Limerick’s Colin Ryan before scoring the winning free. Photograph: Inpho

Munster rivals cannot be separated during Division One hurling league quarter-final

Story of a man saved from life of an alcoholic by a fellow prisoner introducing him to chess

Tomás Ó Sé: determined to add the elusive All-Ireland club medal with Nemo to his large collection of All-Ireland and All Star awards during his years with Kerry. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tomás Ó Sé and Paddy Gumley have played central roles in Rangers’ road to club final

Kevin Downes in action for Na Piarsaigh in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Slaughteneil.  “I’d watch club finals on St Patrick’s Day and never once even thought about being there.”  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Victory over champions Cuala would seal a second All-Ireland win in three years

Kilkenny’s Darren Brennan has emerged as a top goalkeeper while sitting in for the injured Eoin Murphy. Photograph: Inpho

Manager Brian Cody is not surprised at side’s progress despite two early defeats

Cuala’s Cian O’Callaghan in action during their Dublin SHC semi-final victory over St Vincent’s at Parnell Park, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

Con O’Callaghan will be aiming for his ninth title in 12 months in club final

 Thomas Barr at the launch of the Affidea Rock ’n’ Roll Dublin half Marathon series which will take place on  August 11th-12th.

400m hurdler would like to see published the names of Irish athletes who have used Therapeutic Use Exemptions

Garech Browne:  always showed a loyalty to Irish arts and music, partly reflected in his co-founding of Claddagh Records. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Guinness heir hosted Seán Ó Riada, Seamus Heaney and Michael Jackson at Wicklow estate

Kevin Foley of Wexford attempts to block Kilkenny’s Richie Leahy during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Brian Cody: ‘The fact that we won today doesn’t give us any advantage for what’s to come’

Kerry’s Brendan O’Sullivan. Had he  gone for the Superdrive he might have been watching from the sidelines for four years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FSAI had recalled all Falcon Labs supplements as they contain traces of stimulants and steroids

Olympic boxer Michael O’Reilly was one of five Irish athletes who tested positive for a banned substance in 2016. Photograph: Francis Myers/Inpho

Of 989 tests last year, just one was positive, but that doesn’t mean Ireland is squeaky-clean

Kerry’s Brendan O’Sullivan was handed a suspension of just 21 weeks after a positive test for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine that he claimed was contained in fat-burning   supplement.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FSAI have recalled Falcon Labs food supplements after discovering they contain traces of stimulants and steroids

Kevin Downes: “There’s nothing I’d love more than for Limerick to win on Sunday.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Return to the top flight must be earned the hard way at champions Galway's expense

Model County aiming to maintain their recent winning sequence against rivals Kilkenny

Dublin and Kerry in action in last April’s Allianz Football League Division 1 Final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stormy April ahead as league fixtures postponed due to bad weather threaten to pile up

Wexford’s Rory O’Connor: likely to get a start against Kilkenny on Sunday after impressive performance as a substitute against Clare. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

Extra week due to weather postponements allows some injured players to recover

Roger Bannister crossing the tape at the end of his record-breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

The first man to run the mile in under four minutes - on May 6th, 1954 - dies aged 88

Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba  celebrates winning n the Women’s 1500 metres final ahead of Scotland’s Laura Muir during the IAAF Athletics World Indoor Championships at Birmingham. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Poland set a new world record in the men’s 4x400m relay at World Indoor Championships

Marcus O’Sullivan  celebrates after crossing the line to win the 1500 metres at  the 1993 World Indoor Championships at the Skydome in Toronto, Canada. Photograph: Gray Mortimore/Allsport

In 1987 O’Sullivan, O’Mara, Coghlan and Donovan stormed the first World Indoors

Phil Healy missed out on the 400m final in Birmingham. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork athlete finishes third with the top two progressing to the final in Birmingham

