Marcus Rashford has turned his attentions towards helping his loca community during the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph:  Oil Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

Manchester United’s young striker has been a shining light during a grim time in Britain

Michael Brown with eggs for sale at the Galway Market outside St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘I am hopeful that people will start coming to see the market as a real local market’

Ger Loughnane with the Clare team in 1995. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

The Game Changers: The first in a new series on those who changed teams and sports

Only a fool could fail to see that Connell  is being torn apart by the club dilemma. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures/RTÉ

Only hope now is he comes home, apologises to the lads and makes the ‘savage’ contribution

Garry Hynes: ‘You have to have one actor up close with another actor up close with an audience. And all of a sudden that is just blown away.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Druid was on the up before coronavirus. Now it must reimagine how the show can go on

 Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Karl Malone (behind) walk on to court at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics for the USA’s game against Angola. Photograph: Mike Powell/Getty Images

That Jordan never got the pleasure of seeing Bird defeated is an itch he can never scratch

Sam Lynch, stroke, Neville Maxwell, Tony O Connor and Derek Holland, bow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Neville Maxwell, Tony O’Connor, Derek Holland and Sam Lynch recall Atlanta 1996

  A quiet Eglinton Street in Galway city centre on Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

If someone dropped a coin at the top of Quay Street you might have heard it hit the cobbles down around Sally Longs

Offaly supporters stage a sit-down protest after the 1998 All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park  against Clare was blown up early. Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

Keith Duggan looks back on the 1998 All-Ireland hurling semi-final replay between Offaly and Clare

Last year MTK-planned events starring Tyson Fury in the Cork Opera House and the Helix were cancelled when graffiti threatening more violence was discovered outside the Dublin venue. Photograph: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

The disparity between his domestic and international reputation could not be greater

PJ O’Flaherty of Joe Watty’s bar and restaurant in Kilronan, Inishmore. Photograph: Andrew Downes

The islanders have kept coronavirus out, but eventually they will have to let visitors back in

Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

The Covid crisis was like a bomb that blew their social and academic world to smithereens

Tom Watson at his home in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo: vows to be on the golf course on May 18th, “hail or snow” . Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Cocooning in Ballinrobe has been hard for a generation best at face-to-face contact

A Garda checkpoint at the end of the M6 leading into Galway city on Saturday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Most are complying with bank holiday restrictions, say gardaí, but visibility is crucial

Jennifer Sweeney, a previous participant in  Siel Bleu classes, in her home in Howth. Photograph: Siel Bleu

Siel Bleu has been keeping older people active in their homes during lockdown

Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League is large but not unassailable. Photo: Getty Images

Keith Duggan: It's not only matters at the top that make voiding the league impossible

Enda McNulty pictured at the launch of his book in 2017. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Armagh player talks to Keith Duggan about advice, learnings and life

 The Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU quarterback Joe Burrow  as the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Photograph:   Chris Graythen/Getty Images

From back-up quarterback to Heisman Trophy winner to No 1 pick in the NFL draft

Sajjad Hussain with fellow members of the Ballaghadereen Cricket  Club. Photograph:   Brian Farrell

Club has survived through thick and thin in the famous football border town

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrates with fans after the Munster Hurling Final victory over Tipperary last summer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s one of the many questions that the GAA must ask ahead of any Championship action

Chicago Bulls’ forward Michael Jordan  dunks during a game against  the Portland Trail Blazers. Photograph: Focus on Sport via Getty Images

10-part documentary on basketball star’s final season with Chicago Bulls starts on Sunday

Cork man John Riordan works with the America Scores programme which operates in 12 cities and provides soccer coaching, poetry classes and general community service to some of the most impoverished families in those cities.

John Riordan and Simon Gillespie on life in New York during the coronavirus pandemic

Stephen Kenny  with his Ireland under-21 assistants Keith Andrews and  Jim Crawford. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Dubliner confident that Ireland can develop a more expressive football style

Kevin Cassidy celebrates scoring the winning point for Donegal against Kildare in the 2011 All-Ireland quarter-finals. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

An unexpected epic of an All-Ireland quarter-final provides magic escapism in July 2011

 Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt to win the 2019 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Next week we should have all been transfixed with sport’s version of the Truman Show

Pat Critchley coaching the Scoil Chríost Rí side in the Under-16A Girls’ All-Ireland Schools Cup Final at the  National Basketball Arena in  Tallaght in 2017. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

A lifetime in the classroom and on the sidelines has brought rich dividends for Laois man

Brad Pitt as Billy Beane in Moneyball.

