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

 Rory McIlroy celebrates a putt on the 5th green. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Europe dominate Saturday’s fourballs to take 8-4 lead over USA in Paris

Justin Thomas of USA  plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the afternoon foursomes  of the  Ryder Cup at Le Golf National  in Paris. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Persistence proves the key for Thomas Bjorn's side in historic foursomes whitewash

Europe’s English golfer Justin Rose (R) and Europe’s Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson celebrate their victory. Photograph: Getty Images

Europe’s Mr Dependable steadies the ship as Americans blown off course

 Tony Finau of the United States hits the opening shot of the morning fourball matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National. Photograph:  Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Creeping hand of PR wrapped its bony fingers around the Friday morning institution

A flypast during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Ryder Cup. Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Opening ceremony was full of glitz, glamour and quietly-spoken Tidy Towns treasurers

Thorbjorn Olesen and Rory McIlroy practice together ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Paris. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

What are the strengths and weaknesses of each pairing and who will win the points?

Paul Casey is an interesting character. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The Englishman is playing in his first Ryder Cup for a decade this week in Paris

 Bubba Watson talks to team-mate Jordan Spieth (not pictured) during a Ryder Cup press conference at  Le Golf National in  Paris. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ryder Cup Wednesday was just moseying along until the American breezed in

Team Europe’s Rory McIlroy walks through a corridor of fans at Le Golf National. Photograph: PA

‘He’s one of 12. We’re not looking at any individuals, just trying to beat the US team’

Tiger Woods  walking to the fourth tee during the third round of the Tour Championship  at Eastlake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph:  EPA/Tannen Maury

Tour Championship winner was a museum piece a year ago - it is a remarkable turnaround

Munster’s Joey Carbery against the Cardiff Blues. Any way you look at it, if there’s bonus points in the mix that’s actual rugby being played.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every September since forever has been about the All-Ireland finals in hurling and football

  The 1999  Ryder Cup  ended in controversy when  the USA  team, their wives and an  NBC cameraman ran  onto the 17th green after Justin Leonard of the US holed out even though Jose Maria Olazabel still had a putt to halve the hole. Photograph: Getty Images

Birkdale in 1969 was probably the closest a match came to actual violence on the course

Cora Staunton in action for Carnacon. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Leahy may not be a great manager but words like ‘unsafe’ should not be thrown around

It doesn’t matter whether Europe or the USA wins, it only matters that it’s a close battle

Siobhán McGrath: “Every year it [women’s football] just gets better. It’s a much higher standard than 2003.”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Long-serving defender walked away in 2014 but is back for another All-Ireland final

Mayo players stand for the national anthem before the All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Kildare in Newbridge which ended their season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Unseemly end to Rochford’s reign while bitter Carnacon row doesn’t augur well

Mick Bohan: “it was the first thing we went after. And when Loosehorse said they would cover it, that’s what made the documentary happen. That was the decision.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Manager Bohan explains the background to last year’s eye-opening film on women’s team

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane during the friendly international against Poland in Wroclaw. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Much like Stephen Ward’s leaked message you were left wondering what it all boiled down to

 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship: Cork’s Laura Treacy celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

No goals, points from placed balls and two teams who know each other too well

Serena Williams deep in conversation with referee Brian Earley during the women’s final of the US Open against Naomi Osaka, of Japan. Photograph: Adam Hunger/AP

There are times when Williams comes across as petty and self-involved

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey celebrates with Brian Howard as his side wins a free against Galway in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park in August.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin do everything better and quicker than their opponents and it’s hard to see that changing

Brian Fenton, Ciaran Kilkenny and Cormac Costello celebrate their All-Ireland final victory over Tyrone. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Any way you spin it, no sport is helped at all by the outright domination of one team

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan with Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Three bad kick-outs and a stupid free, and Tyrone went from four up to five down in 10 minutes

Brian Fenton celebrates after Dublin’s All-Ireland final win over Tyrone. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin runs the rule over Jim Gavin’s side after All-Ireland final victory

