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

Mayo manager James Horan: relinquished his punditing role to put the bainisteoir bib on once again. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/©INPHO

Shaky cameras give pitch Himalayan slope on which Mayo need crampons not studs

 Shirley McCay of Ireland  with England’s Elena Rayer.  McCay  returns to the Ireland fold having initially considered retiring after the World Cup. Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Senior Cup quarter-finals will be the last this season members of Ireland squad will play

 Martina McMahon of Limerick in action during last year’s All-Ireland singles finals. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘You reap the rewards from what you put in,’ says former inter-county camogie player

Shane Lowry with the trophy after winning the 2019 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Neville Hopwood/EPA

TV View: Shane’s strange dream was not the only hallucinatory aspect of UAE success

Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko and Paul Pogba of Manchester United. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Seeing Graeme praise the French man was like witnessing the moon landing

Mona McSharry: ended her year in some style at the Irish Short-Course Championships. Photograph: Andrea Staccioli

In just three days the Sligo swimmer won six national titles and broke six national records

Michael Van Gerwen won £500,000 on New Year’s Day for collecting the PDC title. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Competing championships give viewers opportunity to gorge on treble 20s

 Dublin’s Sinead Aherne takes a shot in the final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin women are an outstanding team, packed with plenty of exceptional players

 Cian Lynch and his Limerick team-mates celebrate their All-Ireland win over Galway at Croke park in August. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Unprecedented international success in rugby, athletics and hockey

Selfie-confidence: Ireland’s players celebrate with their silver medals at the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup Final at Lee Valley Stadium in London last August. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

During a hot summer in London, the women’s team proved anything is possible

Kellie Harrington, Sinéad Aherne, Katie Taylor, Rachael Blackmore and Sanita Puspure.

There are five nominees in this group due to joint winners in September and October

Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal, Ayeisha McFerran and Sarah Healy feature in this group.

A World Cup finalist, a world record holder and world championship gold medalists

Leona Maguire, Natalya Coyle and Rachael Blackmore make up this trio of nominees.

Katie Walsh, Leona Maguire and Natalya Coyle are the three up for nomination

Phil Healy, Cora Staunton and Fiona McHale make up the nominees.

Athletics, Gaelic football and Australian Rules are all included in our first three

José Mourinho never fails to entertain in the quote stakes. Photo: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images

Mary Hannigan looks back at some of the good, bad and ugly of the manager’s quotes

 Jesse Lingard of Manchester United celebrates  after scoring during his team’s match against Liverpool  at Anfield. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

TV View: Gary makes a meal of his commentary as United take on Liverpool

Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand (in red) and Kellie  Harrington of Ireland  during their 60kg category final fight at the   World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, India,  on November 24th. Photograph: Getty Images

The Dubliner’s victory over Sudaporn Seesondee made her the first Irish boxer to win world medals in two weight categories

Stephanie Meadow (golf), Laura Twomey (camogie), Casey Stoney (soccer), Louise Quinn (soccer), and Sarah Rowe (Mayo GAA) at the launch of 20x20. It aims to increase participation, attendance and media coverage of women’s sport by 20% by the year 2020. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There are marvellous sportswoman who don’t want nor need to be portrayed as victims

Mullinalaghta manager Mickey Graham celebrates at the final whistle of the Leinster club SFC final win over Kilmacud Crokes. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

TV View: Mourneabbey – much like Man United – decided they were sick of losing

 Amy Ring, captain of Foxrock-Cabinteely, with the Dolores Tyrrell  Cup at Croke Park ahead of the All-Ireland senior club final against Cork’s Mourneabbey. Photo:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Only formed in 2005, on Saturday the Leinster kingpins bid for senior All-Ireland success

Ireland’s Ayeisha McFerran with her award for best goalkeeper at the World Cup. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Goalkeeper of the tournament at the World Cup has receieved the honour for the fourth year in a row

Leanne Kiernan: “The standard is so high, especially when you’re coming up against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.” Photograph:  Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Young Cavan woman took a while to get to grips with what to cook and the washing machine

