Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah react after the FA Cup fourth round win at Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

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Sports Extra customers will be able to watch Barcelona and Lionel Messi every week. Photo: Eric Alonso/Getty Images

New LaLiga TV channel was initially due to cost extra but pricing structure has changed

Tiger Woods plays a shot from a bunker on the 11th hole during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

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Wayne Rooney’s signing for Derby County was partially funded by sponsors 32Red. Photo: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Credit card ban is latest step to curb problem gambling while Irish legislation stalls

 Stade Vélodrome:  will host the Champions Cup final in Marseille on Saturday, May 23rd. Photograph:  Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images

Showpiece of European club rugby will take place at the Vélodrome in Marseille in late May

Eurostar now offers routes between London and Amsterdam. Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Good value rail trips available on the continent

Switzerland fans will have to travel to Baku, then Rome and then back to Baku if they are to see each of their team’s group matches. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

With 51 games set for 12 cities, Euro 2020 will leave a huge carbon footprint as fans criss-cross the continent

Republic of Ireland fans enjoying the atmosphere and the beer  in Paris during Euro 2016.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Availing of trains instead of planes one way or reducing emissions

Ulster could top their pool in the Champions Cup. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

From Champions Cup to League of Ireland and much more, there’s plenty going on

LaLiga TV will launch in Ireland on January 29th. Photograph: LaLiga TV

LaLiga TV will launch at end of January and show every match live at individual times

The Madrid derby takes place on February 1st at the Bernabéu. Photograph: Patricio Realpe/ChakanaNews

All you need to know if you fancy seeing Real Madrid take on Atlético at the Bernabéu

Matthew Wolff of the United States plays his shot from the first tee during the first round of the Sentry Tournament Of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation Course. Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta celebrates with his players on the pitch after their Premier League win over Manchester United at the Emirates. Photo: Ben StansallGetty Images

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Liverpool travel to face Leicester on Stephen’s Day in a top of the table clash. Photo: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

Live coverage of most of the festive fixtures is split between BT Sport and Premier Sports

The newly renovated Tehelné pole stadium in Bratislava. Photo: Getty Images

FAI have said they are hoping to secure more than the five per cent minimum allocation

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden and head coach Leo Cullen speak to the media yesterday ahead of their Pro14 clash with Ulster. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

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A man throws an object toward the end of a Catalan pro-independence protest outside the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. Photo: Felipe Dana/AP Photo

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A private security guard and his dog in front of the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona. Photo: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

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A general view of Malahide Cricket Club where Ireland played Pakistan in a Test match last summer. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Organisation say they have a shortfall in money which has forced the change

Efrem Gidey with his bronze medal from the Men’s U20 race and members of his club Clonliffe Harriers at the Team Ireland homecoming from the European Cross Country Championships. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Ballyboden St. Enda’s Darren O’Reilly celebrates at the final whistle after the Leinster SFC final win over Éire Óg. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and José Mourinho shake hands after the Premier League clash at Old Trafford. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Michael Brophy on Eric Bloodaxe and Pat McCabe on Edwulf at a media day at Joseph O’Brien’s yard in Kilkenny yesterday. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Tottenham Hotspur’s manager José Mourinho will return to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Wednesday. Photo: Neil Hall/EPA

All 10 Premier League games this week will be available on the Premier Sports channels

James Maddison of Leicester City celebrates with Kasper Schmeichel after the Premier League win over Everton. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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Poland coach Jerzy Brzeczek, Sweden coach Jan Andersson and Spain coach Luis Enrique during the Euro 2020 draw in Bucharest. Spain, Sweden and Poland were all drawn in Group E along with the playoff winners from Path B. Photograph: EPA

Draw was made in Bucharest on Saturday but Ireland still have to get through playoffs

There was a huge number of empty seats at the Emirates as Arsenal lost to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

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The draw for Euro 2020 will be made in Bucharest. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty

McCarthy’s side will find out their opponents for next summer if they get through play-offs

Some of the 1400 Santas taking part in The Santa Dash, a fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Center Charity, at North Bull Island , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

From Santa dashes to woodland races there’s plenty to keep you active before the festivities

Shelbourne manager Ian Morris celebrates his side’s promotion to the Premier Division. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers among the clubs pushing initiatives to raise their weekly attendances

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea reacts after Oliver McBurnie’s equaliser for Sheffield United. Photo: Peter Powell/EPA

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Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy talks to his players after the Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mick McCarthy’s side will have to come through two away matches in space of a week

Shane Lowry tees off on the first hole during the DP World Tour Championship Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates as he chases the Race to Dubai title. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

