Leona and Lisa Maguire recently signed a sponsorship deal with wealth management provider, Davy. Photograph: Getty Images

Co Cavan twins are as close as ever as they look to reach the elite of the women’s game

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy and chairman Kieran Mulvey. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Deloitte’s revelation over association’s accounts moves things on to a new plane

Oisin Kiernan: “Getting the all-clear was one thing but really what you want is to be back playing football.”Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cavan county player on surviving testicular cancer, going to the GP and optimism

FAI executive vice-president John Delaney arrives at Leinster House with members of the Football Association of Ireland delegation.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former CEO unwilling to answer questions on €100k loan “either directly or indirectly”

Laois line up for the Leinster final against Dublin at Croke Park. It was their first appearance in the decider in 12 years. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Significant progress over the last 18 months has resulted in back-to-back promotions

FAI executive vice-president John Delaney will go in front of the Oireachtas committee next week. Photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Sport Ireland CEO was asked four times by Imelda Munster if he has confidence in FAI

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s current win rate is unsustainable. Photograph: Getty Images

Manager given job by reeling off a streak of results we know not to be his true measure

Waterford ’s Páraic Fanning after his side’s victory over Galway in the league semi-final at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Taking over from Derek McGrath could have been difficult but transition has been seamless

Ailish Considine in action against the Kangaroos earlier this month. The AFLW grand final is on Sunday and her club, the Adelaide Crows, are hefty favourites. Photograph: Michael Willson/AFL Media

Adelaide Crows’ Irish player avoids ban that could have meant missing AFLW grand final

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and assistant coach Terry Connor during the Euro 2020 qualifying win over Georgia. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New Ireland manager makes it two wins from two thanks to Hourihane free kick

Galway’s Johnny Coen and  Kevin Moran of Waterford in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 semi-final at Nowlan Park,  Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Counties meet for first time in hurling league final; Mayo and Kerry meet in football final

Galway’s Joe Canning is hit hard by Kevin Moran, forcing him to leave the pitch on  a stretcher. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway pay the price for wide count but Joe Canning injury is most worrying of all

Republic of Ireland fans display a banner critical of former FAI CEO John Delaney at the Republic of Ireland’s game against Gibraltar at the Victoria Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There is no need for the top administrative functionary in the FAI to be so high-profile

Dublin’s Oisín O’Rorke in action against Tipperary’s James Barry. The Dublin forward has been a revelation during the league. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Mattie Kenny will be pleased by his side’s solid progress to the league semi-final

Cavan’s Gerard Smith moves in to tackle Monaghan’s Ryan McAnespie at Clones last Sunday. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

Kerry, Mayo, Galway and Tyrone still in with a chance of making Division One final

Corofin players celebrate their All-Ireland senior club final victory over Dr Crokes at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Football champions outclass Dr Crokes while Shamrocks crush hopes of St Thomas

Joe Schmidt: Everyone you talk to about him calls him variations on the same thing – a rugby nerd, an obsessive, someone who lives the game to an extreme degree. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This Six Nations has seen an Ireland side so unlike the ones that have gone before

Ballyhale Shamrocks players celebrate after their AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final victory over St Thomas’ at Croke Park. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ballyhale show off their ability to keep regenerating as they put St Thomas’ to the sword

Donegal’s Jamie Brennan with Fermanagh’s Sean Quigley in their Allianz Football League Division 2 match at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, Co Donegal in February.  Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Rory Gallagher’s side unfairly criticised for getting behind the ball, says former player

Are you race ready for Cheltenham? Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There is simply no week in sport that offers richer soil in which to dig for gripping yarns

Wexford’s Liam Ryan with Liam Blanchfield of Kilkenny as referee Alan Kelly falls to the ground. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Meaningless encounter between Cork and Kilkenny could prove fruitful for both

Wexford’s Liam Óg McGovern scores a point against Kilkenny. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It means they have turned over big leads now against both Kilkenny and Tipperary

Ted Walsh: “There’s no such thing as us against them. It’s my horse against the others, and where they come from or go home to doesn’t enter into it.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Money has changed everything about Irish fortunes at Cheltenham since a winless 1989

The Ireland squad stand together for Ireland’s Call before the match against France in the 2007 Rugby World Cup on September 21st,  which the French won 25-3. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland have more depth and better coach now – but that doesn’t make victory a given

Wexford’s Liam Og McGovern on the pitch after their game with Kilkenny was called off. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Two Division 1A games fell victim to the weather while all football fixtures held on

Meath’s Cillian O’Sullivan in action against Kildare in the Leinster GAA SFC semi-final at  O’Connor Park, Tullamore in June 2017. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘We’ve been in Division Two for a long time but you’re starting to see the odd little spark’