Ciara Mageean on her way to a 7th place finish in her 1,500m heat in Birmingham. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Competition in heat proves too stiff for Mageean who admits event wasn’t her focus

Ireland’s Phil Healy on her way to finishing 3rd in her 400m heat the World Indoor Athletic Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish runner tired towards the end but managed to go through as a fastest loser

 Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fourth in her heat at the 2017 European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Portaferry athlete has her eye on Commonwealth Games and World Championships

Kilkenny’s Billy Ryan and Seán O’Brien of Tipperary in action at Nowlan Park last weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Contingency plan is in place for the weekend,’ says Association’s Feargal McGill

Ned Quinn: former Kilkenny County Board chairman will chair CCCC. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Kilkenny chairman to succeed George Cartwright in the role

 Ben Reynolds has been invited to this  weekend’s World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

North Down AC athlete called up to Irish team after personal best of 7.73 in 60m hurdles

Rory O’Connor: made a big impression when introduced against Clare at Wexford Park. Photograph: Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Talented St Martin’s star’s return from injury another boost for Davy Fitzgerald

Wexford’s Paudie Foley and Michael O’Malley of Clare battle for the ball during their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash at Nowlan Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Davy Fitzgerald got one over on old team with an impressive performance from Wexford

 Fitzgibbon Cup finalists, Conor Cleary of University of Limerick and Paudie Foley of Dublin City University. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Fixtures, team news and predictions from the Allianz Leagues and Fitzgibbon Cup final

 Franco Falcinelli, former vice president of the AIBA with acting AIBA president Gafur Rakhimov who was  “installed” during a lunch break at the AIBA Congress in Dubai last month.  Photograph:  Valery Sharifulin/TASS/Getty

US Treasury linked interim president to the Eurasian criminal entity, the Thieves-in-Law

  Bernard Brogan has had an operation following his ACL injury. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Injury could bring the curtain down on Dublin forward's stellar inter-county career

 Cora Staunton  with Sonia O’Sullivan  after the AFLW match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Melbourne’s Olympic Park. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Seeing her playing Australian Rules was an eye-opener despite a broken nose

Ireland’s Thomas Barr goes past Portugal’s Victor-Ricardo Dos Santos to win the 400m at the AIT International Arena Grand Prix at  Athlone IT. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford athlete times finish to perfection to beat Victor-Ricardo Dos Santos

Incoming GAA president John Horan: the first Dublin native to be successfully elected to the role in 96 years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Incoming president has highlighted the need to attract and retain good quality volunteers

An image taken with a slow shutter speed shows teams in action during the Curling Mixed Doubles round-robin match in Gangneung during the Winter Olympics. Photograph: Javier Etxezarreta/EPA

Association enjoying ‘furious peak’ in enquiries during Winter Olympics in South Korea

 Stephen Cluxton:  has conceded just 67 goals in those last 99 league games he has played. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin goalkeeper due to complete a century of league appearances against Mayo

Tomás Ó Sé, despite being a  few months shy of turning 40, is still central to Nemo Rangers’ hopes of getting past Ulster champions Slaughtneil in Saturday’s AIB All-Ireland club semi-final. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Kingdom great will be central to Nemo Rangers’ hopes against Slaughtneil

Phil Healy will be one of the four-strong Ireland team at the World Indoor Championships. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Amy Foster, Ciara Neville, Phil Healy and Ciara Mageean will head for Birmingham

Tipperary’s Patrick Maher feels the weight of Liam Ryan’s tackle at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Clinical Forde hits 2-9 as Premier men end battling Wexford’s unbeaten run

Amy Foster, second from left, of City of Lisburn AC on her way to winning the Senior Women 60m in Abbotstown. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Foster sets new Irish record at National Indoor Championships

Tipperary’s Patrick Maher is tackled by Wexford’s Liam Ryan during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Jason Forde leads the way with haul of 2-9 at Semple Stadium

Colm Cronin: “I still love the sport, love the event, and it would be a great thrill for me to see someone move it on. The knowledge should be there to put in that level of performance.”

