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

Patrick Greene with UFC champion Conor McGregor in 2016. Photograph: Instagram

Wild Geese: Patrick Greene, Greene Room, a PR and events company

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

As things stand, Bosnia Herzegovina will not qualify for a playoff, despite being in second place in their group. Photograph: PA

World Cup 2018: Ireland in danger of finishing worst of the nine second place teams

 A dejected Waterford’s manager Derek McGrath and selector Dan Shanahan after the defeat in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Disappointing to see the ball being passed from brush to brush on national television’

Joe McQuillan leaves the field with his assistants and umpires following the 2013 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cavan referee is a controversial appointment given the 2013 post-match criticism of him

Dejected Waterford players and staff after their All-Ireland final defeat. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Déise manager fully aware of how difficult it will be for his young team to go one better

Joe Canning stoops to take a sideline cut during Galway’s win over Waterford. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty

Joe Canning inspired Tribesmen to victory but Austin Gleeson had a day to forget

The 2017 team above the team who played in the 2005 All-Ireland final. Photographs: Inpho

Galway think they’ve solved their fullback and centre back problem as big men prevail

Offaly’s Niall McNamee  in action against Westmeath during this year’s Leinster championship. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

He made his debut in 2003 and led the line for Offaly for 14 years with little success

Roscommon’s David Murray and Mayo’s Donal Vaughan get to know each other. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Roscommon defender David Murray breaks down what Mayo, and Andy Moran, do well

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is certainly not afraid of making big calls. Photograph: Inpho

Rochford files mixed bag of tactical success and failure over two year rollercoaster

Derek Kavanagh after the Munster Club SFC Final in 2011. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Two thirds of club players have considered quitting, CPA reveal after survey findings

Kerry’s Tadhg Morley has cemented his place in the Kerry team this year. Photograph: Inpho

Templenoe clubman made his name with the club and has gone from strength to strength

Mayo have played seven games already this summer. Photograph: Inpho

Mayo have the age and experience but Kerry have forward options to stretch them

Ciaran McKeever with Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney. Photograph: Inpho

Former captain made debut in 2003 and has been cornerstone of Armagh defence since

Kerry captain Johnny Buckley in action against Aidan O’Shea of Mayo in 2014. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kingdom have played three games this summer – their rivals have played seven

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson, at 22, is his county’s talisman. Photograph: Inpho

If the gifted youngster can improve his decision making Waterford can go all the way

The Cormac McAnallen Cup will be up for grabs in November. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland are looking to defend the Cormac McAnallen Cup they claimed in 2015

Colm Cavanagh: “I don’t think there’s any player at present that is anywhere near him . . . there is his ability to drop back and spot danger and then get forward.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho Ulster

Former Tyrone star Joe McMahon gives a unique insight into Mickey Harte’s team

Mayo’s Lee Keegan: he received a black card in March in the League against Tyrone, and another in the  qualifier win over Cork. Photograph: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Who are the most cynical team in Ireland in 2017? And what have the cards been for?

Donegal have announced manager Rory Gallagher has stepped down. Photograph: Inpho

Fermanagh native brought the county to two Ulster finals in his three seasons at the helm

Roscommon’s Enda Smith celebrates the Connacht final victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Smith has thrived on added responsibility and Roscommon now seeing his full talents

Ger Cunningham’s tenure as Dublin manager has ended. Photograph: Inpho

‘Every decision that was made was always in the best interests of Dublin senior hurling’

Pairc Ui Chaoimh for the Cork Premier Intermediate hurling club championship match on Wednesday. Photograph: Inpho

GAA advise fans to avoid driving as cars won’t be permitted at stadium or around it

Kevin Feely catches a kickout against Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

In-form midfielder had a black card from last March rescinded so he is now free to play

Roscommon’s Enda Smith gets away from Galway’s Thomas Flynn during the Connacht final at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Donegal need to emulate Tipperary and Roscommon's tactics to expose Tribesmen

Tipperary’s Michael Quinlivan has not been named to start against Armagh. Photograph: Inpho

All Star corner forward made his return in the win over Cavan but is not named in XV

Dundalk’s David McMillan celebrates scoring the first goal against Rosenborg. Photograph: Inpho

If both come through second round qualifiers they’ll meet in next round

Down’s Caolan Mooney scored 0-2 against Armagh in the Ulster SFC quarter-final.  Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Caolan Mooney will have a key role to play as Tyrone will ask new questions

Kevin McStay’s Roscommon take on Galway in Sunday’s Connacht SFC final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Rossies need to focus on their defence against Galway before turning to attack

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan runs out onto the pitch for the All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: Inpho

Westmeath and Dublin name their teams for Sunday’s Leinster semi-final in Croke Park

In the last two Leinster SFC finals just four contestable balls were kicked inside to John Heslin. He caught one and was quickly boxed up, winning a free. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Half way there? What have Westmeath learned from last two Leinster final defeats . . .

A security guard on match day at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Smaller bags permitted but may be subject to searches, fans urged not to bring bags at all

Celtic fans during the derby against Rangers in March. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Dundalk and Cork learn their fate in Champions and Europa League draws

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford will hope his team can respond against Derry in the qualifiers. Photograph: Inpho

Donegal look to recover from Tyrone beating with a home clash against Longford

Tadhg Furlong delivered another fine performance in the Lions’ 32-10 win over the New Zealand Maori. Photograph: David Davies/PA

How did the tourists rate individually in their key victory over the NZ Maori in Rotorua

Neil Collins is enjoying life in New York city.

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