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Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during the Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

McCarthy’s side head for Slovakia while qualification could see a potential group of death

The Ireland team lines up ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All you need to know if you’re planning on going to Ireland’s Euro 2020 playoff

Marek Hamsik is the captain of the Slovakia team. Photograph: Getty Images

Former Napoli forward Marek Hamšík is still playing and captaining their side

Mick McCarthy’s Irish team will now face the Slovaks in a one-legged semi-final in either Bratislava or Trnava. Photograph: PA

Uefa has the power to move Ireland out of Path B into Path A should they wish to do so

Ireland’s James McClean attempts to score during the Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Despite initially seeming certain to face away tie, Ireland now might play semi-final at home

Ireland’s Alan Browne gest a shot away. Photograph: EPA

Mick McCarthy's side save best ‘til last but ultimately come up short against the Danes

Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick dejected after Denmark took the lead during the Euro 2020 qualifier. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Identity of opponents for Mick McCarthy’s men will be dependant on Welsh result

England captain Owen Farrell practices his drop kicks with England coach Jonny Wilkinson. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates with Scott McTominay and teammates after scoring the winner in the Carabao Cup fourth round clash with Chelsea. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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A view of the artificial pitch being laid in Donnybrook ahead of Ireland women’s hockey Olympic playoff. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Manchester United players applaud their fans after the 1-0 victory away to Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League. Photo: Andrej Isakovic/Getty Images

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Tiger Woods shot a lowest round of the year 64 at the Zozo Championship in Japan on Thursday morning. Photo: Lee Jin-man/AP Photo

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Ireland’s Sean Cronin is welcomed back into Dublin airport by his twin boys Cillian and Finn after their Rugby World Cup exit. Photo: Morgan Treacy/In[ho

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Ireland doctor Ciaran Cosgrave with Keith Earls during training ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand. Photo: Billy Stickland /Inpho

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Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick, John Egan and Enda Stevens dejected as Switzerland celebrate their second goal during the Euro 2020 qualifier. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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Ireland players during training at the Stade de Geneva ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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Canadian rugby players volunteer to clean a road in Kamaishi, Iwate, following the cancellation of their Rugby World Cup match against Namibia due to Typhoon Hagibis. Photograph: Kyodo News via AP

For smaller-scale operators, cancellation due to weather can have a huge financial impact

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton celebrates kicking the winning drop goal during the Six Nations match between Ireland and France at the Stade de France in 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

We have some cheap alternatives for getting to the final match of next year’s Six Nations

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy on the sideline during the  Euro 2020  Group D qualifier against Georgia at the  Boris Paichadze Arena in  Tbilisi. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mick McCarthy’s side now know what they need from the final two qualifying games

Ireland’s Matt Doherty leaves the pitch after the 0-0 draw with Georgia during Euro 2020 qualification. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

After a drab affair in Tbilisi Ireland remain top of Group D but could rue two points dropped

Shane Duffy with his Ireland teammates in training ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mick McCarthy’s side have their Euro 2020 fate in their own hands as they Georgia

Ireland lock Tadhg Beirne and CJ Stander at the captain’s run at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup clash with Samoa. Photo: Christophe Simon/Getty Images

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A typhoon course map of Hagibis is seen as Alan Gilpin, tournament director for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Japan Rugby 2019 CEO Akira Shimazu attending during a press briefing. Photo: Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo

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Ireland’s Bundee Aki and Jonathan Sexton during training ahead of the Rugby World Cup clash with Samoa. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Blainroe Golf Club has one of the best junior sections around.

There are plenty of membership deals available while entrance fees are rare

Druids Glen is one course which uses booking engines like GolfNow. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Low-cost green fees and too many opens have led to some clubs underselling themselves

Lomano Lava Lemeki of Japan celebrates a try during the Rugby World Cup clash with Ireland. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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Ireland’s Andrew Conway celebrates scoring their fourth try with Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray during the Rugby World Cup win over Scotland. Photo: Craig Mercer/Inpho

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Rory McIlroy during the Pro Am event prior to the start of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Four-time Major winner hinted that in hindsight he should maybe have played Lahinch

Australia’s Silatolu Latu and Will Genia pose for a selfie after the team welcoming ceremony at Ebetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Photo: William West/Getty Images

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Napoli players celebrate their win over Liverpool in the Champions League group stages at the Stadio San Paolo. Photo: Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

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Ireland’s Rhys Ruddock attends a gym training session at the Ichihara Suporeka Park ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Charly Triballeau/Getty Images