Cork man’s triple jump record of 16.27m set in 1978 still standing 40 years later

 Phil Healy: her 52.08 for 400m last month is  world class. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Unlikely to be any late shake-up to Irish qualifiers for World Indoor Championships

Jim Gavin: Dublin football manager refused  to make himself available for interview with RTÉ after the  victory over Donegal in Croke Park.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Fresh stand-off develops between broadcaster and Jim Gavin's All-Ireland champions

 Moorefield’s James Murray:  “The start of the year this year, we sat down and said we wanted to win an All-Ireland and win a Leinster.”  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Defender James Murray is surprised his club has no players on Kildare football panel

Corofin’s Michael Lundy: the Galway club will face Kildare’s Moorefield in the All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship semi-final  at O’Connor Park on Saturday. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

An appendix operation didn’t stop him playing in the Connacht football final in December

Surgery would rule out Bernard Brogan for the reason of the season: given he turns 34 in April, it would also likely bring the curtain down on his stellar intercounty career. Photograph: Inpho

The experienced Dublin forward suffered cruciate ligament injury in training last week

Kerry fans Marion O’Sullivan and Trish Lacey on the Inniskeen pitch after the Allianz Football League Division One match between Monaghan and Kerry was called off last Sunday. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

O’Byrne Cup Final between Meath and Westmeath will now be played on March 11th

Dublin’s Brian Howard tracks Donegal’s Ciarán Thompson during Saturday night’s Allianz Football League Division One clash at  Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Scully and Basquel impress in attack as Gavin’s men withstand Donegal comeback

Dublin’s Colm Basquel is challenged by Hugh McFadden of Donegal during the Allianz Football League Division One game at  Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side change gear late on after Donegal twice come within a point

Joao Carvalho (left) during his fight with Charlie Ward at the National Stadium in Dublin in April 2016. Photograph: Dave Fogarty

Death of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho stokes debate about safety in the octagon

Gary Thornton finishes the Cape Town marathon.

Galway teacher says nothing prepares you for the travelling, flights and lack of sleep

Action from the 2018 AFLW Round 1 match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at Ikon Park  in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph:  Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty

It makes you wonder what it would take to attract more fans to athletics events?

The GAA has now published the successful motions, 42 in total, with Congress set for Croke Park on the last weekend of February. Photograph by James Crombie

Motion also tabled calling on betting firms to be prohibited from GAA sponsorship

Motions opposing Sky deal fail to make clár for GAA Congress

A Sky Sports cameraman at last year’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final between Dublin and Monaghan at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Three counties have approved motions but they may not make the clár

Hamish Adams has been announced as Athletics Ireland’s new CEO. Photograph: Inpho

He will join Athletics Ireland in May having spent five years as CEO of Rowing Ireland

Ciara Mageean: only making a select number of appearances on the indoor circuit, as she prepares for the Commonwealth Games in August. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Colleen Quigley pips team-mate Kate Grace to first place at star-laden Millrose Games

Wexford’s Cathal Dunbar claims the sliotar from Cork’s Seán O’Donoghue during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Innovate Wexford Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Manager the calmest person in Wexford Park during thrilling endgame with Cork

British rider Chris Froome wasn’t so quick to deny a report  which claimed Team Sky were considering a legal defence to explain his positive test for salbutamol was the result of some sort of kidney failure. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Most excuses from cyclists who recently tested positive have turned out to be untrue

The  National Governing Body and High Performance Funding of Sport Ireland. ‘It’s a complex area when it comes to going into a school and to underage athletes.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Lack of national governing body precludes setting up a programme in the short term

Sport Ireland have announced government funding will dip slightly for 2018. Ryan Byrne/Inpho

