Paddy O’Leary   during his record run on The Wicklow Round.  Photograph: Ian MacLellan

‘I also love finding out where my feet can take me, out there into the wild, open terrain’

County Board were granted permission by CCCC under amendment to Rule 6.45

Sport Ireland undertook 1,112 anti-doping test in 2018, with just one adverse finding. Photograph:  Patrik Stollarz/Bongarts/Getty Images

Rugby goes ahead of athletics in number of tests and made up 16% of total in 2018

According to their 2019 Anti-Doping annual report, now in its 19th year, of the 1,112 tests carried out by Sport Ireland only one came back with an adverse result. Photograph: Inpho

Only one adverse result from 1,112 tests carried out by Sport Ireland, across 28 sports

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrates scoring the first goal of the game  against Waterford in the Allianz Division 1 final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Forward spots flaws even after a man-of-the-match performance against Waterford

Mayo’s Lee Keegan in action against Kerry’s Seán O’Shea during the Allianz Football League final. “It was very satisfactory. If you’re in any competition, you try and win it. And it was great to win, in Croke Park.”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘If you treat us like adults, we will act like adults’ says vastly experienced defender

Philly McMahon in action at Croke Park last summer. This season he will be bidding to win a seventh senior All-Ireland medal with Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Decorated defender will embrace the task of holding his place in Dublin’s defence

 Ethiopia’s  Worknesh Degefa  crosses the finish line to win the women’s race at the  Boston Marathon. Photograph: Herb Swanson/EPA

Irish runner just misses out on earning a slot at next year’s Tokyo Olympics

Seán Kellyt at the Tour de France 1990. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In 1987, Kelly was among the Irish riders who left an indelible mark on cycling history

 Athletics Ireland deputy president John Cronin (L) with mens medallists Declan Reed (bronze),  Hiko Tonosa (gold) and Kevin Dooney (silver). Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Ethiopian-born Tonosa takes the National 10km road race at Dublin’s Phoenix Park

The Boston Marathon  will always be out on its own for tradition, only at times the Masters at Augusta runs it close. File photograph: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

Change to rules could have knock-on effects for race’s strict qualification times

 Declan Hannon lifts the trophy after Limerick beat Waterford in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Captain believes All-Ireland champions still have plenty room for improvement

Donegal captain Michael Murphy in action against Kildare in the league. ‘Dublin are a massive way down the line, a huge distance.’ Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Division Two champions are moving in right direction but captain’s focus is on Ulster

Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien has been suspended for 20 weeks by the CHC. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Poacher and midfielder Brendan Murphy are also facing 12-week bans

Limerick’s Declan Hannon lifts the Division 1  trophy after beating Waterford in the final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Waterford manager Fanning also quick to look ahead, taking plenty of positives

Aaron Gillane inspired Limerick to the Division One title. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Aaron Gillane inspires All-Ireland champions to Division One glory at Croke Park

Fionnuala McCormack finished 18th in Denmark. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty

18th place at World Cross Country in Aarhus makes her the second-best European

Sports psychologist    Gerry Hussey. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Psychologist Gerry Hussey on Ireland's chances in World Cup and how boxers can deal with Tokyo uncertainty

Joe Ward and Síofra Cléirigh Büttner at the announcement that adidas are to become kit supplier to the Olympic Federation of Ireland for 2019. Photograph:   Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish athletes will wear the brand at European Olympic Games and European Youth Olympic Festival

At 27, Paul Murphy is now one of the oldest members of Kerry’s panel. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Kerry’s Murphy relishing step up to league final while lamenting fall of Munster rivals

Páirc Uí Rinn will host the benefit match.

Former Cork player O’Connor has been battling Ewing’s Sarcoma for the past 18 months

In attendance at the 2019 Allianz Football League Finals preview are from left, Paul Murphy of Kerry, Chris Barrett of Mayo, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan, Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz Ireland, Damien O’Neill, Head of Marketing Operations, Allianz Ireland, Stephen McMenamin of Donegal and Shane McEntee of Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

All of Saturday and Sundays finals will go to extra-time and penalties if necessary

Donegal’s Stephen McMenamin has praised the influence of Stephen Rochford. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Stephen McMenamin says former Mayo boss has bought into his new role ‘100 per cent’

Chris Barrett: “We used 34 players in the league this year, and guys aren’t getting chances for the sake of it.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

County happy to embrace the opportunity of a national final against Kerry

Diarmuid Byrnes in action against Dublin’s John Hetherton during the league semi-final. “We want to win things and we have an opportunity now. Just go out and win everything.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Powerful defender aiming to help county claim a first league final success since 1997

