the All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifiers. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

These rankings are based on results over three years in both league and championship

Galway manager Kevin Walsh has won his last seven matches against Mayo. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Are Galway playing enough Corofin players? And why Mayo’s attack is so predictable

The hurling quarter-finals are returning to Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Details revealed for first two rounds of Super 8s, setting up hurling v football TV clash

The Gaelic Grounds in Limerick for Mayo’s qualifier match last year. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Connacht counties being sent to Limerick as Clare and Meath match being played Sunday

 James Horan’s Mayo team are one game away from the Super 8s. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The draw for the final round of the qualifiers will be broadcast live on Morning Ireland

Kilkenny’s Adrian Mullen celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal in the Leinster SHC round-robin game against  Wexford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The 20-year-old from Ballyhale Shamrocks follows a long line of sharpshooters from the storied club

Aidan Nolan is sent off by referee Fergal Horgan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

He came on for the final 15 minutes of the round-robin draw with Kilkenny

Mayo have two more matches to win to reach the Super 8s. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

GAA reveal details for third round of football qualifiers next Saturday evening

Mayo manager James Horan will find out who his team will face next in the qualifiers on Monday. Photograph: Inpho

The draw will be broadcast live on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1 just after 8.30am

Meath’s Donal Keogan is fouled by Graham Brody of Laois and wins a penalty in the Leinster semi-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Donal Keogan can cause serious damage from wing back – without needing to kick

 Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett defending Limerick’s Aaron Gillane. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

He’ll be monitored over the next 10 days and will hope to return for Munster final

Tipperary’s Patrick Maher leaves the pitch injured in Thurles. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

The extent of defender Cathal Barrett’s hamstring injury has yet to be revealed

Kerry’s Bryan Murphy in action with Shane Dooley of Offaly. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Back-to-back championship relegations is the realisation of every worst nightmare

Kilkenny’s Huw Lawlor with Conor Whelan of Galway during their Leinster Hurling Championship clash last weekend. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

All of the permutations in Leinster and Munster as the round-robins conclude

Roscommon defender Conor Daly in action against Galway during the league. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Up to 53 brothers could be involved in this weekend’s five games;13 in Connacht final

Limerick are unlikely to be knocked out of the Championship following the weekend’s action. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Full explainer: Who needs to do what to reach the finals or progress in third

Antrim players celebrate their surprise win over Louth. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

RTÉ and Sky Sports might be going head to head on the Saturday evening at 7pm

James Horan’s Mayo team will take on Down in the second round of the qualifiers. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Monaghan and Armagh will clash in an all-Ulster contest after Monday’s draw

Mayo return to action in round two of the football qualifiers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Beaten provincial semi-finalists and round one winners will meet in second round draw

Donegal take on Tyrone in the game of the weekend at Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

There are 16 matches being played across the football and hurling championships

Tyrone’s Cathal McShane passes to his captain Mattie Donnelly. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s team have gone from being toothless to ruthless in attack since change

Cavan’s Martin Reilly celebrates scoring a goal during their win over Monaghan. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cavan kicked one in three of their passes in win over Monaghan

Monaghan have a long road ahead of them in the qualifiers. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All-Ireland football qualifier first round matches will take place on June 8th/9th

Dublin’s Tom Connolly and Kevin Foley of Wexford in their Leinster  Senior Hurling Championship round 2  match at Parnell Park, Dublin, last Sunday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Up to the 50th minute, the capital county are the best, but then it all seems to go downhill

Monaghan’s Rory Beggan during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone at Croke Park in August 2018. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Meeting of Monaghan and Cavan brings together Championship’s top scoring ‘keepers

Jonathan Bealin had an excellent league campaign despite his team's struggles. Photograph: Wexford GAA

Wexford's Jonathan Bealin one of 13 players who have switched county allegiances

New York take on Leitrim in the Connacht Championship in Gaelic Park, The Bronx, New York, last year. Photograph: Andy Marlin/Inpho

Just 11 New York natives have represented their side in the Connacht Championship

alway’s Joe Canning leaves the field on a stretcher against Waterford. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway talisman will require surgery and will miss the entire Leinster championship

Bourbon Street is a hive of activity every night of the week, with live bands in every bar and children on the neon-lit streets bucket-drumming. Photograph: iStock

Famed cuisine, music and nightlife fizzes to the rhythm of a city that really never sleeps

 Davy Russell riding Presenting Percy at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