Cian O’Sullivan in action against Mayo: he is one of only three players – James McCarthy and Stephen Cluxton are the others – to have started all seven of Dublin’s All-Ireland finals across the decade (including the 2016 replay). Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Vastly experienced and decorated defender ready for another busy summer campaign

Louth’s  Conor Grimes is challenged by Martin Johnson of Antrim in April 2016.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Football team gone from second-lowest scorers to highest scorers in 12 months

Limerick manager John Kiely: expecting his side to get back to full strength after injuries. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

With Limerick already through, five teams will sort out who goes where in quarter-finals

Mayo’s Brian Reape on his way to scoring a goal in the Allianz Football League Division 1 match against Roscommon at  MacHale Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kerry face tough assignment in Galway as they seek to extend their 100 per cent record

Mayo have started the league well but they have failed to beat Jim Gavin’s Dublin in their 13 meetings since 2013

Wexford fans look on as Aidan Nolan scores the winning point. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The tectonic endgame left you in no doubt that everyone was in it to win it

Limerick’s Conor Boylan in action against Tipperary earlier this month. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Plenty of teams have begun their All-Ireland defence well in recent years, only to fizzle out

Former Limerick hurler Andrew O’Shaughnessy in attendance at the Laochra Gael launch at the Dean Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Former Limerick star among those featured in the latest TG4 series of Laochra Gael

Former Dublin goalkeeper Paddy Cullen, left, and former Kerry footballer Mikey Sheehy during the launch of the GAA Digital Archive at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

There is footage from 60 years of All-Ireland finals, but some big gaps need to be filled

Castleblayney’s Fergal Rafter: “The reason that I stuck at it and probably anyone in Blayney too is that it does need a core group of lads driving it.” Photograph: Fintan McTiernan

Monaghan side take on Kilkenny's Dunnamaggin in All-Ireland Junior Club decider on Sunday

RTÉ head of sport Declan McBennett: “I’m not going to apologise for coming from Monaghan where hockey and hurling were not big things.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Head of sport has expanded RTÉ’s GAA coverage as a result of losing Six Nations rights

Knock-on effect: Boris Johnson dumps the border problem right inside the Irish defensive line.  Photograph: Ben Radford/Corbis via Getty Images

It’s apt that Eddie Jones’s men arrive as our two governments are locked in a battle of wills

Referee Derek O’Mahoney shows a black card to Galway’s Peter Cooke and Killian Brady of Cavan during the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Pearse Stadium, Galway on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Players and managers welcome change, but it’s time to question the sharpness of its teeth

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley clashes with Monaghan’s Darren Hughes during the Allianz Football League Division 1 clash between the counties in  Clones on January 27th Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Not the first opening league game defeat for Dubs but still no cracks visible yet

In his introduction to “McIlvanny On Boxing”, the sports writer gave an insight into his modus operandi when it came to Muhammad Ali – not to mention the advantages he had as a Sunday writer. He died aged 84 last Thursday. File photograph: PA Wire

Tipping Point: McIlvanney's writing will live on - because nobody did it better

Monaghan’s Conor McManus celebrates with Stephen O’Hanlon following victory over Dublin in the Allianz Football League Division 1 game in  Clones. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Introduction of Stephen O’Hanlon and Conor McManus changes game in Clones

Mayo’s Brian Reape is one of the fringe players to get a chance on the opening weekend of the Allianz League. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin and Seán Moran take a look at the match-ups across the four divisions

Dublin’s Brian Fenton and Ciarán Kilkenny celebrate with the Allianz Football League Division One  trophy in 2018. Photograph: Inpho/Bryan Keane

Dublin will take some serious beating once again but others have room for improvement

Liam Sheedy: former manager has returned to  guide the fortunes of the Tipperary hurlers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Still comes as a splash of water to the face when ball is thrown in and leagues begin

Cillian McDaid: back from Australia and could prove a major addition to Galway’s attack. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

McDaid, Gavin, Hyland and O’Donnell will be looking for opportunities to press their case

Martin Keoghan: versatile young Kilkenny man clearly relishes the physical exchanges and can become a fixture in Cody’s side. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Keoghan, Dalton, McGrath and Gannon have lots of potential

Mickey Graham celebrates at the final whistle of Mullinalaghta’s win over Kilmacud Crokes in the Leinster club SFC final. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Division One football beckons after a fairytale year with the Longford champions

Cahir Healy has made the switch from Laois hurlers to footballers. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Down and Laois are favourites while Louth will be wary of the slippery slope

Daithi Waters is back in the Wexford fold. Photograph: Brian Keane/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin: Who will be this season’s Carlow? Wexford look the best placed

Kilkenny’s Luke Scanlon and Cathal Barrett of Tipperary in action at the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Final at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny last April.

