Angela Downey’s son Conor Browne in action for Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Henry Shefflin and Sky lads defend Richie Hogan but Donal Og is having none of it

Anna O’Flanagan: “It was important that we put it [the World Cup] to rest, we couldn’t keep dwelling on it, it wasn’t going to get us to where we wanted to go”. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Qualifying for Tokyo has been World Cup silver medalists’ priority since missing out on Rio

Patrick Reed celebrates his victory in the Northern Trust. Photograph: Jared C. Tilton/Getty

Will competition leader rue leaving Patrick Reed out of team ahead of Northern Trust?

Railway Union’s Sarah Hawkshaw  has been named in the Ireland panel for the upcoming European Championships in Antwerp. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland grouped with England, Germany and Belarus for event in Antwerp

Dublin’s Brian Fenton with Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea of Mayo. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In the Sky Sports studio on Sunday José Mourinho couldn’t hold back on a few jabs

Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane in action against  Tanguy Ndombele during the Premier League game at the  Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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Mayo were no match for Dublin, the RTE panel would tell us that nobody are, or will be. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Hopeless panel tell us not to mind the drive for five, it’ll be ‘seven is heaven’ soon enough

VAR is being introduced to the top flight leagues from the start of the new season. is season. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Premier League kick-off: The tweaks and key changes you need to get your head around

Sportswomen of Month winners Rhasidat Adeleke (Athletics) and Kate O’Connor (Athletics). Photographs: Sportsfile/Getty Images

Adeleke won two golds in Baku; O’Connor became first Irish woman to medal in heptathlon

Mayo’s Fionn McDonagh surrounded by delighted fans following the victory over Donegal at MacHale Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Familiar road to Croker nigh on work out by the county’s relentless suit of Sam

Ireland’s Amber Barrett scoring against Slovakia at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin, in a  World Cup qualifier in 2018. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Striker is on her way to play in Germany aiming seal her place on the Ireland senior team

 Katie Taylor said her fight with Delfine Persoon was one of the toughest of her career. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Boxer unified lightweight division with controversial victory over Delfine Persoon

Rosemary Kathleen Lavelle of the USA celebrates after scoring her team’s second goal in the  World Cup final. ‘She wouldn’t look out of place in downtown Ballyhaunis.’ Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Lavelle is a ledge we might be able to claim while BBC fails to pin blame where it belongs

Manager Colin Bell speaks to the players after the  Women’s World Cup qualifier in May 2018 in Norway. Photograph: INPHO/Andrew Halseid Budd

A spotlight is shining yet again on how seriously the FAI treats the women’s game

Colin Bell is to leave his role as Ireland women’s coach to become an assistant at Huddersfield Town. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Former Ireland manager reveals that he turned down initial Huddersfield offer

Colin Bell has joined Huddersfield as an assistant coach. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Englishman leaves Irish women’s job to become assistant at Huddersfield

Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Martin O’Neil. Photo:  Alan Martin/Action Plus via Getty Images

News comes after Roy Keane’s departure and amid reports of unrest in the camp

Cameroon’s players arguing with referee Qin Iang of China during their match against  England  at the  World Cup  in Valenciennes, France. Photograph: EPA/Tolga Bozoglu

Eye-rolling aplenty among panellists when they discuss some of the behaviour on the pitch

Massed ranks of the Roscommon faithful celebrate on the pitch following the Connacht final win over Galway at Pearse Stadium in Salthill. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Jubilant Roscommon and their fans only ones celebrating in the city of the tribes

Irish canoeist Jenny Egan won two World Cup medals in the space of a week. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Canoeist became first Irish medallist in K1 5,000m at World Championships this year

  Robbie Brady  scores Ireland’s second goal. Photograph; James Crombie/Inpho

The wheels on Ireland’s campaign still going round and round despite the bus breaking down

Scotland’s Chloe Arthur (left) and England’s Karen Carney (right) battle for the ball during the World Cup. Photograph: John Walton/PA

Undisputed result as Scotland flounder on England’s rock-solid performance

 Shane Duffy celebrates scoring Ireland’s equaliser against Denmark. Photograph:   Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

Hosts France get their World Cup of to a brilliant start before Derryman delivers the perfect finish

The USA players celebrate their victory over Japan in the Fifa Women’s World Cup 2015 at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

Once sponsored by M&Ms, the tournament has come a long way, but still has a way to go

The USA players celebrate their victory over Japan in the Fifa Women’s World Cup 2015 at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

Will the United States retain their title? Can England’s Lionesses get past the last four?

