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?

Kevin McStay has stood down as manager of Roscommon. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

He guided county to 2017 Connacht title and back-to-back All-Ireland quarter-finals

Irish 200m runner Rhasidat Adeleke and 1,500m runner Sarah Healy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After winning gold medals this summer, both have to deal with their new-found celebrity

Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Philip McMahon after the game. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sunday was two months to the day since his father Phil Snr died after battle with cancer

Diarmuid Connolly could still join up with Dublin next year when he returns from his stint in Boston. Photo: Emily Harney/Inpho

St Vincent’s man returns from Boston in two weeks and could join back up with Dublin

Job done: Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey and Paul Mannion take in the celebrations after the All-Ireland final victory. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Flying defender says bond between the collective has become even stronger this year

Bruised but unbowed: Dublin’s Brian Fenton at the final whistle. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Raheny man and four-time All Ireland winner still unbeaten in championship football

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his players stand dejected after they lost the 2018 All-Ireland SFC final to Dublin. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan takes a look at Mickey Harte’s men who were bowled over by the Dubs

Kerry minors celebrate their dramatic victory over Monaghan in the semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kingdom lads will need all their resilience to overcome impressive Galway

Wicklow’s Sarah Miley: she  has been teaching PE at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann for the last two years. Photograph: Inpho

Wicklow women’s footballer says most important thing about new syllabus is inclusivity

 Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey and Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone will be renewing acquaintances this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

This time around Seán consigned to supporter’s role as Colm lines up against Dublin

Joe Kernan: the former Armagh player and manager was announced as a 2018 inductee into the GAA Museum Hall of Fame at  Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Former Armagh manager believes Tyrone have the wherewithal to really test Dublin

Kerry celebrate after their semi-final win over Monaghan in Croke Park on August 12th. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

After close call against Monaghan, stage is set for a record fifth All-Ireland in succession

Monaghan’s Conor McManus with Pádraig Hampsey of Tyrone in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park earlier this month. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Conor McManus has mixed thoughts on Tyrone’s chances in Sunday’s All-Ireland final

 Niamh McCarthy of Ireland competing in the F41 Discu in Berlin . Photograph: Luc Percival/Sportsfile

McCarthy secures Ireland’s sixth gold medal in Berlin

Jason Smyth   on his way to winning the T13 100m final  during the 2018 World Para Athletics European Championships at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Luc Percival/Sportsfile

His longevity and medal haul makes him the greatest Paralympics sprinter of his generation

Ireland’s Orla Comerford after winning bronze ahead of fourth-place finisher Janne Sophie Engeleiter of Germany in the Women’s T13 100m at the  World Para Athletics European Championships at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark in Berlin. Photograph: Luc Percival/Sportsfile

20-year-old takes final medal spot by just .01 of a second in Berlin

Ireland’s Jason Smyth on his way to winning gold in the T13 100m at the World Para Athletics European Championships at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark in Berlin. Photograph: Luc Percival/Sportsfile

Derry sprinter pockets 19th gold but believes lack of recognition a continuing issue

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey and Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tyrone know greater intensity and bite required to vanquish reigning champions

Clare’s Peter Duggan  with his PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month award. “The enjoyment is coming back into it.” Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Making intercounty final with Clooney plus Hurler of the Month award boosted confidence

Ireland’s  Noelle Lenihan  after winning gold in the F38 discus   in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Luc Percival/Sportsfile

Cork athlete’s feat on day three comes after Irish hat-trick of medals in Berlin

Limerick’s Richie McCarthy and William O’Donoghue celebrate at the final whistle after victory over Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Defender employs visualisation technique to prepare for what materialised at Croke Park

Jason Smyth: won the T13 200 metres final in a new championship record of 21.44 seconds in Berlin. Photograph: Kieran Galvin/Inpho

Derry athlete leaves most of the field trailing in his wake in T 13 200m final

Ireland’s Jason Smyth will be back on the track on Thursday, looking for more gold medals. Photograph: Kieran Galvin/Inpho

Smyth won the T13 200 metres final in a new championship record of 21.44 seconds

John Kiely lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup. “That’s the challenge for us there now – to come back and back this up with consistency, not just within the year but beyond the year.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Limerick manager thrilled new champions now in a position to inspire future generations

Shane Dowling celebrates Limerick’s win: “I’m probably being biased here , but it’s probably the greatest All-Ireland ever won. It has to be.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Something special gelled over the hot summer between management and a fearless panel

Limerick’s Cian Lynch celebrates with fans. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘I’d be lying if we weren’t scarred,’ says Limerick’s Tom Morrissey of madcap finish

Joe Canning scored 1-10 for Galway as they were beaten by Limerick. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan rules the rule over Micheál Donoghue’s side after their final defeat

Competitors enter Scotsman’s Bay in Dun Laoghaire during Ironman 70.3 in 2016. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan: Sport of triathlon quietly going about its own business – a $650m one

Galway’s Donal O’Shea: the full forward,  son of former Tipperary manager Eamon, hit 12 points, all from placed balls, in the semi-final win over Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Incredibly this will be Leinster finalists Kilkenny’s tenth outing of this campaign

Armand Duplantis of Sweden reacts after winning gold in the Men’s Pole Vault final last Sunday at the European Athletics Championships in the Berlin Olympiastadion. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Ireland’s successes in Berlin and Glasgow last week should spur us on to greater efforts

Natasha Yaremczuk finished as the 10th best woman overall at the Dublin marathon. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Natasha Yaremczuk from Canada claims the test was the result of a food supplement

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

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