Brentford’s Christian Eriksen. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

From mistaken identities to mean tweets, it has been a season to remember

 Roy Keane  leaves the Etihad stadium after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa. Photograph:  Cameron Smith/Getty Images

Epic final day of Premier League was fine, once you didn’t miss every key moment

Liverpool’s Thiago Alcântara  wears a Mohamed Salah mask as he celebrates with Mohamed Salah after winning the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

TV View: After their FA Cup win on Saturday, you half expected them to win Eurovision

Napoli’s head coach, Luciano Spalletti. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP via Getty

Bordeaux centre-half denies causing stink in dressing room; Pep has dig at Liverpool

Katie Taylor celebrates her victory over Amanda Serrano in their lightweight title fight at  Madison Square Garden in New York. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Bray boxer retained her lightweight titles in a fight for the ages against Amanda Serrano

Federation of Irish Sport chief executive  Mary O’Connor produced a list of proposals aimed at tackling the issue of abuse of players and officials at Wednesday’s  Oireachtas Committee hearing. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Oireachtas Committee hears proposals to tackle the issue at venues and online

Last week Fifa president Gianni Infantino was at a business conference in the United States and was asked about the plight of migrant workers in Qatar. Photograph: Getty Images

The Fifa president said what? Sometimes you’d almost miss Sepp Blatter . . .

Munster fans at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. We can be very certain that Munster fans will indeed come back for more even if the pain of Saturday never actually subsides. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

People who follow sports teams are gluttons for having their hearts reduced to smithereens

Micheal Healy-Rae, aka Karim Benzema, celebrates Real’s victory. Photograph:  David S Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Michael Healy-Rae slots the winning spot-kick to send City crashing out of Europe

Sadio Mane celebrates with team-mates Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, , Thiago Alcantara and Andy Robertson  after scoring his side’s third goal during the  Champions League semi-final second leg against Villarreal  at Estadio de la Ceramica. Photograph: Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Talk of quadruple gathers strength after stunning comeback in Spain

Erik ten Hag, the next Manchester United manager. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Lokomotiv Moscow president far from a big fan of Ralf Rangnick

Katie Taylor talks to a reporter in the ring after defeating Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

TV View: ‘Watching’ with phone face down, I feared Katie was done, but what a recovery

Catholic Institute with the Irish Senior Cup. Photograph: Adrian Boehm

End-to-end contest for bulk of the game, both sides showing remarkable fitness

Ireland’s Roisin Upton will hope her Institute team can edge Pembroke Wanderers in the Irish Senior Cup final on Saturday. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

This season has seen the two clubs rival each other for three major national honours

Alison Keogh: ‘No official wants to be talked about after a game because it’s usually not for a good reason.’ Photograph: WSP/Willem Vernes

UCD researcher will become first woman to referee men’s Irish Hockey Senior Cup final

Fans arrive at Anfield ahead of Sunday’s derby match between Liverpool and Everton. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Liverpool feeling sorry for United; Dundee manager Mark McGhee’s new ideas

2022 TikTok Women’s Six Nations Championship Round 4, England Women vs Ireland Women: England’s Marlie Packer is tackled by Eimear Considine of Ireland. Photograph: Evan Treacy/INPHO

The gods look down with cruelty on all of the weekend's action

Sinead Loughran gave Pembroke the lead against Catholic Institute in Banbridge after just four minutes. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin club add Champions Trophy to the Hockey League title

Ireland’s Hannah McLoughlin in action. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Catholic Institute and UCD also featuring in Champions Trophy at Havelock Park

 Mohamed Salah scores his second and Liverpool’s fourth goal during the Premier League game at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

‘De Gea helpless, and he’s watching the hopeless in front of him’ - Gary Neville

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 at Wexford Park. Wexford’s Lee Chin celebrates scoring an injury-time free. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Challenge for most managers in coming weeks will be to turn water into wine and ... perhaps walk on water

Rachael Blackmore celebrates winning the Gold Cup. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Jockey adds to stellar winning CV with Cheltenham Gold Cup victory on A Plus Tard

Dover Athletic has offered free tickets to P&O workers. Photograph:  Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Confusing crytpo strikes again in football; Collins adds name to Irish goalscorers list

Australia’s Cameron Smith during his final round of the Masters at Augusta National golf club in Georgia. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Ruby sees red with the cameraman as his Grand National hopeful fails to deliver

Caoimhe Perdue: scored the late winner for Ireland against Malaysia. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Perdue fires home from penalty corner with just seconds to go to clinch win over Malaysia

Donegal’s Amy Boyle Carr in action against Galway in O’DonnellPark, Letterkenny. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Republic of Ireland international turned her back on soccer to serve Donegal’s cause

 Ailish Considine competes in her third AFLW Grand Final on Saturday. Photograph:  Mark Brake/Getty Images

