Ian O’Riordan at Engaru Forest in northern Hokkaido, Japan with mayor of Engaru Shuichi Sasaki

When Japan hosted its first Olympics 55 years ago, a seed was planted

Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya  in the  1,500m  final during day ten of the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photograph:  Christian Petersen/Getty Images

There was a decent return for the small Irish team of just eight athletes

 Sifan Hassan of Netherlands celebrates wining gold in the Women’s 1,500 metres. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Irish athlete records personal best but unable to live with blistering 1,500m final pace

Coach Alberto Salazar  with two of the Nike Oregon Project’s  ‘stable’ runners,  US athlete Galen Rupp and Britain’s Mo Farah.    Salazar has been slapped with a four-year ban for doping. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty

After Salazar’s ban, eyebrows will be raised at Kipchoge bid for staged sub-two hour marathon

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean finishes in fifth position in her semi-final of the Women’s 1500m at the World Athletics Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Portaferry runner will take on the world’s best in 1,500m final on Saturday night

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fifth to qualify for the semi-final in the 1,500M at Doha. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/inpho

Asher-Smith wins 200m to deliver first gold for Britain in World Championships

 Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fifth to qualify for the semi-final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mageean bumps and runs her way through World Championships heat

Fast-food restaurant chain have put €1.6m into Galway GAA since 2015

Donavan Brazier of the USA celebrates after winning the men’s 800m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: EPA

Nike Oregon Project head coach banned for four years for multiple doping violations

Kieran Kingston previously stepped down after two seasons in 2017 due to work commitments. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donal Óg Cusack takes reins with minors in new era across hurling age groups on Leeside

A general view of empty seating in the stadium during the Women’s 200 Metres Heats on day four of the IAAF World Championships at The Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

No medal for Norway’s Ingebrigtsen brothers as Africans confirm their superiority

Liam Cahill: he won a senior All-Ireland hurling medal with Tipperary  in 2001.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Liam Cahill’s decision to step aside from his role in Tipperary cleared the way for his appointment

Liam Cahill has been confirmed as Waterford’s new hurling manager. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Tipperary native has enjoyed considerable success with underage teams

Brendan Boyce celebrates his sixth-place finish in the Men’s 50K Race Walk at the World Athletics Championship in   Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Donegal man’s sixth-place finish in 50k walk likely to be best Irish display at World Championships

Ireland’s Brendan Boyce moonwalks across the finish line as he came home sixth in the 50km walk at the  IAAF World Athletics Championship at  Corniche in Doha. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Donegal athlete puts in the performance of his career in gruelling 50km event

Christian Coleman of the United States wins  gold ahead of compatriot Justin Gatlin  and Andre De Grasse of Canada in the men’s 100 metres final at the  World Athletics Championships  at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

American runs time of 9.76 seconds to beat defending world champion Justin Gatlin

Ireland’s Thomas Barr after finishing fourth in the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mark English’s front-running tactics come unstuck in 800m heats in Qatar

Ireland’s Thomas Barr after finishing second to qualify for the 400m hurldes final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish runner finished second in his heat behind defending champion Karsten Warholm

 Henrik Ingebrigsten, Jakob Ingebrigsten and Filip Ingebrigsten of Norway celebrate Jakob’s victory in the  Men’s 1500m final at the  European Athletics Championships in Berlin. Photograph :  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Norwegian brothers bidding to end African dominance of 5,000 and 1500m events

Stephen Cluxton makes a crucial save to deny Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien a goal during the All-Ireland football final replay at Croke Park.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

As expected, Dublin (13) and Kerry (9) dominate the nominations for All Star awards

Wexford GAA have announced that Davy Fitzgerald is to stay on as manager. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

After leading them to a Leinster title there had been speculation of Clare man’s future

A general view of the Khalifa International Stadium aheaf of the World Atheltics Championships in Doha. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The stage is set in Doha for the first instalment of event since Usain Bolt retired

The Mayo county is repaying a sizeable debt incurred by redevelopment work in MacHale Park. Photograph: Inpho

Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation are withholding funds it had raised

Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy cup after victory over Kilkenny in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Beaten finalists Kilkenny are next best represented with nine players nominated for an award

Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny: “You have to put in the hard yards, and that’s what we’ve done over the last number of years. Lads put their life on hold for this team and each other.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘We had a meeting after the game and they said ‘Ciarán, we need you to get scoring’’

Dublin manager Jim Gavin celebrates after the All-Ireland final with Ciaran Kilkenny. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘You guys did the five-peat?!’ To see how far it stretched around the world is special

Pierce O’Callaghan: “It will be a little bit different to London all right. That’s not to say there won’t be some great athletics.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

IAAF’s O’Callaghan confident event can deliver despite poor ticket sales and conditions

Liam Cahill: former Tipperary minor and under-20 manager could be set to take over as Waterford senior boss. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Bookies suspend betting on Fitzgerald taking over as new Galway manager

