Portmarnock golf club has voted to allow female members for the first time in its 127-year history. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Sideline Cut: The golf course has long been a perfect battleground in struggle for equality

Pádraig Ó Muirigh (back left) smiles as the families  of the victims react following the verdict into the Ballymurphy inquest at Waterfront Hall in Belfast on May 11th. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

‘You have to work out why they would point a gun at a priest or a young mother’

Galway’s Finnian O’Laoi with Niall Daly of Roscommon during their Allianz League clash. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Pádraic Joyce’s side needed a response after Kerry mauling and got one in Salthill

John Keane in 1938 at 21 years of age. Photograph courtesy of David Smith

Mount Sion man’s accomplishments obscured by time as Déise’s fortunes declined

Hurling – like football and basketball – is evolving as coaches, new rules and tactics change

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper and Kerry’s Paul Geaney get up close and personal during the 2019 All-Ireland final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Demolition of Galway suggests Kerry are in the mood to show Dublin they mean business

Galway’s Joseph Cooney is tackled by Limerick’s  Diarmaid Byrnes during the league clash at Salthill. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry shape up for Dublin while in hurling Galway end Limerick’s long unbeaten run

Roscommon’s Eddie Nolan is surrounded by Dublin players during his side’s Division 1 defeat. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland champions instantly find their groove on the road in Division 1 opener

Galway were beaten by Mayo in the Connacht final last year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Pádraic Joyce’s team get their campaign underway with a tough test against Kerry

Conor McGregor arrives for the 2020 Grammy Awards in LA. The former plumber from Crumlin was the sporting world’s highest-paid athlete in 2020, according to Forbes. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Keith Duggan: He has reached the pinnacle of sports earners; it may be time to give back

Galway manager Pádraic Joyce brings his side to Tralee on Saturday for their opening Allianz  Football League game against Kerry. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Manager critical of four-week period to prepare squad after long layoff

Limerick’s Seamus Flanagan and Brian McGrath of Tipperary enjoyed a good battle in Saturday’s league encounter. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Kiely and Liam Sheedy reflect on opening game and the return of fans

Limerick’s William O’Donoghue in action against Dan McCormac of Tipperary. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The All-Ireland champions have extended their unbeaten run into the new season

Johnny Sexton during the British and Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand in 2017. A year later he was named World Player of the Year. Photograph: Getty Images

In 1974 the rugby was thrilling: it felt spontaneous and raw. It couldn’t happen today

Limerick hurlers celebrate their 2020 All-Ireland win at a vacant Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Kiely’s side are the best in the country and are bidding to retain the All-Ireland title

Supporters of England’s top clubs, including Liverpool, quickly  expressed their outrage   over the short-lived prospect of a    European Super League. Photograph: Jon Super/AP

As a result, Premier League would become genuinely competitive for the first time in decades

Jason Black pictured at Mount Errigal.

Donegal man’s story takes in bullying, bereavement and a desire to push the limits

Ronnie O’Sullivan  plays a shot during his quarter-final match against Ryan Day during the  2019 Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace  in London in 2019. Photograph:  Alex Pantling/Getty Images

The ageless 90s kid has come through it all with his undimmed brilliance intact

Aaron Hill will take part in next week’s World Championship qualifiers.

19-year-old - who has already beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan - is set for qualifying in Sheffield

Augusta’s famous Azaleas picutured at the 16th. Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/Getty/AFP

Delivering us from winter into summer, the fourth month of the year is full of possibility

Dublin celebrate after winning their sixth All-Ireland in a row last year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Early morning images from Innisfails will disappoint many for different reasons

George Best taking the long walk  to the dressing room at Windsor Park after being sent off in the  game with Scotland in April 1970. Photograph: Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Two international sides on a tiny island should tell onlookers everything about the Irish

Tom Cruise as Stef and Craig T Nelson as coach  Nickerson in All the Right Moves

The storyline is straight from Springsteen’s The River, but this is an underrated gem

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny shakes hands with his Serbian counterpart Dragan Stojkovic in Belgrade. Photograph: Nikola Krstic/Inpho

It ended with another defeat but Belgrade may yet be seen as the turning point for manager

Dick and Rick Hoyt competing in their last Boston Marathon in 2014. They completed the race 32 times.

