Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh and TJ Reid in action against Kevin Foley and Paudie Foley of Wexford during the Leinster SHC round-robin game at Wexford Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

The two great rivals will do it all again in the Leinster Final after draw

Pierce O’Callaghan: “Minsk and Belarus have always had a huge sports culture, and, for better or for worse, it’s always been a major part of people’s lives here”

Belarus very happy to embrace the second European Games

Lenny Harbinson: the Antrim manager would like to see his side host Kildare at Corrigan Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Division Four side keen to host their qualifier clash against Kildare in west Belfast

A dejected Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien after the Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship semi-final between Laois and Carlow. Photograph: Ronan Byrne/Inpho

Proposed secondary football championship ‘a sop’ that will ‘fail to address the problem’

Limerick’s  Seán Finn  against Clare at the  Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph:   Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Plenty of signs in the All-Ireland champions’ win over Clare that they are getting back on track

GAA president John Horan: “We are looking at two options at the moment”

Horan says the key to any Tier 2 championship is that it will not impact on club games

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrates scoring a goal against Clare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It would have been the earliest exit by the All-Ireland hurling champions in 27 years

Patsy McGonagle consoles Rob Heffernan after he finished fourth in the 50km Walk at the London Olympics in 2012. McGonagle    assured him it wouldn’t be the end of the story, knowing full well the Russian winner Sergei Kirdyapkin was doping, as has since been proved.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ex-team manager’s eagerly-awaited memoir shines a revealing light on the last 25 years of Irish athletics

Ger Prendergast with his children at the Lilliput Adventure Centre.

The 39-year-old is looking to set a new world record at the Lilliput Adventure Centre

Eamon McGee: ‘It had to seep into us that we were good enough, as good as Armagh, as good as Tyrone, as good as Dublin, Mayo or any of these teams.’ Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

As Donegal face Tyrone in the semi-final, thoughts linger on what might have been

Thomas Barr finished fourth at the Golden League meeting in Rome on Thursday night. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish hurdler’s time of 49.65 seconds just short of his season’s best

Cian O’Neill is in his third season in charge of Kildare. He believes Kildare have regained something of the ruthless streak they showed last summer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager believes his side can upset the odds and beat All-Ireland champions Dublin

Eoin Murphy: injured goalkeeper is hoping to be back in contention by the time of the Leinster final – should Kilkenny advance that far. They face Galway at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Injured goalkeeper sees a 20m difference between some hurling sliotars

Kerry’s David Clifford at Croke Park. “Last year was a great experience. Just the grounding is kind of over, I know what to expect.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Skilful forward looking ahead to a long summer in his second year on the senior panel

Longford’s Colm P Smyth fails to stop Kildare’s David Slattery scoring a point during the Leinster SFC  quarter-final replay at  O’Connor Park in  Tullamore. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Cian O’Neill believes his side can beat the Dubs after second-half romp in Tullamore

 Aaron Sexton of Bangor Grammar School on his way to winning the  200m during the Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Rugby-bound Bangor schoolboy breaks both the 100m and 200m schools records

Aaron Sexton: has risen through the ranks of schoolboy athletics and rugby with what can be described as properly frightening speed.

A career in athletics could prove a feasible option for those who drop rugby after their schooldays

Aaron Sexton of Bangor Grammar, Co. Down  wins the Senior Boys 200 Metres during the Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships  at Tullamore last summer.   Photograph: Athletics Ireland

Talented Bangor sprinter to join Ulster’s Rugby Academy after his A-level exams

Kerry  manager Peter Keane with his squad   at Fitzgerald Stadium, Co Kerry, in March. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

New manager says step up from minors side is a daily learning experience he’s enjoying

Sunday will   mark Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan’s 50th championship appearance for his side, more than anyone else on the panel. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With 2-4 to his name already, captain goes into Clare clash needing just one more goal

Rod Stewart live in concert at Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Cork, on Saturday. Photograph: Larry Cummins courtesy Irish Examiner

Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch will not be ready in time for Munster semi-final against Limerick

Brian Lohan: “There’s great clubs, there’s really good people involved at both club level and at county level. Sometimes I think they’re a bit let down by the county board.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

‘You need a more dynamic county board than what is there’ says former star

Cuala stalwart had far from a gilded football background and underage career

Kellie Harrington will be among the 65 Irish athletes taking part in the European Games in Minsk, Belarus next month. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Squad will compete in nine of the 15 sports in Minsk including team athletics event

Carlow’s Sean Gannon in action against Meath’s Séamus Lavin. Meath had 15 points to spare against their outclassed Leinster rivals as they won 2-18 to 0-9. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Fixtures review committee tasked with job of coming up with three possible proposals

