Cora Staunton  with Sonia O’Sullivan  after the AFLW match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Melbourne’s Olympic Park. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Seeing her playing Australian Rules was an eye-opener despite a broken nose

Ireland’s Thomas Barr goes past Portugal’s Victor-Ricardo Dos Santos to win the 400m at the AIT International Arena Grand Prix at  Athlone IT. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford athlete times finish to perfection to beat Victor-Ricardo Dos Santos

Incoming GAA president John Horan: the first Dublin native to be successfully elected to the role in 96 years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Incoming president has highlighted the need to attract and retain good quality volunteers

An image taken with a slow shutter speed shows teams in action during the Curling Mixed Doubles round-robin match in Gangneung during the Winter Olympics. Photograph: Javier Etxezarreta/EPA

Association enjoying ‘furious peak’ in enquiries during Winter Olympics in South Korea

 Stephen Cluxton:  has conceded just 67 goals in those last 99 league games he has played. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin goalkeeper due to complete a century of league appearances against Mayo

Tomás Ó Sé, despite being a  few months shy of turning 40, is still central to Nemo Rangers’ hopes of getting past Ulster champions Slaughtneil in Saturday’s AIB All-Ireland club semi-final. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Kingdom great will be central to Nemo Rangers’ hopes against Slaughtneil

Phil Healy will be one of the four-strong Ireland team at the World Indoor Championships. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Amy Foster, Ciara Neville, Phil Healy and Ciara Mageean will head for Birmingham

Tipperary’s Patrick Maher feels the weight of Liam Ryan’s tackle at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Clinical Forde hits 2-9 as Premier men end battling Wexford’s unbeaten run

Amy Foster, second from left, of City of Lisburn AC on her way to winning the Senior Women 60m in Abbotstown. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Foster sets new Irish record at National Indoor Championships

Tipperary’s Patrick Maher is tackled by Wexford’s Liam Ryan during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Jason Forde leads the way with haul of 2-9 at Semple Stadium

Colm Cronin: “I still love the sport, love the event, and it would be a great thrill for me to see someone move it on. The knowledge should be there to put in that level of performance.”

Cork man’s triple jump record of 16.27m set in 1978 still standing 40 years later

 Phil Healy: her 52.08 for 400m last month is  world class. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Unlikely to be any late shake-up to Irish qualifiers for World Indoor Championships

Jim Gavin: Dublin football manager refused  to make himself available for interview with RTÉ after the  victory over Donegal in Croke Park.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Fresh stand-off develops between broadcaster and Jim Gavin's All-Ireland champions

 Moorefield’s James Murray:  “The start of the year this year, we sat down and said we wanted to win an All-Ireland and win a Leinster.”  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Defender James Murray is surprised his club has no players on Kildare football panel

Corofin’s Michael Lundy: the Galway club will face Kildare’s Moorefield in the All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship semi-final  at O’Connor Park on Saturday. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

An appendix operation didn’t stop him playing in the Connacht football final in December

Surgery would rule out Bernard Brogan for the reason of the season: given he turns 34 in April, it would also likely bring the curtain down on his stellar intercounty career. Photograph: Inpho

The experienced Dublin forward suffered cruciate ligament injury in training last week

Kerry fans Marion O’Sullivan and Trish Lacey on the Inniskeen pitch after the Allianz Football League Division One match between Monaghan and Kerry was called off last Sunday. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

O’Byrne Cup Final between Meath and Westmeath will now be played on March 11th

Dublin’s Brian Howard tracks Donegal’s Ciarán Thompson during Saturday night’s Allianz Football League Division One clash at  Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Scully and Basquel impress in attack as Gavin’s men withstand Donegal comeback

Dublin’s Colm Basquel is challenged by Hugh McFadden of Donegal during the Allianz Football League Division One game at  Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side change gear late on after Donegal twice come within a point

Joao Carvalho (left) during his fight with Charlie Ward at the National Stadium in Dublin in April 2016. Photograph: Dave Fogarty

Death of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho stokes debate about safety in the octagon

Gary Thornton finishes the Cape Town marathon.

