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

As a sports star Bradley Wiggins knows fine well the relevance of nationality. Photo by Ben Radford/Corbis via Getty Images

‘Bantz’? The truth is Brits can’t conceive of anyone not wanting to be British

Fans wathc a game at  Austin Stack Park from the wall around the stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

There is something empty and hollow about games being played in front of empty seats

The tourist office on Inis Mór, closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Andrew Downes

This was the summer the Irish came to Aran, in the strangest tourist season in recent memory

Michael Thomas scores Arsenal’s second at Anfield in 1989. Photograph: Allsport/Getty

The title was destined for a city haunted by tragedy - Michael Thomas didn’t read the script

 The empty  bench seats  at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex where the Houston Rockets were to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in game five of the first round of the NBA  playoffs. Photograph: John G Mabanglo/EPA

Players’ burning sense of anger boils over and this time around the show did not go on

Why We Swim is a book for swimming nerds, but also for anyone with an interest in water. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Book review: Bonnie Tsui looks at swimming culture and skill with a memoir-like quality

Charlie Haughey arrived in Paris in 1987 to celebrate Stephen Roche’s Tour de France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All sports organisations in this country are doing their level best

Oulart-The Ballagh’s Garrett Sinnott scores a goal past goalkeeper Jack Cushe of Naomh Eanna during the Wexford SHC semi-final at Chadwicks Wexford Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

There has never been a bigger appetite for club games among a national audience

Alex Higgins looks on as Jimmy White is at the table during the 1986 World Championships. Photograph: Adrian Murrell/Getty

The Whirlwind was alluring and made it all feel possible but never tasted Crucible glory

Sunderland captain Bobby Kerr lifting the FA Cup   after Sunderland had beaten Leeds  1-0 to win the 1973 final at Wembley Stadium, London,  on May 5th. Photograph:  Don Morley/Allsport/Getty Images

Book review: David Kynaston takes the UK’s temperature as old certainties crumble

The Olympiastadion in Berlin hosted some of the standout moments of the 2006 World Cup. File photograph: Getty Images

The stadium still stands as one of the most intact physical symbols of the Nazi regime

Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James warms up before playing the Los Angeles Clippers at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex restarting the NBA season in Kissimmee, Florida. Photo: Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Keith Duggan: In strange season, Lakers star is insistent on justice for Breonna Taylor

Shop owner Joan King and her daughter Lisa King, chairwoman of the Connemara Chamber of Commerce. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Covid-19 has changed Connemara’s season, removing the people that are its lifeblood

 Dave Howarth is loving life at Connacht and taking the positives from rugby’s three month shutdown. File phtoograph: Inpho

David Howarth is enjoying the less ‘shiny’ world of rugby after life in the NBA

Mike Tyson will make a return to the ring against Roy Jones junior in September. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images for AYS Sports Marketing

Former champion is making a return to the ring for what will be a huge pay day

New York Knicks’ Patrick Ewing pulls down a rebound against the Charlette Hornets during an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Photo: Focus on Sport/Getty Images

Houses of Sport: First visit to New York’s most famous arena was quite an experience

Jack Charlton’s Geordie accent became one of the most recognisable voices in Irish sport. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Second Captains clip of interview with Jimmy Armfield brought it all back home

US  president Donald Trump mounted an explicit defence of the Confederate flag suggesting that Nascar had made a mistake in banning it from its auto racing events, while falsely accusing Bubba Wallace  of perpetrating a hoax involving a noose found in his garage. Photograph: Cheriss May/The New York Times

While a pandemic rages, the commander-in-chief falls back on what he knows best

Andy Moran and Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton after last year’s All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘There was no regret. But still, you do have a massive void in your life’

Herbert Chapman chats with G M Foster at Highbury. Photo: J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Legendary Arsenal manager was ahead of his time on and off the pitch in every way

Ireland Katie Taylor jumps with joy as she celebrates her victory over Russia’s  Sofya Ochigava of Russia in the women’s lightweight final at the 2012 London Olympics. Photograph:  Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

August 10th, 2012: Keith Duggan reports from the ExCeL Arena in London

PFAI team manager Derek Pender gives a team talk ahead of the game against Home Farm.

Craig Speer had unique access to out-of-contract players as they battled to stay in the game

Irish fans  in the stands of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa for the World Cup round of 16 game against Romania in 1990. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

30 years ago it seemed like the whole of Ireland burst out on to the streets at the same time

 Fine Gael members, from left, Frank Greene, Peter Allen and Pat O’Grady at Eyre Square in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

This is the start of a realignment in Irish politics; it is time for FG to get radical

Galway supporter Brendan Coffey at a Galway-Meath match in February 2014. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Deaths of Brendan Coffey and Garda Colm Horkan remind us what’s really important

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in Co Cork is planning to reopen on June 29th. Photograph: Barry Murphy Photography

West coast businesses make changes in hope public will return after bewildering few months

Julie O'Donoghue (centre) canvassing with Kieran O'Donovan, Aidan Casey, Julie O'Donoghue, Maria Casey and Stephanie Browne during the general election in February 2020.

Members believe it will take a lot of persuasion to get two-thirds to endorse document

Flags are not the only things that need to disappear in Ireland’s reckoning

Sarah and Tomás Kenny in Kenny’s Bookshop, which reopened to the public   on Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway reopens but business is not as straightforward anymore

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

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