The 2017  Dublin Marathon. The number of entries have hit 20,000. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Entries for 2019, on the 40th anniversary, are already sold out – prepare for sweet insanity

Mattie Kenny: Dublin’s new hurling manager saw his charges defeat Carlow in the Walsh Cup in  midweek and they take on Offaly at Parnell Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Meath aiming to build on impressive first outing in O’Byrne Cup

Dublin star Cian O’Sullivan helping to launch the GOAL Mile   with Caoimhe (13), Rossa  (9), Cuan (11) and Saoirse (6) in Herbert Park, Duiblin 4.   Now in its 37th year, the annual event will see tens of thousands people run, jog or walk 130 Miles across the country over the Christmas period. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Dublin stalwart says lesson of club final defeat will not be lost on Kilmacud colleagues

Ireland’s Mick Clohisey running the European Cross Country in  Tilburg, the Netherlands. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The Dublin race comes three weeks after the marathon at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar

Sonia O’Sullivan with the four athletes who are participating in the new Accelerator Academy: Sophie O’Sullivan, Patience Jumbo-Gula, Sarah Healy and Rhasidat Adeleke. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Sonia O’Sullivan and David Matthews have set up the Accelerator Academy

Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe, Ireland modern pentathlete; Patricia Heberle, chef de mission for Tokyo 2020; John Treacy, chief executive of Sport Ireland; Sarah Keane, OFI president; and Nicci Daly, an Ireland international hockey player, at the  launch  of new performance supports ahead of Tokyo 2020. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Former Australian hockey player Patricia Heberle named Team Ireland chef de mission

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness is the new coach of Charlotte Independence. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Former Donegal manager looking forward to new challenge with Charlotte Independence

Dublin’s Philip McMahon celebrating this year’s All-Ireland win. “I think Dublin are an exceptional football team, and will continue to move forward,” says Jim McGuinness. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Former Donegal manager says proposed football rule changes may help close the gap on Dublin

 Runners at the start line in the 2018 Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

All 20,000 entries for next year’s race have sold out 10 and a half months in advance

Sarah Healy fell during the Women’s Under-20 race at the European Cross Country Championships. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland finish fifth in Tilburg as Healy’s fall costs her a shot an Under-20 medal

Kevin Dooney of Raheny Shamrocks A.C winning the mens senior race at the Irish National Cross Country Championships last month. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Depression, like addiction, is often repetitious and often affects the same athletes

Jake Malone: “He’ll [Kenny]   have us in the best position come league, come championship.” Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Cuala stalwart confident his former club boss will bring real expertise to the county’s cause

Jonny Cooper: “I think it’s a dangerous game to try and manipulate rules to make the viewing of the game better.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Defender says he will need to play under the new rules “to make a full judgement call’

Sarah Healy: “For the under-18s there was a bit of pressure because I’d run some good times before I went. For an under-20 race there’s no pressure, it’s just see what happens, so I think there’s less pressure”

Leading the senior races for Ireland will be Kevin Dooney and Ciara Mageean

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper celebrates with Dublin County Board chief John Costello after winning the All-Ireland final. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin GAA’s chief executive fears new rules may become detrimental to the game

Mullinalaghta’s Conan Brady, Cian McElligott and Luke Meehan celebrate their win over Éire Óg in the Leinster SFC semi-final at  Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford last month. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Club facing David-and-Goliath battle with twice All-Ireland champions Kilmacud Crokes

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge  setting a new world record when winning the Berlin Marathon on September 16th, 2018. Photograph:  Getty Images

Kenyan has us believing in the impossible again – the sub-two-hour marathon

The Dublin Masters team. The 2018 Masters competition culminated in September when  Dublin beat Tyrone  1-14 to 1-12 in the final

The Gaelic Masters Association runs the fast growing over-40s game

Ireland’s Thomas Barr celebrates winning bronze at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Ferrybank man provided the standout moment of 2018 with bronze in Berlin

Eddie Brennan: “There’s freedom to go and hurl. And it’s massive bonus territory for someone like me.”  Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Eight-time All-Ireland winner set to face Portlaoise in Leinster intermediate final

 Daire Ó Baoill: “We were 12-1 to win it [the Donegal championship] this year, look how it just worked out for us.   Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Midfielder Ó Baoill leading by example as the club bid for a historic first Ulster club title

Mary Purcell who finished sixth, congratulates the winner Gretta Waitz from Norway in the 1979 World Cross Country championships  in Limerick. Photograph: Pat Langan

Whether it was racing against men or running without a bra the Dubliner went her own way

Meath players huddle ahead of their O’Byrne Cup semi-final against Longford last year. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