Tyrone’s Cathal McShane in action against Galway’s John Daly during the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Healy Park in Omagh. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s Tyrone side score 3-8 in a blistering second half comeback in Omagh

Katie Taylor moved one fight away from becoming the undisputed women’s lightweight champion of the world by relieving Rose Volante of her WBO belt after a ninth-round stoppage at the  Liacouras Center, Philadelphia. Photograph: Tom Hogan/Inpho

She holds three world title belts but a fight in her homeland seems as far away as ever

AIBA president Gafur Rakhimov has announced his intention to stand down from the role. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty

Controversial AIBA president Gafur Rakhimov announces intention to stand down

 John Treacy  crosses the finishing line after his victory in the  IAAF World Cross Country Championships at  Limerick. Photograph:  Allsport UK/Getty Images

Waterford man retains special memories of a glorious world title triumph on home soil

Andy McEntee: “If you get the decent performances, chances are you’re going to get the results. That’s the way we’ve approached it.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Andy McEntee set to lead county back to Division One for the first time in 13 years

 Kingspan Breffni Park, Co Cavan. The new Polo Grounds Centre of Excellence will be adjacent to the county ground. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

All profits raised to go towards the development of new centre of excellence

Located on the Crumlin Road, just south of the canal, Dolphin Park currently consists of two adult pitches and three juvenile or “cross” pitches.

The Kevins club opposing the development on a number of grounds

Paddy Andrews of Dublin. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Forward should be back for championship opener after injury sustained against Tyrone

Ireland’s Thomas Barr celebrates finishing third in the Men’s 400m Hurdle  final in the 2018 European Athletics Championships. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Under new qualifying criteria very few Irish Olympic medal winners would have qualified

Darren Gavin: has made a big impression for Dublin during the Allianz Football League Division One campaign. Photograph: morgan Treacy/Inpho

Lucan Sarsfields midfielder has grasped every opportunity to date with both hands

Casement Park: now a derelict site in Belfast as the planning wrangle rumbles on.   Photo: Liam McBurney for The Irish Times

GAA determined to press ahead with project as estimated cost rises to €127.5 million

Carlow’s Sean Whelan celebrates  while Pat Camon  of Offaly shows his  dejection following Carlow’s win in the Division 1B relegation playoff at O’Connor Park. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Cork and Kilkenny face into futile hurling ‘relegation play-off’

Waterford’s Shane McNulty and Galway’s Brian Concannon in action in their Allianz Hurling League Division 1B match at Walsh Park, Co Waterford on Sunday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Coming from 10 points down to beat Galway ticked a box for manager Páraic Fanning

‘We had a rocky enough start but we’re going game by game and that’s our focus at the moment’

The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will involved a new dual qualification process. Photograph:  Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Both qualifying standards and world rankings will be used for 2020 Games

Waterford’s Jamie Barron in action against Galway’s Cathal Mannion during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B encounter. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Snow showers and sunshine made conditions next to impossible at Walsh Park

Efrem Gidey of Le Chéile Secondary School in Tyrellstown is congratulated by school-mates on his way to defending his Irish Schools Cross Country title at Clongowes Wood College in Kildare. Photograph: Ian O’Riordan

Both athletes win with 30 seconds to spare at Clongowes Wood College

 Jakob Ingebrigtsen  with his gold medal on the podium after winning the men’s 3,000m final at the  European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

Norwegian brothers’ remarkable success story continues to go from strength to strength

Lyne Cantwell, chair of of Sport Ireland Women in Sport steering committee. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Appointment of a new full-time woman in sport lead to drive new women in sport policy

Sport Ireland today launched a new Women in Sport Policy with Grainne Walsh (Boxing), Michaela Walsh (Boxing), Carey May (former Irish Marathon Olympian), Annalise Murphy (Sailing) and Clare Ryan (Swim Ireland) all in attendance. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

New Women in Sport Policy - further boosted by an increased annual fund of €2 million

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Mark English show their bronze medals from the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Nothing succeeds like success but both Irish athletes had to overcome past disappointments

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates winning a bronze medal in the women’s 1,500m final in Glasgow. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mageean narrowly misses out on silver but is ‘delighted’ to bring medal back to Ireland

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Mark English with their bronze medals at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pair took home medals from the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow

Great Britain’s Jamie Webb, Spain’s Alvaro de Arriba and Ireland’s Mark English celebrate after the men’s 800m final during day three of the European Indoor Athletics Championships at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Irish runners made it a third place double at the Euripean Indoor Championships

Ireland’s Mark English after finishing fifth in the semi-finals of the 800m  at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish runner was impeded during semi-final at European Indoors in Glasgow

