Thomas Barr celebrates his bronze medal performance in the 400m hurdles at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Midnight marathon just one of the novel features of a World Championships in Qatar

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fourth. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Laura Muir wins 1,500m gold as Mageean misses out on another medal in fourth

Henrik and Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway celebrate after Jakob won the men’s 5,000m final at the   European Championships in  Berlin, with Henrik coming second. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

At 17, Jakob has joined his older brothers on the winners’ podium, and he’s not the last

Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen, Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Filip Ingebrigtsen celebrate after the men’s 1500m final race during the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic stadium in Berlin. Photo: Andrej Isakovic/Getty Images

Jakob Ingebrigtsen beat off his siblings Filip and Henrik among others in Berlin

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean finishes second in 4:09.35 in the 1,500m heats at the European Athletics Championship in Berlin. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Portaferry woman has qualified for another 1,500m European final this Sunday evening

Jesse Owens at the medal presentation during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Photo: Getty Images

Grand old stadium is a testament to sporting greatness as much as shameless propaganda

Ireland’s Thomas Barr and France’s Ludvy Vaillant during the  European Athletics Championships 400m Hurdle Final in Berlin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish runner ran second-fastest time of his life to take third place in 400m final in Berlin

Leon Reid after the men’s 200m final in the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Bath-based sprinter says he needs ‘to build a few more biceps and get ready to go again’

Ireland’s Thomas Barr celebrates winning the  bronze medal in the 400m hurdles at the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Waterford hurdler enjoys career high; Leon Reid finds pace too hot in final of 200m

Mark English finished eighth in his 800m heat in Berlin - later being moved up to sixth place. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

2014 bronze medal winner’s European Championships over at the first hurdle

At age 26 Thomas Barr is in his prime and coming into form. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s medal hope drawn in lane eight but strong finishing speed good reason for optimism

Ireland’s Leon Reid on his way to finishing second in the men’s 200m final at the European Athletics Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Just five days after switching allegiances, 200m sprinter stormed into European final

Runners compete in the men’s 10,000m final at the Athletics 2018 European Championships in Berlin,   August 7th. 2018. Photograph: EPA/Srdjan Suki

Most of the staff are in Berlin at the European Athletics Championships

 Ireland’s Thomas Barr during the men’s 400m Hurdles semi-final at the Olympic stadium in Berlin. Photograph: Getty Images

‘It will be difficult, not having anyone to gauge, but it will force me to just go for it’

Ireland’s Phil Healy is interviewed by RTE after her race. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Healy fell short of making the final of the women’s 100 metres in Berlin on Tuesday

Brendan Boyce after finishing 19th in the 50km racewalk in Berlin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

31-year-old had battled back from a leg injury to participate in Tuesday’s 50km event

Ciara Mageean is one of Ireland’s main medal hopes at the European Championships in Berlin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mageean and Barr among main hopes as European Athletics Championships begin

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice at Fitzgerald Stadium during Saturday’s match against Kildare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former boss reveals ‘box full of anonymous letters’ at home and ‘grief’ dished out to team

David Clifford scored 2-6 for Kerry against Kildare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Youngster scores 2-6 in comfortable win but Monaghan and Galway progress from group

David Clifford: his goal against Monaghan gives Kerry a chance of making the All-Ireland semi-final if they beat Kildare – and Galway defeat Monaghan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Confusing scenario reigns in the Kingdom as their destiny lies in Galway’s hands

Thomas Barr on his way to victory in the 400m hurdles during the  National Senior Championships at  Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

European Championships in Berlin beckon for Ireland’s top 400m hurdler

North Down AC’s Ben Reynolds winning the  110m hurdles at the National Senior Championships at Morton Stadium in Santry. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan profiles the 42 athletes wearing green in Berlin next week

Leon Reid has been declared eligible to represent Ireland at next week’s European Athletics Championships. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

IAAF announce 24-year-old now eligible for next week’s European Championships

Breege Connolly winning a Northern Ireland senior women’s race. Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho

‘To me the marathon is so mental and so physical that you only really get to know it as you get older’

 Leon Reid celebrating his win in the men’s 100m final at  National Senior Athletic  Championships at  Morton Stadium, in  Santry. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Sprinter was hoping to switch allegiance from Britain before European Championships

Kildare’s Fergal Conway with Damien Comer of Galway at St Conleth’s Park on July 22nd. Galway did Kerry a favour by beating Kildare in that phase 2 	quarter-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Football news: Super-condensed schedule consigns dead rubber match to RTÉ News Now

