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/

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

The urge to find something to be cranky about in the GAA is undefeated longer than the Dubs will ever be. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It took no time at all for the giving-out brigade to find their voices again

Tianna Bartoletta in action at the 2016 US Olympic trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Olympic champion on the anxiety, anger and grief she has felt since the murder of George Floyd

Dave McGreevy: ‘That’s the only non-negotiable we have. It’s cross-community and that’s it.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dave McGreevy had no idea what was to follow when he sent out a Tweet from his kitchen table

Meath’s Thomas O’Reilly is challenged by  Liam Silke and Cein D’Arcy of Galway during an Allianz Football League Division 1 game at  Páirc Tailteann on March 1st. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

New study from Statsports might give hope for a quicker return to action

Monaghan captain Ryan Wylie works as a radiographer at the Mater Hospital in Dublin. Photographer: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Monaghan captain on working through pandemic as a radiographer at the Mater

Protestors in Minneapolis kneel down as they protest at the makeshift memorial in honour of George Floyd, who died while in custody of the Minneapolis police. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Given how the league dealt with quarterback’s own protest, their reponse is tone deaf

The stabilisers came off her bike a week into lockdown and now she’s Evel Knievel. Photograph: iStock

Malachy Clerkin: Our daughter blew out her birthday candles, then the bottom fell out of the world

Shane Ryan on board during his trip across the Atlantic. Photograph: Facebook

Limerick rower with six per cent eyesight defied the odds as the world locked down

James Crombie’s supermoon picture near Croghan Hill, Co. Offaly has been shared around the world. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

From supermoons to graveyards and castles, the Inpho staff have thought on their feet

Round Tower GAA’s Connor Harte and Connor Flannery train together at Corkagh Park during lockdown. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

With two months already gone can pitches really remain empty for another two?

Rory Gallagher: ‘The getting-to-know phase is something we’re missing out on to some extent.” Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Derry’s Rory Gallagher and Mike Quirke of Laois on the unique problems and opportunities

Nancy Whyte ‘was the sort of woman who didn’t like a lot of fuss’.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Whyte raised a family of five and had a ‘great life’ in west Dublin

The Irish baseball league is made up of 12 teams in two divisions, with close to 400 registered players across the island. There are teams from Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Monaghan and Ashbourne.

With social distancing a feature of the sport, organisers target a start date in July

David Shanahan will take up his scholarship at Georgia Tech next January.

After securing a scholarship, Shanahan will be kicking in front of 100,000 people

Jockeys and trainers observe social distancing at Tipperary back in March. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Considerable lobbying muscle was flexed but one bit of normality returning is a good thing

Ireland’s Cian O’Connor and Waterford Crystal celebrate winning the gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

It’s was a story that had the nation captivated . . . and Charlie Bird on the case

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker claimed he was being “harassed” after admitting that he breached lockdown rules to visit his sister and parents. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

A lesser man would have come up with an apology of some sort but not you, Kyle

Ciara Mageean is allowing herself to feel sad on her bad days. Photograph: Inpho

Ciara Mageean, Denise O’Sullivan, Scott Fardy and Brendan Maher give their answer

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald says it’s disappointing that GAA players can’t train in small groups. Photo: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald says GAA should trust players to be responsible

New York were due to host Galway at Gaelic Park  in New York on Sunday night in the opening game of the All-Ireland SFC Championship. Photograph: Andy Marlin/Inpho

Your average sports fan is currently between pages 27 and 53 of three different books

Annalise Murphy: “You just don’t know. There’s no certainty. Two months ago I was basically counting down the days to the Olympics . . ..Now it’s just . . . who knows?” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

‘You just don’t know. Is my next competition going to be as far away as the Olympics?'