A gorgeous study of human frailty and the ways in which people are under-valued

Michael Herron at Blackrock in Salthill, Galway. ‘You do feel the general anxiety. Personally, I feel I am dealing with it okay.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

On a sunny Thursday in Salthill’s near-empty promenade, the mood is quiet and terse

Ireland’s Nicholas Quinn after winning his heat but failing to qualify during the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Olympic swimmer on the tragic death of his father and his dilemma over postponement of Games

It doesn’t really matter just now what Brolly is ranting about: just that he is. There is comfort in that. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Absence starkly illuminates the real point and genius behind the GAA

Ray Silke  during a training session at St Jarlath’s  in 2004. Photograph:  Joe O’Shaughnessy

Mayo’s history also richly endowed by the Tuam school’s glorious contribution to the game

Thousands of punters  pack the grandstands at Cheltenham this week as the festival continued as normal – despite the public concern over coronavirus. Photograph:   Tim Goode/PA

Outside world can only look on aghast as festival continues amid coronavirus crisis

Visitors wearing masks take photos near the Olympic rings in Tokyo. The coronavirus outbreak has forced several major events to be cancelled in Japan, which could see the 2020 Summer Olympic Games postponed until later in the year. Photograph: Christopher Jue/EPA

Worldwide battle to contain coronavirus means organisers have a huge call to make

The Irish team in an open-top bus are welcomed by the crowds in Dublin on their return from the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Photograph: Inpho

A new two-part documentary looks back on Ireland and the Jack Charlton era

Galway’s Conor Whelan gets away from Bill Cooper of Cork during their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A encounter in Salthill. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork exit the league quietly after one campaign despite putting it up to their hosts

Eddie Brennan brings his Laois side back to his former stomping ground to take on Kilkenny on Sunday. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Keith Duggan looks at the final round of games in Division 1A and 1B

It went from bad to worse for Tyrone last week when Cathal McShane went off with a bad injury. Photo: Evan Logan/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s side have been pushed out to 20/1 for the All-Ireland and now meet Dublin

Galway’s Shane Walsh sees off Tyrone’s Ronan McNamee at Tuam Stadium. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Padraic Joyce’s side’s irresistible attacking display yielded 2-25 in Tuam Stadium

Galway’s Damien Comer lines up a score during their Allianz League clash with Tyrone. Photo: Evan Logan/Inpho

Visitors to Tuam suffer heaviest defeat in the Mickey Harte era as Tribesmen flourish

Declan Bonner and a party of 50, including players, backroom staff and officials will make the journey to Croke Park for the high-profile clash with Dublin. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

County chairman McGrath battled to keep spending on team under the €1m mark in 2019

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola shakes hands with Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp at Anfield last November. Photograph: Getty Images

Champions League success now an imperative for Guardiola and Manchester City

It’s a miracle that Irish basketball has stayed going despite the decades of neglect by official Ireland and the €1.5 million Basketball Ireland has now dared to publicly request is the least it deserves. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Relevant Ministers were too busy to meet with Basketball Ireland CEO – for 18 months

Diarmuid Lyng  on the beach at Bunaneer on the Dingle Peninsula. Photograph:  Valerie O’Sullivan

‘We ran a lot of creatives out of the GAA. I’ve met them. And they do feel wronged’

Andy Farrell:  the new Ireland head coach  hasn’t been given the latitude and sense of slate-wiped-clean that usually comes with that appointment. Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Short honeymoon for new Ireland coach due to his close links with the old regime

Pádraic Joyce on the sidelines at Pearse Stadium during the Allianz League game against Monaghan. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Manager makes bold statement of intent in early stages of tenure

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Dublin’s Michael Fitzsimons in their Allianz Football League Division 1 clash at  Elvery’s MacHale Park, Castlebar, on Saturday. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Mayo fans jeer referee Barry Cassidy over ‘harsh’ early sending-off of Jordan Flynn

 Dublin’s Dean Rock celebrates his goal. Photo: Evan Logan/Inpho

Dessie Farrell’s side win comfortably at MacHale Park

 Kobe Bryant in action for the Lakers against the Rockets in 2016. Photograph: Jerome Miron/USA Today

His version of basketball was sweatier, nastier and more meaningful than the rest

Aidan O’Shea describes his manager as ruthless. Photograph: Inpho

The Mayo manager has a belief in his county that goes beyond logic and reason

Dublin’s David Byrne and David Clifford of Kerry in action in their Allianz Football League Division 1 game at  Croke Park on Saturday.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Testy 80-minute extravaganza leaves old rivals all square and hot under the collar

