Brian Howard fields a ball despite the challenge from Donegal’s Eoghan Bán Gallagher during the clash at Croke Park.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Raheny man a ready-made successor for one of Gavin’s team’s most important figures

Kerry lost their Super 8s opener against Galway last weekend. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

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Russian president Vladimir Putin and UFC fighter Conor McGregor. Photograph: Reuters

UFC fighter says he was honoured to attend World Cup final as Russian president’s guest

England manager Gareth Southgate  thanks the fans. Photograph: Getty Images

‘It was torture last night, it’s shattering this morning - but Gareth... We salute you’

Croatia’s defender Dejan Lovren celebrates his team’s victory in Moscow. Photograph: Getty Images

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Referee Joe McQuillan during last year’s  All-Ireland senior football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Referees are tracked using GPS units in all championship games and must pass Bangsbo tests

 Paul Pogba and Adil Rami celebrate with France’s goalscorer Samuel Umtiti. Photograph: Getty Images

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The Webb Ellis Cup at Grand Prince Hotel Shin Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Getty Images

Next chance to secure tickets begins in September with opening of general ticket sales

The Saint Petersburg stadium where France and Belgium will play their World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Getty Images

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Roscommon’s Super 8s journey begins in Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Roscommon and Tyrone will kick-off the maiden Super 8s round-robin series

Galway’s David Burke with the Leinster hurling trophy after the match in  Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Croke Park will be hosting five of the 12 Super 8s matches. Photograph: Inpho

This year’s All-Ireland football quarter-finals take the shape of a round-robin series

All eyes will be on Neymar later today in Kazan. Photograph: Reuters

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A dejected Jamie Malone rehydrates after his side’s All-Ireland qualifier Round 3 defeat to Armagh at the Athletic Grounds, Co Armagh. Photograph: Inpho

Clare, Monaghan and Galway provide an insight into the preparation required

 Belgium’s Nacer Chadli celebrates scoring their third goal. Photograph: Reuters

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Mickey Harte’s Tyrone are one game away from the Super 8s. Photograph: Inpho

GAA president confirms that home advantage will be respected in the Super 8s

LeBron James has signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Photograph: PA

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Cian O’Neill’s Kildare team are into the fourth round of the qualifiers. Photograph: Inpho

The four provincial finalists will face Saturday’s winners for a place in the Super 8s

 Belgium’s Adnan Januzaj celebrates his goal against England. Photograph: Getty Images

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Clare’s Peter Duggan celebrates after their Munster SHC win over Limerick. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clare’s transformation from inconsistent to efficient has been mirrored by the free-taker

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty during Sunday’s Ulster final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The 24 year-old will miss the rest of season for Declan Bonner’s Ulster champions

The Kildare squad ahead of their league clash with Mayo earlier this year. Photograph: Inpho

Chair of CCCC, Ned Quinn explains reasoning behind change of venue to Croke Park

 Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo was not impressed with the VAR on Monday night. Photograph: Getty Images

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Kildare are not happy about their home fixture being moved to Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All four of the round three football qualifiers will be played on Saturday afternoon

Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton will wear the number one jersey against Laois. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dublin goalkeeper and captain appears to have won his fitness race to face Laois

Ireland have made five changes to their team to face Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

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The role of super-sub for the Kingdom remains in the possession of Barry John Keane. Photograph: Inpho

Kingdom have scored an average of 1-19 per game in their last five meetings with Cork

Russia enjoyed its dream start to the World Cup on Thursday. Photograph: PA

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Fintan Cregg: possesses the athleticism and pace to track roving half forwards, which seems to be the point of selecting him at centre half back. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Kevin McStay's defensive match-ups were crucial to Roscommon's success last year

Armagh beat Tyrone in thr Ulster under-20 semi-final on Friday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Ulster council and CCC will now await the referee’s report from Athletic Grounds

Carlow’s Paul Broderick kicking  a free against Kildare. He  has already scored 3-65  in 2018. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Fermanagh and Carlow have both maintained a compact and consistent squad

Mayo begin their qualifier campaign against Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Meath will host Tyrone, Westmeath will face testing visit of Kieran McGeeney’s Armagh

Beenkeragh in MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, with Caher Ridge as the backdrop. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Climbing Ireland’s highest mountains, kayaking and surfing worked up a healthy appetite for some creamy pints and great food in th(...)

