Lee Chin of Wexford in action against Kilkenny. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cats suffer first ever championship loss to Wexford on home ground

Wexford’s Oisín Foley on his way to scoring his side’s  goal during the Leinster SHC round-robin game at UPMC Nowlan Park in  Kilkenny. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Four-point victory involved 12 different scorers for the Model County

Umar Kremlev: the Russian businessman last Saturday secured a new four-year term as IBA president

Gazprom deal believed to be pumping around $31m into the International Boxing Association

 Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan in action against Meath last weekend. Photograph: Evan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin star dismisses talk of a switch to hurling as ‘nonsense’

Derry manager Rory Gallagher during his team’s win over Monaghan on Sunday. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

Rory Gallagher looks ahead to upcoming Ulster final against his former team Donegal

Barry O’Hagan of Down during the Tailteann Cup launch at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

GAA president has high hopes for new competition

 Rhasidat Adeleke has broken the Irish 400m record. Photograph:  Joosep Martinson/Getty Images for European Athletics

Rising teenage sprint star clocks 50.70 in Big 12 Championships for Texas University

Derry’s Benny Heron celebrates scoring a goal in his team’s Ulster semi-final win over Monaghan. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

Derry responded after Monaghan brought it back to three-points with 15 minutes to go

 Louise Shanahan. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cork athlete became only the second woman to break the two-minute barrier

Louise Shanahan of the Leevale AC club is studying quantum physics at Cambridge University. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

She beat previous record holder Ciara Mageean in the process in Belfast

 Alison dos Santos (left) of Brazil  on his way to winning the men’s 400m hurdles at  the Diamond League  meeting  in Doha, Qatar, on May 13th,  2022. Dos Santos won ahead of second-placed Rai Benjamin (right) of the USA. Photograph:  Noushad Thekkayil/EPA

No Irish athlete has performed more consistently on the Diamond League circuit in recent years than Thomas Barr

Irish hurdler runs 49.67 in classy 400m race won by Alison dos Santos

The noise of the peloton is the first thing you hear, even before you see them coming. Photograph:  Luca Bettini / AFP

Cycling engages sixth sense while riding but sound an issue due to new technology

Dublin’s Cormac Costello with Glen Malone of Wexford during their Leinster  senior football championship quarter-final at Chadwick’s Wexford Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cormac Costello says the focus now is on the game against Meath in under two weeks

 Sinead Aherne: Dublin  play Meath in round two in Parnell Park this Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

A double-header with the men’s Leinster final could ensure a larger attendance

Mickey Harte: ‘Bit by bit, we’re getting there and the boys are putting in the work. I think in a few years’ time they’ll be physically developed enough to bring that intensity.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Chastening defeat to Kildare shows Wee County the scale of the task that lies ahead

Kildare’s Mick O’Grady and Tony Archbold with Ciaran Byrne of Louth in the Leinster SFC quarter-final at Bord na Móna  O’Connor Park, Tullamore, Co Offaly on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Little consolation for Mickey Harte as his side struggled to keep up with pace of the game

Katie Taylor’s homecoming in Bray in 2019. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

In contrast to bright lights of Madison Square Garden, Bray Boxing Club is in darkness

Paul Curran has backed Dublin’s newly announced Dublin captain James McCarthy.  Photograph: Evan Treacy/Inpho

‘Watching what’s happening underage with Dublin, I think there could be a gradual slide’

 Louth manager  Mickey Harte celebrates with Ciarán Byrne after winning the Division 3 final against Limerick. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Doyle sees similarities with what Mick O’Dwyer did with Kildare and Laois

Tempers flare between Westmeath and Kilkenny during their Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 match at TEG Cusack Park in  Mullingar on April 16th. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

County working hard to make the step up from whipping boy to Leinster contenders

 Galway manager Henry Shefflin is among the managers to express concern over the rule limiting U20 players’ game time. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Senior intercounty managers concerned about rule introduced to help tackle burnout

Robert Heffernan with Ray Flynn at the 2010 European Athletics Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘He wore every hat in the sport with great pride. His passing leaves a major void’

Cork v Kerry will throw in at 6pm on May 7th at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Decision made at meeting of Competitions Control Committee of the Munster Council

Ryan McHugh of Donegal celebrates his team’s win over Armagh in the Ulster SFC quarter-final in Ballybofey on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Hoping to reach their 10th Ulster final in 12 years, Donegal are keeping their eye on the ball

Michael Murphy of Donegal remonstrates with Aidan Forker of Armagh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Captain Michael Murphy scores six points as hosts prove too strong for the Orchardmen