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen sits dejected after losing the Champions League final to Liverpool. Photo: Susana Vera/Reuters

TV View: It wasn’t quite what we all wanted but in the end these teams owe us nothing

Ireland Women’s hockey goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran: ‘We definitely have the confidence and the belief that we can do something special again, that we will qualify for Tokyo and perform the way we know we can.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

From foster system, four years in Kentucky and last year’s World Cup, McFerran eyes the future

Arsenal fans in the stands with empty seats during the Uefa Europa League final at the Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire

TV View: No matter how hard anyone tried there was a lot missing in Azerbaijan

Jordan Spieth: his share of eighth place at the  Charles Schwab Challenge constituted the entire points total of 370 for tournament leader Joe Connolly. Photograph:  Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Most managers will be happy to see back of week seven after a pretty paltry points haul

Roscommon’s Andrew Glennon celebrates with delighted fans after the victory over Mayo in Castlebar. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Roscommon faithful dance in the rain after successful Castlebar raid

Anna O’Flanagan, Róisín Upton and Ayeisha McFerran with newly appointed head coach Sean Dancer at the launch of the women hockey players’ bursary scheme at the Reflector Building on Dubin’s Grand Canal Dock. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

New women’s hockey coach welcomes bursary deal rewarding players for commitment

Olympique Lyonnais players celebrate their Women’s Champions League win over VFL Wolfsburg at Kyiv in May 2018. Photograph: Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Success of French side a testament to club owner’s commitment to women’s game

 Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League Trophy after their 4-1 defeat of Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 at American Express Community Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

TV view: Former Liverpool captain given a bubbly bath as City celebrate title win

Mark McCall with the Champions Cup trophy after his side’s win over Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The forecasted game for the ages delivers but Leinster are left to rue what might have been

Harlequins is without Yvonne O’Byrne for the Irish Senior Cup final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Favourites Loreto missing four key players as they seek to win first title in nearly a decade

Ireland’s Leona Maguire celebrates after her last putt on day one of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic  on May 1st. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Golfer qualifies for US Open in South Carolina with win at Pinnacle Creek in Arizona

 Lucas Moura celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick. Photo: Piroschka Van De Wouw/Reuters

TV View: ‘If Tottenham turn this around I’ll think I’ve seen everything’

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, manager Jürgen Klopp  and Virgil van Dijk celebrate after the Champions League semi- final, second leg match against Barcelona  at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Presenters and commentators left speechless

Ruby Walsh with his wife, Gillian, and daughters Isabelle, Elsa and Gemma after he announced his retirement at the 2019 Punchestown Festival in Co Kildare last Wednesday.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

TV View: The jockey was compared to Bond, Messi, George Best and John Boy Walton

Shirley McCay: Ireland  international will miss Pegasus’s Champions Trophy semi-final against Cork Harlequins at Banbridge. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Hockey League winners eager to avenge Irish Senior Cup defeat by Cork Harlequins

 Lionel Messi scores  Barcelona’s third goal in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool at the Camp Nou. Photograph: Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Visitors left without a prayer as Barça star shows his higher powers

Ajax players celebrate after beating Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League semi-final first leg. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Pochettino may have to delay rendezvous with star command

The Arsenal Women players celebrate winning the FA WSL League. Photo: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Blessington footballer has taken a roundabout route to earning league winner’s medal

Lukas Bates, dressed as Big Ben, struggles to get over the finish line during the London Marathon. Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Sunday almost saw a marathon record set for fastest man dressed as a landmark building

Queen’s have a second chance to win promotion when they take on Muckross next Sunday in Banbridge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Limerick side beat Queen’s to complete impressive season and gain promotion

There  is plenty left to play for in the final round of the women’s EY Hockey League. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pembroke aim to hold off Harlequins for fourth as Hockey League relegation goes to final day

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba reacts during the Premier League defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Corkman was right at home alongside Graeme Souness as Paul Pogba took the heat

Loreto will meet Belarus’s Ritm Grodno in Monday morning’s seventh-eighth place play-off at the EuroHockey Club Cup in Amsterdam. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Irish side facing a playoff to avoid last place in EuroHockey Club Cup in Amsterdam

Billy Vunipola of Saracens after the victory over Munster. Asked if he’d anything to say to the Munster fans who’d booed him during the game he replied : “Naw, from my point of view I believe in what I believe in”. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens player somehow cast as the blameless victim of some harrowing ordeal

Ireland’s Katie Mullan: in Germany champions Club an der Alster’s squad. Photograph: Joe Toth/Inpho

Formidable challenge awaits for Loreto in EuroHockey Club Trophy in Kent

Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker-Peters, manager Mauricio Pochettino, Ben Davies and Danny Rose celebrate after the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City   at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