€10.8 million will be distributed between Ireland’s 57 National Governing Bodies

Mary O’Connor,  Federation of Irish Sport CEO,  with Donegal’s Michael Murphy and and Dublin’s Bernard Brogan at the launch of the  2018 Sport Industry Awards at Dublin City Hall. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Irish Federation of Sport’s new chief executive well-placed to oversee real change

David Clarke: “You try to recover well, but any day you get to play Kerry is a big one, especially in Castlebar under lights, so looking forward to it. .” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Experienced goalkeeper relishing the prospect of old rivals Kerry’s visit to Castlebar

Brian Fenton is challenged by Kildare’s Cathal McNally during Dublin’s Division One win. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Davy Fitz-factor showing no sign of slowing down with Wexford league contenders

Andy Moran tackles Conor Boyle during Mayo’s win over Monaghan. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

Paddy Durcan’s injury-time point the difference for Stephen Rochford’s side in Clones

The Carlow team huddle after their All-Ireland SFC qualifier loss to Monaghaan – a result which made Carlow a top 16 team. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

At the basement of the football league there are no easy games, as Carlow know

The old athletics track under demolition at UCD Belfield.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The return of a running track to UCD is important but its location even more so

Brian Cody watches from the stand having been sent off by the referee during last week’s  Walsh Cup final against Wexford at Nowlan Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meyler hoping to begin new Cork reign by claiming Kilkenny’s scalp

 Frank O’Mara, Marcus O’Sullivan, Ray Flynn and Eamonn Coghlan doing a  lap of honour after setting the world record for the 4x1 mile relay on the Belfield track in August 1985.  Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Philanthropist steps forward to fill gaping hole left by closure of world-record track in 2011

Prof Andrew Deeks: UCD has ‘always aspired to have a world-class athletics track’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Donation will cover cost of building the track and maintaining it over next 20 years

A view of the athletics track at Belfield before it was taken up. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The track will cost a total of €3 million but it’s unclear how much is being donated

Kerry’s David Moran  he intends on taking an extended break through the early rounds of the league. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Side hosting Donegal without many of players that beat Dublin in final showdown last April

Galway’s Damien Comer   at the launch of the 2018 Allianz Football League  in Dublin. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

‘This is my fifth season and my first chance to play Division One,’ says forward Damien Comer

Meath manager Andy McEntee: “I have yet to meet a county manager who is going to agree to forfeit his players for the month of April.” Photograph: Laslo Geczo/Inpho

Some counties now facing the prospect of games for next six weekends in a row

Leinster’s  Jordan Larmour  scores a spectacular try against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Could more be done by Athletics Ireland to tap into rugby’s apparent pool of talent?

Meath are concerned whether Portlaoise will be able to handle two matches on the same day, in quick succession. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Meath and Westmeath have concerns over O’Moore Park for Sunday’s decider

Dara Ó Cinnéide of An Ghaeltacht in action against Caltra in the 2004 All-Ireland senior club final. Ó Cinnéide is now a selector for the Kerry side . Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

After a decade long slide the Ó Sé brothers’ club are back with a new generation

Damien Comer: “Obviously we’re all here for the one thing, we all want the prize at the end of August, as it is now.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Teams already scheduled to meet in FBD League final on February 18th

Cian O’Neill: “We have to put in a massive performance, bigger than any performance that we have put in during my three years.”   Photograph: Donall Farmer /Inpho

Kildare manager looking forward to challenge of league opener against Dublin

Mikey Sheehy at Croke Park for the launch of the 2018 Allianz Football League. “Dublin are the best that are there at present and there’s nobody to touch them at the moment.”   Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Legend says level of support for Kingdom in semi-final replay against Mayo was ‘shocking’

David Moran and Kerry women’s captain Aislinn Desmond at the launch of the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé club tournament.

