James McCarthy skips ahead of Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Midfielder reacquainted with Sam for an eighth time and won with Ballymun in 2020

Cork manager Ronan McCarthy insists no restrictions were breached but that’s not really the point. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ronan McCarthy’s side looked removed from reality as they trained on the beach in Youghal

Tom Parsons: “Happiness isn’t found in winning an All-Ireland or winning All Stars or playing in these big games. Happiness in sport and in life is found in the daily routines of everything we do.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

‘My whole sporting career has taught me so much’ says long-serving Mayo stalwart

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan is tackled by Oisín Mullin of Mayo during the All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A ding-dong battle with Oisín Mullin saw both men come out with credit in the bank

Dean Rock scores his side’s first goal after 13 seconds. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In four of their last six All-Ireland finals the opposition’s first score has been a goal

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire trophy after the victory over Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dogged Mayo finally fell away in the last 10 minutes at Croke Park

Bernard Brogan lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after Dublin’s win over Tyrone in the 2018 All-Ireland final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Capital Gains: The former Dublin star on why the money debate needs to find some middle ground

Gearóid Hegarty: scored seven points from play in an outstanding personal display for Limerick at Croke Park.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Between them, Gearóid Hegarty and Tom Morrissey plundered 12 points from play

Limerick’s Séamus Flanagan celebrates after the final whistle of the All-Ireland SHC Final against Waterford at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Kiely’s side show that the gap back to the rest is growing

Waterford’s Tadhg de Búrca in action against Kyle Hayes of Limerick during the Munster SHC final at Semple stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick found a way to avoid him in the Munster final and they’ll need to do it again

Waterford manager Liam Cahill: “I was talking to a fella this morning from Italy and he’s oblivious to anything to do with my other life.” Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Liam Cahill preparing team for All-Ireland final is an outcome few could have predicted

The Cavan team stand dejected after their All-Ireland semi-final loss to Dublin. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mickey Graham says it’s up to other counties to get up the level of the champions

Dublin’s Robbie McDaid fists home Dublin’s goal past Cavan goalkeeper  Raymond Galligan during the  All-Ireland SFC semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Fenton, Ciarán Kilkenny and Con O’Callaghan run the show at Croke Park

Champagne Football is a book to enjoy now but also to look forward to rereading again in a decade, just to see how stranger than fiction it all was. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Live sport may have gone missing during the pandemic but there was always plenty to read

Cavan merchandise on sale in Cavan Retail Park in advance of Saturday's Dublin v Cavan game. Photo: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

To understand Cavan people, football is the only starting place that makes sense

Out on the roads, I saw plenty of men out running and not one woman. It was the most jarring case of Red Car Syndrome you could imagine. Photograph: Getty

For women, going out for a run brings on a spectrum of feelings, from discomfort to fear

Limerick’s Gearoid Hegarty celebrates with Tom Morrissey at the final whistle. Photograph: Inpho

Highest scoring game without a goal in championship history makes for sterile tie

John Kiely’s Limerick team now have an All-Ireland final to prepare for. Photograph: Inpho

Galway manager Shane O’Neill reflects on slow start after both water breaks

Limerick’s Tom Morrissey and Aidan Harte of Galway in action during this year’s league clash. The sides meet again in an eagerly-awaited All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Despite the absent fans, headquarters set to witness two fascinating clashes

Richie Hogan scores a goal for Kilkenny in their Leinster final win over Galway. Photograph: Inpho

He was building a legacy - one of the Kilkenny greats - before four cruel years of injury

The Tipperary team after winning the  Munster championship  at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipping point: Beams of light were provided to footballing communities of Tipperary and Cavan

 Tipperary’s Padraic Looram, Paudie Feehan and Philip Austin celebrate at the final whistle after beating Cork in the Munster football final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Cavan lift first Ulster title in 23 years as Tipp end 85-year wait for Munster crown

Cavan manager Mickey Graham celebrating his team’s goal against Donegal in the Ulster  final. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Donegal came in hot favourites and for most of the time played like they were already through

 Killian Clarke is looking forward to his second Ulster final. Photograph: Inpho

Cavan are without some key players this year but Clarke’s return has been a major boost

Daithí Burke is back in harness with Galway as they take on Tipperary in Saturday’s All-Ireland hurling quarter-final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There are three provincial football finals and two All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals

Michael Quirke: “I think it was definitely worth it. I do. I think the GAA did an incredible job to be honest with you.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The footballers and hurlers are doing their best to enliven one of our darkest periods