 Laura Muir of Great Britain winning the Women’s 1,500m final at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in  Berlin last August. Ireland’s Ciara Mageean came in fourth. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The 25-year-old has hardly put a foot wrong, becoming a world-beater over 1,500m

Mark English celebrates reaching the 800m semi-finals. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ciara Mageean reaches 1,500m final as English eases into the 800m semi-finals

Ireland’s Phil Healy competes in the Women’s 400m heats in Glasgow. Photograph: PA

Despite heat not going to plan she was fourth best of four fastest non-automatic qualifiers

Mark English winning a sixth national indoor title in the men’s 800m at the  recent National Senior Indoor ChampionshipsChampionships at the  National Indoor Arena, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The Donegal man knows from experience what it takes to deliver on the big occasion

Ireland’s Sophie Becker with Phil Healy in Glasgow. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Starting lists revealed for opening sessions of the 35th European Indoor Championships

Joe Gough is narrowly beaten by David Roy Wilcox of Great Britain in the Men’s 800 Metres Masters Final at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, in 2016. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images for IAAF

Winner of multiple European and world titles Joe Gough has no plans to retire – rather, he’s looking forward to competing in the o(...)

2019 is the 40th Year Anniversary of the Dublin Marathon with, from left, Frank Behan, the most senior, Martin Kelly, the youngest and Mary Nolan Hickey, the only female, to have competed in all 39 Dublin marathons since 1979 present at today’s announcement at the Mansion House in Dublin. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

October race will now have a capacity of 22,500 after the previous 20,000 sold out

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan with Lee Keegan of Mayo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin won by double scores and all the time pulling away to end their losing run

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan  gets his shot away despte the attempted block from Mayo’s Lee Keegan at Croke Park.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Costello again to the fore for champions as Mayo’s inept challenge is brushed aside

 Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge celebrates as he wins the Berlin Marathon and breaks the world record in September 2018 while wearing Nike’s Zoom Vaporfly 4%. Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Ian O’Riordan: Vaporflys are now at the front of almost every competitive distance race

Limerick and Galway parade before last year’s All-Ireland final. This year’s  hurling decider  will take place on Sunday August 18th, the football final set for Sunday September 1st. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Central Council motion to Congress seeks to confirm the current arrangements

Limerick’s Tom Morrissey in action against Cork at Fenway Park in Boston last November. A yellow sliotar was used for  the  Super-11s games.  Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

Proposal advocating change will be brought to Central Council in the coming months

Seán O’Shea: the in-form Kerry star will be hoping to lead UCC to Sigerson Cup success against St Mary’s. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kerry star will prove a major threat to St Mary’s in the Sigerson Cup final on Wednesday night

Galway hurlers line up in Boston for the  Fenway Classic final against Clare in November. Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

Last season 17 counties were investigated for being in breach of the rule

Davy Fitzgerald: has led Wexford to successive victories over Cork and Tipperary and now faces his native county Clare in Ennis. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Banner eager to return to winning ways at the expense of their former manager

John Small: is facing a two-match ban  and will miss the Mayo clash. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gavin will be keen to avoid an unprecedented second successive defeat during his reign

Kyle Hayes of Limerick in  action against Kilkenny at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland champions very much at home back in the top flight of the league

 Waterford’s Tadhg de Burca in action against Clare’s David Fitzgerald. Waterford are looking forward to hosting Clare at Walsh Park on May 12th. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

County insist they will host home games in championship before ground is redeveloped

Ciara Mageean has been named in Ireland’s team for the European Indoor Championships. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ciara Mageean and Phil Healy heading to Scotland with legitimate final ambitions

Cillin Greene of Galway City Harriers AC, leads the mens 400m as Thomas Barr of Ferrybank A.C, tussles with Andrew Mellon of Crusaders AC and Brendan Arrey of Raheny Shamrock AC. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

In the women’s 400m metres Phil Healy defended her title with a championship best

Ciara Mageean on her way to setting a new indoor Irish record in the TG4 Women’s 1,500m of 4:06.78sec during the AIT International Grand Prix. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Portaferry runner’s midweek masterclass the latest high in career of peaks and troughs

 Global superstars: Sonia O’Sullivan  and fellow countrywoman Catherina McKiernan:  Photograph: Charles Platiau/ Reuters

Peter Byrne brings back to life the many success stories of Irish athletes

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean  celebrates her  new 1,500m indoor Irish record of 4:06.78   at the Athlone International Grand Prix. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Irish athlete clocks up a personal best, an Irish record and a stadium record

Cork’s Aidan Walsh is caught in the pitch while avoiding Wexford’s Darren Byrne during the recent Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Cost includes provision for resurfacing of pitch; remaining league fixtures moved to Páirc Uí Rinn