Ronnie O’Sullivan in action for the 30th year at the World Championships  at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. ‘Running just gives you a natural high. I can run for an hour, 7.45- to 8-minute milings. Running is my drug.’ Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Ian O’Riordan: Running became an addictive drug for one of snooker’s legendary figures

Tempers flared after the final whistle of the Donegal vs Armagh league game. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Return of O’Neill, Campbell and Nugent gives McGeeney boost ahead of Ulster opener

Henry Shefflin: ‘Unfortunately he [Whelan] has picked up a slight hamstring strain, so we are not quite sure. It will be a couple of days and we’ll assess it.’ Photograph: Ken Sutton Inpho

Loss of Kinvara star would be a blow for Tribesmen in advance of big Kilkenny clash

 Lee Chin watches as his last second free goes over the bar. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Late Lee Chin cameo sees Wexford come from behind to open with Leinster draw

Donovan already completed this ultra-epic marathon distance before, running west to east, San Francisco to New York, back in 2015

Ultra-marathon runner to set off on a 5,260-odd kilometre trek across country

Wexford’s Lee Chin celebrates scoring an injury-time free to secure a draw with Galway in the Leinster SHC match at  Chadwicks Wexford Park. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Captain comes off the bench to frustrate Henry Shefflin’s hopes of opening win

  Sam Bennett   winning Stage 3 of the Tour of the Algarve in May 2021 – his last victory. Photograph:  Luc Claessen/Getty Images

He has not won a race since Tavira last year but his next victory is surely pending

Colm Bonnar: ‘I wouldn’t be fearful. I think we have an exceptional bunch of players who can mix that power and pace.’ Photograph: Tom Maher/Inpho

The Premier County are in transition and have lost big players but their manager retains belief in the squad

Gearoid Hegarty was sent off last February against Galway. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Forward sent off 10 minutes into the second half as Limerick went on to lose by six points

Stephen Scullion: ‘That’s the best, most controlled I’ve felt in a marathon. A few things to work on and I’ll run sub 2.10 again  that’s for sure.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘Rotterdam was fabulous until about 37km and my poor feet went numb’ says Belfast runner

The Jerry Kiernan Foundation, established in 2021 to support elite athletes in their athletic development, has named 22 Irish athletes who will benefit from funding in excess of €30,000 in 2022. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Jerry Kiernan Foundation is keeping his spirit alive and helping Irish athletes

Louise Shanahan celebrates winning the 800m at the national indoor championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork runner combining Cambridge PhD with aspirations to return to Olympics

Cork’s Patrick Horgan is the county’s all-time highest scorer in hurling history. File photograph: Inpho

Nothing to suggest that this 15th consecutive senior season with Rebel County will be last

Rhasidat Adeleke improved her  own Irish 200 metres record to 22.59 seconds at the Texas A&M Dual Meet on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish sprinter lowered her own record to 22.59 at US college meet on Saturday

Waterford manager Liam Cahill. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Déise beat Cork to become champions for only the fourth time

Waterford’s Conor Prunty lifts the trophy after the victory over Cork in the Allianz Hurling League Division One Final at  FBD Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Stephen Bennett’s hits 2-11 to help Déise claim a fourth hurling league title

The pro cyclist was always that rare exception, out in all weathers even when feeling as if they’re standing at death’s door. Photograph:  Tim de Waele/Getty Images

There is no hardier athlete than the pro cyclist, which is what makes this more mysterious

The De La Salle Churchtown 1983 Leinster Schools Cup winning team, with Diarmuid Coogan (middle row, second from right).

Diarmuid Coogan on how the Churchtown school upset the odds twice in the 1980s

Hastings Insurance MacHale Park will host the Connacht quarter-final  between Mayo and Galway in Castlebar on April 24th. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Resurfacing works now ahead of schedule at the Castlebar venue

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson scores a goal against Waterford at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Donegal and Armagh awaiting confirmation of possible suspensions following melee

Like many sports, Athletics Ireland saw a significant drop off in membership during the pandemic. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Participation numbers fell off dramatically and left some clubs facing insolvency

Gaelic Players’ Association chief executive Tom Parsons. Photograph: Ben Whitley/Inpho

First major event to be hit by the stand-off between GPA and GAA over player expenses

 Roscommon’s Diarmuid Murtagh gets away from Galway’s Niall Daly and Liam Silke. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

The Rossies finish up as the only unbeaten team across all four divisions in the league

Abdel Laadjel broke the Irish under-20 record for 10,000 metres at the Raleigh Relays Invitational in North Carolina. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Providence College freshman becomes first Irish teenager to break 30-minute mark

Cathal McShane: ‘It’s not nice when things don’t go to plan, but last year’s league didn’t go particularly well and we were still able to achieve a high standard.’ Photograph: Tom Maher/Inpho

