Gordon D’Arcy and Paul Howard with Gordon’s Game, their  new children’s book. Photograph: Alan Betson

The children’s book by D’Arcy and Howard is a boy’s own story, a kind of abridged version of the rugby player’s career

Brian Lohan: the former Banner star remains one of the contenders for the Clare manager’s job. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Whoever finally emerges, it promises to be a rocky start to life for the incoming boss

Scotland head coach  Gregor Townsend could see his side go out of the Rugby World Cup if their final game against Japan on Sunday is cancelled. Photograph:   Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

It would have made the Thierry Henry carry-on seem like a typhoon in a teacup

Matty Forde: “It wasn’t the most attractive option at the time, that’s being honest about it.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Horan’s plan will need to amount to more than a rehashed Tommy Murphy Cup

 New Zealand’s  Sonny Bill Williams stretches to score the  All Blacks’ third try during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match against  Canada at the Oita Stadium. Photograph:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images

‘Kiwi commentary is the best commentary. The sense of superiority is constant and absolute’

Ireland’s players react after the defeat to Japan in the Pool A game at the Ecopa stadium in Shizuoka on Saturday. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Tipping Point: When it gets distilled down it comes back to people not liking people

England winger Joe Cokanasiga  is tackled by USA prop David Ainuu as he runs in to score a try during Rugby World Cup Pool C at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

One-sided games can prove a challenge but not to Tommy Bowe and the team

Head coach Joe Schmidt waves to fans  before Ireland’s World Cup opener against Scotland. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Tipping Point: We have up to six weeks left with best coach Irish rugby – arguably Irish sport – has had

England’s Gary Lineker celebrates scoring England’s opening goal against the Republic of Ireland in their 1990 World Cup match, one the striker remembers for a particularly  embarrassing moment. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former player turned broadcaster talks candidly about social media vitriol and Brexit

Brian Fenton, Ciaran Kilkenny and Cian O’Sullivan of Dublin celebrate beating Kerry in the All-Ireland football final. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On Saturday both teams played football from another planet. The game is forever changed

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper shows his emotion at the final whistle of the All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

‘Sometimes when you get an opportunity . . . you have to push yourself to the top of the water’

Dublin manager Jim Gavin celebrates the victory over Kerry  with Jack McCaffrey. Photograph: Tom Honan

Dublin boss expands on Cluxton’s dedication and Murchan’s training ground goal

Captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire trophy after Dublin secure a historic fifth title in a row after they defeated Kerry in the senior football final replay at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Tom Honan/ The Irish Times.

Drive for five comes to fruition as Dublin win replay to claim fifth All-Ireland in succession

Tommy Walsh, Jack Sherwood and Jonathan Lyne thought their intercounty careers over

Westmeath celebrate after defeating Galway in the All-Ireland intermediate camogie championship final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Joe Dolan’s finest of The Westmeath Bachelor probably wasn’t the best choice

Galway players celebrating at the final whistle of the senior camogie All-Ireland  final in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘We beat Cork, we beat Kilkenny, so I think we deserved this one,’ said Ailish O’Reilly

Galway’s Niamh Kilkenny and Aoife Donohue celebrate at the final whistle as they won the All-Ireland senior camogie championship title. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Midfielder was the standout performer as the Westerners took senior camogie title

Dublin players warm up before the All-Ireland final replay against Mayo in 2016.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Players who have played in them see Dublin’s previous experience as an advantage

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton saves from Paul Murphy of Kerry during the  All-Ireland senior football final  at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Kerry had the wherewithal, but missed too many chances against 14-man Dublin team

Dean Rock’s late free went wide as the All-Ireland SFC Final ended in a draw. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dean Rock’s late free drifts wide as sides set to meet again on Saturday week

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey celebrates after scoring a goal with Paul Mannion. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A year on from a brilliant defensive display the wing back was at his most lethal in loose role

 Brian Fenton and Michael Darragh Macauley attack a Mayo kickout in the semi-final. Photogaph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kingdom 'keeper Shane Ryan will need to keep his cool in the face of overwhelming pressure

 Con O’Callaghan celebrates one of his two goals during Dublin’s  2-6 blitz against Mayo.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Championship 2019: From Castlebar to Croke Park, from Clones to Killarney

Diarmuid Connolly scores his side’s first goal past goalkeeper David Clarke during the 2016 final replay. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side are on the brink of history but there has been plenty of drama since 2015