O’Byrne Cup and Dr McKenna Cup the first competitions to feature the new rules

Mullinalaghta’s Conan Brady and Aidan McElligott celebrate the semi-final victory over Éire Óg at Pearse Park, Longford. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Tiny Longford ‘half parish’ face Kilmacud in a classic David versus Goliath test

Sarah Healy winning the junior women’s race at  the National Cross Country Championships at the National Sports Campus, Abbotstown. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Sarah Healy hoping to add to double gold she won at European under-18s

Ciara Mageean will lead the 39-strong Irish team at next month’s European Cross Country Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kevin Dooney and Ciara Mageean to lead 39-strong squad in Tilburg on December 9th

Sarah Healy of Blackrock AC on her way to winning the Junior women’s race in the Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The 17-year-old is eyeing up shot at upcoming European Cross-Country in the Netherlands

Ireland’s Sean Tobin during The Morton Mile. His confession this week is another reminder that too much success can ruin any athlete as surely as too much failure. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Athletes who don’t make it to Olympic or World stage aren’t necessarily failures

Sean Tobin in the European Cross Country Championships,  Slovakia, 2017.  Photograph: INPHO/Sasa Pahic Szabo

Sean Tobin talks about coming close to being another scholarship statistic

Micheál Burns: “We know we have a good side at the moment, and want to win as much as we can while we have it.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Former Kerry star’s presence on the bench keeps real pressure on starting forwards

Ian Burke: “We’re just trying to grind out results and if we can do that playing swashbuckling stuff or with a good battle we don’t really mind”  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Galway’s All Star taking nothing for granted as club seek to retain their Connacht crown

Michael Briody: “We are relying on and expect county delegates to address this issue head on.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Club players’ body in favour of an immediate review of the national games programme

On November 21st 1920 14 civilians were killed in Croke Park during a GAA match. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

John William Scott was killed when British army and police opened fire in Croke Park

Naomh Éanna’s Tom Stafford and Charlie McGurkin try to tackle Michael Fennelly of Ballyhale Shamrocks. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The 32-year-old is loving life with Ballyhale Shamrocks after retiring from Kilkenny

Colin Fennelly scored 4-4 as Ballyhale Shamrocks thrashed Naomh éanna in the Leinster club SHC semi-finals. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Colin Fennelly notches up 4-4 from play as Wexford’s Naomh Éanna are blown away

Sean Hehir is among those to have been championing the Daily Mile here. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan: Many countries have found the Daily Mile improves fitness and creativity

 Na Piarsaigh’s Shane Dowling celebrates his side scoring a goal against Doon last month at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Player admits county and club commitments can be hectic, but he wouldn’t change it

Dr Crokes’s Micheal Burns: the wing forward who kicked 1-1 in the Munster SF club semi-final thrashing of St Finbarr’s

Dr Crokes player could be in line for role but believes most experienced should get it

Dean Rock: “I   went down to Donnybrook, watched him [Sexton], learned a few things, and kind of tailored my training to that the following year.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dublin forward happy to take practical tips from the likes of Ireland outhalf Jonny Sexton

Kieran Read of the New Zealand All Blacks during a hurling skills competition with members with Dublin players. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Eoghan O’Donnell says news sent shockwaves among players but they must move on

 Of the 70 violations currently published on UK Anti-Doping’s website, 25 are in rugby union, another 12 are in rugby league, and mostly all for anabolic steroids. Photograph:  Gepa pictures/Panoramic/Autissier-Robinot

Use of steroids for ‘aesthetic’ reasons should be a warning sign for anti-doping authorities

The newly elected president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Gafur Rakhimov. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Decision made following careful consideration of what was in best interests of the sport’

Dunboyne celebrate with the trophy after beating Summerhill in the Meath SFC final at  Páirc Tailteann in October. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

GAA News: Kilmacud Crokes’ meeting with Dunboyne is significant for Robbie Brennan

 Moorefield manager Ross Glavin: “Everyone knows that Portlaoise are an excellent side and they will relish coming to Newbridge.” Photograph: Inpho

Fixture brings two of the most prolific county champions of the last decade together

Gafur Rakhimov was elected as the  president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in Moscow on Saturday. The Uzbek businessman remains on a United States Treasury Department sanctions list for alleged links to international heroin trafficking. Photograph:  Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

John Treacy believes uncertainty will affect boxers preparing for Tokyo Games

Gafur Rakhimov elected new president of AIBA in defiance of Olympic Council

Raheny Shamrock’s Mick Clohisey was the winner of the Irish National Marathon title last Sunday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ian O'Riordan: Unbeaten Brian Fenton has another All-Ireland medal but the marathon man has had a real journey

   Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack in action at the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia last year. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Irish previously hosted cross country championships in 2009