Ciara Mageean has been named in the Ireland squad for next month’s European Athletics Championships. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sprinter Leon Reid named on standby but hopeful of competing in Berlin next month

Ciara Mageean of U.C.D. A.C. on her way to winning the Senior Women 1500m event during the Irish Life Health National Senior T&F Championships Day 2 at Morton Stadium in Santry. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

There were also good performances in Santry for Thomas Barr and Mark English

Leon Reid takes the 200m ahead of Marcus Lawler. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Sprinter hopes to represent Ireland at European Championships in Berlin next month

Thomas Barr: will be chasing his eighth consecutive Irish senior title in the 400m hurdles at Morton Stadium this Sunday. Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

National Senior Championships poised to show the best of the nation’s talent

Ireland’s Dan Martin of UAE Team Emirates finishing second on Stage 17 of the Tour between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Col de Portet on July 25th. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

‘Everybody has a bad day at the Tour. It just depends on whose bad day is the least bad’

Dublin’s Ciara Trant. “As much as they look after us, it is up to us to look after our performances.”  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ciara Trant says loss of players has probably brought Mayo team closer together

Rob Heffernan, pictured after crossing the line in the 50km race-walk at the 2017 World Championships, has annouced his retirement. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

40-year-old became first Irish athlete to compete in five Olympics at Rio 2016

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross with Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin, t at the  launch of the National Sports Policy  at St Laurence O’Toole Recreation Centre, Sheriff Street Lower in Dublin. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

One timely element is Government’s intention to prioritise multi-sporting facilities

Ireland’s Under-20 World Championships relay silver medal winners (L-R) Jumbo-Gula, Gina Akpe-Moses, Ciara Neville and Molly Scott. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Policy aims to increase participation and bring greater high performance success

Dublin’s John Small: “There’s great competition all over the pitch and everyone is fighting for their position and fighting for a jersey.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

But John Small insists players have every incentive to impress against Roscommon

Donegal’s Frank McGlynn: should be fit to face Tyrone in Ballybofey in a vital winners-take-all clash. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

CCCC impose a 12-week suspension for incidents during the defeat to Donegal

Limerick were beaten by Kilkenny in 2014 the last time they appeared in an All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Over 120,000 fans are expected to attend the All-Ireland hurling semi-finals this weekend

Galway forward Shane Walsh:  “We’ve a young team and a lot of lads there that are going to be brave, that are going to take shots on.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After wins over Kerry and Kildare, Galway need to beat Monaghan on Saturday week

Kildare’s Daniel Flynn is sent off by Referee Sean Hurson in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Phase 2 game against Galway at St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Daniel Flynn red-carded for strike on Galway’s Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh in 46th minute

Galway’s Damien Comer reacts after scoring a goal that was disallowed in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Super 8s game against Kildare at Newbridge. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Lilywhites suffered after Daniel Flynn’s second-half red card

Thomas Barr lowered his season best in the 400m when finishing third at the  London Diamond League meeting on Saturday. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Waterford athlete finishes third in the 400m hurdles in a time of 48.99

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara celebrates scoring his side second goal during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at  Croke Park in August 2017. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After a low-key start the new quarter-final series is set to step up a few gears

Greg LeMond at the Tour de France 1988. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A new book on the American three-times Tour de France winner still resonates today

Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Players must now provide home addresses in order to qualify for scheme

Ireland’s Phil Healy finishing in second place and Maggie Barrie of Sierra Leonean finishing first in the JWT Folk Women’s 400m at the Morton Games in Santry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Athletics: Home crowd got behind Cork woman who broke Irish 200m record on Monday

Ireland’s Sarah Healy on her way to winning gold in the 1500m at the European under-18s Athletics Championships. Photo: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Sarah Healy and Sommer Lecky will both compete in Santry on Thursday evening

Phil Healy: the season is only getting going – the Irish senior championships in Santry on July 28th/29th is her next target photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The future of Irish women’s sprinting may be exciting, but so is the present

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay: decidedly downbeat about his team’s chances in remaining Super 8s. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Only big win over Donegal will give them something to play for in final Super 8s game

Crystal Emmanuel, Phil Healy and Jeneba Tarmoh during the women’s 200m event. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

There was a homecoming of sorts for Sophie O’Sullivan in the colours of Ballymore-Cobh

Sommer Lecky celebrating her  silver medal performance in the high jump at the World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.  Photograph: Cathal Dennehy/Twitter

Finn Valley club athlete clears 1.90 as she twice improves Irish U-20 record

Tyrone’s Niall Sludden celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against Roscommon at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Harte’s men prepare for “acid test” against Dubs by clinically dispatching Roscommon