Eimear Meaney of Mourneabbey with the Dolores Tyrrell Memorial Cup at Captains Day in Croke Park on Tuesday.   Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

As they face Foxrock-Cabinteely in final, players have not yet given up the ghost

Leading the way: Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with FAI CEO John Delaney at the draw for the European Championships at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Recent history quickly forgotten as pundit Doyle looks on the bright side

Dublin side Railway Union had a 3-1 win over Ulster Elks

Cup-holders UCD cruise to 6-0 win over Lurgan, while Pegasus see off Trinity with a 5-2 win at Queens

UCD celebrate winning  the  women’s Senior Cup final at the  National Hockey Stadium, UCD,  in April. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

UCD take on Lurgan in Belfield as they begin their quest for a three-in-a-row in the competition

“Basically,” Fernando Nuno LaFuente told Seán O’Rourke on Wednesday morning, “I’m not dead.”

Dublin club’s spectacular own goal tops some serious competition worldwide

Don’t look back: New Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during the press conference at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

TV View: As pundits discuss Mick McCarthy’s return, it’s clear the time has flown by

Pegasus’ Alex Speers scored in their win over Muckross. Photo: Rowland White/Inpho

Belfast side beat Muckross to make it seven wins out of eight

Mick McCarthy:  It’s déjà vu all over again. Not to everyone, mind – Michael Obafemi was two and a half when Mick vacated the position in 2002. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Captain Fantastic returns – hope this second marriage lasts longer than Burton and Taylor

Railway’s Sarah Hawkshaw: included in the Ireland panel earlier this week. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

League leaders facing a tricky test against in-form Pembroke

Former Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with assistant manager Roy Keane ahead of the Euro 2016 second round clash with France. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Charting an era from the light and airy first few months to spats with Tony O’Donoghue

Ireland fans hold up some (rather small) anit-O’Neill posters. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

TV View: Try as they might, Sky Sports simply could not big this one up at all

 UCD’s Bethany Barr in action with Stephanie Thompson of Pegasus.  Barr is among the four new players to be featured in the Ireland squad for a five-day training camp in Spain. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Barr sisters and Railway Union’s Sarah Hawkshaw and Amy Elliott get called up

  Pegasus’ Shirley McCay in action for Ireland. McCay proved key in her club’s win over Old Alexandra, scoring the only goal of the game. Photograph:  Joe Toth/Inpho

UCD lose ground after Railway Union rally to level game, while Pembroke sink Ards

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale runs in to score his side’s try during the Guinness Series win over New Zealand. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Panadol were certainly the appropriate sponsors for a nervewracking encounter

Republic of Ireland’s Darren Randolph applauds the fans after the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dreadful fare left us losing the will to ever watch a mid-November friendly again

Loreto, Pegasus and UCD looking to build on strong Hockey League starts

Anna-Viktoria Vittinghoff: “All my team-mates are living away from home, and I’ve been away from home for several years now too. You find home on the pitch”

Anna-Viktoria Vittinghoff finds a home from home in Scotland, and a love of Gaelic football

Hannah Matthews sealed the points for Loreto when she scored from a penalty corner against Old Alexandra. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Pegasus return to winning ways with victory over Cork Harlequins while UCD beat Pembroke Wanderers

New Zealand players perform the Haka on the pitch before the England. It would be best not to sing ‘The Fields of Athenry’ when they come to Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Trying to drown out the All Blacks’ Haka is not a good idea – it’ll only upset them

 Ayeisha McFerran: hoping to play professionally for a European club when she returns from her studies in the USA.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland and University of Louisville goalkeeper included on Atlantic Coast Conference team

Jockey Rachael Blackmore: she racked up 13 winners in October, putting her second only to Paul Townend in the race for the Irish champion jockey crown. Photograph: Inpho

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman Award for October: Rachael Blackmore and Katie Taylor

On Saturday, Cork Harlequins picked up just their second win of the campaign when they beat Railway Union 3-1 at Park Avenue, Dublin

UCD and Belfast Harlequins draw 1-1 at Belfield, where both goalkeepers were in outstanding form