Galway teacher says nothing prepares you for the travelling, flights and lack of sleep

Action from the 2018 AFLW Round 1 match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at Ikon Park  in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph:  Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty

It makes you wonder what it would take to attract more fans to athletics events?

The GAA has now published the successful motions, 42 in total, with Congress set for Croke Park on the last weekend of February. Photograph by James Crombie

Motion also tabled calling on betting firms to be prohibited from GAA sponsorship

Motions opposing Sky deal fail to make clár for GAA Congress

A Sky Sports cameraman at last year’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final between Dublin and Monaghan at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Three counties have approved motions but they may not make the clár

Hamish Adams has been announced as Athletics Ireland’s new CEO. Photograph: Inpho

He will join Athletics Ireland in May having spent five years as CEO of Rowing Ireland

Ciara Mageean: only making a select number of appearances on the indoor circuit, as she prepares for the Commonwealth Games in August. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Colleen Quigley pips team-mate Kate Grace to first place at star-laden Millrose Games

Wexford’s Cathal Dunbar claims the sliotar from Cork’s Seán O’Donoghue during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Innovate Wexford Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Manager the calmest person in Wexford Park during thrilling endgame with Cork

British rider Chris Froome wasn’t so quick to deny a report  which claimed Team Sky were considering a legal defence to explain his positive test for salbutamol was the result of some sort of kidney failure. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Most excuses from cyclists who recently tested positive have turned out to be untrue

The  National Governing Body and High Performance Funding of Sport Ireland. ‘It’s a complex area when it comes to going into a school and to underage athletes.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Lack of national governing body precludes setting up a programme in the short term

Sport Ireland have announced government funding will dip slightly for 2018. Ryan Byrne/Inpho

€10.8 million will be distributed between Ireland’s 57 National Governing Bodies

Mary O’Connor,  Federation of Irish Sport CEO,  with Donegal’s Michael Murphy and and Dublin’s Bernard Brogan at the launch of the  2018 Sport Industry Awards at Dublin City Hall. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Irish Federation of Sport’s new chief executive well-placed to oversee real change

David Clarke: “You try to recover well, but any day you get to play Kerry is a big one, especially in Castlebar under lights, so looking forward to it. .” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Experienced goalkeeper relishing the prospect of old rivals Kerry’s visit to Castlebar

Brian Fenton is challenged by Kildare’s Cathal McNally during Dublin’s Division One win. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Davy Fitz-factor showing no sign of slowing down with Wexford league contenders

Andy Moran tackles Conor Boyle during Mayo’s win over Monaghan. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

Paddy Durcan’s injury-time point the difference for Stephen Rochford’s side in Clones

The Carlow team huddle after their All-Ireland SFC qualifier loss to Monaghaan – a result which made Carlow a top 16 team. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

At the basement of the football league there are no easy games, as Carlow know

The old athletics track under demolition at UCD Belfield.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The return of a running track to UCD is important but its location even more so

Brian Cody watches from the stand having been sent off by the referee during last week’s  Walsh Cup final against Wexford at Nowlan Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meyler hoping to begin new Cork reign by claiming Kilkenny’s scalp

 Frank O’Mara, Marcus O’Sullivan, Ray Flynn and Eamonn Coghlan doing a  lap of honour after setting the world record for the 4x1 mile relay on the Belfield track in August 1985.  Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Philanthropist steps forward to fill gaping hole left by closure of world-record track in 2011

Prof Andrew Deeks: UCD has ‘always aspired to have a world-class athletics track’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Donation will cover cost of building the track and maintaining it over next 20 years

A view of the athletics track at Belfield before it was taken up. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The track will cost a total of €3 million but it’s unclear how much is being donated

Kerry’s David Moran  he intends on taking an extended break through the early rounds of the league. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Side hosting Donegal without many of players that beat Dublin in final showdown last April

Galway’s Damien Comer   at the launch of the 2018 Allianz Football League  in Dublin. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

‘This is my fifth season and my first chance to play Division One,’ says forward Damien Comer

Meath manager Andy McEntee: “I have yet to meet a county manager who is going to agree to forfeit his players for the month of April.” Photograph: Laslo Geczo/Inpho

Some counties now facing the prospect of games for next six weekends in a row

Leinster’s  Jordan Larmour  scores a spectacular try against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Could more be done by Athletics Ireland to tap into rugby’s apparent pool of talent?