Kerry’s David Clifford and Paul Geaney with Declan Kyne and Johnny Heaney of Galway all contesting a high ball. Photpgraph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

David Clifford scores 1-5, all from play, as Paul Conroy breaks his leg in flat contest

Sommer Lecky secured high jump silver in the World Under-20 Championships on Sunday. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty

High jump medal doubles nation’s tally at World U-20s after Saturday’s relay silver

Patience Jumbo Gula chases home Germany’s Denise Uphoff in the final of the Women’s relay in Finland. Photograph:  Ben Hoskins/Getty

Quartet run national record but are pipped to gold in World Under-20 Championships

Ireland’s Sophie O’Sullivan celebrates winning silver at the European Athletics Under-18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Athletics: Irish teams surpassing expectations at Gyor, Hungary and Tampere, Finland

Tyrone’s Pádraig Hampsey and Cathal Compton of Roscommon battle for possession during the the All-Ireland SFCquarter-final Super 8 game at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s side make impressive Super 8 bow at Croke Park

Tyrone’s Mattie Donnelly: “Nearly every man on that panel has proved themselves to be the best in Ireland at some grade, be it Sigerson, minor or U-21 football.” Photograph: Getty Images

Forward Mattie Donnelly says team is bringing back things they can work on each week

 St Tiernach’s Park in Clones, Co Monaghan.  Mayo women’s football team will play Cavan in the town  on Saturday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Peter Leahy determined to press on and concentrating on Saturday’s match

Gina Akpe-Moses has qualified for the 100m final at the World Junior Championships in Finland.

Akpe-Moses reached the final in Tampere, Finland which was won by Briana Williams

Ciara Neville has qualified for the semi-finals of the 100m at the World Junior Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Sprinters both finish second in their heats at World Junior Athletics Championships

Monaghan will host Kerry at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones on Sunday July 22nd at 4pm. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Hurling semi-finals also confirmed for final weekend of July

Turlough O’Brien: “Are Dublin going to win all three games? I don’t think they’re as good as they were. Donegal will test them the first game, and then Tyrone.” Photograph: Getty Images

Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien says people are writing Tyrone off too easily

Davy Fitzgerald: “I know them well, so the less I say the better.” Photograph: Getty Images

Wexford manager say Saturday’s showdown against Clare in Páirc Uí Chaoimh is ‘too close to my heart’

Gina Akpe-Moses celebrates winning the 100m at the European Athletics Under-20 Championship in Grosseto, Italy last summer

Place in semi-finals beckons for athlete as she enters fifth heat in second place

Cork’s goalkeeper Mark White and Brian O’Driscoll dejected after Ronan O’Neill scored Tyrone’s  second goal during the qualifier at O’Moore Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Harte’s men beginning to find their best form as the fresh challenge of Super 8s loom

Ireland’s Sarah Healy on her way to winning gold in the 1,500m at the European Under-18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Irish runner adds 1,500m title to 3,000m crown at European Under-18 Championships

 Rhasidat Adeleke   celebrates winning the 200 metres at the  U-18 European Championship   in Gyor, Hungary.  (Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images

Sophie O’Sullivan also medals on brilliant evening for Irish athletics

Sarah Healy celebrates winning a gold medal in the 3000m final at the European Athletics Unde-18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Likes of Healy, Jumbo-Gula, Akpe-Moses and Adeleke are all exciting prospects

Dan Martin  after winning the fifth stage of the  Criterium du Dauphine  on June 8th. “You can lose the Tour on any day, and that’s what makes it so difficult.”  Photograph: Getty Images

‘My goal is to get to Paris without a crash, without hindrance, without misfortune’

Sarah Healy won gold in the 3,000m at the European Under-18 Championships.

The 17-year-old was targeting the 1,500m but proved unbeatable over a longer stretch

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon and Michael Darragh Macauley tackle Donegal’s Michael Murphy during the 20016 All-Ireland quarter-final at Croker Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Matter will be reviewed by Central Council, following submissions, at the end of the season

Armagh’s Niall Grimley celebrates at the final whistle after victory over Clare in the All-Ireland SFC Round 3 qualifier at the Athletic Grounds. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Roscommon stand in the way of Orchard County and a place in the Super 8s

Croke Park will host all four of the opening Super 8 fixtures. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Issues highlighted will be reviewed by Central Council

The 41-year-old was struck by a car in Santa Brigída where Walker runs a training camp

  Sarah Healy’s 1,500 metres  time of 4:09.25 is some 10 seconds faster than the next best entrant.

