Ireland’s Mark English went  from eighth place to first to win the 800m at the Birmingham Diamond League. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Inpho

Stunning performance sees athlete move closer to World Championships qualification

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy lifts the Liam McCarthy trophy with members of the backroom staff after beating Kilkenny at Croke Park. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Manager vindicated in his return to the fold as blue and gold claim the Liam MacCarthy

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer scores his side’s third goal past Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan hands out the marks after the Premier County secured the Liam MacCarthy

 Kite surfing on Inch Beach, Co Kerry. There is no more productive exercise than a long run down a sandy beach – as Kerry footballers past and present can attest.   Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

If the secret to Kerry’s football prowess is in the water – it must be the sea water

Séamus Callanan celebrates a goal against Limerick in the Munster final. “Putting on the jersey is incredible but being able to score when you’re in it and contribute, that’s huge.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Captain has been in inspirational form for Premier County in their run to the final

Kerry manager Peter Keane shakes Stephen O’Brien’s hand  after he was shown a black card in the  All-Ireland  semi-final against Tyrone  at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Kerry boss Peter Keane has ‘no problem’ with David Gough refereeing final

TJ Reid tops the Championship score charts ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

TJ Reid tops the Championship scoring charts and is very unlikely to be caught

Séamus Kennedy celebrates at the final whistle after Tipperary’s victory over Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Premier dual star has fond memories of the victory over Kilkenny in 2016 final

Ireland’s Mark English pulled out of the 800m at the Cork City Sports. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

European Indoor bronze medalist running out of time to qualify for World Championships

Patrick Horgan has given Tipperary the nod ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There’s just something about Tipperary, Brian Cody’s remarkable longevity

Tipperary’s manager Liam Sheedy at the GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final between Tipperary and Wexford at Croke Park on July 28th. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Returning manager believes in the maxim, ‘what is for you won’t pass you by’

Luvo Manyonga will use Cork City Sports as preparation for  the World Athletics Championships in Doha. Photograph:   Getty Images

Mark English lines up in 800m event in bid to qualify for World Athletics Championships

Jack O’Connor has been nominated to be the new Kildare manager. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Former All-Ireland winner has been nominated for the post by the county board

Tipperary’s Noel McGrath in the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round 3 match between Tipp and Clare in Cusack Park, Ennis, Co Clare in June.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sunday will be his seventh All-Ireland senior hurling final, but for him it never gets old

Kerry’s David Clifford and manager Peter Keane celebrate after the All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry manager Peter Keane insisted he had not watched the Dublin win over Mayo

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien celebrates scoring a goal during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Forward picked up a third black card of the year at end of semi-final win over Tyrone

Con O’Callaghan celebrates scoring the first of his two goals in the  All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jim Gavin told his players to keep ‘doing what you’re doing’. They did a lot more

Dublin’s goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton with Diarmuid O’Connor of Mayo. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

James Horan: ‘they just had a very strong period that we couldn’t deal with it’

The Olympic Stadium   during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

At end of Games just nine doping cases were detected. Total now stands at 132 – and that could rise

Dublin’s Dean Rock kicks the winning point in the 2017 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland champions have had better of series of tight encounters over the years

 Henrik  Jakob and Filip Ingebrigsten are expected to run for Norway on their home track at Sandnes  in the European Athletics Team Championships. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Three talented brothers set to run at European Team Championships on their home track

Carolyn Hayes: growing up in Limerick, she didn’t even know that the triathlon existed, and certainly never harboured any Olympic ambitions. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Athlete faces hot and exhausting conditions, Japan’s latest heatwave a reminder of that

 Cork’s Patrick Horgan: “The last thing you want is other teams back training and we’re still waiting for a manager.”   Photograph:   Seb Daly/Sportsfile

‘I watched the Leinster final, the 1996 Leinster final, on telly last week and they’re gammy!’

Donegal’s Michael Murphy says you rarely see Dublin miss  shots. “Their plan really revolves around creating the best possible scoring opportunity.” Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Donegal captain says defeat to Mayo was a painful lesson, especially in number of wides

Tipperary Senior Hurling Open Training Session, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 31/7/2019 Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy speaks to fans  Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Tommy Dickson

‘I wouldn’t have stepped back into this arena unless I felt I had the energy for it’

Kerry’s Shane Enright in action against Donegal’s Michael Murphy. “If you are going to live with the likes of Tyrone you have to play for 80 minutes.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the opposite corner stand Tyrone – and their vastly experienced manager Harte

