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

Broken tattoo . . . angry fan of the week . . . tall tales . . . quotes of the week

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

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

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