Donegal manager Declan Bonner talks to his team following the victory over Fermanagh at Brewster Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Counties who have won eight of the last ten titles between them to meet in semi-final

Darragh McElhinney set a new Irish record with his time of 13:54.10 in the    Under-20 5,000m event. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Athlete also becomes first teenager to break 14-minute barrier at the distance

Donegal’s Ciarán Thompson is challenged by  Kane Connor of Fermanagh during the Ulster SFC quarter-final at Brewster Park in  Enniskillen. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Late points help set up Ulster semi-final showdown with Tyrone

Ireland’s Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia in  Rio 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Dublin manager Jim Gavin is fully focused on making it five All-Irelands in a row. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager has always been comfortable drawing on comparisons with his other passion

Ryan McHugh: knows exactly what to expect when he faces  an old friend of Fermanagh manager Rory Gallagher on Sunday.   Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Donegal forward says sitting on the bench with injury was the hardest thing to do

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach opens the meeting of the IOC executive committee on boxing at the 2020 Olympic Games. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

Boxing will remain a part of the Olympic programme but AIBA has been suspended

Dublin athletic development coach Cliodhna O’Connor with Cork  manager John Meyler at the launch of the GAA  All-Ireland Hurling Championship on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former All-Ireland winning goalkeeper feels her role with senior hurlers is a natural fit

John Meyler says Patrick Horgan’s impact on Cork’s game stretches far beyond the scoreboard. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In-form ‘Hoggy’ among hurling’s most prolific scorers never to win Celtic Cross

Niall Moyna has expressed concern at DCU’s decision not to extend Enda Fitzpatrick’s contract. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Professor says that Fitzpatrick is ‘a coach that comes along once in a generation’

Aaron Sexton set a new personal best in the 100m, running 10.49 at the Ulster Schools Championships. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Province’s academy flyer sets personal best of 10.49 at Ulster Schools Championships

Tipperary’s Séamus Callahan scores his side’s second goal during the Munster SHC game against Waterford at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Liam Sheedy’s side hit 2-30 to continue brilliant start to Munster campaign

DCU’s athletics academy director Enda Fitzpatrick with Irish Olympian Fionnuala Britton. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fitzpatrick, the man behind DCU’s athletics success, should have received term extension

Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

University have decided not to extend Athletics Academy director’s tenure

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody confronts  Dublin selector Greg Kennedy after the latter intercepted a free  taken by Kilkenny’s TJ Reid during the Leinster SH championship Round 1 match at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Inpho

National Referees Committee resentation includes additional changes to the GAA calendar and “finishing on the day” criteria

Dublin City University (DCU) athletics club have set up an online petition in an effort to retain the services of Enda Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

University’s athletics club has expanded from 18 to 115 members during his tenure

Galway’s Gary O’Donnell, pictured in action against Sean Bulger of Dublin, is around long enough to recall when Sligo got the better of the Tribesmen back in 2010 and again in 2012. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

After a scare in London, Tuam defender sees All-Ireland semis as Galway’s minimum target

John Kiely lifts the Liam MacCarthy cup after Limerick’s first All-Ireland success since 1973 at Croke Park last August. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster title the next objective for manager and his ambitious, hard-working side

James McCarthy celebrates Dublin winning four-in-a-row after  the victory over Tyrone at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Talk of five-in-a-row brushed aside as six-time All-Ireland winner focuses on Louth clash

Paul Geaney: fit again and looking forward to the Munster semi-final against Clare.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Freak injury suffered in aftermath of Dublin game briefly threatened his whole season

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid celebrates scoring his side’s first goal against Dublin in the Leinster SHC Round 1 at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: inpho

TJ Reid’s proper captain-like display saw him finish with 2-12

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid celebrates scoring his first goal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

TJ Reid showed the way with a proper captain’s display that saw him finish with 2-12

Eddie Dunbar will ride his first Grand Tour with Team Ineos. Photograph: Getty Images

Cycling rarely gets a positive spin: unless another positive doping test counts

Cian O’Neill: “This year we need to get our preparations right and then perform. That’s the challenge.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Manager wary of Wicklow clash given Lilywhites’ inconsistent track record

A view of the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Photograph:David Rogers/Getty

Six sprinters and Olympic hopefuls to compete in Yokohama’s International Stadium

 Eoghan O’Donnell: poised to man the full-back berth for Dublin in Kilkenny on Saturday. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Cats’ legend impressed with the progress of talented Dubs’ full back O’Donnell