Kerry’s Brian Ó Beaglaoich is tackled by Meath’s  Bryan McMahon during the clash at Páirc Tailteann. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

O’Shea goal early in the second half effectively ends gutsy Meath’s challenge

 Kerry’s Killian Spillane gets his shot away under pressure from Bryan McMahon of Meath in Navan. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Peter Keane’s side ease away in final quarter to reach semi-finals

Dublin’s Ciarán Archer in action against Laois’s Michael Dowling in the U20 Leinster Championship Final, Bord na Mona O’Connor Park, in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager Tom Gray wary over the hype formed around high-scoring 18-year-old

Sarah Healy: seven days after winning the silver medal at the European Under-20 Championships in Sweden, she  won her first senior 1,500m title in utterly convincing style. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Maybe it’s best to celebrate the success of our young athletes in the here and now without concerning ourselves about the future

Cork players celebrate winning the Under-20 Munster football final. Photograph: Inpho

Minor and Under-20 teams are eyeing All-Ireland glory starting on Saturday

All eyes will be on Castlebar this weekend where  Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Donegal’s Michael Murphy seek to book their places in the All-Ireland semi-finals. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Super 8s: All or nothing left to play for with two semi-final places left

Adrian Mullen: has won an All-Ireland club championship already and, following the Kilkenny seniors’ progress to the All-Ireland final, he is now targeting another decider with the Under-20s.  Ogitigraog:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Managers Shefflin, Carey and Cody honing the game of Cats’ impressive young star

Joe Canning: “In the last three years we have played 20 championship matches and we’ve lost two. So when you look at it that way, it’s frustrating not to still be involved.” Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Galway star perplexed after serious groin injury was initially reported as a ‘dead leg’

John Meyler will not seek a third year in charge of the Cork hurlers. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Meyler will not seek a third season in charge on Leeside

Dublin Under-20 manager Tom Gray with forward Ciarán Archer, who has scored 9-30 in four games. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘It’s a source of massive annoyance and frustration to someone like me’

 John Sugrue has stepped down as laois manager after two seasons in charge. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Kerry native is the ninth intercounty manager to step down this summer

Darragh McElhinney won a European Under-20 bronze medal to become only the third Irish athlete in 55 years to medal in an Under-20 5,000m. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The heat is on for Tokyo Olympics, where Ireland is expected to win eight medals

Ciarán Kilkenny: has not experienced defeat in a championship game for Dublin since the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo.  He missed the 2014 season due to a cruciate ligament injury. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Not only is he a serious talent but he’s a serious leader within the group’

Ireland’s Rhasidat Adeleke celebrates as she crosses the line to win the 200m Final at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Gold at European Youth Olympics is sixth championship medal for 16-year-old sprinter

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody  and players after defeat in the Leinster  senior hurling final to Wexford in  Croke Park. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Cody’s reign will continue, yet for the first time there are signs of an heir apparent

Olympic hurdler and Indeed ambassador Thomas Barr launches #TalentUnleashed to mark one year to the day until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For now, 400m hurdler focusing on World Athletics Championships in Doha in September

Ireland’s Rhasidat Adeleke on her way to wining the 100m final at the Youth Olympics in Baku. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Win in the 100m is a sixth underage medal for Irish athletics already this month

Tyrone’s  Cathal McShane celebrates scoring his side’s first  goal against Cork in the All-Ireland Super 8s clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Two quick goals in the third quarter provide Harte’s men with the required momentum

Ireland’s Sarah Healy during this week’s European Under-20 Championships in Borås, Sweden. Photograph: Inpho

European Under-20 Championships silver is her third medal in the past two years

Tyrone’s Cathal McShane celebrates scoring a goal. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork race out of the blocks but are overhauled by Tyrone in second half

 Aaron Sexton was run out of the medals in the  200m final. Photograph:  Maja Hitij/Getty Images for European Athletics

Sexton run out of the medals in 200m in last race before committing to rugby

Hiko Tonosa: “I just hope that I can do my best for Ireland someday . . . because this is my country now.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Exciting 5,000m prospect looking forward to representing Ireland with distinction

  Kate O’Connor competes in the long jump during the Heptathlon in  Sweden. Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images for European Athletics

Dundalk athlete wins silver at European Under-20 Athletics Championships

Sophie O’Sullivan ending up ranked fourth fastest across the four heats going into Friday’s 800m semi-finals in Sweden. Photograph: Inpho

Both came through their heats on day one of European Under-20 Championships

 Kate O’Connor of Ireland competing  during Heptathlon Women’s Long Jump at the European U-20 Athletics Championships in Boras, Sweden. Photograph:  Maja Hitij/Getty Images