All you need to know on Gold Cup day at racing’s biggest festival at Prestbury Park

Waterford and Clare’s hurling quarter-final will be played at Walsh Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Hurling quarter-finals and play-off to be played along with football league fixtures

Rory O’Carroll during a training session at Carton House in 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Three-time All-Ireland winning defender returned from New Zealand over the weekend

Robbie Henshaw: “It’s nice when it does work out and everyone gets their detail perfected. The perfect example is the try that Jacob Stockdale scored away to Scotland.” Photograph:Gary Carr/Inpho

Detailed video analysis is now part and parcel of the life of an elite rugby player

Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray both start against England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against the old enemy at the Aviva

Shane Long of Southampton scores his team’s second goal against Leicester City at The King Power Stadium. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland striker scores against Leicester, his first goal since April 2018

Limerick’s Seamus Hickey lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Limerick defender: ‘My dream off the field has now grown bigger than the one on it’

Olympique Lyonnais’ Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg after receiving the 2018 Women’s Ballon d’Or award. Photograph: Getty Images

The Lyon and Norwegian striker has been breaking goalscoring records for fun

Limerick hurlers: availed of Fitness Food HQ’s services during 2018. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Top GAA teams like the Limerick hurlers have been availing of ready-to-eat meals

Anthony Cunningham is the new Roscommon football manager. Photograph: Inpho

Former Galway hurling manager replaces Kevin McStay who stepped down

Eamon Donoghue of The Underdogs gets in a block on Dublin’s Robbie Gaughan during the game  at Parnell Park. Photograph courtesy of Fingallians GAA.

More than anything else, the mindset of the Boys in Blue is what marks them out

Michael  Molloy who has been travelling over from Liverpool for the camps in action against UCD in the Underdogs’  last warm-up game before facing Dublin this Friday

Eamon Donoghue on his team-mates up against the All-Ireland champions live on TG4 this Friday

Darran O’Sullivan of Kerry on his way to scoring against Armagh in 2006. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

‘A Croke Park player. His explosive all action style meant he was fan favourite from the off’

Kilkenny man Steven Scallan shows the Underdogs selectors what it meant to him to be involved in the squad. Photograph: TG4

It’s hard to see teammates have their goals and dreams cut short so dramatically

A whale breaching during a tour with O’Brien’s Whale and Bird Tours in Newfoundand and Lanrador. Photograph: Destination St John’s

Newfoundlanders are warm and funny, proud of their homeland and fond of a sing-song. Little wonder, then, that almost a quarter of(...)

Kildare midfielder Kevin Feely ran 11.79km during a championship  match last season. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

GPS tracker pods measure how far, fast and often top intercounty players run in a game

Dublin line up against Tyrone. Lack of competition has long been a reality in the GAA. Three counties have won 75 per cent of the hurling All-Irelands whereas two share an entire half of the football titles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A number of the squad are progressing very well in their club championships

 Ronan Sweeney: the 36-year-old is one of Moorefield’s star players. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In their third camp the team head for Clongowes Wood College and take on Moorefield

JP McManus in the Limerick All-Ireland final winning dressing room. Photograph: Twitter

Leading racehorse owner has asked for the money to be split evenly between each club

Donnchadh Walsh has played his last game for the Kingdom. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘His personal mantra of “next ball” became a habit for the entire group’

Conor McGregor is held back by UFC president Dana White during the UFC 229 press conference at Radio City Music Hall. Photograph: Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Meath native Conor Nash after making his AFL debut. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish players are collectively performing better than ever in the AFL

Padraig Pearses player and Irish Times journalist Eamon Donoghue in action in the Roscommon Senior Football Championship Final in 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A few days at the Curragh is hard on every facet of your body but strengthens team bonds

Mayo manager Peter Leahy says there was no player welfare issue in his squad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘These are close to slanderous accusations being put out there and it’s not fair’

Cork’s Saoirse Noonan celebrates scoring a goal against Westmeath in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Rebelettes’ supersub has managed to accumulate 6-11 in five appearances off the bench

The ‘Underdogs’ head out for their first match in Kiltoom, Co Roscommon.

'Underdogs' diary: Irish Times journalist Eamon Donoghue features in TG4’s GAA series

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy takes to the field for his last ever match. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Éamonn Fitzmaurice feels that after 69 appearances ‘Star’ will become a great manager

Republic of Ireland play Poland at the Stadion Miejski on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Cork’s players celebrate after winning the camogie All-Ireland. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

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