Malachy O’Rourke: “We were glad we were able to hold our composure, even when we went down to 14 men, and finish out the game.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Conor McManus’s late free seals first home win over the Kingdom in 30 years

 Kerry’s Brian O’Beaglaoich is tackled by  Neil McAdam of Monaghan. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kerry give themselves too much to do in Inniskeen

John Meyler: “It’s a process of being competitive, getting in new players, trying to fill a few gaps wherever you saw weaknesses last year.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rebel supporters hoping to see their team build on the ample promise of last season

Tyrone’s Padraig McNulty with Tommy Moolick of Kildare during their Allianz League Division One clash. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

In a closely fought contest Kildare came out on the wrong side of a one-point defeat again

Ciarán Deely: “It’s validation of what we’ve been doing here to win a game. It tells us and the players that we’re doing something right.” Photograph: Gerry McManus/Inpho

Big win over Wicklow a red-letter day for all involved with the cause of London GAA

A mural in memory of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho in Pragal near Lisbon. Photograph: Malachy Clerkin

‘It's hard but at least everyone knows now what conditions were like at the fight’

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: Sunday was his 225th league and championship game in charge. Photograph: ©INPHO/ Ryan Byrne

In Nowlan Park on Sunday, Cody's side once again looked desperately ordinary

Kilkenny’s Martin Keoghan attempts to block Clare’s David Reidy during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Despite being 11 points down early on Brian Cody’s side almost scrape a draw

Kildare’s Kevin Feely: “My priority is football. Everything else can kind of come behind it for now. That’s how I’m looking at it.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

For the ex-Newport County player, success on the GAA field comes before anything else

TV3 Six Nations Rugby presenter Joe Molloy: “You’d be clinically insane not to be nervous.”  Dara Mac Donaill

‘Off The Ball’ presenter happy to admit he does not know everything about rugby

Dublin’s Brian Fenton gets his shot away despite the efforts of Kildare’s Cathal McNally at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions rattle off 2-6 to end Kildare’s hopes of springing a big surprise

 Kerry’s Paul Murphy under pressure from Ciaran Thompson, Hugh McFadden and Paul Brennan of Donegal. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry shade Donegal while Wexford and Clare enjoy opening-day hurling wins

Dublin’s Michael Darragh McAuley gets past the challenge of Cian O’Donoghue. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin cut loose in second half to open account with convincing win

Jack McCaffery of Dublin with John O’Rourke of Cork during Dublin’s last home league loss in March 2014.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Since moving to HQ for home games, Jim Gavin’s template is there for others to follow

Dublin’s Michael Darragh McAuley and Paul Mannion in action against Kerry’s Ronan Shanahan and David Moran last April. Dublin get their season under way against Kildare in Croke Park tonight. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New schedules and reformed championships come into play as the action returns tonight

Galway’s Joe Canning and captain David Burke celebrate victory over Tipperary in  last year’s Allianz Hurling League final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Given their new summer schedules, teams will be keeping powder dry for future battles

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

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

Munster’s Gerbrandt Grobler: the difference between a mistake and what he did is pure intent. Photograph: Daniel Matthams/Inpho

Notion that it was out of order to bring up player’s past now is baffling

Gerry O’Connor: “We are effectively playing two National Leagues this year, except the ground conditions are going to be a lot harder the second time.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Given the new championship format, teams must hit the ground running earlier

Sean McCaffrey: he brought teams from United, Liverpool and Ajax to Monaghan. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tipping Point: Our late coach showed us the world was out there. We just had to go get it

At 40/1, Kylian Mbappé is more than a decent bet for this summer’s Golden Boot. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Mbappé, Fleetwood and, eh, Donald Trump tickle Malachy Clerkin’s fancy in 2018

September’s All-Ireland provided a breath-taking  spectacle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland final the game of the year, an occasion probably unmatched and certainly unsurpassed

Con O’Callaghan scores Dublin’s early goal in the final against Mayo with a nonchalant finish. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin’s boy prince scythes though Mayo’s defence to score a great All-Ireland goal

The Irish Times Sportswoman of the year will be revealed on Friday

Monthly winners to receive awards on Friday and overall winner to be announced

Philly McMahon at Smock Alley Theatre in  Dublin on Tuesday after ‘The Choice’, written with Niall Kelly,  was named  Eir  Sports Book of the Year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Book became part of healing process after death of Dublin footballer’s brother

The Choice (by Philly McMahon and NIall Kelly). The book is human to its core. It’s as eloquent a depiction of the circumstances that breed drug addiction as you could hope to find.