More Irish players potentially on the way to Australia as part of four team league expansion

Bryson DeChambeau lines up a putt on the 18th during round one of the Masters at Augusta, Georgia. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

TV View: A glimpse of Shane Lowry’s nearly hole in one, then back to live coverage of pensive Tiger

Lily Agg in action for  London City Lionesses against  Rachel Furness of Liverpool at Prenton Park in Birkenhead. Photograph: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

‘I do feel I have some good attributes that could really contribute to the team’

Leanne Kiernan: ‘It’s just been an all-round great year, thank God. For us to get Liverpool promoted, up to where they belong because this is such a massive club, is a dream.’ Photograph:   Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Club’s top scorer now targeting a starting role in Pauw’s Republic of Ireland side

Diego Simeone’s side show plenty of bite despite pundits writing them off

Netherlands’ manager Louis van Gaal chatting to Thomas Muller. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

Espanyol peeved by Piqué; England bullish about chances again

 Ireland co-captain, Cork Harlequins’ Caoimhe Perdue, put her side in front in the third minute. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Irish need to draw with tournament hosts South Africa to progress to quarter-finals

It is unknown what prompted Ukraine to withdraw from the tournament. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Team that was evacuated to Rotterdam pull out of Junior World Cup days before first tie

 Troy Parrott: You flippin’ beeeeeeeeauty.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Lithuania brought us back to earth following under-21 success until Troy’s late, late winner

Monaghan’s Jack McCarron celebrates with his father Ray and mother Patricia after the game in which Dublin were defeated. Photograph: Inpho

Unique individual must be the love child of Pythagoras and effervescent Carol Vorderman

Ireland’s Gillian Pinder captained Pembroke Wanderers to the EY Hockey League title on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Sandymount side claim their first ever league title before setting up Irish Cup final showdown with Institute

New Ireland captain Nichola Fryday with head coach Greg McWilliams. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

New coach accentuating the positive as Six Nations kick-off looms

Catholic Institute’s Hannah Kelly scores her side’s second goal. Photograph: Max Fulham

Wanderers still only need one point from final game but Pegasus still in with a shout

Ireland’s Bundee Aki and Cian Healy celebrate winning the Triple Crown with their sons Andronicus Junior Papamau and Beau. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Shane Horgan keeps the cork in the bottle and looks at what Ireland had to beat

Old Alexandra, Pegasus, Loreto and UCD are all still in with a chance of catching Institute. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Catholic Institute have pushed the Dublin club all the way, but defeats to Loreto and Railway Union look to have cost them dearly

UCD celebrate their victory over Old Alexandra in the Jacqui Potter Cup final. Photograph: Max Fulham

Early goals from Emma Young and Ellen Atkinson prove decisive as students finally land elusive trophy

The biggest cheer of the night came when  Juan Mata replaced Harry Maguire. Photograph:  Peter Powell/EPA

Neither Jake Humphrey nor Rangnick’s men could lift pundit’s spirits on glum night

Jockey Rachael Blackmore celebrates after winning the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Honeysuckle on day one of the  Cheltenham Festival. Photograph:   David Davies/PA

Honeysuckle and Blackmore unite for glory in feature to boost visiting throngs on trying opening day

Sinead Loughran scored a goal in Pembroke’s win over Belfast Harlequins on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Institute lose for a second time in six days in Dublin and now trail by five points

Ireland’s Caelan Doris fends off the challenge of England’s  Harry Randall during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Donal Lenihan went through the exultant highs and funereal lows in a draining 80 minutes

England head coach Eddie Jones has made a reputation for his interaction with the press. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

England’s head coach has made a name for himself when it comes to his sharp quips

Leona Maguire at the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club on March 2nd in Singapore. Photograph: Yong Teck Lim/Getty

Golfer became the first Irish player to win on the LPGA Tour

Naby Keita  of Liverpool in action against Danilo D’Ambrosio of Inter Milan during the  Champions League round of 16, second leg match at Anfield. Photograph:  Peter Powell/EPA

Inter Milan’s auld lads brigade put a stop to Liverpool’s run of 12 wins

Fiorentina supporters show a choreography representing Dante, in “tribute” to  Dusan Vlahovic. Photograph:  Andrea Staccioli/Insidefoto/LightRocket via Getty Images

No sympathy for stolen Rolex; cultured Fiorentina fans invoke Dante’s Inferno

Naomi Carroll’s goal earned Institute a sixth win in a row in their game against Pegasus. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Meeting of Institute and Pembroke next Saturday looks key to outcome

A man touches the  statue of former Australian cricketing great Shane Warne outside the  MCG in Melbourne. Photograph:   William West/AFP via Getty Images