Jim Gavin: “If a player isn’t executing his skillset or the game plan, ultimately the root cause of it isn’t the player – it’s me. The buck stops with me.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Exacting standards he learnt in aviation industry now being applied to football

 Michael Darragh Macauley: “There’s a lot of pieces of the puzzle that have come together. But it won’t last forever. This Dublin team won’t last forever.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Press night old hat for Macauley as he looks forward to his seventh All-Ireland final

 Tipperary’s Eamon O’Shea: “We can only be ourselves. Some days that answer doesn’t work, as we have shown. But we still want to play the way we play. That’s important.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘I love to see players going out and having self-expression. I love seeing them find ways to create’

Darragh Egan, Liam Sheedy, Eamon O’Shea and Tommy Dunne. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Liam Sheedy couldn’t have done it without his back-room, and had the grace to know it

Tipperary’s Pádraic Maher and Brendan Maher celebrate winning the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Cats fought hard with 14 men in second half, but couldn’t halt Tipperary momentum

Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy can’t stop Séamus Callanan of Tipperary scoring his side’s second goal during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Sending off of Richie Hogan proves key as Liam Sheedy’s side pile on the scores

Kilkenny’s Pádraig Walsh celebrates at the full-time whistle of the  All-Ireland hurling semi-final against Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Tullaroan man’s versatility has made him indispensable to Brian Cody since 2014

Brian Cody celebrates Kilkenny’s 2008 All-Ireland final win over Waterford. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin compiles the figures which set Kilkenny manager apart from the rest

Jim Gavin: ‘The team is very humble, it has got its two feet on the ground, it understands what its purpose is.’ Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin football manager remains firmly focused when asked about the five-in-a-row

Croke Park, Sunday: as Kerry and Tyrone warmed up to an atmosphere more fitting for a league semi-final, the general pall around the place felt like a pretty straightforward reaction to Dublin’s awesome second half the previous night. Photograph: Tommy Dickson: ©INPHO

Terrible crowd for Sunday’s second semi-final is bad news for football

Kerry’s David Clifford celebrates scoring a point during the All-Ireland semi-final win over Tyrone. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Keane’s side will look to stop Dublin winning five-in-a-row in three weeks

 Con O’Callaghan celebrates scoring a goal against Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Two goals at the start of second half gets Dublin out the gap against Mayo

Jim Gavin in Omagh: “You saw what it meant to play for Dublin. A lot of fatigued, tired bodies inside there. They gave it everything. That’s all you ask.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘We have great trust and great faith in the squad’ says Dublin boss after Omagh win

Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin and Tyrone’s Michael McKernan vie for possession in Healy Park, Omagh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo’s latest last-stand shines out like a beacon in the final weekend of the Super-8s

Diarmuid Connolly on his return to action for Dublin in Omagh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly returns as both teams play second string XVs in Super 8s encounter

In five games so far this summer, a core group of 10 Dublin players have started every game. The average age of the team that beat Roscommon a fortnight ago was 27.7. Brian Howard was the only player under 25 in the side. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

For the first time in five summers, no new player has sealed a place in Dublin’s starting XV

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody celebrates at the final whistle of the  senior championship hurling semi-final in Croke Park on Saturday after his side’s 1-21 to 2-17 win over  Limerick. Photograph:    Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Pioneer of ‘chasing, blocking, hooking’ strategy through to 16th All-Ireland final

 Tipperary’s Padraic Maher, Alan Flynn and Ger Browne celebrate  their  1-28 to 3-20 senior hurling championship semi-final win over Wexford  in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sheedy’s side prove their mettle ahead of fifth All-Ireland final against Kilkenny in 10 years

Limerick’s Dan Morrissey with Walter Walsh of Kilkenny in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kilkenny unleash tidal wave of manic intensity for 11th successive semi-final win

 Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy with Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald after Tipp’s  1-28 to 3-20 senior hurling championship semi-final win at Croke Park.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘It hurts so badly because Wexford haven’t been there in 23 years,’ says Davy Fitz

Kilkenny’s Pádraig Walsh and Paddy Deegan celebrate after the All-Ireland SHC semi-final victory over Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Cats were never caught by the defending champions after TJ Reid’s first-minute score

Davy Fitzgerald: his Wexford side have only conceded two goals en route to the All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Formidable Limerick aren’t defending their All-Ireland, they’re attacking it

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy during his first round of the Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph:  Reuters/Ian Walton