Brian Fenton scored four points from midfield in Dublin’s win over Laois. Photograph: Inpho

Laois hang in their for the first quarter before the champions cruise to 22 point win

Colin Fennelly lifts the Bob O’Keeffe Cup after Kilkenny’s win over Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Galway left shellshocked as Brian Cody’s Cats secure the Leinster title at Croke Park

The clash of the weekend sees Galway take on Mayo in the Connacht final. Photograph: Inpho

Malachy Clerkin looks ahead to four provincial semi-finals and the Connacht decider

Galway’s Conor Whelan has become the team’s main scoring threat. Photograph: Inpho

Former Galway selector Francis Forde explains how forwards’ work rate is crucial

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll celebrates after the game with Ian Maguire after beating Kerry at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ronan McCarthy says he is ‘delighted’ and praises players after last-gasp victory

The moment the planet got to know for sure that Donald Trump was toast will forever be associated with golf. File photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Golf doesn’t deserve the bad name it gets from the likes of Trump and ‘golfgate’

 Cork’s Kevin Flahive celebrates with Brian Hurley after their Munster SFC semi-final win over Kerry. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Kingdom left stunned by late drama at Páirc Uí Chaoimh as Rebels book spot in final

Monaghan’s Dermot Malone is beaten to the ball by Kerry’s Tom O’Sullivan during their league clash in Inniskeen. Photograph: Inpho

Former player Sean O’Sullivan explains how Kerry are now set up for winter football

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea will be at the centre of their attempts to beat Roscommon. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin and Seán Moran look ahead to a weekend of quarter-finals and semi-finals

Cavan’s Gearóid McKiernan holds off Monaghan’s Kieran Hughes during  the Ulster championship preliminary round clash at Clones. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tipping Point: Pain of championship exit felt as keenly as ever during a pandemic

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald was less than pleased after his side’s heavy defeat to Galway in the Leinster SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘I’m not involved in f*****g hurling to go out there and put up the white flag’

Galway’s Brian Concannon celebrates scoring a goal against Wexford. Photograph: Inpho

Wexford were unrecognisable from last year. Even Davy Fitzgerald was quiet

Monaghan’s Conor McManus will be key if they are to beat Cavan on Saturday. Photo: Inpho

Malachy Clerkin and Sean Moran look at the opening weekend of football championship

Stephen Cluxton celebrates after Dublin secured their fifth All-Ireland title on the bounce in 2019. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin previews every side as the provincial action finally gets underway

Munster Championship Football Final 1/7/2007Kerry vs CorkKerry’s Kiernan Donaghy, Colm Cooper and Paul Galvin walk behind the marching band.Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Darragh Ó Sé and Kevin McStay recall days when teams got no second chance

Kerry’s David Clifford gets his shot away despite the efforts of  Donegal’s Brendan McCole during the league clash at Austin Stack Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Convincing win over understrength Donegal shows Kingdom in rude health for championship

Kerry’s Sean O’Shea scores a goal during the Allianz League Division 1 clash with Donegal. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Clear that Donegal were focused on Tyrone as Kingdom took care of business early

Limerick manager John Kiely addresses his squad at Croke Park. They face a league final and Munster championship opener against Clare at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Five games in seven weeks could bring a clean sweep of league, Munster and All-Ireland crowns

Dublin’s Seán Moran in action against Wexford during the Allianz Hurling League. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The hurling championship gets underway as the football league comes to a conclusion

Tyrone’s Pádraig Hampsey and Donegal’s Peadar Mogan in their Allianz Football League Division 1 match at Seán Mac Cumhaills GAA Club, Stranorlar, Co Donegal on Sunday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

It’s a small bridge over troubled water, but at least it’s preferable to the sound of silence

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

Monaghan’s Dessie Ward chases Gavin White of Kerry during their Allianz Football League Division 1 clash. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Home side were pedestrian with Conor McManus adding some spark off the bench

Conor McManus of Monaghan. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

With the county moving up to Level 4, the footballer is not taking anything for granted

Dublin’s Ciaran Kilkenny and Graham Reily of Meath during last year’s Leinster SFC final in Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Intercounty season restarts with plenty still at stake in all four divisions

Consultant surgeon Kevin Moran, who is on the GAA’s Covid-19 Advisory Committee and is also the Donegal team doctor. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dr Kevin Moran believes the benefits of team sport far outweigh the pandemic pitfalls