The Australian cricketing legend had moved seamlessly from player to TV pundit

Sean Dancer will select a squad from the 25-person panel for a series of games against Britain at Lilleshall (March 13th to 18th) and for a training camp in the Netherlands later in the month. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Chloe Watkins and Anna O’Flanagan are taking a break from international hockey

Emma Hansberry. ‘The buzz about the place for the women’s team is just class, the excitement has been never-ending the last few weeks. It’ll be tough, we know that, but we’ll get there. We’ll do this club proud.’ Photo Sligo Rovers

Emma Hansberry is thrilled to captain her local club as they begin the National League

The rule that resulted in Italy having only 13 men for the majority of the game was kind of like trying to understand the Pythagoras theorem all over again. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A PhD in rugby rules was required to know what was going on in Ireland-Italy clash

Old Alexandra are currently on 24 points in the table , two behind Catholic Institute and another three adrift of Pembroke. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Victory would put Alex back in the title race but a defeat would all but end their hopes

Atletico Madrid’s  Stefan Savic  wins the header ahead of  Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the Champions League Round of 16 first leg  at the  Wanda Metropolitano. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Ralf Rangnick’s side turn things around after being exposed by Atletico in first half

Jota and Celtic to enter into an altogether different European competition? Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Too much information from Gio; Neil Warnock gets in touch with his emotional side

Finland’s Remi Lindholm: he  ended the 50km skiing race with a part of his anatomy quite literally frozen – and we’re not talking ear lobes here. Photograph:  Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Harry Maguire scored United’s first goal from a corner in 140th attempt this season

Orla Fox, Kate Lloyd, Riona Norton, Jenny Long, Orla Patton and Lily Lloyd, the six Railway Union players who competed at the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy. Photograph: Tristan Stedham.

Ireland to take on South Africa in Meath while Old Alexandra see off Pegasus in league

The Netherlands team celebrate their World Cup final win over Ireland in 2018, the teams will meet again this summer. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Group contains world number one team as well as fifth ranked Germany and Chile

Niamh Fahey: has won 100 caps for the a Republic of Ireland during an outstanding sporting career which also includes league and cup medals in England and an All-Ireland medal with Galway. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Galway woman deserves more recognition for her phenomenal sporting career

“That cat hadn’t done anything wrong,” he added, a line that none of us - and be honest here - ever anticipated hearing on Sky Sports Super Sunday.  Photograph:  AMA/Corbis via Getty Images

Divine intervention in Kilcoo; Shane Horgan worships at the altar of Johnny Sexton

Liam Brady turned 66 on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Not even the Arsenal store escapes Spurs rivarly; Lille the most frugal of them all

Ireland international Róisín Upton scored two goals in Catholic Institute’s 4-0 win away to Muckross. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Pembroke Wanderers’ seven-game winning streak ends as lead at top narrows to three points

Carla Rowe with the Lidl Ladies National Football League trophy: ‘The hunger I have now is definitely way, way more than I’ve had over the last couple of years.”   Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

All-Ireland final defeat to Meath was a shock for Dublin but they are focused on the future

Katherine Egan (right) returns from Ireland duty as UCD take on table-toppers Pembroke. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Goal-happy students looking to trouble the tightest defence in the league on Saturday

UCD’s Katherine Egan, right, in action against Grace Irwin of Pegasus. The Irish international scored against France and will pose a threat to leaders Pembroke on Saturday.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

EY Hockey League leaders will be wary of UCD’s potential threat

Ireland captain Lucy Mulhall in action against Australia in the final of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series at Estadio La Cartuja in  Seville in January. Photograph: Martin Seras Lima/Inpho

Irish Sevens captain led her side to new heights in Seville with silver medal win

Monica McGuirk    at the launch  of the 2022 Lidl Ladies National Football League. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Goalkeeper says victory over Dublin team targeting five in a row is a life-long memory

Rafael Nadal shows off his latest Grand Slam haul. Photograph: Rafa Nadal Academy/Getty/AFP

Hodgson quite literally explains why he’s at Watford; Coleman chalks up another gaffer

Leona Maguire holds the winner’s cup after winning the LPGA Drive On Championship golf tournament  in Fort Myers, Florida. Photograph: Steve Nesius/AP

Grant Boone did a pretty good job of pronouncing ‘congratulations’ as Gaeilge

Pembroke Wanderers picked up from where they left off before the winter break when they made it seven EY Hockey League wins in a row by beating Loreto. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Catholic Institute and Pegasus keep in touch with Pembroke at the top after winter break

A training camp  trip to France is the start of a  busy year in women’s hockey.  Photograph: Getty Images

Four of Loreto’s players named in Irish squad for next week’s training camp in France

 Niamh Rockett: ‘I love playing camogie and there are only so many years when you can be at the top of your game . . .you only have so much time.’  Photograph:  Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Déise All Star has battled arthritis throughout her long and distinguished career