On Saturday night Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev. Photograph: Getty Images

Both the Champions League and Pro14 finals as well as more GAA round-robin action

In action for the Mayo Under-21s in 2016, Eoin O’Donoghue will make his senior championship debut on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Four of All-Ireland winning Under-21 team of 2016 will start in Castlebar on Sunday

This year’s Champions Cup final will be played in Bilbao. Photograph: Inpho

Match details, team news, how to watch, and the big talking points for Leinster v Racing 92

Kieran Donaghy in action for Kerry a year after his Underdogs breakthrough. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kieran Donaghy and Pearse O’Neill among those to have emerged from previous series

 With three All-Ireland’s and two league titles, Dublin are top of the pile. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

How will your county fare this summer? Analysing league and championship performances

Armagh’s Jamie Clarke isn’t the only big name on the New York team to face Leitrim. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo’s Tom Cunniffe and Armagh sharpshooter Jamie Clarke both start opener

Donegal take on Cavan in Ballybofey on May 13th. Photograph: Inpho

As of 2020 there will be no open draw for the Ulster senior football championship

 The Chair fence at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

What, where, when, who are the favourites, the best of the Irish and the women to watch

 Conor McKenna has been banned for the next three weeks. Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Tyrone native is now playing for AFL club Essendon where he has played 36 games

The GAA sought to ensure there was little or no inter-county action in April.

This month there will be 25 club championships with no fixtures being played

Sarah Lucey with former Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho in Story nightclub in Miami

Wild Geese: Sarah Lucey works as talent management director for Miami's most exclusive venues

Roscommon’s All-Ireland minor winners in 2006. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Three remain from victorious Roscommon minor team but Devaney is in form of his life

Paul Galvin in action for Plunkett’s last year. Photograph: Inpho

Former Roscommon free-taking ace Ger Heneghan joins Garrycastle in Westmeath

The football league finals will take place at Croke Park this weekend. Photograph: Inpho

GAA have released their fixtures for weekend’s football finals, and there are clashes

Con O’Callaghan’s Cuala and Na Piarsaigh do battle again this Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland play Turkey, there’s the club hurling replay and the do or die cricket qualifier

Cavan will need to beat Tipperary in Breffni Park this weekend to avoid the division’s league final being pushed back. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

The GAA are relying on Roscommon, Cavan, Down and Laois to win this weekend

The club hurling final replay will be in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise this Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Club hurling replay to take place on Saturday as all football league fixtures to go ahead

Ireland celebrate beating England to seal the Grand Slam. Photograph: PA

The best of the Irish quotes during Joe Schmidt’s team’s historic Grand Slam

The various Florida Keys are connected by long bridges – one is seven miles long – with the views on either side changing from swamplands, to beautiful coastlines and pearly blue water. Photograph: Getty Images

Arrive with a solid plan and open mind and leave with only warm memories

Dublin v Kerry; Croke Park, Sunday at 4pm on eir Sport live. Photograph: Inpho

Despite TG4 having Sunday rights, the Croke Park clash will be live on eir Sport

Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho will come head to head with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images

The main event is Ireland v Wales, but there’s the Fitzgibbon and Carabao Cup finals too

Cian Hanley during a training session with the Brisbane Lions. Photograph: Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images

The Ballaghaderreen clubman is in training with Stephen Rochford’s Mayo squad

The Irish team during a training session at Carton House this week. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Match details, team news, how to watch, and the big talking points for Six Nations clash

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

With many players based in cities, organising intercounty teams is a logistical challenge

Mark Nally in action for Roscommon in the 2014 Connacht championship. Photograph: Inpho

Leitrim defender and former captain Paddy Maguire has joined Dublin club St Brigid’s

Sean O’Brien has not played for Leinster since the win over Exeter in Dublin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster backrow had a small procedure on his hip after failing to respond to treatment

The 90/90 position, which Movement 101 coach Brian O’Loughlin recommends all athletes should add to their daily exercise routine. It works in towards the internal rotation of the hip capsule – a problematic area for many GAA athletes. 

The aim is to turn towards the back leg, drive the knee and ankle in towards the floor and try to get the opposing shoulder to the foot (in the case of this photo it is right shoulder to left foot). It should be an "active" position.

James McCarthy and Conor McGregor both practice movement training methods

Nigel Dunne had intended on playing both football and hurling for Offaly in 2018. Photograph: Inpho

Dunne has been training with both the hurling and football panels in recent weeks

Conor Cooney: “It’s a new year coming and it’ll be a fresh start coming back to square one and every team will be going the whole hog to try and win it.” Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

Galway forward already eager to get back into shape for next year’s challenges

Pauric Mahony scored 10 goals as the 2017 All Stars beat their 2016 counterparts in Singapore. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Class of 2016 outgunned as Waterford man scores 10 goals under the city skyline

Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher: “You can be the fittest man in the world coming back but it doesn’t make a bit of difference until you get your eye in.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Premier star admits Army duty overseas last season left him playing catch-up in 2017

Walsh Park: Waterford’s ground is facing redevelopment and it’s unclear whether it will host Munster championship games next summer. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Redevelopment work in Walsh Park unlikely to be completed in time for championship

Wicklow’s James Stafford in action during the 2009 championship. Photograph: Inpho