Galway manager Padraic Joyce now has his first league win. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

More of a direct, expansive style adapted by Galway under new management

Donegal’s Michael Murphy hasn’t played in an All-Ireland semi-final or final since 2014 and he wants to change that this year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Glenswilly man speaks to Keith Duggan about reaching the highs and feeling the lows

Joe Canning: will start for Galway for the first time  since a groin injury derailed his championship last summer when his side host Westmeath at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meanwhile, Shane O'Neill begins his competitive term with Galway as they face Westmeath

Niall Quinn: The immediate response to Quinn’s appointment should be one of cautious optimism. It certainly can’t make things any worse. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

The game here can’t afford any more hot air or wrong turns or bold plans that come to nothing

GAA pundit Joe Brolly with Cork’s Alan Cadogan, Wexford’s Rory O’Connor, Dublin’s Paul Mannion and Kerry’s Paul Geaney, at the launch of Eir Sport’s 2020  Allianz Leagues coverage. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

After RTÉ axed him, it's no suprise Eir offered him a slot, but did he have to take it?

Kilcoo huddle after their victory over  Ballyboden St Enda’s in the AIB All-Ireland club football semi-final at  Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The club from the foothills of the Mourne mountains face mighty Corofin in Sunday’s decider

Declan Bonner: his Donegal team are unable to fulfil a McKenna Cup fixture on Sunday. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

GAA calendar sort of mathematical puzzle that would have defeated Hawking and Gates

Dessie Farrell: “This thing stimulates me, it challenged me. I love football, working with footballers.” Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Visit to Longford in January a low-key start for five-in-a-row champions’ new boss

Dessie Farrell: “I’ve no doubt it’s a strong dressing room. This group, as well as being high-functioning, they’re highly evolved and I’d imagine not inclined to suffer fools gladly.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘I love football, and I love coaching, and I’m passionate about Dublin football’

New Dublin senior football manager Dessie Farrell. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Farrell confirms goalkeeper and captain Stephen Cluxton is ‘very keen to stay involved’

It was the evening which gave Kerry the second coming of Kieran Donaghy.

Keith Duggan looks back an unexpected and electrifying 48 hours in Gaelic football

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates qualifying for the final of the World Athletics Championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Keith Duggan: Ireland continues to exceed expectation across a variety of sports

Prince Andrew with solicitor Paul Tweed (centre) at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Co Antrim for  the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy on September 9th, 2019. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sideline Cut: The prince’s BBC interview betrayed a damaged moral compass

“You don’t have to win on the scoreboard. You only have to be a good person - who does their best.”

The exiting Ireland coach speaks about Irish rugby culture, his career, and the World Cup

 Martin Braithwaite of Denmark celebrates scoring. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With play-offs to come, strange and winding campaign ends on a positive note

The atmosphere was raucous and unruly, a bit like a Commons debate as chaired by John Bercow. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland give super performance in front of raucous support but search for glory goes on

Caolin Blade cuts through the Montpellier cover to score a try for Connacht during the Challenge Cup clash at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fitzgerald penalty earns Friend’s side a deeply satisfying win over Montpellier

Bundee Aki celebrates after Tom McCartney crosses for Connacht against Montpellier. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Friend’s side produce a mighty performance and start Champions Cup campaign in style

Ireland’s Seamus Coleman has words with Denmark’s Jens Stryger Larsen during the Euo qualifier at Telia Parken, Copenhagen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

This clash is a Beckett play interpreted through what can vaguely be described as football

Bundee Aki at Connacht Rugby Squad training in the Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach says self-belief is still high ahead of Montpellier clash

RTÉ, like all media organisations, is standing at a treacherous intersection and needs to cross it while figuring what it must become.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Gay Byrne’s passing may show how its relevance has diminished but it remains a national institution

Johnny Kelly (second left):  “I think all the good of the GAA was encapsulated in Borris-Ileigh over the past 18 months.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Successful coach guides Tipp champions into Munster action against Cork’s Glen Rovers

The Wales rugby squad takes part in a training session at the International Stadium Yokohama on Friday, ahead of their World Cup semi-final match against South Africa on Sunday. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

The Hollywood legend would have been proud to see his home country’s success

Ireland players face the New Zealand Haka before kick-off in Tokyo. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The fact that Rieko Ioane wasn’t even in the New Zealand matchday squad was telling

Japan’s Yutaka Nagare attempts to tackle South Africa’s Damian de Allende during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final at Tokyo Stadium. Photo: Odd Andersen/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup: Brave Blossoms have brought game to new levels in host country

New Zealand’s head coach Steve Hansen shakes hands with Ireland’s   Rory Best after the  match in Tokyo. Photi: Getty Images

New Zealand coach pays tribute to Rory Best and Joe Schmidt after World Cup win

 New Zealand’s Matt Todd scores a try in the second half. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland unable to find anything like the best of themselves against peerless New Zealand

The Tokyo Tower lit up in the colours of the Brave Blossoms during the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photograph:  Clive Rose/World Rugby via Getty Images

Will World Rugby ever have a better chance of elevating Japan’s status than right now?