Eve McCrystal of Strata 3 Velo Revolution cycling team on her way to winning the senior women’s title Cycling Ireland Time Trial National Championships, Knockaderry, Co Limerick Mandatory Photograph: INPHO/Bryan Keane

At 42 the Dundalk woman has become national time trial champion

Former Waterford manager Derek McGrath, right,  with former selector Dan Shanahan. “If Dan wasn’t as diligent and as innovative as he was, that iconic status wears off in no time. But that never happened.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former greats like DJ Carey, Fitzgerald and McDonald continue to play their part

Ireland’s John Egan challenges Slovakia’s Juraj Kucka during the Uefa Euro 2020 playoff semi-final at the Tehelné Pole Stadium in Bratislava. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin hands out the marks for Stephen Kenny’s side

Kilcar manager John McNulty has appealed to the GAA to allow the last few club championship finals to be played this weekend, including his side’s Donegal SFC Final against Naomh Chonaill. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

‘I’m just so gutted for the players and for everyone in the club’

Studio spaces will have to be changed and in a much bigger space. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All has changed from schedules to practicalities of social distancing in commentary boxes

Dublin parade in front of the Hill ahead of last year’s All-Ireland final replay against Kerry. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

RTÉ and Sky best get busy if they are to echo the roars and sounds of a Champo occasion

Kevin Babington conducts a horse riding lesson by speaking to his students through wireless headsets from his back porch in Loxahatchee, Florida. Photograph: Saul Martinez/NYT

Irish showjumper and wife Dianna keep faith after he was paralysed at event in 2019

London’s Seán Kelly and Brian Collins celebrate at the final whistle after the victory over Leitrim in the 2013 Connacht SFC semi-final replay at  Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

The summer of 2013 was golden for a hotchpotch collection of footballers in London

Due to the success of Dublin GAA, the notion of pooled sponsorship has been mooted throughout the past decade. Could it now really be on the table? File photograph: Inpho

Finding a way to fund sport will be much trickier than getting it up and running was

Ballyboden St Enda’s Niall Ryan and David Treacy of Cuala in the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship final at  Parnell Park on Sunday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Boden take lead in the first half at Parnell Park but rue letting it slip away too easily

Ballyboden St Enda’s players celebrate the victory over Na Fianna in the Dublin SHC semi-final at Parnell Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

From city superclub to country parish powerhouse the elusive dual remains the target

From today, 200 people can attend an outdoor sports event as long as it takes place in a stadium with a capacity of at least 5,000. In Dublin however the figure is just 100.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin picks through the details of the latest Government strictures

Limited crowds will again be allowed to attend sporting events as of Wednesday. File photograph: Inpho

The government has announced its medium-term plan Living With Covid-19

A fan watches from outside the ground during the Trillick vs Coalisland Tyrone SFC match. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Limit likely to be 500 with up to 5,000 possibly attending larger grounds in coming months

 Alex Morgan of the USA celebrates scoring against England in the World Cup semi-final in 2019. The high profile American star has now joined Tottenham Hotspur in the WSL. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Recent influx of world-class talent shows women’s football in England is thriving

Fantasy football is a PacMan, chomping away at the finite number of dots of leisure time you are able to box off from the regular world.

Malachy Clerkin: Here we go again as teams are picked and inevitable hours are wasted

The Irish Film Institute GAA archive goes full colour from 1958 onwards. Photograph: IFI

All-Ireland films from the 1940s onwards will be available on the IFI Player

A fan watches the Roscommon SFC semi-final between  St Brigid’s and  Boyle at Dr Hyde Park from the adjoining  St Coman’s cemetery. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster Council chief Brian McAvoy believes numbers could be higher for semi-finals and final

Killoe Emmets celebrate their Longford SFC final win over Longford Slashers at Glennon Pearse Park in 2019. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Club chairman says Killoe Emmets’ faith in the GAA’s disciplinary system fully restored

Members of An Garda Síochána escort people from the ground ahead of the Mayo SFC semi-final between Westport and Breaffy at Elvery’s MacHale Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ability to be in charge of everything without being to blame for anything is almost admirable

Liam Hayes with Mike Ross on the launch of the former Ireland prop’s autobiography, published by Hero Books. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Hero Books - telling stories that deserve to be told to communities who want to hear them

Ryan McHugh celebrates scoring his side’s first goal in front of Donegal fans. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

McGuinness’s men were long shots to take down the champions in 2014 All-Ireland semis