Defeat in Killarney could see All-Ireland champions relegated from top flight

Jack Barry in action for Kerry against Armagh’s Niall Grimley during the Division One clash at the Athletic Grounds. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Tralee pair form a formidable midfield partnership that augurs well for Kerry’s prospects

Kerry’s David Clifford  celebrates his goal during the Allianz Football League Division One  game at the Athletic Grounds. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Star forward’s 1-2 in the second half was vital in tough Athletic Grounds encounter

Sarah Lavin celebrates qualifying for the final after lowering her personal best. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Disappointment for men’s and women’s 4x400m relay after missing out on finals

Ireland’s Sarah Lavin reacts after running a PB of 7.97 in the semi-finals of the 60 metres hurdles at  the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Hurdler breaks eight-second mark in semi-final in new PB before finishing seventh in final

Patrick O’Callaghan in action during  the 1932 Olympics in the Los Angeles Coliseum. Photograph:  IOC Olympic Museum Collections

New throwing cage at Templemore to nurture talent in Olympic champion’s county

Ireland’s Phil Healy crosses the line in to finish sixth in her semi-final of the  400m semi-final during the  IAAF World Indoor Athletic Championships in  Belgrade, Serbia. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Sprinter was touch and go whether she would compete in World Indoors after bout of Covid

Phil Healy runs both in the 400m and the 4x400m relay. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Presence of both a men’s and women’s relay team will always pique the interest levels

Ireland’s Sarah Lavin competing in the heats of the women’s 100m hurdles in Tokyo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish hurdler looking to follow in O’Rourke’s footsteps at World Indoor Championships

Tyrone footballer Cathal McShane at the Croke Park launch of the retro jerseys marking the 30-year league sponsorship by Allianz. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

All-Ireland winners insist capping number of paid training sessions unfair on players

Kerry’s Joe O’Connor celebrates scoring a goal with Tommy Walsh and Paudie Clifford. File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Joe has developed into a natural leader on the pitch in the way he drives the team forward’

 Rhasidat Adeleke claimed back her 60m indoor Irish record with a run of 7.17 in  her qualifying heat at the NCAA Championships in Alabama over the weekend. Photograph: Joosep Martinson/Getty Images for European Athletics

Texas University student runs 7.17 to lower Molly Scott’s time from Irish Indoor final

Kerry’s Paudie Clifford is challenged by Matthew Ruane of Mayo during the Allianz Football League Division  One game at  Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

David Clifford’s late free sees side keep up unbeaten league run

Nicholas Griggs (centre) at the age 17 years, two months and 23 days becomes the youngest runner in history to run the mile in under four minutes indoors. File photograph: Inpho

Something and everything about this imperial distance still brings a smile to Irish sport

Nicholas Griggs (centre) has broken the European U20 indoor mile record. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Man from Mid Ulster AC clocks 3:56.40 less than three months after his 17th birthday

Anne Gilshinan on her way to setting a new indoor World Record for the mile for the W55 category in a time of 5.07.01 at the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown, on December 8th 2021. Photograph: Paul Reilly (Drogheda and District AC)

Wexford middle distance runner inspiring with world records on the masters circuit

Phil Healy is one of 19 Irish athletes heading to the World Indoor Championships. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Relay teams the greatest medal hopes for meet at Belgrade scheduled for mid March

Clare’s John Conlon breaks his hurl as he is tackled by Cian Lynch of Limerick during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A at Cusack Park in  Ennis. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Kiely confident that the sharpness will return for All-Ireland champions

Galway’s Connor Gleeson is unable to stop Ruairí McNamee of Offaly scoring a goal during the Allianz Football League Division 2 game at  Pearse Stadium in Salthill. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The bottom four teams have only five points between them after four rounds

Clare’s John Conlon breaks his hurl as he is tackled by Cian Lynch of Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland champions left needing late rescuing despite leading for much of the contest

Derval O’Rourke was the first Irish woman to win a world sprinting title. Photograph: Inpho

Derval O’Rourke won a rare non-Russian medal in discredited 2006 World Indoors

Phil Healy finished third in the  400m at the World Athletics Tour Indoor final in Madrid. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Time of 51.66 again just shy of Karin Shinkins’s 20-year-old Irish record of 51.58

Luke McCann (UCD AC) celebrates his victory in the men’s 1500m final at the  National Indoor Championships at the  National Indoor Arena, Dublin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

New national 1500m champion heading to next month’s World Indoor Championships

 Molly Scott of St Laurence O’Toole AC, Carlow, right, dips for the line to win the senior women’s 60m final in a national record time of 7.19, after the final had to be re-run at  the  National Senior Indoor Athletics Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Carlow woman reclaims 60m record with scintillating 7.19 run