Duo competed in races propelled by father’s superhuman will to give his boy a sporting outlet

Katelynn Phelan: “Boxing is my job. People see it as a hobby. But it is a business and it is my business and it is really, really hard. I want a career out of this.” Photograph: Babs Daly

Kildare woman faced bullying in school and online but remains dedicated to career

Gene Hackman as Coach Dale in Hoosiers,  directed by David Anspaugh.

Sincere storytelling paired Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper at height of their powers

Sanita Puspure will be one of Ireland’s leading hopes in Tokyo. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Corkonian via Latvia - she is now working hard to be ready for Tokyo 2021

Gordon Elliott with Quilixios after  winning the Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle  during the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

People can care deeply about their animals while remaining practical about their dying

1951 in Washington DC: Budd Schulberg before the House Un-American Activities Committee where he admitted that he joined the Communist Party in 1937 but that he broke with the Reds in 1939. Photograph: Getty Images

He spent a weekend with F Scott Fitzgerald, saw Nazi Germany and wrote On The Waterfront

Nuala Moore Pedlar’s Coom, Conor Pass, where she trains in the lake. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Donegal woman knows the dangers but the draw of the unknown is hard to resist

Steven Gerrard: has led Rangers to their first title success in a decade and ended the reign of  of ten-in-a-row chasing  rivals Celtic.  Photograph:  Andrew Milligan/PA

Former Liverpool hero ends Rangers’ title torment and finally wins a league title

Amazon workers and community allies demonstrate during a protest in front of the Jeff Bezos’ Manhattan residence in New York last December. Photograph: Getty Images

Idea of Amazon and GAA partnering up provides a sharp – dystopian – contrast

tens of thousands of energetic, committed and talented teenagers for whom school sport, at all levels, was a source of enjoyment and structure and ambition, suddenly vanished due to Covid restrictions. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Teachers and coaches fear lasting damage could be done to children both physically and mentally

 Olympics organising committee president Yoshiro Mori announces his resignation as he takes responsibility for his sexist comments, at a meeting with council and executive board members at the committee headquarters in Tokyo. Photograph: EPA

Female successor to Yoshiro Mori would help enormously in recovery from this debacle

 Violent scenes at the end of a match at St Andrew’s Stadium in 1985 after fans poured onto the pitch. File photograph: Getty Images

Bill Buford spent six years with the football hooligans whose weekends were spent rioting

Tyreek Hill received the nickname “Cheetah” in reference to his explosive speed. Photograph: Getty Images

Kansas star pleaded guilty to domestic assault against his pregnant girlfriend in 2014

Rick Telander on the basketball court at Riis Park in Chicago.

Rick Telander’s book is more a sociological wonder than a story about basketball

Keanue Reeves with Patrick Swayze in 1991 film Point Break. Photograph: Richard Foreman/Getty

Patrick Swayze’s defining feature never enters the ‘great sports film’ conversation

Tom Brady has helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the NFC Championship game in his first year at the franchise. Photograph:  Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Having left the Patriots after two decades, the 43-year-old quarterback has not let up

Gary Neville has taken great joy in Liverpool’s defence of their Premier League crown and Manchester United’s position on top of the table. Photograph: James Gill/ Danehouse/Getty Images

The former Manchester United full back has aged into a kind of willing pantomime figure

Dara Molloy photographed at home on Inis Mór. Photograph: Tess Harper-Molloy

Covid-19 led to a tense time for usually easygoing community amid rifts over reopening

Roscommon minors celebrate their victory over Sligo in the Connacht final at Bekan.

Roscommon minors’ triumph in a winter storm a fitting end to strangest GAA year

 Marcus Rashford initiated the free schools meals campaign and essentially shamed the UK government into endorsing it. File photograph: Getty Images

It’s the athletes rather than the owners who have the conch now. When did that happen?

Dublin celebrate with the Sam Maguire after beating Mayo to win the All-Ireland SFC. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Money and population debates can rage, but thirst for success can’t be ignored

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan has his shot blocked by Diarmuid O’Connor of Mayo during the All-Ireland SFC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Silent assassin Niall Scully shows how Dublin go about killing off hope in their opposition

Mayo’s Matthew Ruane celebrates with Jordan Flynn after the win over Galway in the Connacht SFC Final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo’s All-Ireland quest has ultimately been about the bloody mindedness of the players

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo contest a high ball during the 2012 semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This Saturday James Horan’s men will attempt to repeat the feat of dethroning the champions

Limerick celebrate with the Liam MacCarthy Cup after their victory over Waterford in the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Brave Waterford outclassed as Kiely’s men deliver a second All-Ireland title in three years