Andrew Porter congratulates Jordan Larmour on his hat-trick after the match against Italy at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eir’s studio talking heads struggle to pare down Joe Schmidt’s abundance of resources

 Sammy-Jo Greer: has been forced to leave Pegasus due to work commitments. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Unbeaten leaders have parted company with goalkeeper Sammy Jo Greer

Katrina Parrock: “To get to play in another great stadium will be a real thrill. I can’t wait to get out there.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Four-time All-Ireland-winning camogie player now targeting FAI Cup glory with Wexford Youths

Supporters pay tribute at Leicester City following a helicopter crash. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The channel queasily struck names from the list of possible casualties, as if playing bingo

Cristiano Ronaldo congratulates Paulo Dybala after he scored for Juventus in the Champions League match at Old Trafford. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Shambolic night for United on and off the pitch at Old Trafford

Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani leaves the field after receiving a red card against Munster. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Apologies and fruity language a feature of the sporting weekend, from Limerick to Boston

 Gemma Frazer of Belfast Harlequins (left) and Anna May Whelan of Railway Union. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/INPHO

National coach Graham Shaw has been extending his panel for camps that have been taking place around the provinces

 Casey Stoney   was appointed head coach of the newly-formed Manchester United’s women’s team in May of this year.  Photograph: Manchester United/Man Utd via Getty Images

The former England coach and player has battled both sexism and homophobia

Ireland’s Cyrus Christie in action against  Harry Wilson of Wales during the Uefa Nations League game at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Phil Babb deserves a pay rise after suffering those two games while Keith Andrews seethes

 Evanne Ní Chuilinn (RTÉ), Jessica Harrington,  Sarah Keane (president Olympic Federation of Ireland), Casey Stoney (Manchester United Women’s coach), Rena Buckley,  Graham Shaw (Ireland women’s hockey coach) and Ger Gilroy  at the launch of the new 20x20 campaign. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Target of 20x20 campaign to increase relevant figures 20 per cent by the year 2020

Pegasus’ Alex Speers scored a first-quarter penalty corner goal against Ards. Photograph: Inpho

Defending champions UCD seal successive wins as they overcome Loreto

Ireland’s Shane Long is challenged by  Thomas Delaney of Denmark during the   Nations League match at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Mary Hannigan: Post Robbie Keane era is as goalless as the pre Robbie Keane era

Double winners will be keen to avoid a second defeat in their first three outings

Donegal’s Yvonne Bonner:  “Growing up I never imagined having the chance to play sport professionally.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Prolific forward signs one-year contract to play for Greater Western Sydney Giants

World Rowing Championships gold medalist  Sanita Puspure

The two athletes have both shown resolve to dig even deeper no matter how many disappointments they endured

Khabib Nurmagomedov is restrained as  he tries to continue his brawling outside the octagon at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Photograph: John Locher/AP

TV View: One man’s beauty is a blossoming rose, another’s is a rear naked choke

Sarah Torrans (right) of Loreto was in impressive form against Muckross at Grange Road on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Loreto are on an unbeaten streak of 11 Hockey League/Champions Trophy games

Railway Union, Belfast Harlequins, Loreto and Pegasus will be looking to make it two wins out of two on Saturday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

New-look College aiming to get their first points on the board when they travel to Ards

Jordan Spieth with Annie Verret and Phil Mickelson (right) after Europe won the Ryder Cup in Paris. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

No one watching will ever forget how much Allianz helped Paul McGinley in his career

Zoe Wilson: she fired home a penalty corner in the second quarter to set up   Belfast Harlequins’  2-0 win over Pembroke Wanderers. Photograph: Sandra Mailer/Inpho

Loreto began their campaign in Cork with a 2-0 win over Harlequins

Europe’s Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter during their foursomes match on the first day of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National  in Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

‘Let’s not get excited,’ said a very excited Paul McGinley as Europe swept all before them in the foursomes

Ireland’s Róisín Upton, Chloe Watkins and Anna O’Flanagan celebrate winning the penalty shoot-out in their World Cup semi-final against Spain in August. Photograph: Sandra Mailer/Inpho