 Cillian Buckley:   “I’m sure the game itself will be taken as serious as would be expected. With Galway being the opposition I don’t think that will be too difficult.”   Photograph: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Buckley and the Cats looking forward to locking horns with Galway ‘Down Under’

Galway’s Pádraig Mannion in action against Limerick during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Defender set for another All Star award as he looks forward to trip Down Under with Galway

Frank Murphy stayed on to oversee the completion of the upgrade of Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Kilmeen Kilbree clubman is currently the Cork county board vice-chairman

 Lizzie Lee  took third place overall but won the women’s Irish National Marathon title in a  time of 2:35:04. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Lizzie Lee and Sinead Diver the latest to prove what is possible given the right attitude

 Kilmacud Crokes manager Anthony Daly  at the Dublin senior club hurling  final against  Ballyboden  at  Parnell Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Anthony Daly, Mattie Kenny and former Galway manager Anthony Cunningham in running

Ireland taking  the pitch after half time during the first Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval last November. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

One option to be explored will be to stage a Test game outside Ireland and Australia

Lizzie Lee   crosses the finish line in the Dublin Marathon to take third place and win the Irish national title with a time of    2:35:04. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Lee wins Irish national title after finishing third as Dubiso takes gold in women’s race

Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock AC, Co Dublin, finishes sixth overall in the Dublin Marathon on Sunday to be crowned  Athletics Ireland national champion. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Distance runner was sixth-best overall as Ethiopian Asefa Bekele nails first place

Lizzie Lee crosses the line after finishing third in the Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Cork athlete finishes third in women’s race with Mick Clohisey a fine sixth in the men’s

 Irish competitors taking part in the Dublin Marathon of 2001, from left, John Griffin, Pauric McKinney, Ian O’Riordan and Gary Patrick Crossan. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Memories of marathons far and wide come flooding back – but my final race isn’t run yet

Freddy Sittuk was initially awarded the Irish national title for the 2017 Dublin Marathon, before an eligibility issue saw Gary O’Hanlon (left) awarded the title. Also photographed is Sergiu Ciobanu, who placed third initially. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kenyan-born runner Freddy Sittuk will not be eligible under residency rule

The old UCD athletics track at Belfield in 2011. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Planning application to be submitted next spring after anonymous €3m donation

Caitriona Jennings celebrates winning the  Belfast marathon in 2017. “I’ve always felt  I had something to prove after London. After the way it went on the day, I just wanted to prove that wasn’t the athlete I was.”  Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

London Olympian has finished second Irishwoman in past two years

 Cork’s Conor Lehane  is put under pressure by  Seán Finn and Darragh O’Donovan of Limerick during the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Midleton clubman still prefers the new format, particularly the round-robin phase in Munster

Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan during their GAA  All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash against Tyrone at Croke Park, Dublin last August.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Monaghan goalkeeper and All Star nominee on scoring from play, and new kickout rules

A fight broke out between East Kerry and Dingle’s Kerry SFC semi-final replay.

East Kerry players Paudie and David Clifford will serve one-match bans for red cards

Jimmy Reardon in 1948: his 400m best of 47.6 would have won him a bronze medal at the 2018 Irish championships, 70 years after he ran it.

Seventy years ago he blazed a trail by heading to Villanova to open up a new front for Irish athletes

“The focus is on mentoring the new referee, making sure we get him or her through the first six or eight or 10 months,” said Pat Doherty, the GAA’s national match officials manager.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tiny number of current female referees of particular concern in the new strategic plan

Kilmacud Crokes hurler Rob Murphy. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Kilmacud Crokes are chasing a first Dublin title since 2014, with Ballyboden in their way

Conor Lane  during the All-Ireland final. “It’s not nice to see when you see lads jumping over wires and supporters getting involved. I’d be a big Munster rugby man, and you don’t see it happening in rugby.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Experienced Cork official stresses the need for more respect from players – and spectators

 St Jude’s  Chris Guckian and Kilmacud Crokes’  Paul Mannion whose sides will meet in the Dublin SFC final at Parnell Park. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

‘It would just be a completely different game if all those were brought in’ says Kilmacud star

 Ballyboden St. Enda’s hurler Simon Lambert, left, and Kilmacud Crokes  Rob Murphy whose teams meet in the Dublin SHC final at Parnell Park on Sunday. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Ballyboden’s Lambert hoping county final helps him catch the eye of the new man

  Sinead Diver of Australia leads the pack in the Women’s Marathon final during day the 2015  World Athletics Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF

Now aged 41, Diver only began running eight years ago and has her sights set on Tokyo

Noel Carroll in October 1998, shortly before his sudden death.   Photograph: Ron McGarry/Sportsfile