Malachy Clerkin’s lowdown on the best books for sports fans this Christmas

Galway’s Conor Whelan celebrates after the All-Ireland final win with a Galway flag bearing Niall’s image. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We are more in talking open about depression – but not suicide. That must change

Carnacon’s Cora Staunton kisses the Delores Tyrell cup before lifting it. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Carnacaon’s sixth All-Ireland secured despite shaky final 15 minutes against Cork winners

Niall Donohue in action for Galway in 2013. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Four years after taking his own life, those who knew him best talk about the impact of his death

The front of  a postcard from Phil Stuart. Photograph: Malachy Clerkin

Former stars responded to simple request from a Leitrim schoolboy throughout 1960s

 Ruby Walsh:  He will miss at least four months of action, and his whole winter will be built around getting back in time for Cheltenham. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

There was much vile abuse on Twitter after the champion jockey broke his leg on Saturday

Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan was to the fore again on Sunday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Full-forward had six possessions in first half and tried to score a goal with them all

Austin Gleeson celebrates scoring Waterford’s third goal in their All-Ireland Senior Hurling semi-final victory over Cork. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Starting 2017 as Hurler and Young Hurler of Year proved difficult for the 22-year-old

Ballygunner’s JJ Hutchinson celebrates scoring a goal  in the AIB Munster SHC  quarter-final against Clare’s Sixmilebridge  at Walsh Park, Waterford. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

The Munster hurling final tops the bill while there are two hurling semi-finals in Leinster

Stephen Ward loses the ball to Yussuf Poulsen, leading to Denmark’s second goal against Ireland. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s men looked lost when they had to chase the game against Denmark

Republic of Ireland’s Darren Randolph stands under the scoreboard which shows the final score in their World Cup qualifying playoff. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

‘We needed to try and get back into the game so you’re going to leave yourself open’

Shane Long  reacts after another Danish goal. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

A shocking night for Irish football is reflected in the ratings as Denmark came and plundered

South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth wins a lineout ahead of Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony during the autumn international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Michael Lyster’s square balls a sight for sore eyes early on Sunday morning

Some days were not epic and some were not, but hindsight adds its own meanings. Photograph: Inpho

Arcane trivia, off-the-wall stuff to quirks and curios, programmes reflect the GAA year

George Hamilton  at Greystones Golf Club on Tuesday. “I am astonished really that at this point in my life I have ended up with this schedule of commitments.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Belfast man on becoming a legendary soccer commentator and classical music DJ

Martin Dunne of Cavan Gaels: up against Derrygonnelly Harps in the Ulster club SFC semi-final at Clones on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

GAA Club Football Previews: Castlebar, Cavan, Dr Crokes, Nemo Rangers tipped to win

Pug’s pug: Tom Sharkey  left Dundalk as a young man to join the merchant ships; he started to box after joining the US navy. Photograph: Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty

The Dundalk boxer makes for a stunning chapter in Thomas Myler’s new book

Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan breaks away from the challenge of  Dicksboro’s Evan Cody during the  AIB  Leinster SHC quarter-final at  Parnell Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dual star mesmerises yet again as All-Ireland champions show hunger for more

Mayo’s Andy Moran was named as the 2017 Footballer of the Year. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Andy Moran and Joe Canning named as Footballer and Hurler of the Year

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire after the win over Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland winners Dublin lead the way with seven picks while Mayo win six

Galway’s David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after they beat Waterford to win the All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

As expected, All-Ireland champions Galway feature heavily with seven players in the 15

Diarmuid Connolly and Philly McMahon during St Vincent’s Dublin SFC win over Ballymun. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly supreme in first half as Ballymun disappoint at Parnell Park

The wonderful driver at the front is probably perfecting their latest hilarious tweet. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Malachy Clerkin: Getting antsy in the car is one of life’s most pointless indulgences. But it ain’t easy not to

Cora Staunton in the colours of the GWS Giants’ AFLW team.

Mayo player will make the switch to the women’s AFL to play for GWS Giants

Long road back to Croke Park in September beckons for all  counties.