UCD open title defence at Pegasus with most internationals playing domestically

Ireland’s Deirdre Duke:  She will be lining up against her comrade Katie Mullan in Germany when Düsseldorfer meet Club an der Alster this weekend. Photograph: Joe Toth/Inpho

Several Ireland stars now play in Germany and two will meet in a top-of-the-table clash

In the new documentary entitled ‘Katie’,  Katie Taylor talks about the hardship she endured when she split from her coach and father Pete after he separated from her mother

‘Katie’ documentary reveals Bray boxer’s drama in both her personal and sporting life

Almost three months in to this dismal Mayo dispute we’re probably still none the wiser about Peter Leahy’s managerial skills. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mary Hannigan: Mayo manager’s methods a cause of concern for some

Dublin’s  Carla Rowe  scoring  her side’s second goal during the All-Ireland  senior championship final in  Croke Park. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Carla Rowe sets up victory 11 minutes from time with her second goal of the game

Dublin manager Mick Bohan celebrates at the final whistle. “For anyone trying to promote women’s sport - that was brave, honest, relentless.” Photograph: Inpho

Cork captain Ciara O’Sullivan says side is heartbroken but will regroup

Cork’s Ciara O’Sullivan takes on Dublin’s Lauren Magee during the sides’ league clash at Croke Park this year. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

After missing out last year, Rebel County women keen to face champions Dublin

Dublin’s Martha Byrne is tackled by Mayo’s Clodagh McManamon. She says of final opponents Cork: “They took the game to a whole new level, so we have massive respect for them.”   Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cuala defender says Dublin have ‘moved on’ since three narrow final defeats to rivals Cork

 Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal: successfully defended both their titles at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Italy. Photograph:  Buda Mendes/Getty Images

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportwoman Award for August: Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal (Cycling)

The Cork camogie team celebrate winning the All-Ireland title after beating Kilkenny. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

TV View: All-Ireland referee faces glares as umpire endures wrath of Williams

Ireland’s manager Martin O’Neill at Cardiff City Stadium in Wales. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Studio pundit Phil Babb puts up little in the way of a defence for poor Ireland display

Cork’s Gemma O’Connor with Julie Ann Malone of Kilkenny in last year’s All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship final at Croke Park.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Cork star not ready to call it quits, and is savouring another final against Kilkenny

Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is announced  as a new panellist for Virgin Media Sport. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Former Republic of Ireland manager on Saipan, the Harry Arter row and Declan Rice

Tommy Bowe, Peter Stringer and Donncha O’Callaghan at Thomond Park: Peter fella presumably left with the mother of all cricks in his neck. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Apart from gripping the clipboard nervously, Eir Sport’s new Pro14 star is doing fine

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey, Paul Mannion and Niall Scully celebrate after their All-Ireland SFC win over Tyrone. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

TV View: He was hoping to go out on a high at Croker, but then Dublin did what Dublin do

Cork’s Doireann O’Sullivan in action against Ciara Hegarty of Donegal during the TG4 All-Ireland ladies football semi-final at Dr Hyde Park. Photograph:  Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

If Mayo win next year’s All-Ireland, Gunners will know what Argentinian’s signature they need. Lionel? No, Francis.

Cork’s Briege Corkery. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Having quit the county side due to the demands, something began to nag at Briege Corkery

 RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey celebrates with Cian Lynch of Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Memories of 1994 linger but John Kiely’s students banish demons and grasp Liam

Darragh O’Donovan celebrates with Liam MacCarthy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Memories of 1994 linger but John Kiely’s students banish demons and grasp Liam

Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan on his way to winning gold in the Pommel Horse at the  European Championships at the SSE Hydro   in Glasgow. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP

Gold medal performance from Irish gymnast steals the show on Sunday

Ireland goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran saves from Spain’s Carlota Petchame in the World Cup semi-final shoot out   in London. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Fresh from her World Cup heroics, Ireland’s outstanding goalkeeper targets Olympic Games

Eamon Dunphy: As Michel Platini might put it, not a great analyst, just a good one. But when it came to the gaiety of the nation and chat generation, he was one of a kind. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The departing RTÉ analyst was considerably more about entertainment than information

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