John Evans says of 35 year-old midfielder; ‘It was an obvious decision to ask him back’

Alan Dillon captained Mayo to the Connacht title in 2011. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dillon made only three substitute appearances this summer and at 35 calls it a day

 Ronan O’Gara will join up with The Crusaders next month. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Racing 92 ‘did not want to deprive one of its faithful servants of a great opportunity’

Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan was one of the game’s finest free takers. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Eamonn Fitzmaurice; ‘His dead ball kicking is second to none, he is the ultimate stylist’

In action for the Republic of Ireland in 2008; Liam Miller. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

John Hartson among former teammates to give their support to 36 year-old Cork native

Derek McGrath will lead the Waterford hurlers into the 2018 season. Photograph: Inpho

McGrath’s management team - which includes Dan Shanahan - has also stayed on

Galway will hope to have Fiontán Ó Curraoin back fit to feature at some stage in their 2018 season. Photograph: Inpho

Tribesmen will miss the midfielder but Kevin Walsh hopes he will feature next summer

Cathal Cregg during training with the Ireland International rules squad in Melbourne in 2014. Photograph: Inpho

Manager Kevin McStay hopes to build on last year's Connacht title winning campaign

 Louth’s Eoin O’Connor holds off Donal Keogan of Meath during their Leinster championship encounter. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Standout performer this summer is travelling to Asia and leaving Pete McGrath’s side

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford has agreed a two year extension. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

County board say that Rochford’s backroom team will be confirmed in the coming weeks

Republic of  Ireland fans will travel in numbers to Copenhagan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

FAI had requested a 10 per cent allocation and have received additional 445 tickets

Dublin’s Darren Daly tackles Kildare’s Emmet Bolton during the Leinster final. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Kildare’s versatile and attack-minded defender has retired after 10 years of service

Former Kerry midfielder Max Thiemann now plays for the Barcelona Gaels.

Max Thiemann left a promising GAA career in Ireland to run a school in Barcelona

Cora Staunton leaves Croke Park after the All-Ireland defeat to Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Her total scoring is 59-483 in her 67 championship games since her debut in 1996

Alex Collins in action for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. Photograph: Getty Images

Alex Collins posted a video of himself practising - the secret to his fast feet he says

Colm Cooper at last month’s press conference for his testimonial dinner. Photograph: Inpho

Páraic Duffy says GAA do not support Colm Cooper’s upcoming testimonial dinner

Pope Francis could be saying a mass at Croke Park on the last weekend of August 2018. Photograph: Getty Images

The final had been brought forward in an attempt to deal with the club fixture chaos

Pat Gilroy is the new Dublin hurling manager. Photograph: Inpho

The man who ended Dublin’s long wait for Sam Maguire handed a three year deal

Patricia Armada and her husband Jordi

Patricia Armada fears for husband’s safety at polling station as police respond to referendum

David Clifford scored 4-4 in the All-Ireland minor final win over Derry. Photograph: Inpho

In the qualifier era only three players have started in senior final one year out of minor

Some believe poll carries on civil war fight but others think it undermines constitution

Kerry’s manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will hope to end Dublin’s dominance in the 2018 season. Photograph: Inpho

County board chairman is proposing that he also be ratified for a further two year term

Dublin’s James McCarthy battles with Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea. Next summer brings the promise of more top-drawer clashes between the country’s top eight sides. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Best teams will face off more often next summer under the new format

Cora Staunton has scored 59-476 in her 66 championship games since her debut in 1996, starting every single championship game for Mayo  in that time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

She's outscored opposition on six occasions since 2010, but Mayo keep leaking goals

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford after the game:  “It’s not any easier. It’s very difficult losing finals by one point, two points.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘There’ll be no victimisation here of anybody’ - manager defends Donal Vaughan

Dublin’s Dean Rock kicks the winning point. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

RTÉ reveal Sunday’s final was most watched show on Irish television so far in 2017

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton, and man of the match James McCarthy. Photographs: Inpho

This year's man of the match, and the favourite for Footballer of the Year turned things around

Jason Doherty of Mayo has his shot saved by Stephen Cluxton. Photograph:  Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Eamon Donoghue selects some of the main turning points in an enthralling contest

  Chris Barrett challenges PAddy Andrews at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Some outstanding performances but Mayo come up just short again

 David Meyler scored off the bench for Hull City on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Shane Long handed a rare start, as Brady and Ward play in Burnley’s Anfield draw

Diarmuid Connolly with Jim Gavin before coming on against Tyrone. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin remain unchanged from the team which hammered Tyrone in the semi-final

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Stephen Cluxton takes a short kickout to Michael Fitzsimons against Mayo in 2015. Photograph: Inpho

The Dublin keeper’s timing, cool head and precision kickouts set him as a class apart

On average five players outside of finalists make the XV, three is the least amount

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