Kerry hurler  Pádraig Boyle beat footballer James O’Donoghue in a preliminary match to represent the county in this weekend’s charity FIFA tournament. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After hearing of a similar fundraiser in Spain, Joanne O’Riordan got on the case

Dublin’s Dean Rock prepares to take a free during the All-Ireland football final against Kerry in 2019. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘The frontline care-workers are doing incredible work. It’s inspiring to be around it’

Solidarity will get tested when some people are allowed out to do the thing that makes them happy while others can’t do theirs. Photograph: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Golf clubs likely to be among first venues to re-open but it may test our solidarity

Mayo’s Lee Keegan scores his side’s opening goal despite the attempts of Jonny Cooper and Michael Fitzsimons of Dublin during the All-Ireland semi-final last August. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo footballer believes it will not be easy to return to playing this summer

There’ll be no Dublin Horse Show (above), no football or hurling championships, no  refixed Champions Cup quarter-finals, no Electric Picnic, no Longitude, no Fleadh, no Rose of Tralee. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The touchstones of an Irish summer – sports events, gigs and festivals – have been zapped

 Real Esteli FC play Walter Ferreti FC play a behind closed doors first division match  at the national soccer stadium in Managua, Nicaragua. Photograph: Jorge Torres/EPA

‘You don’t solve a gambling problem by taking away sport’

Making time for the weekly five-a-side will seem like a doddle after all of this is over. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It is a shock when you realise how much of your life you spend looking ahead

Eamon Murphy of the GPA says losing face-to-face meeting is a huge blow. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Being disconnected is the main issue but there are ways to help members through

David Brady celebrates Mayo’s win over Dublin in the 2006 All-Ireland quarter-finals. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former Mayo star has been talking football with strangers to help them through isolation

Sergio Garcia celebrates after making an eagle on the 15th during the 2017 US Masters. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

Malachy Clerkin compiles an aggregate of the best final rounds of the last 25 years

St Tiernach’s Park in  Clones before the Ulster U20 Championship Final between Donegal and Tyrone at the beginning of March. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

On a cold February morning, the tailback was slow approaching the Border Covid checkpoint

Joey Boland (centre) pictured with Kerry footballer Jack Barry, Dublin hurler Dotsy O’Callaghan, Mayo footballer Lee Keegan and Wexford hurler Jack Guiney at the launch of the Sports Physio Ireland Clinic in February 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Dublin hurler stretches and pulls business model apart to get ahead of the pack

Wexford’s Conor McDonald ahead of last year’s All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Reality Bites: Wexford forward and personal trainer wary of potential mental stress

Stephen Kenny has been announced as the new Ireland manager with immediate effect. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The verve and brio his teams play with can often seem at odds with his public persona

The GAA could be one of the last sports to return to action. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Whole new ball game: It feels difficult to imagine that we are within months of a return

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell has plenty on his hands as it is as he completes his PhD. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Clare hurler’s PhD means he’s occupied but missing rough and tumble of training

 Phil Mickelson plays a six-iron from the pine straw on the 13th hole during the final round of the 2010 Masters at Augusta. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

On his way to a three-shot victory, Lefty played one of the most amazing shots in Major history

Les Dennis, host of Family Fortunes: “No matter how rank his impressions are, Les Dennis will always be welcome in this house.”

Sport won’t come back in a more benign form. It can’t. It wouldn’t be sport if it did

Caitríona Cormican: “When you see what’s going on and you just know the impact it can have. It’s the worry that if people don’t follow the measures, what may be ahead of us. That’s what the worry is. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Galway camogie star and GP in the frontline of a life and death battle

Security men direct people with appointments to the drive-through testing centre for Covid-19 at Croke Park. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

I’ve been to Croker a million times, but going there for a Covid-19 test, I got totally lost

 Action from the round one AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Sydney Swans at the Adelaide Oval on March 21st. Photograph: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

‘It’s absolute chaos and uncertainty, which is no different to the rest of the world I suppose’

Kevin McKernan was in his classroom at St Ronan’s Primary School, Newry on Tuesday morning. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

The Down footballer on his changing role as a primary school teacher in Newry

Sinead Goldrick (right) in action for the Melbourne Demons against Collingwood Magpies at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on February 28th. Photograph: Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Dublin footballer forced to cut short season in Melbourne and make quick departure

Brooklyn Bridge pictured on March 18th. Photograph: Alba Vigaray/Getty

We are all slow marathon runners now and we have miles and miles still ahead of us

Paul Geaney’s in Dingle: A whole industry was put to sleep at the flick of a switch. No time for contingencies, no space in which to come up with a plan. Geaney had to let 20 staff go.