Tipping Point: With no relegation from 1A to 1B, managers can ease into the season

Former Kerry star Kieran Donaghy and Dublin All-Ireland winner Lyndsey Davey Pictured at Dublin’s Sandymount Strand for the launch of the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé 2019 GAA Football Festival, which takes place in the Dingle Peninsula from 15th to 17th February. Photograph: Thomas White

Former Kerry forward suggests a simplified version of proposed handpass rule

 Derek McGrath, former Waterford manager, addressing the GAA Games Development Conference at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph:  by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Former Déise manager enthralls GAA conference with compelling address on player wellbeing

Declan Bonner: “It’s crazy, I don’t know how 10 men can sit around a table and come up with the three handpass rule. They can’t have much to do,” says the Donegal manager.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Evidence-based guiding principles are behind the proposed rule changes

Usada,  still chasing a follow-up to their 2012  effort with Lance Armstrong, have snapped on the rubber gloves for real this time and set about cleaning up the cesspool of nonagenarian doping in sport. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

Enterprising anti-doping agent stealing a march in the age 90-94 track cycling scene

Jason Sherlock: “Once I got through it and I did what I did, there was an overwhelming sense of calm and peace because in my own head I had come to terms with my father as a person.”

New documentary provides poignant insight into life of former favourite of Hill 16

 Mullinalaghta’s Patrick Fox celebrates their win over Kilmacud. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Story of tiny Longford club’s Leinster title win is one for the ages as they beat Dublin superclub

Kellie Harrington, Sinéad Aherne, Katie Taylor, Rachael Blackmore and Sanita Puspure.

There are five nominees in this group due to joint winners in September and October

Leona Maguire, Natalya Coyle and Rachael Blackmore make up this trio of nominees.

Katie Walsh, Leona Maguire and Natalya Coyle are the three up for nomination

Phil Healy, Cora Staunton and Fiona McHale make up the nominees.

Athletics, Gaelic football and Australian Rules are all included in our first three

 Dublin’s Brian Fenton challenges Graham Reilly of Meath. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Challenge match in Navan is in aid of soccer attack victim raises €80,000

Ruby Walsh: 'This is what I do, this is what I’m able to do and what I like doing. I’ll do it as long as I can get away with it.' Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Interview: Legendary jockey’s appetite to compete on the biggest days is as keen as ever

The first ever early-morning meeting in Irish greyhound racing got underway in Kilkenny on Wednesday. Photograph: Inpho

Breakfast time in Kilkenny is prime time in Melbourne, just past midnight in Las Vegas

‘The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee with Paul D. Gibson was announced as the eir sport Sports Book of the Year 2018 winner. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Paul Gibson’s book on the Belfast boxer has been named Eir Irish Sports Book of the Year

Mourneabbey players celebrate with the Dolores Tyrrell Memorial Cup after beating Foxrock-Cabinteely in the All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Club Championship Final   at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

After losing three All-Ireland finals in four years, the Cork club made sure this time

Mourneabbey’s Brid O’Sullivan challenged by Foxrock-Cabinteely’s Laura Nerney. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Sharp-shooting in the Parnell Park wind sees Cork champions blitz Foxrock-Cabinteely

‘Between you and me and the post’ – Like sentry guards, Jack McCaffrey and umpire Tom O’Kane watch the ball squirm away from the goal, one of the few moments of danger for Dublin in a relatively straight-forward semi-final win over Galway. Photo: “A Season of Sundays 2018”/Sportsfile

Malachy Clerkin looks at some of the volumes taking up the sports sections this year

 Dublin’s Coleen Barrett in action with Lorraine Muckian of Laois. Barret is recovering from a cruciate injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘An Taobhlíne’ tracks players’ recoveries from injuries that have become so common

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Adrian Mullen celebrates scoring a goal with Eoin Cody. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Kilkenny champions ease to Leinster club final victory to set up clash with Ballygunner

Pa O’Dwyer from Rathkeale is the winner of Ireland and UK’s Strongest Man competition. Photo: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Limerick man became the first Irish competitor to win UK’s Ultimate Strongman

Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny plays a handpass during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Galway. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Early use of the rules in O’Byrne Cup is likely to be stilted and confused before they bed in

New Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with FAI chief John Delaney at the Aviva Stadium. “Really it’s going to be about winning games.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

New manager knows he has to do a bit of panel beating to knock dinged-up squad into shape

The Irish team lifting the Tier 3 trophy at the Homeless World Cup in Mexico City

World Cup and street leagues offer hope and sense of inclusion to those who need it most

Former Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane now has a choice to make whether to stay in management or not. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