O’Connor’s historic silver medal in the heptathlon a good omen for the weekend

Ireland’s Marcus Lawler celebrates winning bronze in the 200m final at World University Games, in Stadio San Paulo, Naples, Italy. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sometimes we need to be patient with young athletes and let their talent develop naturally

Ronan McCarthy: “Tyrone are an experienced side, but we need to learn quickly, and we will learn quickly.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Victories for Dublin and Tyrone would seal their semi-final place with a game to go

Jason Foley: “Whoever comes into the semi-finals  will certainly have earned it.” Photograph: James Crombie/Ipho

Full back looking forward to next big test against impressive Donegal at headquarters

Bob Dylan performing at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, on Sunday. Photograph: Raphael Pour-Hashemi Bob Dylan performing at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, on Sunday. Photograph: Raphael Pour-Hashemi

From the opening bars of Ballad of a Thin Man, it’s clear that something is happening here

Cork manager Ronan McCarthy: ‘I think a fair reflection of the game is that we kept going at them, kept fighting.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ronan McCarthy praises his side's courage after their Super 8s defeat at Croke Park

Dublin’s Paul Mannion takes on Cork’s James Loughrey during their Super 8s meeting at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Rebels ask a few questions but flurry of goals allows champions to cruise to victory

Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has confirmed that Diarmuid Connolly is back training with the senior team. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

32-year-old has made just seven appearances for Dubs over the last three years

Ciara Mageean ran a personal best in Monaco. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Duo pick up medals in European Under-23 Championships, Mageean runs a personal best

Dublin’s first goal being scored by Jack McCaffrey. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin four wins away from that elusive five in a row, with one foot already in the last four

Cyclists ride on a square of Arbois, eastern France, during the seventh stage of  the Tour de France,  between Belfort and Chalon-sur-Saône, on Friday. Photograph:  Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Our belief in the riders is returning, but the next doping scandal may be around the corner

Bob Dylan playing guitar, something you won’t see at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, on Sunday. Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/GettyImages)

Dylan sticks to his setlist and takes no requests. Neil Young is more likely to improvise

Sophie O’Sullivan, Patience Jumbo-Gula, Sarah Healy and Rhasidat Adeleke. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Young athletes ready for European Under-20 Championships in Boras, Sweden next week

Dublin’s David Byrne:  “You have to be on your toes all the time or your performances will slip.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin defender had a ‘bitter-sweet ’time last year as he watched his team win the All-Ireland from the sidelines

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue:  he is back training and “going well”. Photograph: Getty Images

Kerry’s opening Super-8s game against Mayo in Killarney likely to be a 31,900 sellout

Marcus Lawler finished hard  to claim the bronze medal in 20.55 seconds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sarah Lavin is fourth in 100m hurdles final while Phil Healy finishes sixth in 200m

Siofra Cleirigh Buttner during the women’s 800m final at the World University Games in Naples. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Phil Healy, Sarah Lavin and Marcus Lawlor all came through their semi-finals

Sarah Healy will head for the European Under-20 Championships in Sweden next week. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish runner posted a fifth place finish over 2,000m at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial Meeting in Budapest

Cavan’s Gearoid McKiernan and Hugh McFadden of Donegal in the Ulster final in Clones, Co Monaghan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Midfielder says when you win an Ulster title ‘you have to enjoy it for all it is worth’

Laois selector Niall Corcoran and manager Eddie Brennan celebrate after the Joe McDonagh Cup final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Niall Corcoran is being credited as the ‘insider’ who helped Laois take out Dublin

Meath’s Michael Newman is challenged by Cillian Brennan of Clare during their tightly fought contest in Portlaoise. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mickey Newman’s goal proves decisive as Leinster finalists hold on for one-point victory

Meath’s Michael Newman celebrates his side’s first goal of the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Narrow win over Clare puts the Royals into the last eight for the first time since 2010

Alan Cadogan returns for Cork against Westmeath. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Westmeath and Laois are bidding to cause an upset and earn improbable place in quarters

  Meath manager Andy McEntee stands dejected with his players following the Leinster final defeat to Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Legacy of Leinster final a drawback while Clare have momentum following Westmeath win

 Irish cyclist Seamus ‘Shay’ Elliott (1934 - 1971) takes a ride in a pram after arriving at Toulouse during the Tour de France in July 1961. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

Dan Martin aiming to emulate Elliott, Roche and Kelly who all achieved Tour feat

Tyrone’s Niall Morgan: he  regularly gets  involved in outfield play. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