Phil Coulter’s Ireland’s Call has earned a kind of begrudging acceptance over  the years through the absence of an alternative. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Compromise anthem could run deeper than symbolism of All Blacks’ celebrated Haka

South Africa players stretch during a training session in Tokyo ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan. Photo: Mark Baker

Rugby World Cup: Rassie Erasmus names same starting lineup that beat Italy

Japan’s players celebrate beating Scotland. Photo: William West/Getty Images

Against all odds, rugby is now very much in the spotlight thanks to team's exploits

 Japan’s Michael Leitch and South Africa’s  Eben Etzebeth compete for the ball at a lineout during warm-up match at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in September. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

South Africa coach impressed with hosts’ improvement through Rugby World Cup

Japan’s Michael Leitch  and Yu Tamura  celebrate victory over Scotland in Yokohama,  Japan. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Hosts send an intoxicating air through rugby’s old order as they dump out Scotland

People in a street covered with mud in Kawasaki, near Tokyo: typhoon Hagibis hit Japan provoking landslides and overflowing rivers. Photograph: Jiji Press

Japanese city takes ‘unprecedented scale’ warning seriously but escapes worst elements

A woman waves a fishermen’s flag ahead of the Fiji and Uruguay match  in Kamaishi last month. Photograph: Kyodo News via Getty Images

This rugby mad, remote Japanese outpost was almost entirely destroyed in the 2011 tsunami

The Aoyama baseball diamond in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

There are baseball batting cages all over Toyko, and they seem to be busy day and night

Men look at fishing boats as surging waves hit against the breakwater while Typhoon Hagibis approaches at a port in town of Kiho, south of Tokyo. Photo: Toru Hanai/AP Photo

Typhoon could match rainfall of 1958 storm which caused 1,000 deaths

Paul Mullen of the United States: ‘If you told me that NBA players would know of the rugby team eight years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it. To me, that says a lot.’ Photograph: Adam Pretty/World Rugby via Getty Images

Houston local is making his breakthrough in Japan and hopes sport can spread in the States

James O’Connor in action for Australia against Wales during the Pool D clash at the  Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Australian overcomes personal problems to once again don the gold jersey at World Cup

 England’s Luke Cowan-Dickie  scores a try during the  Group C victory over Argentina at  at Tokyo Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Early dismissal of Lavanini ensured Argentina challenge was unlikely to materialise

Japan fans cheer their team as they watch the Samoa match at a “fanzone” area in Tokyo. Photo: Behrouz Mehri/Getty Images

Even the notoriously low-key Tokyo police eventually warmed to the good feeling

New Zealand’s Sam Whitelock takes a selfie with the crowd after their victory over Namibia in their Rugby World Cup match at Tokyo Stadium. Photo: Franck Robichon/Getty Images

World champions facing amateur players seems attractive as well as absurd

Jack Nowell of England makes a break to score his side’s fifth try during the Rugby World Cup clash with Argentina. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Another high tackle on Owen Farrell saw another game turn on its head in the first half

 Garry Ringrose   with  Luke McGrath after the centre scored Ireland’s fifth try against on Thursday. Photograph: Getty Images

Critics gleefully wait to give the team a kicking for daring not to deliver on the promise of 2018

Irish fans   at the game between Ireland and Russia at Kobe Misaki stadium in  Hyogo, Japan. Photograph:   Kaz Photography/Getty Images

Anxiety grows that Ireland will not find the all-conquering form of last year before the tournament reaches its knock-out stage

 Ireland fans enjoy  the pre-match atmosphere prior to the  Russia game at Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Rain-soaked in costly Kobe, Joe Schmidt’s green army still have no complaints

Ireland’s Bundee Aki adds his weight to a ruck as  scrumhalf Luke McGrath holds on to the ball against Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Are they waiting to explode or are Joe Schmidt’s team on the brink of dissolution?

Japan’s Korean prop Koo Ji-won carries against Ireland during their Pool A match in Shizuoka. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Having burnt Ireland, the sun has never shone so brightly on Japanese rugby

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