Advent of the new Super Eights adds intrigue to the 2018 football championship

Seadna Morey will be hoping to guide Sixmilebridge to another Clare title. Photo: Inpho

Malachy Clerkin takes a look at the 15 finals down for decision across four provinces

Maybe Mr Crossword was waiting to be called for chemo, maybe he was waiting while Mrs Crossword was getting her line put in. Whatever their reality, it was once our reality

It didn’t cross my mind we’d be near that ward, or that it would be uncomfortable for Mam

The Louth county final will take place in the 7,000 capacity Drogheda Park.

The Louth county final brings together teams from two of the biggest towns in Ireland

GAA director general Páraic Duffy: huge changes are in train from 2018 onwards to make more room for club activity. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Monaghan teacher will go in March after holding almost every role in association

 Anthony Cunningham and Dublin County Board chief John Costello. Cunningham’s name has been mentioned heavily in connection with the Dublin hurling team. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Costello and Gilroy have been close since latter’s time as football manager ended

Castleknock’s Graham Hannigan and Paul Mannion of Kilmacud Crokes during their recent quarter-final clash. Photograph:  Inpho/Bryan Keane

Moving the All-Ireland finals out of September isn’t automatically helpful for clubs

Shane Duffy challenges Wales’ Ashley Williams during Ireland’s 1-0 win in Cardiff. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Malachy Clerkin scores Martin O’Neill’s men after they secure playoff with win in Cardiff

Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin addressing the  HPX conference at the  Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture: Diarmuid Greene

Dublin boss outlines his coaching philosophy at HPX High Performance Conference

Brendan Maher’s Borris-Ileigh take on Thurles Sarsfields in Sunday’s Tipperary SHC title clash. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary hurling final between Thurles Sarsfields and Borris-Ileigh is the pick

Ireland’s Daryl Murphy celebrates his first goal with team-mates during the World Cup qualifier against Moldova. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Player reaction: Two-goal hero knew he had to produce after being handed chance

Ireland’s Daryl Murphy scores his  second goal.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Two first-half goals from Daryl Murphy see Ireland past group whipping boys

Kerry celebrate with the Allianz Football League Division One trophy this year. Will success in next year’s league be worth anything for them? Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Why would any serious team go eyeballs-out for a league campaign early in 2018 season?

Seamus Power of Ireland hits his drive on the second hole at the Web.com Tour Championship held at Atlantic Beach Country Club in Florida. Photo: Michael Cohen/Getty Images

A nightmare finish for American Matt Harmon saw the Waterford golfer squeeze in

Scott Baldwin took things a little too far at  a wildlife centre when he began to pet a lion “like a kitten”. Photograph: Kevin Barnes/Inpho

Ospreys hooker will be looking to get back into Steve Tandy’s good books after his stupidity

“It’s not about the GAA driving an agenda or the IFA driving an agenda. It’s about children learning activities that they can keep for life.” Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/Inpho

The killing-off of an acclaimed scheme that put GAA and IFA coaches in schools is shameful

Grace Kelly of Mayo is tracked by Carla Rowe of Dublin. Photograph: Sportsfile

Late goal rush secures emphatic victory over brave Mayo to deny any revenge mission

 Dublin players celebrate following the  Ladies All-Ireland senior football final win over Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile **

Dubs savour sweet taste of success after suffering defeat in three finals in a row

Dublin’s Philly McMahon plays football with four-year-old Cathal Downey from Kildare while on the squad’s visit to  Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Philly McMahon explains just why this All-Ireland win felt like a precious gift

Dublin’s Sorcha Furlong tackles Cora Staunton of Mayo in last year’s All-Ireland ladies’ senior football semi-final. Photograph: ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Managers trade blows ahead of an All-Ireland football final that is rich in narrative

Dean Rock lands the free which won the All-Ireland for Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

From the best All-Ireland final since 2008 to Mayo’s gripping, gruelling odyssey

Final whistle: “There’s no point having talent on the bench if you’re not going to bring intelligence and energy on to the park,” said Kevin McManamon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Six of winners’ 12 second-half points against Mayo come via subs

Dublin captain  Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after the All-Ireland football final win over Mayo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin claim a third straight All-Ireland title as heartbeak continues for Mayo

Paddy Durcan equalises for Mayo and takes the All-Ireland semi-final with Kerry to a replay. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin reflects on an epic summer ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC final