Tipping point: the Northern Ireland golfer folded under the pressure at Portrush

Mayo goalkeeper David Clarke and team-mates  defend a free during the Super 8s victory over  Meath at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Meath boss McEntee left to rue his side’s failure to convert their chances

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores a goal past Meath’s substitute goalkeeper Marcus Brennan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

On a different day against a better team, Mayo might not have got out of this one

Michael Murphy in action against Meath’s Shane McEntee. Murphy will make his 150th appearance in a Donegal shirt when he lines out against Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Munster champions’ attack can give them the edge over Donegal at headquarters

Tyrone’s Peter Harte is tackled by Cathal Cregg and Enda Smith of Roscommon. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Win over Roscommon was first against non-Ulster Division One side since 2013

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and David Moran of Kerry ascend under the dropping ball. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry chief hails David Moran while Mayo boss admits side ‘comprehensively’ beaten

Kerry manager Peter Keane with midfielder David Moran after their victory over Mayo in Killarney. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo given a hiding in Killarney while Donegal knuckle down to see off plucky Meath

GAA president John Horan: ‘No matter what I say in that debate it’s always going to be seen I’m going to say something with a bit of a shade of blue on my back.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

GAA president supposed to be above the fray, but perception is that he is anything but

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor reacts to a missed goal chance during their All-Ireland SFC Super 8s clash with Kerry. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

David Clarke’s kick-outs proved major problem for visitors as home side took advantage

Mayo's James Carr celebrates scoring against Galway in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifiers in Co Limerick last Saturday. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Fitzgerald Stadium clash will be a blockbuster instalment of a terrific championship

Mayo’s Darren Coen in action against Roscommon. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Forward took scenic route to becoming a key player for the league champions this season

The handball that brought the injury-time penalty for the Netherlands against Japan looked no different to the one not given to France at the same point in their quarter-final against the USA on Friday Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

It’s always dangerous to make bigger claims for a sporting event than it deserves or needs

 Lee Chin celebrates with manager Davy Fitzgerald after the Leinster final victory over Kilkenny at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Davy’s men deliver in Leinster thriller while champions avenge defeat to Tipp in style

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald on the team bus with the Leinster Championship trophy. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘If I told you the training they did. You would not believe the stuff we did in November’

Tipperary’s Noel McGrath tackling Limerick’s Shane Dowling in the Munster  hurling championship at Semple Stadium on June 16th. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Along with the two provincial hurling finals there’s also a dash of stardust about the football qualifiers

Wexford’s Conor McDonald celebrates a goal in extra time during the 2013 Leinster under-21 hurling final against Kilkenny at Wexford Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Victory over Kilkenny in the 2013 Leinster U21 final was the shot of adrenaline needed

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan and Shane Gallagher of Meath in the Leinster  Senior Football Championship final in Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cranky Meath defending and slippery conditions mean Dublin are not able to disappear out of sight in their usual manner

Dublin’s Brian Howard holding aloft the  Delaney Cup after victory over Meath in the Leinster Championship final in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin aren’t in the Leinster championship anymore – they are the championship

Niall Coakley started against Kerry in 2017 - it turned out to be his final Cork appearance. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Expectations remain low as endless rebuild continues on Leeside

Cavan manager Mickey Graham celebrates after the Ulster championship semi-final victory over Armagh. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cavan’s clash with Donegal takes centre stage as Munster and Leinster fail to enthuse

Donald McRae: “I do think that quite unusually as I’ve got older, I’ve become less judgemental.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Author and journalist has been honing his sportswriting craft for 35 years

Dublin’s Chris Crummy celebrates after the Leinster SHC round-robin game against Galway  at Parnell Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin end Tribesmen’s summer in the middle of June

Cian Lynch of Limerick in action against Clare’s Seadna Morey of Clare  at the Gaelic Grounds. A Limerick win in Thurles would secure their place in the Munster final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All eight teams still have a chance of making All-Ireland championship knock-out stages

TJ Reid celebrates one of his two goals against Galway at Nowlan Park. Reid is responsible for 56.8 per cent of Kilkenny’s scores so far in the championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cats in need of another magical display from the gifted Ballyhale stalwart in Wexford

Galway’s Conor Whelan and Kilkenny’s Huw Lawlor  in their Leinster  SFC Round 4 match in Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Four teams chase three spots, and you’ll need a calculator to work out all the permutations

Stephen Cluxton leads out the Dublin team on his 100th Leinster Championship appearance, at Croke Park on Sunday.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tipping Point: Fans know how it will end – no wonder they don’t bother their barney to go