A quick 10 minutes to see how things were going in Porto left us a little morto

Tiger Woods celebrates at Augusta. Some 87 per cent of the managers in our 2019 Fantasy Golf competition left him out of their Masters team.  Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Woods and Koepka deliver in style as four of contestant’s picks finish in the top five at Augusta

Philippe Coutinho scores Barcelona’s  third goal during the  Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

World’s best player gets a helping hand as Manchester United go a little Molinari against Barca

Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt on the 18th green to win the Masters at Augusta. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty

TV View: As ‘one of the greatest sporting stories ever told’ unfolded, Peter gave in

Church of Ireland and Dromore also land titles in weekend action

Celtic manager Neil Lennon prior to him asking for the  Scottish Cup trophy to be removed during a press conference at Lennoxtown ahead of the semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden Park. Photograph:  Steve Welsh/William Hill/PA Wire

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in action at Old Trafford. Photograph: Getty Images

Quinn and Kerr dismayed by the FAI’s stymieing of the Oireachtas committee

Son Heung-Min  of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s  during the Champions League quarter-final first leg  against Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Scot was left looking flustered, him being more familiar with 4-3-3s than Clause 4.3s

A view of the Pegasus team huddle. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

It was an easy 6-0 win over Muckross to take a first national title in four years

With UCD looking likely to join the top two in the Champions Trophy, the fight for the  final spot in the tournament is between Cork Harlequins and Pembroke Wanderers

The Belfast side just have to avoid a shock defeat when they take on bottom club Muckross at Queens

Donegal’s Karen Guthrie scores a goal during the surprising league win over All-Ireland champions Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Despite 15 new faces on the panel this season, county are back in the league semi-final

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah  celebrates his team’s 2-1 lead against  Spurs. Photograph: EPA/Peter powell

Back in the studio the whiteness of the beaming gnashers is blinding

 Anne Hatchard celebrates after scoring the first of Adelaide Crows’ 10 goals in the AFLW Grand Final match against  Carlton Blues at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Photograph:  David Mariuz/EPA

Clare dual star scores goal in front of record crowd of 53,000 at Adelaide Oval

Loreto last won the Irish Senior Cup in 2010 and face Railway Union on Saturday for a place in this year’s final.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Absence of senior internationals will test Loreto’s squad strength as they face Railway

Darren Randolph collects tennis balls during Ireland’s win over Georgia. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irksome agitators chucking tennis balls polarise opinion as Ireland play some ball

Mick McCarthy: “I’d just like them to come and support the team. If they have to demonstrate about anything, do it somewhere else at another time.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘It’s not going to help us play any better, that’s for sure’ warns Republic of Ireland manager

Republic of Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick scoring against Gibraltar  in Saturday’s  Euro  qualifier  at  Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar. Photograph:   Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Delaney very much a Remainer as the FAI creates an Executive Vice President ‘backstop’

Lucy McKee: was on target in Pegasus’s victory over Cork Harlequins at Queens. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Belfast club defeat Cork Harlequins to move within one win of securing the title

The ball goes into the Ireland supporters during the Euro  2020  qualifying match against  Gibraltar at the Victoria Stadium. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Mick McCarthy left to ‘pick the bones out of’ Ireland performance that never got off the ground

Arlene Boyles has taken over from Graham Shaw, on an interim basis, as head coach of the national team. Photograph: Inpho

Arlene Boyles takes reins of Ireland women’s hockey squad following Shaw’s resignation

 Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates after finishing in third place in the Women’s 1500m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Runner’s bronze at European Indoor Championships among highlights of her year

 McKenna Davidson of Wexford Youths in action against Christina Dring of Cork City FC  at Turner’s Cross in Cork. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Former University of Limerick student has invested a lot to pursue her football dream

Declan Rice in action during his Republic of Ireland debut in a friendly international against Turkey in Antalya in March 2018. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Often accused of a lack of transparency, the FAI were slapped about the face for being transparent

Nicci Daly, in action for Ireland last summer, gave Loreto an early lead on Saturday when she tucked away a pass from Sarah Torrans. Photograph: Joe Toth/Inpho

Reigning champions UCD keep hopes of retaining title alive with win at Belfast Harlequins

Even Johnny Sexton was smiling at the final whistle, a measure of just how good a day it had been. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/ PA Wire

Bobble hats off, Fiona, Goose and Sophie for a proper analysis of women’s rugby

Federation of Irish Sport CEO Mary O’Connor, Teneo MD  Kelli O’Keeffe, Sport Ireland chair Lynne Cantwell, Swim Ireland CEO  and Olympic Federation of Ireland president Sarah Keane, Clare Sports Partnership co-ordinator John Sweeney, broadcaster Joanne Cantwell and Paralympics Ireland president John Fulham at the    Sport Ireland Women In Sport Policy Launch at Dublin’s National Indoor Arena. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fund aims to increase female participation in sport and boost visibility of sportswomen