Experienced midfielder knows all about the ups and downs of life as a senior footballer

Waterford’s Jamie Barron: “Obviously it would be nice to be a professional GAA player. But at the end of the day it’s not the GAA ethos.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

GAA News: Teaching makes sense for hurler of the year candidate and two-time All Star

Wexford’s Kevin Foley breaks his hurley in a challenge by  Cian McBride and Donal Burke of Dublin during the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup semi-final at Parnell Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Pat Gilroy’s experimental team impressed despite eventual defeat at Parnell Park

 Gerbrandt Grobler: the Munster recruit served a two-year ban after testing positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What message does Gerbrandt Grobler's signing for Munster get across to academy players?

Michael Bennett: “We do have certain spikes when more members use our services, such as the start of the new year, especially with the transfer window”

PFA head of welfare Michael Bennett says gambling has become a major concern

Dermot Earley: “It’s important for anyone in that situation to know there is help, have no fear, and most of all talk about it.”

Last year 77 players made contact with the organisation’s personal counselling service

 John McGrath raises one of the local kids over his head in the Mbekweni township, close to Paarl city, the former home to World Champion long jumper Luvo Manyonga. Photograph: Barbara McCarthy

The Waterford man whose only limits are those of his imagination

Ireland’s Cormac Comerford competes in the first run of the men’s slalom race at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz. Photograph:  Dimitar Kilkoff/AFP/Getty

Slalom skier Cormac Comerford remains determined to push himself as far as he can

A disappointed  Andy Moran with  daughter Charlotte at the end of 2017 All-Ireland final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Some big names in Mayo panel for game against Galway in Connacht FBD league

Dublin’s Adam Rogers and Killian O’Gara with Aaron Elliot of the Dubs Stars. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Jim Gavin opts for team holiday again, leaving rookies to compete for O’Byrne Cup

Mo Farah reacts after losing the 5,000m final at the World Athletics Championship. Photo: Getty Images

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt bid farewell, but not in the manner most had expected them to

 Gina Akpe-Moses celebrates  after winning the European U20 100m Women title in 11.71 seconds at the European Athletics U20 Championships in Grosseto, Italy. Photograph: Sportsfile

Barring Rob Heffernan’s effort, World Championships proved devoid of cheer

The ease of access and entry of walking is part of the lure, and it’s an open season sport too

Survey finds 37% of those actually active in sport put walking as a clear number one

Alan Brogan: “I had 13, 14 really good years with Dublin, and I knew my race was run. I was 34, with a very good team coming behind me, so I knew it was time to step away.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former Dublin star ready to join thousands in annual mile race in aid of the charity

With 21 per cent, Katie Taylor topped the poll and  regained the title of Ireland’s most admired sports star. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

McGregor v Mayweather fight named most memorable Irish sporting moment of year

Stephen Maguire (left) and Christian Malcolm (centre) receive the coach of the the year during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Irishman Stephen Maguire is head of British sprinting and well versed on the ins and outs

Chris Froome of Sky team addresses the media at the end of the 20th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. He has tested  positive for an excessive level of a legal asthma drug during the race. EPA/Javier Lizon

Though his drug use killed him, Tom Simpson remains a revered figure in cycling world

 Sonia O’Sullivan presenting Mary Davis of Special Olympics the Outstanding Achievement award at The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tireless work on behalf of the Special Olympic movement merits due recognition

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Jessica Harrington with the  award winners from the last 12 months. Back Row. Eve McCrystal, Katie-George Dunlevy, Ita Keirnan (on behalf of Leanne Kiernan), Aoife Ní Chasaide, Chloe Magee, Gráinne Dwyer, Paula Fitzpatrick, Rena Buckley, Sinead Aherne, Sue Ronan (on behalf of Katie McCabe). Front Row: Vonnie Noonan (on behalf of Leona Maguire) Gina Akpe-Moses, Jessica Harrington (overall winner), Mary Davis (Outstanding Achievement), Sonia O’Sullivan, Annalise Murphy. Photograph:  Tom Honan.

Each monthly winner ‘raises the bar’ for all that follow – Sports Editor Malachy Logan

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