Before Twitter, the late, great Irish runner was a master of motivational quotes

Dublin celebrate lifting the Sam Maguire after beating Tyrone in Croke Park in September. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Draw for next year's All-Ireland SFC takes place on Thursday and Dublin are favourites

Conn McCluskey, chief executive, Active Ireland: ‘We believe it would be wrong to increase tax on physical activity given the need to get more people active in the country”

Retention of 9% VAT rate for sporting facilities and increased investment welcomed

  Aidan O’Shea shares a joke with Con O’Callaghan during the 2017 All-Ireland final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo stalwart looking forward - with slight trepidation - to working with James Horan again

Shane Ross:  promises to double investment in sport from the current annual figure of €111 million to €220 million by 2027, beginning,  with Budget 2019. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Substantial increase in funding promised by Government should reward exceptional feats

Dublin’s Brian Fenton contests an aerial ball with Tyrone’s Colm Cavanagh  during this year’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Opinions sharply divided on the GAA’s proposed rule changes for football

People queue outside the newly-openend Krispy Kreme outlet at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Government needs to give more money over to the boom-boom cycle of sport

Limerick’s Sean Finn at the Family SportFest at the  Sport Ireland National Sports Campus last weekend.  Over 3,000 people met sporting heroes and experienced over 30 sports. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Outstanding corner back ready to knuckle down again when new campaign beckons

Pat Horgan in action against Clare’s David McInerney during this year’s Munster final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

ESRI survey provides a window into the reality of life as a senior intercounty player

James Horan has returned for a second stint as Mayo manager of a four-year term. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

County Board ratify new management team until the end of 2022

Peter Keane has been manager of the successful Kerry minor side for the last three seasons. Photograph:  Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Maurice Fitzgerald, Donie Buckley and Tommy Griffin also set to be involved

Acting AIBA president Gafur Rakhimov (right) at an international boxing event in Sochi earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Existence of boxing on Olympic programme and recognition of AIBA ‘are under threat’

IOC set to expel boxing from 2020 Games in Tokyo

Jack O’Connor: has delivered three All-Ireland senior titles for Kerry in the past and his  name is now back in the mix for a possible third term. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

New incumbent will need to be given adequate time and space to make their mark

Kerry selector Maurice Fitzgerald. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Of the three main candidates, two aren’t yet entirely convinced they have the time for it

Paul Kinnerk  with Limerick manager John Kiely: “John is a proper leader, has the X-factor in his ability to read situations and then control it in such a way.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Limerick coach questions traditional methods – tactics and skills should be developed in parallel

Former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Two years on from ticket scandal, federation’s transformation is almost complete

James Horan is now set to return as Mayo manager after Mike Solan withdrew his name for the job. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Solan was the only other candidate in line to replace Stephen Rochford

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald speaks to his players before a match against Dublin in the summer. Photograph: Tommy Greally/Inpho

Wexford’s ‘unbelievable bunch’ convinced manager to return for third season

Clare’s Peter Duggan celebrates scoring a goal in the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Galway. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Clare forward lauds returning management duo and says he is enjoying hurling again

World Champion rowers Gary and Paul O’Donovan, along with Irish hockey player Chloe Watkins, equestrian’s Sarah Ennis and badminton’s Nhat Nguyen pictured today at the announcement of FBD Insurance’s sponsorship of Team Ireland. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The new brand unveiled its first new sponsor on Wednesday as changes continue apace

Diarmuid Connolly in action for Dublin at Croke Park in 2016. At age 31, Connolly is still some way off his sell-by date, and reports of his American summer sojourn suggested no loss of form or fitness. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Dublin would welcome the footballer back after his Boston sojourn, says Paul Mannion

Lyndsey Davey. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Indefatigable Davey hoping in-demand manager can realise three-in-a-row dream

Then Mayo manager James Horan during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay on August 30th, 2014. File photograph: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Former manager says there is ‘possibly exciting times’ ahead for the county

Former Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath. Photograph: Getty Images

Provisional planning permission for Walsh Park redevelopment has been granted

  Liam Sheedy:  he has kept a close eye on the game, assisting with  collage and clubs teams since 2010, and also working with the Antrim hurlers  earlier this year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

New manager’s first task will be to restore confidence after Tipperary’s dismal 2018

The Dublin Masters team face Tyrone in the final on Saturday having gone unbeaten in the contest this year

Dubs look to complete season in style after rejoining Masters contest this year

Dublin’s Niall Scully celebrates scoring their second goal against Tyrone in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, in Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Suggestion that Dubs’ success is down to money is insulting, says Paddy Christie

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey would surely be a favourite for the sprinting events. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Who doesn’t want to see Jack McCaffrey take on Jordan Larmour in a 100m sprint?

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