 David Clifford  squeezes the ball past the Monaghan defence and goalkeeper Rory Beggan in Clones. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Football the poor relation at the end of summer where complaining is true national sport

 Limerick squad and backroom staff enjoy their win in front of Hill 16. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Four stories from the weekend when Limerick managed to end 45 years of hurt

Limerick’s Séamus Hickey, with his daughter Anna, holds aloft the Liam MacCarthy cup following Limerick’s All-Ireland SHC final win at  Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Towards the end, it seemed as if Limerick would falter, but all ghosts are laid to rest

Mike Casey gets to the ball ahead of Galway's Johnny Glynn during Limerick's All-Ireland SHC final win in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The question was what had Galway left once Glynn’s aerial threat was coolly neutralised

Declan Hannon lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John Kiely’s heroes do just enough to see off Tribesmen and seal a historic, deserved win

John Kiely addresses his Limerick panel after the All-Ireland semi-final win against Cork at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The county has got carried away in the past and is paranoid about doing it again

Tyrone’s Tiarnan McCann with Niall Kearns of Monaghan, All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

The buzz in the county last week was in the hope of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey and Johnny Heaney of Galway in action at  the All-Ireland SFC semi-final in Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Manager is going the right way about building his team into a permanent empire

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates his team’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final win over Monaghan at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke frustrated at referee Anthony Nolan’s decisions

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton saves a penalty from Galway’s Eamonn Brannigan. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway pay penalty for missed first half chances as champions return to the final

Tyrone’s Pádraig Hamsey tackles Michael Darragh Macauley. Macauley’s swashbuckling runs through the centre were a feature of Dublin’s style back in 2013 and 2014/15. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s team is patient, methodical and has no fear of facing packed defences

Galway’s Pádraig Mannion in action against Clare’s Peter Duggan. “I’m not sure is it because of last year. It’s just that the players have kind of matured.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho GAA

‘You don’t need any extra motivation, just try and get the body right and go again’

Galway’s Jonathan Glynn scores a  goal against Clare during the All-Ireland semi-final replay in Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Canning again in princely form as he turns in another Man of the Match performance

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue: “But I think our boys worked hard, identified the threat, worked in numbers.” Photograph: Getty Images

‘Normally our efficiency is much, much higher than that,’ insists Clare’s co-manager

Galway’s Joe Canning scores a late sideline cut in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final replay at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Aron Shanagher had chance late on to steal a win for Clare at Semple Stadium

Joe Canning scores a point from a sideline ball against Clare at Croke Park. There are some doubts about his fitness in advance of the replay at Semple Stadium in Thurles.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Clare and Galway go again, Donegal, Tyrone and Monaghan enter last-chance saloon

Monaghan’s Rory Beggan in action against Kerry. “You need to be confident that you will hit the spaces when they eventually do come. You just have to be aware of what kick-out is right at the right time.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Goalkeeper’s kick-outs and accuracy from placed balls now a huge asset for Ulster side

Limerick's William O’Donoghue and Cian Lynch celebrate after their All-Ireland SHC semi-final win over Cork. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Galway, prior to 2017, knew too much what it was like to be close yet a million miles away 

Galway’s Conor Whelan and Conor Cooney tangle with Patrick O’Connor and Jack Browne of Clare during their All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Two epic semi-finals see Cork crash out as Galway and Clare prepare for a replay

Clare’s managers Gerry O’Connor and Donal Moloney look on as Galway’s Joe Canning leaves the field the injured. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘It was great that the occasion wasn’t wasted on us’, says Clare's Shane O’Donnell

Clare’s Jason McCarthy scores the equalising point against Galway at Croke park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland champions roar out of the blocks before they are slowly but surely reeled in

Limerick’s Seamus Flanagan posed big problems for the Cork defence in the drawn clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/INpho

Can Clare reproduce the heady mix of 2013 as they bid to dethrone formidable champions?