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Jubilant rugby fans engrossed in the moment in that famous Donnybrook watering hole, Kielys. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Some pubs need to sell roughly 440 pints a month to cover the cost of TV subscriptions

St Andrews is known as the Home of Golf for a reason and with seven courses to choose from you’re never short of somewhere to hit a few balls. Photograph: Getty

Those flights, costs and how to get a green fee for the Old Course at the Home of Golf

Stephen Cluxton waves to fans as Dublin celebrate beating Kerry in the All-Ireland senior football championship final replay. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

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Garry Ringrose and Jonathan Sexton arrive in Tokyo with the Ireland team yesterday. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians could face off in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The other semi-final sees Dundalk travel to take on Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds

Johnny Sexton and Luke McGrath in Dublin Airport as the Ireland team leave for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

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Leo Cullen takes Leinster to the Matmut Stade de Gerland for their Champions Cup tie with Lyon in November

Leo Cullen’s men travel to the French city of Lyon for a first meeting with Lou Rugby

United still remain the biggest draw for Irish football fans. Photo: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images

Thousands travel to the UK every week for their football fix and numbers are rising

Dublin stand during the national anthem ahead of last year’s Women’s All-Ireland Final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rugby World Cup might take centre stage but there’s plenty to go to around the country

Ireland’s David McGoldrick celebrates scoring his side’s equaliser during the Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Running the rule over Mick McCarthy’s men after a late, late dramatic draw in Dublin

Legia Warsaw fans unveil a banner of Pope John Paul II during their Europa League qualifying clash with Rangers at Ibrox. Photo: Robert Perry/EPA

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Ajax players celebrate after their Uefa Champions League playoff second leg win over Apoel Nicosia. Photo: Olaf Kraak/EPA

All you need to know ahead of Thursday's draw in Monaco

Irish goalkeeper Mark Travers saves a penalty from Joseph Mills of Forest Green Rovers during the penalty shoot-out in the Carabao Cup Second Round. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Michael Obafemi of Southampton celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Carabao Cup second round clash with Fulham. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Serena Williams serves to Maria Sharapova during their first round clash at the 2019 US Open. Photo: Justin Lane/EPA

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Rory McIlroy  celebrates after putting for birdie on the 18th green during day four of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May 2014. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood are among the big names

 Gareth Whalley of Bradford City in action during the UEFA Intertoto Cup second round second leg against FK Atlantas at Valley Parade in Bradford in July 2000.  Bradford City won the match 4-1. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Allsport

As sales of sports annuals decline, this stat-packed 1,000-page tome is holding its own

There are plenty of options depending on what you’re looking for and what you’re willing to pay

Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring a penalty to see Manchester United past PSg in the Champions League last year. The Champions League will now be available to Eir Sport customers via Virgin Media Sport. Photo: Getty Images

Customers of either provider will now receive Champions League and Rugby World Cup

The Donegal Half Marathon begins and finishes in Letterkenny.

With many half marathons already sold out, here are options in August and September

There are numerous ways to get to the Curragh from all around the country. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Taking place at Leopardstown and the Curragh, this is a must-see on the racing calendar

The Ring of Kerry charity event has grown hugely over the years, so much so that organisers had to put a cap on numbers. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sport has seen huge increases in participation levels but are the costs prohibitive?

Shane Lowry plays a shot on the 10th hole during a practice round for the Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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Dublin will host four games in Euro 2020. Photo: Getty Images

Uefa received a record number of 19.3 million applications for first allocations

Ireland players train at Carton House yesterday ahead of their opening World Cup warm-up match against Italy. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith of Australia celebrate after taking a catch to dismiss Jonny Bairstow of England during day five of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

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Racegoers shelter during a rain shower at the opening day of the 2019 Galway Festival. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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Co Sligo Golf Club.

Open competitions provide some of the best value for some of the country’s best courses

From left: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Photos: Getty Images

All you need to know if you’re planning on attending a La Liga, Serie A or Bundesliga match

Wexford’s Jack O’Connor nutmegs Cathal Barrett of Tipperary. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Northern Irishman started final round with a one shot lead but finished five behind

Ireland’s Andy Balbirnie catches the ball to take the wicket of England’s Chris Woakes on the second day of Ireland and England’s first Test match at Lord’s. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

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Leinster lift the Champions Cup in 2018. European rugby is now part of Sky’s new Sports Extra package. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Sky released pricing details of their new Sports Extra package on Wednesday

Ireland’s Shane Lowry tees off from the second hole during the first round of the British Open. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

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Cork amateur James Sugrue prepares to play a shot on the first hole during the first round of the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

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