 Grace Walsh of Kilkenny at  the launch of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues at Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club in Dublin. ‘We’re proud of that consistency, some of us have been in seven or eight finals in both the league and championship.’ Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Defending camogie league champions rarely lack for motivation and this year will be no different

Dusan Vlahovic has broken Fiorentina hearts and joined Juventus. Photograph: Fabio Ferrari/AP

Fifa president strangely suggests a biennial World Cup would ‘give hope to Africans’

Not even Rafa Nadal himself could explain to Eurosport viewers how he came back from two sets down against Daniil Medvedev. Photograph: Simon Baker/AP

TV View: It was all a bit magnificent – good luck to 2022 trying to top that final

Goals from Alex Purcell and Izzy Napier secure title against Newbridge College

Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring for Napoli - in their home kit. Photograph: Elisabetta Baracchi/EPA

Pray for the Comoros Islands; John Sheridan looking for another Oldham great escape

Les ‘Razor’ Gillett: after losing four previous  World singles semi-finals,  he  finally prevailed, the crowd roaring “I’ll be riding shotgun underneath the hot sun” in celebration.

‘Razor’ Gillett serenaded by the happy throng as he finally conquers the world

Plenty of fiesty words were exchanged as Rafael Benitez was shown the door at Everton. Photograph:  Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Nobody feuds quite like the Italians; Newcastle threaten to seek a very Toon transfer

The scoreboard at the RDS tells the sorry story for  Montpellier following their crushing defeat to Leinster in the Champions Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inho

Gallic shrug of indifference summed up French club’s miserable efforts

Ellen Walshe celebrates after winning silver in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Andrea Staccioli/Inpho

Swimmer first monthly winner of the year as 2022 follows the trend and starts with a bang

Lorenzon Insigne will  double the record for the highest MLS salary. Photograph: LightRocket/Getty Images

Lorenzo Insigne needs a bigger wallet; Erling Haaland shows off his linguistic talents

Novak Djokovic: treatment of world’s number one is shabbier than the hotel where he is being detained. Photograph: Greg Wood/AFP via Getty Images

Self-described liberals laughing at his predicament should heed their #BeKind hashtag

Mick McCarthy was the last Irish manager in England’s top four flights until his dismissal by Cardiff in October. Phtograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty

Irish drought in England; Evertonian ire; Cristiano Ronaldo’s 47-goal year and more

Michael Smith celebrates beating Gerwyn Price on Saturday night. Photograph:Steven Paston/PA

Watching scenes at Ally Pally makes you long for the carefree oasis of pre-Covid sport

Rachael Blackmore: she became the first woman to win the Grand National. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Some words of wisdom – and some not so wise – from the world of sport

Joe Duffy’s comments about Ireland forward Callum Robinson were followed by six goals in four matches. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Callum Robinson’s booster, Newcastle if they actually won things and Super League fiasco

Aston Villa fans walk away from the stadium after their game against Burnley was postponed. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Word of mouth, quote of the week, by the numbers and more

Rachael Blackmore winning the  Sportswoman of the Year award: Horse racing is most likely genuflecting at her feet after a year when she was one of the sport’s few good news stories. Photograph: Alan Betson

You get the notion the Irish jockey would rather have root canal than talk about herself

Dublin’s Sinéad Goldrick and Orla Finn of Cork in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Final at  Croke Park on December 20th, 2020. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So many of our sportswomen dominated the headlines and took over the front pages

Rachael Blackmore, riding Minela Times, became the first woman ever to win the Grand National on April 10th, at Aintree Racecourse, England. Photograph: Tim Goode/Pool/Getty Images

Mary Hannigan and Malachy Clerkin look back on the year’s most memorable events

Denise O’Sullivan is lifted high in celebration by team mates after scoring her third goal against Georgia. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sky sponsorship, record-breaking wins and attendances the highlights of the year

Katie McCabe was Ireland’s sole representative in the Guardian’s Top 100 list at number 60. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty

European-based players dominate Guardian list; Grace Moloney keeps Chelsea at bay

Race winner and 2021 F1 world champion Max Verstappen  celebrating with his  Red Bull team   after the Abu Dhabi  Grand Prix. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Just when you thought 2021 had peaked along came the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Katie McCabe in action for Ireland during the  Women’s World Cup qualifier against Georgia at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Versatile 26-year-old has been in outstanding form for club and country this season

Will Harry Kane still honour the  invitation to his  Texas critic? Photograph:  Craig Mercer/Getty Image

Divock being Divock; Jude Bellingham points to referee’s shady prior dealings after loss

Fara Williams never told her teammates about her homeless struggles. Photograph:  Joe Prior/Visionhaus

Plenty of Irish parochial interest in Scotland and England for respective cup finals

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