'I would imagine the knock-on effect will run to this time next year and longer'

The whole thing has to be surreal for those who play sport to any reasonable level

 Willie Mullins’s  string of horses  returning to  stables after exercising on the gallops at Cheltenham racecourse on Sunday.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Tipping point: Ten stories around the festival that will warm us for the week

Liam Cahill: the new manager has overseen a revival in Waterford’s form  over the course of the league. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Westmeath and Carlow battle it out for top-flight survival in Mullingar

Trainer Paul Nolan at the Dublin Racing Festival at the start of February. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The Co Wexford trainer brings four horses to Cheltenham next week after a fallow few years

Carlow manager Colm Bonnar speaks to his players at the end of the Leinster Hurling Championship game against Kilkenny at  Netwatch Cullen Park last May. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

'I know people would look at us and wonder is there any point in teams like us being there'

If a team is playing into a gale like when Dublin faced Tyrone on Saturday, what are goalkeepers to do? Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tipping Point: Backpass rule may be a welcome change but teams have little time to adapt

Galway’s Paul Conroy under pressure from David Toner of Meath. Photograph: Inpho

Pádraic Joyce's side lucky to get out of Navan with the points after poor display

Faugheen, ridden by Paul Townend, wins at Leaoprdstown earlier this month. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Now 12-years-old and nearing the end, there are three ways this great horse could go

David Clifford in action against Meath during the Allianz Football League Division 1 game at  Fitzgerald Stadium in  Killarney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin looks at the action across all four divisions

“Over the course of the game or over the course of the season, if that’s your way of defending, you’re going to be found out. The better teams will target you and it will find you out,” says former Kilkenny defender Brian Hogan.

Push for card focused on one particular foul – the pull-down of a player through on goal

Clare’s Jack Browne and Bill Sheehan of Kilkenny scuffle off the ball during their Allianz League clash. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Brian Cody's side need injury-time rescue despite leading by four in the 67th minute

Kiklenny’s Paul Murphy on duty in Lebanon. “You’re constantly on the lookout. It’s minute-to-minute, keeping an eye on what’s happening, not only for our own safety but for the safety of the people in our area.”

Four-time All Star embraces the discipline involved with serving with the Army in Lebanon

Paddy McBrearty: could make his first appearance of the spring in Donegal’s visit to Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin previews the weekend football action including Saturday's top flight clash

Wexford’s Conor McDonald battles with Kilkenny’s Paddy Deegan during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B clash at Chadwicks Wexford Park, Wexford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Model County now unbeaten in six games against their old tormentors

Wexford’s Jack O’Connor and Conor Browne of Kilkenny battle for the sliotar. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Davy Fitzgerald’s side took the points once again against their rivals in wild conditions

Aaron Gillane is back in the Limerick side for Saturday night’s game against Waterford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin gives his verdicts on all the weekend hurling and football action

 Joe Brolly is now working with subscription broadcaster eir sport. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Gerry Flynn (Non-Party) is unhappy that RTÉ axed the controversial GAA pundit

Joe Brolly’s contract with RTÉ was not renewed at the end of 2019.   Photograph: James Crombie/inpho

Minister should step in as constituents are ‘suffering from withdrawal symptoms’

Dublin’s Eoin Murchan and Shane Carey of Monaghan clash during the Allianz Football League Division 1 game at Croke Park on Saturday night. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Séamus McEnaney still happy with his side’s performance despite losing big lead

 Dublin’s James McCarthy with Karl O’Connell and Dessie Ward of Monaghan. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Monaghan allow six-point lead to slip away in injury-time as Farrell's side come back from the dead

Andy McEntee’s side need to beat Mayo in Navan on Sunday after losing their opening two games in the league. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Gap between teams at the top and its middle classes is ingrained by current structure