At one stage the odds-on favourite to succeed O’Neill, Cork man’s stock has now taken a hit

Irish athlete David Gillick won the first series of Celebrity Masterchef Ireland  in 2013. Photograph:  Getty Images/Inpho

Athletes’ competitive edge and ability to deal with pressure key to their success

Celebrations at the Aviva.  But we are not a people who do well with being told we’re the best in the world at anything. We all know this to be true.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Beating the All Blacks is a notions bonanza and thus laden with danger for Irish rugby

All kickouts must cross the 45 under the proposed new rules. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘Feedback from players would have been mostly negative and frustrated’

 Bryan Cooper: when he lost his job as Gigginstown’s retained rider in the summer of 2017 he  had to start again.  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Pair are grinding away at what they do best in the hope that planets align again

Tempers flare between Moorefield and Portlaoise. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Laois side roar ahead in first half before holding off Kildare champions in the second

 Michael Shields lifts the trophy as St Finbarr’s celebrate  victory over Duhallow in the Cork county final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

After ending a 33-year famine, famous Cork club face Dr Crokes in Munster semi-final

Keith Pelley, CEO of The European Tour has stayed on script when asked about event in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Tour itself didn’t mention it in season schedule as criticism gets louder every day

Wexford intercounty star   Conor McDonald impressed for Naomh Éanna against Camross. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Stunning start for Wexford side lays groundwork for win over Camross in quarter-finals

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: “We’re seeded in the Champions League first round and we want to get through that, we’re not thinking negatively at all.”

Dundalk boss says he finds it 'offensive' when people say long ball is in Irish DNA

Andy Lee: “Every decision you make in the ring is potentially career-altering.” Photograph: Myles Shelly

Former Irish Olympian boxer and world champion on life in retirement, taking up acting classes and growing up in a trailer in Engl(...)

Donal Keogan: “We got back together for the first time on Tuesday night. I’d have liked to have done it earlier but look, winning your first one is special and you have to let fellas enjoy it.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

First-time Cavan champions finally got over the line after losing the three previous finals

Dublin’s goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton acknowledges Hill 16 after winning the All-Ireland. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Dubs goalkeeper can feel hard done by but he’s the one who defined modern goalkeeping

Kimacud Crokes players celebrate their  Dublin SFC Final win over St Jude’s at  Parnell Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dublin star scores 1-6 from play as Stillorgan side win first title since 2010

Bennettsbridge players celebrate their victory over Abbeyknockmoy in the All -Ireland intermediate club final at Croke Park in 2016. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Club’s revival culminates in a return to the Kilkenny senior final for the first time since 1974

Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert catches the ball for a touchdown during the 2012 clash against Navy at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Notre Dame’s clash with Navy the first of five games worth €250m to the local economy

St Jude’s Kevin McManamon takes on St Vincent’s Brendan Egan during the Dublin SFC semi-final at Parnell Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Templeogue club have never won Dublin SFC but have taken major scalps en route to final

Rachael Blackmore.: “I don’t want to change anything. I cannot believe how well it is going so I just want to remain on a low profile.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Modest Tipperary woman has proved her mettle during her rise to the top of Irish racing

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly and Cathal Doohan celebrate defeating St Thomas to reach  the All-Ireland club final in 2017. Kelly scored 1-11 from play against Cratloe earlier this season. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kelly has Cratloe in his sights again in Clare hurling final

Thomas Delaney (L) and Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel berate Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick after his miss at the Aviva. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Danish midfielder was pick-pocketed by Jeff Hendrick as he tried to put ball out of play

Harry Arter clears Simon Kjaer’s header off the line during Ireland’s goalless draw with Denmark. Photograph: Oisin Kenity/Inpho

Cardiff City midfielder maintains decision to pull out of Wales clash was the right one

 James McClean clashes with Denmark’s  Mathias Jorgensen and Thomas Delaney during the  Nations League match at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Denmark looked the ordinary team they are shorn of Tottenham's Christian Eriksen

Rob Carroll in Tullamore in 2013 setting up to record Kildare’s statistics. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Rob Carroll sat through 322 matches and pored over around 100,000 handpasses

Francesco Molinari of Europe celebrates winning the Ryder Cup with captain Thomas Bjorn at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

With five wins from five and not one down the 18th the Italian made his mark in Paris

 Sergio Garcia  and Jon Rahm  celebrate Europe’s Ryder Cup win in Paris. Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

European captain’s picks outscored US rivals by more than the winning margin

Alex Noren of Europe celebrates with Thorbjorn Olesen after winning his match on the 18th green as Europe win the Ryder Cup  at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

European team made it feel like Ryder Cups of old while US looked on with grim faces

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