Waterford’s Ian Kenny and Peter Casey of Limerick during the All-Ireland hurling final in Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘Hurling and football being able to give a bit of enjoyment to people. We’re really grateful to be able to do that’

Limerick manager John Kiely and Dan Morrissey celebrate winning the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘I am going to enjoy this one now anyway. Whatever will come after it, we’ll worry about it’

Limerick celebrate their under-21 final win over Cork in 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kiely’s team are in a rare and exalted place, going into an All-Ireland final as favourites

Dejected Galway duo Sinead Burke and Maireád Seoighe after the TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football semi-final defeat to Cork. What happened to those Galway footballers was a terrible dereliction of care. They were shamefully treatedPhotograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Sideline Cut: Utter fiasco of ladies football semi-final shines harsh light on current state of play

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final win over Tipperary. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

James Horan’s remarkable re-calibration in the space of a year has lead to another final

Mayo’s David Clarke and Oisín Mullin compete for the ball with Michael Quinlivan of Tipperary during the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘In the second half as well, the game was gone and maybe we got a little bit lackadaisical’

Darragh Ó Sé tracks Tipperary’s Derry Foley in 1997. Photograph: Matt Browne/Inpho

The stars have aligned for Tipp as they face into an All-Ireland semi-final with Mayo

George Gibney arrives home with the Irish swimming team after the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Photo: Independent News and Media/Getty Images

Disgraced swimming coach must now lie awake and fear them coming for him

Mike Tyson pictured with Diego Maradona in 2008. Photograph:  Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images

When you see him this week it feels like a minor miracle that he has made it through

Tony Diviney, left, and Paddy Joe Roseingrave in  Loughnane’s Forge,  Shanaglish, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Loughnanes from Shanaglish, who hurled for Beagh, lost their lives 100 years ago

 Diego Maradona  dribbles past three English defenders during the World Cup quarter-final against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Maradona’s second goal against England in 1986 was one of the still points among all the chaos

Aidan Harte scores a late goal for Galway against Tipp. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Defending All-Ireland champions go out on their shield as Tribesmen march into semis

Galway’s Aidan Harte scores a late goal during the  All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Tipperary at the  LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Liam Sheedy proud of his side as All-Ireland champions bow out in Limerick

 Kelvin MacKenzie, the former editor of the Sun newspaper. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

At worst video reportedly shown to players before England friendly was a naive mistake

One of Liam Sheedy’s singular abilities as manager has been to demand that his teams produce the hunger to succeed. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Saturday’s lunchtime battle with Galway might be just the kind of battle Tipp thrive on

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor and Aidan O’Shea celebrate after their side’s narrow victory over Galway in the Connacht final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Horan’s men pip Galway to reclaim Connacht title while Dubs issue a warning

 Sean Kelly is fouled by Eoghan McLaughlin to deny Galway a late goal. Photograph: Inpho

Provincial decider becomes a game of half chances, crunching tackles and errors

Mayo’s James Horan

After meeting on the pitch in 1999, Horan and Joyce now face off on the sideline

Rory McIlroy looks for his ball in the bushes  during the first round of the Masters at Augusta. 'As an only child and an only child that played golf, I felt the world revolved around me. And now, it doesn’t.' Photograph: David J Phillip/AP

Fatherhood brings a big paradigm shift for a man once dedicated to golfing glory

Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor scores the first goal of the game in their Connacht semi-final win over Roscommon. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

James Horan preaching focus and serenity in camp after semi-final win over Roscommon

Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor scores the first goal of the game past Colm Lavin of Roscommon during the Connacht SFC semi-final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

James Horan’s side gave rivals no chance with Keegan and O’Connor at their best

Anthony Cunningham has been through it all at all levels and has sights set high for Roscommon. Photo: Evan Logan/Inpho

Defending Connacht champions have barely been discussed and that could well suit them

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is ‘one of the most influential managers Gaelic games has seen’. File photograph: Inpho

Manager’s record of achievement pivotal in guiding county back to vanguard of top sides

Focused on the game: Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Reviews: Arsène Wenger: My Life in Red and White and Klopp: My Liverpool Romance

Donegal’s Peadar Mogan celebrates their first goal during the Ulster SFC clash with Tyrone. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wet and wild afternoon in Ballybofey made for a dramatic clash between two old rivals

Jack Nicklaus won his first major in 1962, beating Arnold Palmer in a US Open play off. It was a different world. File photograph: Getty Images