Limerick manager John Kiely celebrates with his mother Breda after the quarter-final victory over Kilkenny in Thurles. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A promise made after a hiding from Tipperary in 2009 is coming to fruition

It’ll take you up to the best part of €2,000 a year just to watch your mixture  of sport. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA

Punters being asked to stump up more and more as the coverage of sport fragments

The ball goes past Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan, scored by David Clifford of Kerry (out of picture) for Kerry’s late goal at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Monaghan fail to make it count when on top in Clones as David Clifford saves Kerry's summer

David Clifford celebrates after scoring Kerry’s late goal in the All-Ireland quarter-final Super 8 game against Monaghan at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile via Getty Images

David Clifford takes the rug out from under Monaghan’s feet with late goal in Clones

 Cork City fans display a banner in  memory of Liam Miller during their Champions League tie against Legia Warsaw earlier this month. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Liam Miller episode the latest in a series of PR disasters for the association

Éamonn Fitzmaurice: When Kerry fans are nit-picking at the energy he’s showing, it’s obviously a symptom of something much bigger. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There is an undeniable sense of a dam about to burst if Kerry don’t beat Monaghan

Kerry’s David Moran and Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh of Galway at Croke Park last Sunday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

David Moran, Paul Geaney and Paul Murphy need to stand up and be counted in Clones

Roscommon fans in good voice during the All-Ireland qualifier victory over Armagh at O’Moore Park.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Enjoy the qualifiers for what they are instead of wishing they were something else

Galway’s Conor Whelan and Jonathan Glynn with Paul Murphy of Kilkenny during the Leinster final replay at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Micheál Donoghue’s side much too strong for old rivals in Leinster final replay at Thurles

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue and  Kilkenny manager Brian Cody during the Leinster final replay at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cody delighted by the way Kilkenny fought back to get within shouting distance of Galway

Carlow’s Chris Nolan celebrates scoring a goal in the Joe McDonagh Cup final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Joe McDonagh Cup has been a success so format changes are proving unpopular

Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor reacts to a missed goal chance during the qualifier defeat to Kildare in Newbridge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This isn’t the end of Mayo’s quest for Sam but it is an end of sorts for a gallant group

Cork’s Darragh Fitzgibbon tries to get away from Clare’s David McInerney and Seadna Morey at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Lohan

Impressive comeback leaves Cork in last four while Galway and Kilkenny must meet again

Cork’s Seamus Harnedy scores a goal past Clare’s goalkeeper Donal Tuohy during the Munster SHC final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Leesiders trailed by eight points at one stage but came back to emerge victorious

Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy: “He’s the best in the game now and when he’s finished, he’ll be one of the best ever.”

‘He’s the best in the game now and when he’s finished, he’ll be one of the best ever’

Cork’s Seamus Harnedy fires home a crucial late goal in the win over Waterford at Thurles. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Only eight teams have gone longer unbeaten in the province than John Meyler’s side

Stephen O’Brien celebrates scoring Kerry’s first goal at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Eamonn Fitzmaurice's side stroll through to the Super-8s and play Galway next

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy with his daughter Lola Rose after the Munster final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘Whatever my role, it will be to help Kerry get over the line, that’s what I will do’

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien scores their first goal past Mark White. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Two early goals for the Rebels gave the Munster Final the false appearance of a contest

A dejected Michael Murphy leaves the pitch after Galway’s convincing victory over Donegal in last year’s All-Ireland qualifiers at Markievicz Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Record shows ultra-defensive system won’t be enough to contend for All-Ireland glory

The Kerry team break from the team photo before the Munster final replay of 2015 at Fitzgerald Stadium. Kerry went on to win 1-11 to 1-6. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry’s ability to build early leads has killed the Rebels in recent years

Galway’s Damien Comer and Shane Walsh celebrate after the match at Hyde Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Roscommon fail to go back-to-back as Shane Walsh inspires Tribesmen at Dr Hyde Park

Roscommon’s Enda Smith and Donal Smith celebrate with supporters last year’s Connacht final victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

McStay’s side are underdogs despite being defending champions on their home patch

Clare’s  Patrick O’Connor  and Tipp’s Séamus Callanan  after the final whistle.  Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Two of last year’s All-Ireland semi-finalists bow out of championship in early June

Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton is fouled by James McGivney of Longford. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s team stroll to 19-point victory and ease to another Leinster final at Croke Park

Limerick warm up before their All-Ireland Munster SHC clash with Cork. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It's only two years since TJ Ryan was complaining about 'vultures' undermining them

Kilkenny’s Enda Morrissey and Cillian Buckley in action against  Lee Chin and Rory O’Connor of Wexford during the  Leinster SHC round-robin  match at Nowlan Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wexford let nine-point lead slip as Kilkenny reach Leinster final

Mayo are among those in action in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers this weekend. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There are 18 intercounty games down for decision over a weekend never seen before

Eoin Donnelly rises high to flick home Fermanagh’s winning goal against Monaghan in the Ulster SFC semi-final at Healy Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gallagher’s underdogs stun Monaghan and qualify for their sixth ever Ulster final

Clare’s Conor McGrath is challenged by  Shane Fives and Darragh Fives at Cusack Park. The latter is one of several Waterford players absent through injury for the clash with Tipperary. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

At most, only seven of last year's All-Ireland final team will start against Tipperary

John McGrath: barely touched the ball in the first half yesterday before being untouchable in the second. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Premier County faithful never quite sure of what their heroes will produce on any given day

Tipeprary’s Brendan Maher and Daniel Kearney of Cork in action at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Michael Ryan’s side show real character to claw back a nine-point interval deficit

Cork’s Bill Cooper tackles Patrick Maher of Tipperary in their Munster championshop clash in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Substitute Jake Morris keeps Mick Ryan's side alive in the Munster Championship

Boidu Sayeh: “I didn’t actually find Gaelic that hard to pick up really, thinking back – I had great coaches.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Liberian-born 22-year-old thankful for his new life far from his African homeland

A relaxed  Tiger Woods chats with Jordan Spieth during the final round of The Players Championship  at TPC Sawgrass in Florida. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

It's hard to root for Tiger Woods the person; it's hard not to root for Tiger Woods the golfer

Tyrone’s Ronan O’Neill with Monaghan’s Ryan Wylie and goalkeeper Rory Beggan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rory Beggan and Conor McManus is sparkling form for Malachy O'Rourke's side

Jason Forde: was the outstanding player in the country in the league and merits a place in Tipperary’s starting championship attack.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Finding room for the surfeit of talent at his disposal a conundrum for Michael Ryan

Offaly’s Sean Gardiner Galway’s Conor Whelan in action at O’Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

All-Ireland champions begin their defence with a five-goal barrage in Tullamore

The Irish team await the arrival of President Michael D Higgins before the start of the test match against Pakistan at Malahide cricket club in Dublin. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Life is tough for minority sports so it was fun to watch Ireland achieve test status

Liam Blanchfield celebrates his late goal in Kilkenny’s win over Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Pat Gilroy’s side let Cats slip from their grasp as Liam Blanchfield’s goal secures victory

Jason Flynn scores one of Galway’s five goals against Offaly. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Donoghue’s side find their range but have plenty to do before the Cats come calling

Dublin’s Dean Rock: “I’m quite proud of who I am as a person and who I represent, and football has been a massive part of that.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A day job with the disability charity Stewarts Care has changed Dean Rock’s life

Jim Gavin: if Dublin’s first championship outing is fixed for Saturday May 26th the game would clash with the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. Photograph: James Crombie/Ipho

Leinster Council must have the cop on not to go up against Liverpool v Real Madrid

Galway have either won the All-Ireland or been put out by the champions in five of the past six seasons. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

All we know for sure is they lost the two league games they had to win in 2018

Everyone flying blind as new hectic schedule places extreme demands on players

New York in action against Sligo at Gaelic Park last year. “When you have no National League and no challenge games, it’s harder to put it in. A win would be huge,” says Justin O’Halloran. Photograph: Andy Marlin

Manager Justin O’Halloran hoping for a first win for exiles at 20th attempt

Mickey Harte: his  views are clearly deeply-held. But they are his views – not the GAA’s – and he has a responsibility to make that clear. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Country’s biggest sporting organisation has no position on the Eighth Amendment

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