Daniel Flynn: Johnstownbridge player has stepped away from the Kildare panel for the 2019 Allianz Football League to concentrate on studying for a Masters. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Team will miss young star at Leinster championship opener against Wicklow

Tipperary’s Jason Forde celebrates his goal against Limerick during last summer’s Munster SHC match at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Forward keen to put his side’s failures of last year behind him as championship begins

Walsh Park, Waterford:  the venue for the county’s  clash against Clare next weekend, the first championship game at the ground  since 2003. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

‘The place is going to be heaving’ for Walsh Park clash with Clare says manager Páraic Fanning

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns: ‘The relegation was very disappointing, because we nearly got promoted the previous year, and I feel we are a division two team.’ Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘If we had everyone at 100%, this is actually our strongest ever panel,’ says Liam Kearns

Chris Froome (left) of Team Ineos poses with teammates before the start of the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in Doncaster, north England. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Questions remain about the extent of new billionaire owner Ratcliffe’s ‘due diligence’ on controversial team

Matthew Ruane: will make his championship debut for Mayo against London. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo and Galway both introduce debutants for tests against inter-county minnows

Liam Sheedy: “The players are doing everything I ask of them, and you can’t ask for anything more.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Premier boss delighted with his players’ commitment as championship beckons

Caster Semenya has lost her legal battle with the IAAF over testosterone levels. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

South African runner will have to lower testosterone levels in order to compete in events from 400m to the mile

Liam Kearns: “Unless they sell it properly, approach it properly, and do it the right way, I don’t think the players will buy into it.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tipperary boss unconvinced players will be energised by prospect of secondary competition

Doug Howlett: the former All Blacks’ record try-scorer and Munster star is working with the Cork hurlers as they prepare for the championship opener against Tipperary. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manager Meyler happy to avail of former Munster star’s services in the role of high performance lead

RTÉ have announced their Sunday Game schedule for the summer of 2019, which is hosted by Joanne Cantwell. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Broadcaster’s 2019 schedule includes just five provincial football matches

Peter Keane: ‘I suppose at the time, in 1982, I remember Mick O’Dwyer saying he felt like there were 31 counties against Kerry.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Keane reflects on championship expectations and learning from defeat to Mayo

Waterford manager Páraic Fanning: “I think the GAA could concentrate on a few other things, more pressing for everybody, club players and county players than worrying about top players are trying to prepare for a championship.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford manager says he and squad spent five days last week in the Algarve

Mícheál McGee, aged 11, from Gaoth Dobhair ahead of the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship semi-final against Corofin. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dara Ó Cinnéide’s new series shows how GAA values are changing in every way

Sinead Diver finished seventh in the London Marathon. Photograph: Matt King/Getty

42-year-old runs a personal best of 2:24:11 as Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei takes the top prize

A group of runners taking part in a training session on March 13th, 2019, in Iten, Kenya. Photograph: Getty Images

Athletics: The number of banned Kenyans is not just a trickle – it is a steady flow

 Rory O’Carroll in action for Kilmacud Crokes. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘It’s not like he has to learn how to get his touch back. He’s going to be in at full back’

Galway’s Joe Canning will aim to return at some stage in the Leinster championship. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

He underwent surgery on his groin after taking a heavy hit in the league semi-final

Nicky English: ‘You could argue if you were the opposition whether it’s fair to actually play in Parnell Park, because it’s very tight.’ File photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Analyst believes Dublin may find Croke Park a struggle if they play home games in smaller venue

Ballyhale Shamrocks manager Henry Shefflin during a coaching session at the launch of the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge  at Croke Park. Photograph:   Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Ballyhale Shamrocks manager insists he is ‘very happy ’ in his club role 

 Liam Sheedy, Tipperary hurling manager, at the launch of the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge 2019 at Croke Park. Photograph:   Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The competition will provide 1,300 players with a programme of 138 matches, which will begin in May and conclude in June

 Sinead Diver competes in the women’s 5,000m during the Sydney Track Classic at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre in February  2019. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

Top-10 finish would almost certainly see Mayo native qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Djouce and War Hill: two of the 26 summits of the Wicklow Round

Ex-orienteering champion knocks four minutes off former best time for tough 100km test

Shane Lynch broke the record for The Wicklow Round. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

New record set just eight days after previous one had been broken by Paddy O’Leary

Ireland’s Michael O’Reilly (right) was served with the maximum suspension after he failed an anti-doping test on the eve of the Rio Olympics in 2016. Photograph: Ilyas Gun/Inpho

There are only five performance-enhancing substances you can legally take, says IAAF

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

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