Niamh Kilkenny: “Coming from a place where we were doing virtual teaching, getting back into the classroom is going to be a massive help.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It’s impossible to know yet how or where sport is going to fit into the picture

Fans walk through the mud following heavy rainfall on the second day of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales. Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

Event is magnificent if you’re playing or working but otherwise stay on the couch

Journalists writing about matches from their couch won’t help increase the interest levels when rugby returns. File photograph: Inpho

Decision to keep written press out of the Aviva won’t help promote sport’s return

Former London footballer Dave McGreevy helped found East Belfast GAC. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Members of new club have been told to check under their cars, but they still take the field

Supporters at Pearse Park watch the 2014 Leinster SFC quarter-final between Longford and Wexford. Photograph:   Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Intercounty training return will test counties as crowd restrictions remain at 200

The teams parade at Semple Stadium ahead of the 2018 All-Ireland hurling semi-final replay between Clare and Galway. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Hurlers know that if you can’t hurl in Thurles, you won’t hurl anywhere

Shishkin ridden by Nico de Boinville celebrates after winning the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

The landscape, crowds, the buzz, the stands, the ring - nothing prepares you for the first time

Clubs nationwide were  shut  during the early months of the pandemic on national direction from GAA headquarters. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

This is where Croke Park’s messaging needs to be stronger and louder than ever

Ciara Mageean became the first Irish woman  to go under two minutes for 800 metres last Friday night. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s Olympians and Paralympians left hoping big gamble will pay off in the end

The view from the terraces at Fitzgerald  Stadium in Killarney takes in the MacGillicuddy’s Reeks. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Park’s splendid backdrop is often matched by the quality of the football on display

Old Leighlin GAC in Carlow had to shut down all club activities after one of its playing members tested positive for Covid-19. File photograph: Inpho

GAA needs to step up and support clubs, rather than blaming house parties

A  view of closed off seating at Parnell Park for the Kilmacud Crokes v Ballyboden St Endas Dublin senior hurling championship clash. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

GAA club players eager to embrace revived season and a return to some semblance of normality

A Kilmacud Crokes player receives physio treatment as the team changes in the stands at Parnell Park. Photograph: Inpho

First round of Dublin club hurling championship much more one sided than expected

Tipperary’s Billy McCarthy and Cillian Buckley of Kilkenny in action during the 2018 Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Final at  Nowlan Park in April 2018. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Two years and two operations on from a horror knee injury the Tipp hurler is nearly there

Paul O’Connell has a GPS tracker fitted before an Ireland training session. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Former Ireland captain on how technology changed his approach to rugby late in his career

Jack Charlton waves to the Ireland fans after the quarter-final loss to Italy at the 1990 World Cup. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Mourning over the weekend was for Jack but also for us and for those glorious times

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton watches on during the 2017 Leinster SFC semi-final against  Westmeath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Goalkeeper has played a huge role in establishing Dublin as dominant force in the game

 Bryson DeChambeau drives from the 17th tee during the second round of the  Rocket Mortgage Classic at  Detroit Golf Club. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Spotlight has shone on golf after its early restart and particularly on the bulked-up American star

Eamon O’Shea works as an economics professor at NUIG whose area of expertise is ageing, gerontology and social policy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

NUIG professor on why the desire to help over-70s could be clumsy during lockdown

Kalvin Keenan  spars with former minister for sport Shane Ross at Arbour Hill Boxing Club. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The fact that sport has been decoupled from transport could allow a little more light to shine in

Malachy Clerkin with his daughter Cara in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The creche reopening, even for the few weeks until my daughter starts school, is life-changing

Ireland fans sleep on benches in Cagliari before the game against England. Photo: James Meehan/Inpho

Billy Stickland looks back on his favourite shots from one of Ireland’s greatest moments

Diego Maradona was fouled 53 times in the 1990 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts/Getty

Q&A: There may not have been many goals but dramatic moments were in abundance

Malachy Clerkin with his daughter Cara in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Eight different kinds of dad on how their experience of fatherhood has changed them

Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring Manchester City’s opener against Arsenal in front of an empty stadium. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

It’s a dystopian suggestion but sport seems ever so slightly purer with no supporters

Páraic McDonald, Kilmacud Crokes coaching director, at the club’s  grounds in Glenalbyn, Stillorgan. “There’s a huge amount of effort going in all over the country because people feel the value of it and the importance of it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Kilmacud-Crokes and Graigue-Ballycallan are sparing no effort to put plans in place

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