Su Bingtian, centre, competing in the men’s 100m at the IAAF Continental Cup last year. Photograp: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

You wait ages for a Chinese 100m sprinter to go sub-10, then two arrive in close proximity

Dr Crokes’ Fionn Fitzgerald, left, and Mullinalaghta St Columba’s Shane Mulligan pictured ahead of the AIB All-Ireland club semi-final at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Fionn Fitzgerald insists Longford trailblazers are held in high regard by Kerry giants

Gavin O’Brien, named to start on Saturday night in place of David Moran,  came into 2019 without any winning credentials, minor or elsewhere. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Peter Keane has cast his net wider than just Kerry’s recent underage winning teams

Kerry’s Gavin O’Brien tackled by Brian Fenton and Michael Fitzsimons of Dublin at the Allianz Football League division 1 match at, Austin Stack Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Austin Stack Park energised as traditional rivals shine in closely fought game

  Phil Healy: she will be competing in the National Indoor Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ciara Mageean also second in a top 1,500m field at Madrid indoor meeting

Jim Gavin with Jason Sherlock before Dublin’s defeat to Kerry. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dubs manager denies Jason Shelock has left set-up and says door still open for Connolly

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien scores a goal in Tralee. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Peter Keane’s senior managerial debut against Dublin certainly a night to remember

US cyclist Floyd Landis   on his way to winning the 93rd Tour de France in 2006. He was stripped of his title  after testing positive for artificial testosterone. Photograph: Getty Images

Hard to ignore its potential health benefits when presented against side-effects of opioids

Joe Gough has been named World Masters athlete of the year.

Gough has enjoyed a stellar year which included double gold at the World Masters Athletic Championships

Annalise Murphy has lost her direct international carding scheme funding of €40,000 and will now be dunded through the Irish Sailing Association  . Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rio silver medal winner will now be funded through Irish Sailing Association

Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey: “The increase in funding this year means that our funded bodies will be well equipped to deliver on their objectives as we look towards next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games and increasing participation in sport across the board.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Overall increase in Sport Ireland investment from 2018 to 2019 is of €4.471m

Fans attending the Liam Miller tribute match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

New rule would give Central Council the power to sanction use of grounds for non-GAA purposes

Wayne Hutchinson celebrates after Ballygunner’s  Munster senior club final victory over Na Piarsaigh at Semple Stadium, Thurles.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster champions braced for a semi-final showdown with famed Ballyhale

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown county council agreed to endorse a seven-figure funding application for the construction of a new athletics facility at the Dundrum South Dublin AC. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Funding application has been approved for second running track in south county Dublin

GAA Congress is set for Wexford on February 22nd/23rd. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Motion 19 looks to amend the existing rule to include provincial and county grounds

Dublin manager Jim Gavin is looking forward to the challenge of facing Tralee on Saturday night. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Manager says his players are smart enough to take opportunities when they arise

Cork’s Aidan Walsh is caught in the pitch while avoiding Wexford’s Darren Byrne during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Latest setback certain to increase cost overrun with complete pitch replacement required

Cork’s Aidan Walsh is caught in the pitch while avoiding Wexford’s Darren Byrne during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Player safety the main concern after pitch cuts up badly during weekend double-header

Galway goalkeeper Mághnus Breathnach challenges Dublin’s Dean Rock during the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Croke Park. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Jim Gavin sees improvement as defending champions secure first win of campaign

Sinead Diver set another record in Japan. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty

Irish-born runner clocks fastest ever halfmarathon for a woman over the age of the 40

 Dean Rock celebrates after scoring Dublin’s goal during the  Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Cormac Costello and Dean Rock impress in 11-point win over outgunned Galway

 Members of Sanctuary Runners participating in the Waterstown park-run. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘It is everything to me, makes me feel happy, so I have to run’

Dublin’s Ryan Basquel in action against  Jack McCarron of Monaghan at Clones. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kerry and Monaghan favoured to continue their winning start to the new campaign

Roscomon’s Donie Smith has been handed a one-match ban for an incident involving Mayo’s Keith Higgins. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Forward could miss Monaghan clash following alleged eye gouge against Mayo

Dublin may not be able to host their ‘home’ Super 8s game in Croke Park if a motion from Donegal succeeds at Congress. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Motion affecting potential ‘home’ Super 8s game for Dublin in Croke Park likely to make clár

The Liam Miller Tribute Match between Celtic Ireland Legends and Manchester United Legends took place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork in September. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Move comes in the wake of controversy over Liam Miller tribute game in Cork

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