Money or no money, Dublin are blessed with players. Players who have improved year on year, whose standards rarely drop, whose athleticism is off the charts.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fears of one-team domination have echoed down through the generations

Sean Cavanagh made his final appearance for Tyrone in the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin reflects on an epic summer ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC final

James McCarthy scores Dublin’s second goal in their comfortable Leinster SFC final win over Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the first of a three-part series, Malachy Clerkin reflects on an epic summer ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC final

Andy Moran reacts to a missed chance in last year’s All-Ireland SFC final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Strip everything else away and accuracy is still the deciding factor in Sunday's final

Tyrone’s Cormac McAnallen lifts the Sam Maguire after the All-Ireland final victory over Armagh in 2003. ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

The tragic tale of Tyrone’s lost leader is captured in Dónal's touching new biography

Joe Canning’s stunning late point sees Galway edge past Tipperary. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

From the epic semi-final between Tipp and Galway, to Austin Gleeson’s wonder goal

Joe Canning: the scream he sent up into the Cusack stand contained all the good and all the bad from 10 seasons’ toil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

David Burke was probably man of the match, but the Galway forward was the story

Noel Connor was one of Waterford’s better performers in their All-Ireland SHC final defeat to Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin runs the rule over the Déise after their agonising All-Ireland final loss

Galway’s Conor Whelan and Jonathan Glynn challenge Barry Coughlan and Tadhg De Burca in the air during the All-Ireland SHC final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Déise find one too good as men from the west edge an epic to be crowned kings of summer

Waterford  manager Derek McGrath. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Waterford hurling manager has a bond with his players that goes well beyond the game

Waterford’s Jamie Barron scores his side’s fourth goal in their All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship  semi-final against Cork. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin looks back at the best moments of a pulsating summer of hurling

John O’Dwyer of Tipperary scores a point against Galway in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin looks back at the best moments of a pulsating summer of hurling

Gleeson flicks it past Matthew O’Hanlon of Wexford during their All-Ireland quarter-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin looks back at the best moments of a pulsating summer of hurling

Eoin Murphy: “I will be personally over the moon if we win. But I think honestly I will be over the moon for the group and the players.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘The best three weeks of my life followed by the worst six,’ says Waterford selector

Tyrone’s Colm Cavanagh encourages his team during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tyrone and Ulster teams will need a tactical rethink after Dublin’s devastating show

You can be certain Jim Gavin has an idea of where he wants to go and who he wants to use already when his main men like Cluxton, O’Sullivan and Connolly finally move on. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Quietly-spoken pilot has been overseeing constant transition of a talented panel

Conor Gleeson will miss the All-Ireland hurling final after he was shown a red card in Waterford’s semi-final win over Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Midfielder will miss All-Ireland final after Déise decide not to challenge ban further

Mayo’s Colm Boyle scores their second goal of the game. Photograph: Inpho

Mayo knew the weakness and targeted it, perhaps Aidan O’Shea could exploit further?

Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan misses a late, long-range free at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry and Mayo must do it all again after a thriller replete with baffling tactical subplots

Tyrone lose to Kerry in the 1986 All Ireland Final. Will things be any different against Dublin on Sunday? Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They may be top of the Ulster heap, but can Tyrone give Dublin the game of their lives?

Neither fish nor fowl: Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea marks Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy at the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo’s gamble in sending him to mark Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy backfired spectacularly

Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring a goal against Mayo in the 2014 All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay at the Gaelic Ground.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

After not touching a football throughout the spring, Kerry's number 14 is wreaking havoc

Waterford hurlers are bidding to win a first All-Ireland senior hurling title since 1959. Photo: Inpho

Waterford waiting 58 years for Liam MacCarthy cup – Galway 29 without a win

Ireland captain Claire Molloy addresses the team in the huddle. Display against Australia was critically analysed by former team-mates.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Lynne Cantwell, Fiona Steed and Rosie Foley spared nothing in their analysis

Waterford’s Jamie Barron scores his side’s fourth goal against Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.   Photograph: Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork get burned off in frantic finale as Waterford march on to final with Galway

Waterford manager Derek McGrath celebrates his team’s victory over Cork at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Déise delight likely to be tempered by concern over Gleesons

Waterford’s Jamie Barron scores their fourth goal of the game past Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Déise delight with win over Cork tempered by disciplinary issues

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