Wexford Senior Hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald: ‘He is who he is and I am who I am and that’s grand.’ Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Falling-out between Brian Lohan and Davy Fitzgerald just a sideshow at Wexford Park

Monaghan and Tyrone players clash in Sunday’s league encounter in Castleblaney. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

The home side took the lead in the third minute and were never caught

Damien Comer: he is named to start his first game for Galway since August 2018. Photograph: Getty Images

Dublin travel to MacHale Park in Mayo, while Galway visit Kerry

Brian Lohan checks on an injured David Fitzgerald during a Clare NHL game in April 2005. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The one-time dynamic goalkeeper-full back partnership will meet at Wexford Park on Sunday

Dessie Farrell: his trickiest task will lie in assessing what changes to make and how to make them and how to bring a strident, self-possessed dressing room along with him. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday showed the kind of assertive, self-motivated bunch of players he has taken over

Kerry’s David Clifford kicks a point to level the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was a belter of a game for a January night. At times, it felt like we’d never been away

Liam Sheedy’s Tipperary are the defending All-Ireland champions. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Limerick could have a point to prove after New York, Tipp likely to keep powder dry

Mattie Kenny is quietly putting together a formidable Dublin squad. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin putting together a formidable side with Wexford likely to be there at the end

Waterford manager Liam Cahill: ‘A lot of modern day managers have a lot of business experience or a lot of life-coaching experience. I don’t have that.’ Ken Sutton/Inpho

Cahill admits he used to spend weeks beating himself up over missing chances

Kildare’s Daniel Flynn will be back in action after taking some time away. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kildare look to live up to potential while Roscommon will have an eye on the title

Dessie Farrell will take charge of his first league campaign with Dublin. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dessie Farrell looking for early success with the Dubs but there’s plenty of competition

Ronan McCarthy’s Cork will be pushing for a Division Two return. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Looming Tier Two Championship means Cork will be banking on strong campaign

Paul Galvin takes charge of Wexford in Division Four. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Paul Galvin and Davy Burke are two interesting appointments in the bottom tier

A silhouette of Shane Lowry as he practises on the range  during day one  of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club  in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Tipping Point: Golfer could have done a small thing here at no real personal cost

Joey Holden of Ballyhale Shamrocks holds the cup aloft after the All-Ireland club hurling final win over Borris-Ileigh at Croke Park. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Galway kingpins make it three-in-a-row of football titles while Kilkenny men secure back-to-back hurling crowns

Corofin’s Conor Cunningham celebrates scoring a goal in extra-time. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

In Kilcoo they found nutty opposition determined to make them grind for their glory

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Michael Fennelly on the burst in the Kilkenny championship final against James Stephens in October. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballyhale captain looks to finish in style before joining Borris-Ileigh’s Kelly on sideline

Paul Mannion: “Everyone’s talking about it; why should it be just five? Because it hadn’t been done before? What if it was six? We’d all be going with the same hunger and fervour.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All Star forward says Dublin have no intention of fading away after five-in-a row feat

Kerry’s Paul Geaney:   “Just get a mark now, and you have a shot at goal.” Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Kerry forward says it is a change that has come in to alter a game already changing

Rory O’Connor of Wexford, Alan Cadogan of Cork, Eir sport analyst Joe Brolly, Paul Geaney of Kerry and Paul Mannion of Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Analyst talks of his hurt at how his 20-year stint ended at RTÉ and doesn’t rule out working with Sky

 New England Patriots quarter-back Tom Brady leaving the field after losing to Tennessee Titans in their playoff game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photograph: EPA/John Cetrino

Interesting times ahead if the serial Super Bowl winner moves to another team

  Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy and Brian Hogan challenge Patrick Maher of Tipperary in the drawn All-Ireland final of 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

How many games in any sport made you feel the need to claim a state of wonder?

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after the victory over Kerry in he All-Ireland SFC Final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Marie Crowe and Colin Byrne join some of our writers to look back on the highs and lows

Reece Denieffe and Ross Dunphy celebrate their Leinster Club SFC  semi-final, win over Portlaoise. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

A first Leinster final in 21 years beckons for the Carlow side who once ruled Leinster

More articles