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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The Bernabéu is one of the real bucket lisrt entries when it comes to football stadiums around the world. Photo: Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

With plenty of flights from Dublin you can watch the 13-time champions of Europe

Former Manchester United manager Frank O’Farrell at Old Trafford after he had been appointed for what would ultimately be a doomed spell in charge. Photo: Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images

Films examine Charlton’s glory days, Kerr’s success with youth sides and more

Manchester United jerseys in the dressing room ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester City last season. Photo: John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

Big brands aiming to bypass retailers to sell more products directly to football fans

Crowds watch Tiger Woods tee off on the 16th during a practice round ahead of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

All you need to know guide ahead of the final Major of the year at Royal Portrush

Michael Calvin’s Mind Game focuses heavily on Thomas Bjorn’s journey as the winning European Ryder Cup captain. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Covering all the bases: Boxing during the Troubles, cycling after World War I and more

The Galway Races is one of the biggest festivals of the year on the Irish calendar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Covering all the bases: All you need to know about going to the racing festival of the summer

Champions Cup rugby on BT Sport will now be included as part of Sky’s new Sports Extra package. Photo: Manuel Blondeau/Icon Sport via Getty Images

All you need to know about what sports are on what channels and for how much

Sky has recently become the exclusive distributor of BT Sport and Premier Sport in Ireland. Photo: Getty Images

Sky’s new deal with BT Sport will give access to vast range of sport, but at what cost?

Pádraig Harrington hits his approach into the 6th green during the opening round of the Irish Open at Lahinch. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

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Galway hurler Joe Canning tees off on the eighth hole during the Pro-Am ahead of the 2019 Irish Open yesterday. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

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Alex Morgan of the USA is challenged by Lucy Bronze, Jade Moore and Nikita Parris of England during the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup semi-final in Lyon. Photo: Alex Grimm/Getty Images

In the UK the 2-1 defeat for Phil Neville’s side was the most watched programme this year

England’s Lucy Bronze reacts after her side were beaten 2-1 by USA in the Women’s World Cup semi-final. Photo: Franck Fife/Getty Images

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Jake McLeod plays a trick shot on the 5th hole during a practice day ahead of the 2019 Irish Open at Lahinch. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

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Leinster lift the Champions Cup in 2018. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Sky announce new package which includes Champions Cup and all Premier League games

Wexford senior and minor players celebrate winning the Leinster titles at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Racegoers in the sunshine on the first day of the Irish Derby Festival at The Curragh yesterday. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Joey Carbery says that playing in the number 15 role has allowed him to see more of the game. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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An investigation has been opened after Meath manager Andy McEntee was allegedly involved in an incident with a local reporter following his side’s loss to Dublin in the Leinster final on Sunday. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Meath manager allegedly told reporter ‘I’ll take the f**king head off you’ at Croke Park

Lieke Martens of the Netherlands celebrates with her teammates after scoring a late penalty to send them through to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup at the expense of Japan. Photo: Eddy Lemaistre/EPA

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Competitors make their way down the Liffey last year. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Covering all the bases: From Connemara to the Lee and beyond around the country

Manchester United managing director Richard Arnold once described the club as “the biggest TV show in the world”. Photo: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images

Covering all the bases: More clubs and organisations are relying on in-house media

Ireland are in good position after four games to qualify for Euro 2020. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Reuters

Covering all the bases: All you need to know about tickets with four games in Dublin

Tiger Woods putts on the 10th green during the first round of the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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Rory McIlroy looks down to the beach from the fairway on the ninth hole during a practice round for the 119th US Open Championship at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Photo: Etienne Laurent/EPA

All you need to know ahead of the third Major of the year at Pebble Beach

While it is difficult to say that some tipsters are deliberately giving out losing tips, there are plenty of other methods to tempt customers in to bets that will most likely lose

Covering all the bases: Many tipsters stand to make percentage of customer losses

The seventh hole at Corballis Links.

Covering all the bases: Plenty of value for some top quality golf around the county

Ireland take on England at Lord’s in July for the first ever time in a Test match. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images for The Cricketer

All you need to know if you fancy seeing historic Test match at cricket’s most famous ground

Ireland’s Shane Duffy celebrates scoring the equaliser during the Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark in Copenhagen. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ruaidhrí Croke hands out the marks after Shane Duffy’s crucial late equaliser

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the first goal in their Uefa Nations League semi-final win over Switzerland at the Dragao stadium in Porto. Photo: Jean-christophe Bott/EPA

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Aaron Hinkley of England competes for the ball with Angus Kernoghan of Ireland during their pool match at the World Rugby U20 Championship. Photo: Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images