Dublin’s  Stephen Cluxton saves a shot from Keith Cribbin of Kildare during the Leinster semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Goalkeeper makes 100th championship appearance as Mannion and Costello lead rout

Joe Canning: has graced the All-Ireland final on four occasions since Galway entered the Leinster championship, with the Tribesmen triumphant in 2017.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht county have proved very competitive both at provincial and All-Ireland level

Tyrone’s Matthew Donnelly will be in action against Donegal in the Ulster SFC semi-final at Clones on Saturday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Leinster and Ulster semi-finals down for decision and the first of qualifiers

Kilkenny’s Adrian Mullen in action against Carlow. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Kilkenny’s 100% record will be tested by Galway at Nowlan Park on Sunday

Tipperary’s Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher scores his side’s third goal despite the efforts of Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Another impressive away victory suggests Tipp are operating on a different level to their rivals

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan scores his side’s second goal past Clare goalkeeper  Donal Tuohy during the Munster SHC round-robin game at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Liam Sheedy's side are putting up totals not seen so far in the new format

Clare’s Podge Collins  at Centra’s launch of the GAA All Ireland Hurling Championship. “I basically am playing as a fan now. That’s the best way to enjoy it.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Now 27, the Banner forward has a mature perspective on the game and his place in it

Lee Keegan rues a missed chance. Keegan,   Diarmuid O’Connor and Kevin McLoughlin all missed routine opportunities – the exact  sort you never see a Dublin player miss. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Horan didn’t come back to preside over a team showing such familiar shortcomings

Longford’s Michael Quinn scores his team’s third goal against Kildare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

They were level on eight occasions, including at the end of normal time and extra-time

Wexford’s Liam Óg McGovern scores a point against Kilkenny in their 1-19 to 1-12 win in the Hurling League Division 1A at Wexford Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Centre-forward grateful to be playing once again after long recovery from cruciate tear

The bad gael loves nothing more than to go to a game on a Sunday in the summer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The po-faced reverence for GAA in Irish society drives the bad gael up the walls

Limerick’s Peter Casey and Niall O’Leary of Cork in their Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship round 2 clash at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, on Sunday.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland champions left looking ordinary after Cork catapult themselves back in the mix

Dublin’s Seán Moran celebrates scoring a late goal in the Leinster SHC match against Wexford at Parnell Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dublin get share of the spoils against Wexford at Parnell Park thanks to late goal

Gary O’Donnell and the Galway team arrive at McGovern Park, Ruislip,  to face London in the Connacht quarter-final. They are unlikely to be tested by Sligo. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster and Connacht SFC: Monaghan haven't lost in championship in Breffni in 32 years

Dublin’s David Treacy dejected after losing to Kilkenny in Nowlan Park. He missed three frees at key points in the match. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

David Treacy missed three frees against Kilkenny and was punished ruthlessly

Jurgen Klopp,  Liverpool manager: ‘This is impossible. Except you guys are you.’ Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Tipping Point: Irish people making out they hate the other club always feels like a pose

Waterford’s Shane Fives and Shane O’Donnell of Clare: John Conlon’s early goal for Clare was a thumb on the scale that Waterford couldn’t outweigh. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Summer has already seen more away wins in one afternoon than the whole of 2018

Waterford’s Shane Fives and Shane O’Donnell of Clare. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

First Walsh Park championship match in 16 years sees doolally finish but no home win

Kilkenny’s Padraig Walsh and Conor McDonald of Wexford during last year’s Leinster Championship. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Teams who’d to play their four matches back to back had a desperate record

Tipperary’s Michael Quinlivan. Tipperary take on Limerick in Semple Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

It’s difficult to see Derry troubling a Tyrone side who dwell in a different realm these days

Joanne Cantwell: the new host of RTÉ’s long-running GAA programme The Sunday Game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Experienced broadcaster relishes the pressure that comes with iconic sports show

Paul Mannion in action during the 2018 Leinster Final against Laois at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The road to being Dublin’s most dangerous forward has never been a straight one

Rory O’Carroll: three-time All-Ireland winner is back in the Dublin squad for the championship. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Kilkenny goalkeeper Murphy ruled out for at least the provincial championship

Paul Flynn lifting the Sam Maguire in 2017. He  won six All-Ireland medals during a glorious era for the county. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Four-time All Star brought the very best version of himself to Dublin during a glorious era

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”

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