Graham Shaw who was under contract with Ireland through to the 2020 Olympic Games, will take over as New Zealand women’s coach . Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Graham Shaw’s resignation leaves Hockey Ireland to find another replacement

Graham Shaw is to leave Ireland to take up a role as coach to the New Zealand women’s hockey team. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Coach led Ireland to the final of last year’s World Cup in London

Serena Williams aka Crystal Dunn and Beyoncé aka Mallory Pugh during the SheBelieves Cup match between USA and England in Nashville on Saturday. Photograph: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

TV View: Women’s History Month wheeze leaves Jonathan Pearce needing some air

Two goals from Rebecca Barry sent Cork Harlequins on their way to a 4-2 defeat of Belfast Harlequins. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Heavy weather for Railway Union with a loss and an abandoned match while 3-0 up

Cork Harlequins are on the road on Saturday to play Pembroke before returning to Farmers Cross on Sunday, where they will meet Belfast Harlequins

Loreto will expect to maintain their advantage at the top of the table with a home game against second from bottom Ards

Rachael Blackmore: doffed her cap to the likes of Katie Walsh and Nina Carberry who paved the way for other women jockeys with their remarkable careers. Photograph:  Healy Racing.

Heartwarming documentary a remarkable insight into women in horse racing

Ireland players walk off the pitch after a hard-fought victory over Italy in Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland captain’s positive outlook on unconvincing win at odds with pundits’ views

While Alexandra are third from the bottom of the table they are only five points off the top four

Railway Union’s seconds continue their quest for an Irish Junior Cup three-in-a-row as they take on Pembroke Wanderers

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the  Champions League round of 16 first leg at Anfield stadium. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Little sign of a bazooka in sight all night as two sides draw a blank

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the FA Cup fifth round win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

Even in the BBC studio Alan Shearer and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink kept it civil

Zara Delany scored a hat-trick as Railway Union beat Belfast Harlequins 5-1. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Duo have the edge over Pembroke and Belfast in battle for Champions Trophy qualification

Pegasus will be  eager to get back to winning ways against Pembroke Wanderers this weekend after their defeat by UCD. Photgraph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leaders Loreto may be made to work for points as sturdier Muckross come to town

For the second January running,  Phil Healy  has begun her new year in a rather speedy fashion. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sprinter has begun the year in fine style with fine runs in Vienna and the Millrose Games

Louise Quinn in action for  Arsenal: her side face Chelsea in the Women’s FA Cup fifth round on Sunday. Photograph:  Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

From playing in Sweden to Notts County going bust, the Irish defender is now enjoying life

Manchester United manager  Ole Gunnar Solskjær shakes  David De Gea’s hand at the end of the Champions League first leg tie against Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford. Photograph:    Michael Steele/Getty Images

Skies turn a little grey again above Old Trafford as PSG tear up script

Pierre Bourgarit of France leads his team off the field  during their Guinness Six Nations defeat to England  at Twickenham on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

O’Gara does a bit of eye-rolling at France’s drubbing, while Carragher pulled no punches

Jacob Stockdale of Ireland breaks clear to score their second try during the Six Nations win over Scotland at Murrayfield. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ronan O’Gara reminded us that it’s not about entertainment but about winning

Railway Union’s Sarah Hawkshaw: she took part in the games in Spain. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Pick of the weekend games in the women’s Hockey League is the meeting of UCD and Pegasus at Belfield

Audrey O’Flynn in action against New Zealand in San Francisco last summer. “When I played hockey, all I ever wanted was to play in the Olympics. And my ambition is exactly the same now with the Sevens.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former international hockey player-turned Ireland Sevens star is targeting Tokyo 2020

Ireland’s Nicola Evans is fouled by India’s Sunita Lakra during   last year’s Hockey World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Squad will look to bounce back in meetings with Spain this week

England’s Jonny May scores their first try despite the attempted tackle of Garry Ringrose during the  Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

A day that started off way too giddy ended with a reality check for Joe Schmidt’s side

France scrumhalf Baptiste Serin gestures beside a scrum during the Six Nations  match against Wales at the Stade de France. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Panel struggle to find any weaknesses in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland selection

The trip to Spain has prompted a delay in the resumption of the Hockey League after its winter break. Photograph: Inpho

Side to play India and Spain, both of whom they defeated in last summer’s World Cup

 Ireland’s Alison Miller in action against Italy in the Women’s Six Nations Championship in February 2018. The winger suffered a horrific injury in that game which put her rugby career in doubt. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Winger tells of her ‘frustrating’ recovery and joy when she donned green jersey once again

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