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Ireland manager Mick McCarthy at training ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Copenhagen. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Tottenham Hotspur fans prior to the  Champions League Final at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Photograph: Robbie Jay Barratt/ AMA/Getty Images

Covering all the bases: Corporate tickets made up almost half of stadium in Madrid

A view of the Laytown Races in 2018. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Covering all the bases: Top class amateur golf to rallying and horse racing on the beach

Gloria golf resort in Belek, southern Turkey, offers three courses to play

Covering all the bases: southeastern corner of Europe offers alternative for a golf holiday

A giant replica of the Uefa Champions League trophy is displayed outside the Royal Palace in Madrid. Photo: Susana Vera/Reuters

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Ireland take on England at Twickenham in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match on August 24th. Photograph: Ashley Western/MB Media via Getty Images

World Cup warm-up on August 24th the perfect chance to see Ireland at Twickenham

Sky Sports now hold the monopoly in Ireland after they became the exclusive distributor of BT Sport and Premier Sports. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Traditional broadcast methods still remain the main form of viewing here, unlike the US

The Achill Island    race won the award for Best Half Marathon and Most Scenic Route at the Run Ireland Awards in 2018. Photograph: Hugh Rooney

From Achill Island to Killarney and plenty more in between, there is a lot of choice

Leinster’s Andrew Porter during training. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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Graeme McDowell hits out of the bunker on the fourth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. Photo: Seth Wenip/AP Photo

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Alex Bjork of Sweden plays a shot on the 18th hole during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course in Bethpage, New York. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The second Major of the year gets underway at Bethpage Black in New York on Thursday

Rory McIlroy plays a tee shot during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Bethpage, New York. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

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Leinster’s James Ryan during training ahead of the Champions Cup final against Saracens. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It’s the busiest weekend of the sporting year so far with football, rugby, GAA and more

Danske Bank Premiership champions Linfield will face the winners of the Airtricity League in the new Unite the Union Champions Cup. Photo: Brian Little/Inpho

Winners of the Airtricity League will play the winners of the Irish League over two legs

Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris celebrates their third goal scored by Lucas Moura as Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong hits the ground during the Champions League semi-final second leg. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

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Liverpool players celebrate in front of the Kop after beating Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League semi-final. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

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Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany scores the winner in their Premier League game against Leicester City. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot from a bunker on the seventh hole during the first round of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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Ian Poulter of England plays a shot from a bunker on the 16th hole during the first round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

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Bernardo Silva of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League win over Manchester United. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

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Arsenal players celebrate after Alexandre Lacazette put them 1-0 up during their Europa League quarter-final second leg against Napoli. Photo: Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

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Referee Cuneyt Cakir consults VAR as Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks on during the Champions League semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Will the 2019 US Masters live up to expectations with so many top players in form or will a dark horse steal in and take the green jacket? Photo: Getty Images

Four favourites, four mid-rangers and two long shots to have a flutter on this week

Dustin Johnson skips a ball across the water on the 16th hole as Rory McIlroy watches during a practice round ahead of the 2019 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters

All you need to know ahead of the first Major of the year which gets underway on Thursday

Castle Golf Club club captain Joe O’Hare and president Eamonn Duggan watch lady captain Carina Staunton in action during  the Allianz/Irish Times Golf Challenge. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Club advances into final after carding 74 on home soil to see off Rathfarnham

Dustin Johnson walks onto the second green during the final round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Stats, summaries and pictures of every hole on the most famous course in the world

Trinity celebrate after they beat UCD to claim the 67th Colours Match in Belfield. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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Shane Lowry and Patrick Reed shake hands on the 18th green after halving their match during the second round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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A view of competitors in the Boys 18 & Under 400 LC Meter Freestyle Final during the 2019 Irish Open Long Course Swimming Championships. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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Last year’s Grand National winner Tiger Roll getting washed after morning work at Gordon Elliott’s yard. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane during training ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers with Gibraltar and Georgia. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Faugheen will run in the Stayers Hurdle on Thursday at Cheltenham. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

All you need to know ahead of the famous St Patrick’s Thursday at Prestbury Park

The referee BS Cumberlege with the two  captains, Ireland’s Ernie Crawford and Wales’ Rowe Harding  before the start of the crucial international in Swansea. Photo: Kirby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

As Ireland emerged from Civil War, 6,000 rugby fans made the voyage to Swansea

Sky has agreed a deal with Premier Sports to become exclusive distribution partner for Premier Sports in Ireland. For the first time, Sky will be home to every live Premier League game. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

All 233 televised Premier League games now available through one Sky subscription

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