Darragh McElhinney crosses the line after winning the men’s 3,000m final at the Irish National Indoor Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Robert McDonnell produces another fine sprint to run down Marcus Lawler

 Darragh McElhinney with his silver medal for individual and gold team medal in the Under-23 European Cross Country Championships at Blanchardstown in December. ‘It is so exciting, there’s a good wave of runners coming through now, running really good times.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Few sporting careers offer less security than distance running he's up for the challenge

 Conor Callinan of Leevale AC, competing in the men’s pole vault during the AAI national indoor games earlier this month. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Last June he became youngest Irish senior athletics champion in the pole vault

Garrett Coughlan pictured with Bundee Aki during his time working with Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dubliner has also worked with top athletes and Ireland international rugby sides

 Gaelic Players’ Association chief executive Tom Parsons, centre, alongside, Galway camogie player Niamh Kilkenny and Tyrone footballer Conor Meyler during a GPA media briefing ahead of GAA Congress at the Radisson Dublin Airport. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Recent poll of GPA’s intercounty players showed 97 cent agreement

Dessie Farrell is still looking for cohesion amongst his Dublin group. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

James Horan praises Mayo’s intent and attitude after winning battle on the ground

A dejected  Harry Ladd after Dublin’s defeat. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo maintain unbeaten start to the league while Dubs now have to stave off relegation

UCD’s Sarah Healy Bryan Keane impressed in Birmingham over the weekend. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The 21 year old runs second fastest 1500m ever run indoors by an Irish woman

Mayo’s Jack Carney celebrates scoring his team’s first goal past Dublin goalkeeper Evan Comerford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo remain unbeaten after their second consecutive win over the Dubs at Croke Park

Ireland’s Sarah Healy during the women’s 1500m final at the World Athletics Indoor Tour in Birmingham. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Georgie Hartigan improved the Irish indoor 1,000m record to 2:40.01

Ireland’s Nicholas Griggs reacts as he wins the Men’s 3000m Final during the European Athletics U20 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on July 17, 2021. Photograph: Joosep Martinson/Getty Images for European Athletics

Striving for their personal best can also exact a huge mental toll on these youngsters

Leon Reid after last summer’s 200m semi-final at the Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leon Reid represented Team Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics over 200 metres

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Putting things in perspective: ‘I can’t ride my bike for a while, but I could be dead’

Jakob Ingebrigtsen is now the first athlete ever to break 3:31 indoors. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Having turned 21 last September, it’s a first senior world record for Ingebrigtsen

Armagh are currently top of Division 1, the only team with a perfect record in the top tier. Photograph: Tom Maher/Inpho

‘It didn’t happen overnight. There were a lot of highs, a lot of lows, and we worked hard’

Johnny McGurk: ‘I have probably been as far down as anybody can be, and yet I’m still here to tell my story,” McGurk says early in the series finale of Laochra Gael (TG4, Thursday, 9.30pm).

Derry All-Ireland winner’s story serves as a salutary warning in the series finale of Laochra Gael

Dean Rock has rubbished talk of Dublin being in crisis mode. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rock rubbishes talk of a crisis, stating belief that confidence is all this Dublin panel needs

Dublin’s Niamh Collins has lent her support behind uniting the GAA and LFGA. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Niamh Collins and Aisling Maher lend their voices behind calls for the NGBs to unite

Four Tyrone players were sent off against Armagh. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Pádraig Hampsey, Kieran McGeary, Peter Harte and Michael McKernan all saw red

Both Kilkenny and Ballyhale Shamrocks lost in a difficult weekend for the county. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Kilkenny and Ballyhale on wrong side of defeats as celebrations continue in Kilcoo

Tipperary’s Denis Maher with Huw Lawlor and David Blanchfield of Kilkenny. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Kilkenny draw level after six-point half-time deficit but Tipperary manage to cling on

Luke McCann: clocked 2:17.40 in the Louisville Invitational, improving Marcus O’Sullivan’s old mark of 2:20.20, and also bettering the Irish outdoor record of 2:17.58 set  by David Matthews in 1996. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

UCD student building nicely towards next month’s World Indoor Championships

3,000 clubs will benefit from the Government’s capital grants programme. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

The Government programme will see €150 million allocated to 3,000 sporting bodies

TJ Reid of Ballyhale Shamrocks lines up to take a free against St Thomas’s at Semple Stadium last month. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/©Inpho

James O’Connor’s side have snatched victory from jaws of defeat twice to reach Croke Park

GPA chief executive Tom Parsons has called for the integration of the Camogie Association and LGFA with the GAA. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

GPA has submitted a motion for consideration at GAA Congress on February 26th

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