Davy Fitzgerald has yet to commit to the Wexford hurling job for 2020 as speculation continues linking him to the Galway job. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Fitzgerald has yet to commit to Wexford for 2020; Anthony Daly also a potential candidate

 Mark English said he was ‘thrilled’ and ‘relieved’ after receiving an eleventh hour invite to the World Athletics Championships. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Athlete was initially left out of 800m despite appearing well within qualifying positions

Dublin’s Brian Fenton celebrating with manager Jim Gavin after the All–Ireland final replay in Croke Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Dublin midfielder: ‘My overriding memory is how lucky we were to get another crack at it’

Jerry Kiernan: “I won’t be worried about the hierarchy in Doha, who believe they can buy everything that moves.”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

'And a lot of saintly people in athletics and football allowed themselves to be bribed'

 Jack McCaffrey celebrates after the game. Photograph: ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Defender talks love, life, friendship and Dublin’s five-in-a-row after historic day

Brian Fenton, Ciarán Kilkenny and Cian O Sullivan celebrate Dublin’s victory over Kerry in the All-Ireland final replay at Croke park. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Ian O’Riordan hands out the marks to the men that completed the five-in-a-row

The Kerry players watch Dublin collect the Sam Maguire at Croke Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Manager Peter Keane proud of a side that died with their boots on

The Top of Coom bar in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry. It is Ireland’s highest pub at 1,045ft above sea level.

Bar closures indicative of rural decline but keys to Kingdom’s success lie in these roads

Dublin manager shakes Jonny Cooper’s hand after he was shown a red card in the All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manager praises side’s resilience but admits their standards were not good enough

Kerry’s Paul Geaney has a penalty saved by Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton in All-Ireland football final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cluxton’s penalty save and McCaffrey’s goal among standout highlights of All-Ireland final

Dublin fans on Hill 16 during the All-Ireland final against Kerry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Jack McCaffrey and Brian Howard outstanding but plenty have room for improvement

Brian Fenton: “And my dad, being a Kerry man, keeps reminding me of the heartbreak of 1982, and the Offaly last minute goal.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

For those with strong connections to both counties, Sunday is a particularly unique day

Gavin White: “If it helps Kerry to win an All Ireland you’re going to do that – if it’s starting on the first 15 or coming off the bench, you’re going to do as much as you can.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Versatile Dr Crokes man ready to serve in whatever way suits the Kingdom on Sunday

Paul Griffin in action against Declan O’Sullivan during the 2009 All-Ireland quarter-final. “Individually we were quite strong but they [Kerry and Tyrone] were better teams.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘When we started to haemorrhage scores, we couldn’t arrest it’

Norway’s Karsten Warholm poses next to the screen reading the new European record after winning in the Men’s 400m Hurdles during the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Zurich. Photograph:  Stefan Wermuth/AFP/Getty Images

Karsten Warholm runs second fastest time of all time at Diamond League

Dublin’s James McCarthy has six All-Ireland final winning medals, three more than his father, John, who won them in in 1974, 1976 and 1977. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Four Dublin players in line to feature in final have surpassed their previous generation

Paul Murphy: “It is a huge challenge, you’d be relishing it. You are just dying for 3.30pm on September 1st to come.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kingdom stalwart relishing the ultimate challenge of facing all-conquering Dublin

Former Kilkenny hurler Michael Fennelly is set to take over the Offaly senior hurlers. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Kilkenny star won eight All-Ireland titles and was named hurler of the year

Peter Keane: experienced great success as Kerry minor manager and now hoping to replicate it with the county’s senior squad. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former All-Ireland winner Tomás Ó Sé reckons the Kingdom have a free shot against Dublin

Peter Keane: “We are on a fast track here and we are hoping we won’t fall off the track.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Weight of history – and Kerry – bearing down on Dublin’s five-in-a-row bid

Sprinter Phil Healy and coach Shane McCormack. “With Phil Healy I’m looking at the hundredths of a second. With the hurler it’s not as specific as that. I was essentially tasked to make them faster.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Shane McCormack: ‘If you can find 10 one per cents that’s 10 per cent come All-Ireland final day’

Irish international athlete Sarah Healy was on hand to launch the SPAR Cross Country Xperience which will take place at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Irish runner has opted to remain and study in UCD after 601 points in the Leaving Cert

 Sinéad Kane and running partner John O’Regan: For the past two years, Sinéad has been training and racing with the aim of qualifying for the World Championship 24-hour race, to be held in Albi, France in October. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Athletics Ireland should select her and request the IAU to allow her run for Ireland

Tipperary manager Liam Cahill is hoping his side can make it an All-Ireland double on Sunday. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Liam Cahill’s side have been scoring goals for fun but now they face a tough Cork side

Mark English looks dejected after finishing fourth in the 800m behind American Isaiah Harris at the Morton Games at Morton Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irishman in fourth place as American Harris takes the honours in 800m

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue shows the Liam McCarthy to his father Miko Donoghue  in Ballinasloe following the All-Ireland win in 2017. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

All-Ireland success in 2017 the highlight of Donoghue’s four-year spell in charge

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

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