Sarah Healy a hot favourite for 1,500 metres at European Youth Championships

Tyrone have won 88 per cent of their All-Ireland qualifiers since the latter were introduced in 2001. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘I think they feel Tyrone is a team that they can manage, that they can handle’

Dublin will play Donegal in the Super 8s at  Croke park on Saturday, July 14th at 7.0pm.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Game to take place on Saturday night; Kerry v Galway will go up against Moscow match

Kilkenny’s James Maher in action during the Leinster final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Bublé to take stage in HQ as Leinster hurling final replay switched to Thurles

Cork hurling manager John Meyler celebrates with his son David after the Munster Senior Hurling Final win over Clare at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Republic of Ireland international admits he has offered a little advice along the way

Daniel Flynn and Kevin Feely celebrate Kildare’s qualifier win over Mayo. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Lilywhites to take on Fermanagh in Navan for place in Super 8s

Kildare’s Peter Kelly celebrates at the final whistle after defeating Mayo in the All-Ireland senior football championship qualifiers Round 3 match at  St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Inpho  Kildare vs Mayo Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

In the chaotically nervous ending Kildare prove home advantage does matter

Kildare’s David Hyland celebrates with his mother Maire after the All-Ireland SFC Round 3 qualifier win over Mayo at  St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Lilywhites boss thrilled with atmosphere in Newbridge as Mayo knocked out

Kildare’s Peter Kelly celebrates at the final whistle of the All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Mayo at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cian O’Neill’s side make full use of home advantage at St Conleth’s Park

Cian O’Neill: the Kildare manager led his county’s campaign for the game to be played in Newbridge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo supporters expected to outnumber Kildare in St Conleth’s Park clash

The main Tour de France peleton headus up through the Wicklow Gap in July 1998. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

20 years after the lid was blown off cycling’s Pandora’s Box, have things changed?

Mayo fans will outnumber their Kildare counterparts by three-to-one for Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC round three qualifier in Newbridge. Photo: Inpho

With a capacity of just 8,200 there is set to be a serious ticket shortage for qualifier

GAA committee backed down on its initial hard stance that Kildare couldn’t play at St Conleth’s Park after receiving extra assurances. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Safety concerns at some grounds could lead to some counties losing home advantage

Saturday’s qualifier will take place at St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare’s public refusal to play in Croke Park pays off as their home status is restored

Cian O’Neill and Kildare: are still insisting the game against Mayo is played, as originally decided, in Newbridge. Photograph: Donal Farmer/Inpho

But Lilywhites’ boss O’Neill claims ‘it’s Newbridge or nowhere’ for big Mayo clash

Donegal’s Eoghan Bán Gallagher scores his side’s opening goal against Fermanagh in the Ulster  final at Clones. Photograph:James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster champions’ next assignment is against All-Ireland holders at Croke Park in Super-8s

Cian O’Neill: Said his team “would be in St Conleth’s Park on Saturday night, we’re going to be togged out, we’re going to be ready to go, that’s our home venue, we earned it by winning our last two matches on the road . .  .”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare insist Mayo game must be played in Newbridge and refuse to go to Croke Park

Kildare have rejected the GAA’s decision to move their match from Newbridge to Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

CCCC decided St Conleth’s Park was not suitable for ‘health and safety’ reasons

Donegal’s Ryan McHugh celebrates scoring a goal with Patrick McBrearty during the Ulster SFC Final against Fermanagh at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ninth Ulster title claimed in impressive fashion on a sun-soaked day in Clones

 Russia’s midfielder Roman Zobnin and Russia’s forward Artem Dzyuba celebrate the opening goal against Saudi Arabia  at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

Ian O’Riordan: Given the cheating endemic in Russian athletics, questions will be asked

Andy Moran: returned to action off the bench in Mayo’s big win over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Mayo ready to take another step on redemption road as they travel to Tipperary

 Sophie O’Sullivan is presented with a medal from her mother Sonia at the Cork City Sports last year. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Sonia O’Sullivan’s daughter will run at European Youth Championships

Dublin’s Eric Lowndes with Kevin Murphy of Wicklow. “It’s not that you’ve arrived once you have it [the Dublin  jersey]. It’s about holding on to it as well.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inphocc

Once Lowndes got that senior Dublin jersey he has worked extra hard to keep it

 Evan Comerford punches the ball away after coming on for Stephen Cluxton the last day. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dubs boss Gavin backs reserve goalkeeper to replace captain if needed in Leinster final

GAA headquarters will stage three hurling matches this Saturday afternoon Photograph: Inpho

Croke Park has been the venue for a host of major concerts this summer

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