Cork City manager John Caulfield celebrates with the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title at  Turner’s Cross. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After finally relieving Dundalk of the title, City now face the task of defending the crown

Cork’s Eimear Scally  continues to mix speed with delightful accuracy – her dinky finish against Monaghan has become the must-see women’s football video of the week. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Chance to share the big bill with Dubs and Donegal a major boost for women’s football

Ireland players celebrate after the Podhale Amp Futbol Cup. Photograph:

Don’t say ‘aw’ say ‘wow’ to efforts of these superhumans who let nothing stop them

Inmaculate Cabecerán, here being chaired by team-mates, laid the foundations for Barcelona women’s football. Photograph: Barcawomen/Twitter

Joanne O’Riordan: The forgotten story of the pioneering Inmaculada Cabecerán Soler

Cahir Ladies celebrate winning the Camogie Club Championship Final in Croke  Park in 2016. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Joanne O’Riordan: County champions have the dedication and talent to go all the way

Mayo have endured so many painful defeats but their supporters remain loyal and their ability to keep smiling still impresses me. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chill out, leave social media abuse to the hapless trolls and don't stop believing

We’ll be back: Conor Keane of Killarney Legion is dejected after their loss to South Kerry in the Kerry Senior Football Championship final replay in November 2015.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For Killarney Legion and me, losing a bunch of finals is just a small chapter in our story

The Republic of Ireland’s Cyrus Christie shows his dejection following the World Cup defeat to Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Racist scapegoating of Cyrus Christie is a new low for so-called fans of the national team

A player wears a “legacy” wristband to protest the abominable treatment of women’s rugby by the IRFU. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

With all eyes on 2023, the men in blazers were just paying lip service to the women’s game

 The new West Ham United manager David Moyes during a  press conference. Photograph:  Reuters/John Sibley

West Ham fans, if you think it’s all doom and gloom – well, it very likely is going to be

Cork City celebrate winning the Women’s FAI Cup at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork City women’s team have literally gone from zeros to Cup-winning heroes

At the  launch of the national women’s soccer  league    in March were  Ciara Delany (Kilkenny United), Louise Corrigan (Peamount United), Kylie Murphy (Wexford Youths), Pearl Slattery (Shelbourne), Meabh de Burca (Galway), Emily Cahill (UCD Waves) and Saoirse Noonan (Cork City). Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

With correct marketing in a rapidly changing digital world, there are opportunites

Cork City players celebrate their Premier Division success. To see the community’s joy in Turner’s Cross that night would bring a tear to a stone. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Turner’s Cross was a special place to be as the Premier Division title was finally claimed

Norway star Ada Hegerberg welcomed the news that the women’s team are to receive the same pay as the nation’s men’s team. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Will the Norwegians’ example herald a similar change in other countries?

Sultan Kakar of Munster and Shane Curran of Connacht during the M Donnelly wheelchair hurling interprovincial All-Ireland finals at IT Blanchardstown in 2016. Photograph:  Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

The GAA has shown how serious it is about wheelchair hurling and let's hope others follow

Barcelona taking on Las Palmas in front of a deserted Camp Nou. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Silence of an empty Camp Nou as Barcelona played a poignant sign of disturbing crisis

England women’s coach Mark Sampson: despite his departure, tensions will surely simmer among the group and it’s difficult to see how this will affect the team in the future. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Issues such as race and ethnicity are still a taboo topic in the women’s game

Cork’s Rena Buckley lifting the  O’Duffy Cup. There are certain things in life like taxes and death, but you can add  Buckley winning an All-Ireland medal to that list.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Psychologists want to know what makes her tick, but people who know her say ‘that’s just Rena’

Mayo’s Cora Staunton celebrates the victory over Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final at  Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Joanne O'Riordan: Too radical a step to put the women’s final on with the men’s?

Irish team Sunday’s Well Rebels and the winners, Selección Argentina de Mixed Ability Rugby (Rugby Inclusivo), after the final of the mixed ability rugby World Cup. Photograph: Twitter

Ireland’s only mixed ability rugby team defended their world title in this rising sport

The women’s Gaelic football and Camogie All-Ireland finals have been designated as “events of major importance to Irish society” and added to the list of sporting events that must be shown on free-to-air television. At the announcement on Wednesday  were Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, Camogie Association president Catherine Neary, Kilkenny’s Miriam Fribsy, Mayo’s Sarah Rowe, and Ladies Gaelic Football Association president Marie Hickey.

Responsibility lies with all to make sure women’s sports are thought about all year and every year

Grigory Rodchenkov and Brian Fogel in the Netflix documentary Icarus.

Netflix documentary 'Icarus' an eye-opener on drugs in sport

Just two professional teams will compete at the Women’s Rugby World Cup with 10 amateur teams. Photo: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Comradery and pride are clear to see after meeting the Australian women’s rugby team

Dr Hyde Park has the backdrop of a graveyard. Photo: Inpho

Joanne O’Riordan: Sky deal is just the latest factor in the GAA moving away from its roots

Serena Williams: has she been properly recognised for her amazing tally of 23 Grand Slam wins? Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Exceptional women’s player will never get the credit accorded to, say, Roger Federer

The 2,000 plus who attend created an atmosphere in Turners Cross as addictive as the temple of the Camp Nou. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Delaney’s problematic children have become my problematic favourites

Joyous Cork fans celebrate a score during the county’s Munster senior hurling semi-final victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Normally sober and sane folk can get carried away when it comes to their chosen team

Women’s sports need to be marketed better. Why are Republic of Ireland women’s international soccer games kicking off  on a Thursday afternoon at 3pm? Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A celebration of Ireland’s talented sports women could help the next generation

Dermot Connolly: Branagan stood and watched as Connolly  was being dragged, pulled and hammered by Carlow players with  his hands out in a “do you see this?” fashion.

Will those on moral high horses now demand a similar punishment for Cork’s Paul Kerrigan?

Brazil’s Formiga has been playing football for the last 22 years, making her World Cup debut in 1995 at the age of 17. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty

Brazilian midfielder has overcome adversity and scaled the heights during an epic career

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