New rule would end the possibility of a goalkeeper becoming involved in outfield play

Laois’s Ross Munnelly and Cian Donohoe of Offaly in their  round three championship qualifiers at  Portlaoise. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The enduring presence of the Laois forward may well count again against Cork at Semple Stadium

Enda Smith of Roscommon with The Sam Maguire cup during the launch of the All-Ireland senior football championship Super 8s at Concra Wood Golf and Country Club in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Connacht champions eager to improve on chastening experience they suffered last year

John Horan: “To sound boring myself about this, there are other factors that play into Dublin’s success.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

GAA president pleased with recent progress on Tier 2 football championship proposal

Competitors in the Phoenix Park during the 2018 Dublin Marathon. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Website with 2,500 extra places crashed for a number of people looking to enter

Mayo fans celebrate with Aidan O’Shea following the victory over Armagh in the qualifer clash at  Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fresh concern for manger Horan as Keegan joins ever-lengthening injury list

Mayo’s Lee Keegan leaves the field injured during their All-Ireland SFC qualifier win over Armagh. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Lee Keegan became the latest addition to injury list after win over Armagh on Saturday

Mayo’s Conor Loftus and Aidan Forker of Armagh get involved at half-time during the All-Ireland SFC round-three qualifier at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cillian O’Connor came off the bench for the first time this year in one point win

Kildare fans after the 2018 All-Ireland SFC qualifier win over Mayo at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s Tyrone bring their excellent qualifier record to St Conleth’s Park

Kenyan athlete Josephine Chelangat (l), Spain’s Esther Guerrero (2nd l), South Africa’s Caster Semenya (C), Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba (3rd l), and Ethiopia’s Adanech Anbesa  in  Paris,  June 11th. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

While courts decide how athletes with DSD should be treated, there’s silence on the track

John Maughan: “I honestly thought Derry would win that game, I was wrong, and Laois have moved on as well. I don’t expect there will be much between us.”  Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

After wins over London and Sligo, Faithful manager is looking forward to Laois test

Wexford’s  Paul Morris and Lee Chin tackle Kilkenny’s Huw Lawlor  during the drawn Leinster championship clash at Wexford Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former star believes Kilkenny will prevail – but only after another hugely physical clash

Armagh’s Rian O’Neill celbrates scoring a goal against Monaghan in the All-Ireland round two qualifier at Clones.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

McGeeney’s improving side have regained momentum before their visit to Castlebar

Kildare will be back in Newbridge for their meeting with Tyrone.

Laois went from losing home advantage against Westmeath to gaining it against Offaly

 Sarah Lavin of Ireland during the Women’s 100m hurdles at Dinamo Stadium at the Minsk 2019 European Games in Belarus. Photograph: EPA

Sarah Lavin finished second in the 100m hurdles at the European Games in Minsk

Malachy O’Rourke will not be back in charge of Monaghan for the 2020 season. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rian O’Neill on the double as O’Rourke calls it a day after his his seventh season in charge

Richard Mulligan on route to winning the Irish senior cross country title

Much of Mulligan’s running career was spent between the two shadows of himself

Paul Geaney: “The Kerry public and us as players don’t want to see the county’s record being beaten.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Massive effort expected in the Kingdom as Dublin’s drive for five concentrates minds

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.

400-metre sprinter was the first of many Irish athletes to attend Villanova University

Jessie Barr at the launch of Irish Life Health Festival of Running on Wednesday. Photograph:   Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former hurdler now a sports psychologist after injuries forced her to end her athletics career

Cork’s Colm O’Neill in action against Kerry  during the 2015 Munster final at Killarney. “I’d hope that they go after Kerry, go for the jugular.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former All-Ireland winner hopeful of an improved Munster final performance

Cork’s Peter O’Driscoll, Tyrone’s Ruairi Gormley, Galway U20 manager Padraic Joyce, Ard Stiúrthóir of the GAA Tom Ryan, Cork U20 selector Colm O’Neill, EirGrid CEO Mark Foley, Kildare’s Darragh Ryan and Mayo’s Ruairi Gormley at the launch of  EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship.  Photograph:  Eóin Noonan

Former All Star criticises his county for having ‘no real fight for it’ in Connacht final

At the launch of the Irish Life Health Festival of Running is Jessie Barr. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Older sister of Thomas Barr has battled a series of injuries since the 2012 Olympics

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

Wexford manager buzzing for renewal of wild rivalry with Kilkenny in Leinster final

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

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