For many fans, but not all, his reputation has been instantly damaged overnight

Can Pádraic Joyce be the alchemist? Can Galway win this unique, fireside winter All-Ireland? Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

‘GAA keeps an awful lot of people in this country going,’ Galway football manager says

Clare’s Jack Browne under pressure from Kyle Hayes of Limerick during the Munster SH quarter-final at Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kelly’s inspirational display for Clare in vain as Kiely’s men rack up impressive 36 points

Limerick’s Declan Hannon lifts the Division 1 league trophy. Photograph: Inpho

In the most unique league final the GAA has ever staged Limerick prove far too strong

Marcus Rashford: sparked a nationwide campaign after the British government voted against extending the provision of free school meals until next Easter for children in need.  Photo: Fareshare/Mark Waugh/PA

Local communities step up to provide free meals to needy schoolchildren in lockdown

If Michael Fennelly is to bring Offaly back into contention as a senior hurling county, it will be by emphasising core traits of togetherness. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Michael Fennelly's appointment as Offaly manager a bold move

Barry Geraghty. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The recently retired jockey on the wise words that helped him through a fabulous career

Galway manager Shane O’Neill (c) at the Galway SHC match between Sarsfields and Portumna in July. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Everything is different as hurling championship starts, even press conferences

Fans watch Kildare and Cavan match in Newbridge on Sunday. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Our GAA writers reflect on a different working environment over the weekend

Top: A packed stadium watches the Bledisloe Cup match between New Zealand and Australia (Photo: Getty Images). Bottom: Supporters watch the Galway and Mayo match in Tuam (Photo: Inpho).

Mayo fans must be wondering just what their team could achieve after stunning win in Tuam

Aidan O’Shea on the ball during Mayo’s thrashing of Galway. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Aidan O’Shea wreaks havoc in Tuam after battered hosts lose Damien Comer early on

Kevin Barry at  home: ‘I have noticed that there is a natural lyric impulse in my work that I am less embarrassed about now.’ Photograph: James Connolly

Author Kevin Barry on the places, voices and events that inspire his stories

Running the football and hurling championships this year would at least offer an escape, a distraction, the illusion of normality in a dark time. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This year people ‘need’ the All-Irelands in a way they’ve never needed the games before

Stephen Kenny: his Republic of Ireland side looked the better team for long periods but over 120 minutes they could not find the net. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Manner of defeat deeply frustrating for the luckless Kenny – and absent Connolly

LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers team-mates take a knee while wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts ahead of a game against the LA Clippers at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex  in Lake Buena Vista, Florida back in July. Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

It started when Colin Kaepernick took a knee but this summer has seen an explosion of protest

St Thomas’ captain Conor Cooney celebrates with the Tom Callanan Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Injury to Daithi Burke doesn’t help Turloughmore’s chances in hurling decider

Diarmuid Connolly celebrates with Jame McCarthy after the 2019 All-Ireland SFC Final replay against Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

There has always been the sense that he couldn’t fully give into the idea of uniformity

Kevin Walsh pictured during Galway’s Allianz Football League game against Kerry at Tuam Stadium in January 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

30-minute clinics aimed at coaches take a detailed look at specific skills of the game

A dejected Conal Keaney of Dublin after their defeat to Kilkenny in the Leinster Senior Hurling  Championship final in Croke Park on July 3rd, 2011.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It is the stock response of losing sides, but when did this quasi-mystical guff creep in?

Donegal superfan John Murphy from Donegal Town. Photograph:  Joe Dunne

A fire was started at the age of five when he witnessed the Mayo homecoming in 1936

Wexford manager Paul Galvin during the O’Byrne Cup game against Westmeath at  St Patrick’s Park in  Enniscorthy last December. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Former Kerry star’s move to the west of Ireland puts an end to management career for now

Former chief executive of the FAI John Delaney: Irish football lived fast and foolishly over the past two decades. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Champagne Football works as both a jaw-dropping chronicle and a morality tale

Kenyan national athletes running through Iten in the Rift Valley. Photograph:  Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images

Kenya has done well battling coronavirus but for young athletes the future is uncertain

Historian David Kynaston is a life-long fan of Aldershot Town. Photograph:  David Levenson/Getty Images

Historian David Kynaston’s year-long diary chronicles the fate of Aldershot Town FC

Bernard Brogan celebrates a goal in the 2016 All-Ireland final against Mayo. File photograph: Inpho

So long the star, Brogan had to graft his way back from injury and fight for every minute

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