Meath are concerned whether Portlaoise will be able to handle two matches on the same day, in quick succession. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Meath and Westmeath have concerns over O’Moore Park for Sunday’s decider

Dara Ó Cinnéide of An Ghaeltacht in action against Caltra in the 2004 All-Ireland senior club final. Ó Cinnéide is now a selector for the Kerry side . Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

After a decade long slide the Ó Sé brothers’ club are back with a new generation

Damien Comer: “Obviously we’re all here for the one thing, we all want the prize at the end of August, as it is now.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Teams already scheduled to meet in FBD League final on February 18th

Cian O’Neill: “We have to put in a massive performance, bigger than any performance that we have put in during my three years.”   Photograph: Donall Farmer /Inpho

Kildare manager looking forward to challenge of league opener against Dublin

Mikey Sheehy at Croke Park for the launch of the 2018 Allianz Football League. “Dublin are the best that are there at present and there’s nobody to touch them at the moment.”   Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Legend says level of support for Kingdom in semi-final replay against Mayo was ‘shocking’

David Moran and Kerry women’s captain Aislinn Desmond at the launch of the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé club tournament.

Experienced midfielder knows all about the ups and downs of life as a senior footballer

Waterford’s Jamie Barron: “Obviously it would be nice to be a professional GAA player. But at the end of the day it’s not the GAA ethos.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

GAA News: Teaching makes sense for hurler of the year candidate and two-time All Star

Wexford’s Kevin Foley breaks his hurley in a challenge by  Cian McBride and Donal Burke of Dublin during the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup semi-final at Parnell Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Pat Gilroy’s experimental team impressed despite eventual defeat at Parnell Park

 Gerbrandt Grobler: the Munster recruit served a two-year ban after testing positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What message does Gerbrandt Grobler's signing for Munster get across to academy players?

Michael Bennett: “We do have certain spikes when more members use our services, such as the start of the new year, especially with the transfer window”

PFA head of welfare Michael Bennett says gambling has become a major concern

Dermot Earley: “It’s important for anyone in that situation to know there is help, have no fear, and most of all talk about it.”

Last year 77 players made contact with the organisation’s personal counselling service

 John McGrath raises one of the local kids over his head in the Mbekweni township, close to Paarl city, the former home to World Champion long jumper Luvo Manyonga. Photograph: Barbara McCarthy

The Waterford man whose only limits are those of his imagination

Ireland’s Cormac Comerford competes in the first run of the men’s slalom race at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz. Photograph:  Dimitar Kilkoff/AFP/Getty

Slalom skier Cormac Comerford remains determined to push himself as far as he can

A disappointed  Andy Moran with  daughter Charlotte at the end of 2017 All-Ireland final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Some big names in Mayo panel for game against Galway in Connacht FBD league

Dublin’s Adam Rogers and Killian O’Gara with Aaron Elliot of the Dubs Stars. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Jim Gavin opts for team holiday again, leaving rookies to compete for O’Byrne Cup

Mo Farah reacts after losing the 5,000m final at the World Athletics Championship. Photo: Getty Images

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt bid farewell, but not in the manner most had expected them to

 Gina Akpe-Moses celebrates  after winning the European U20 100m Women title in 11.71 seconds at the European Athletics U20 Championships in Grosseto, Italy. Photograph: Sportsfile

Barring Rob Heffernan’s effort, World Championships proved devoid of cheer

The ease of access and entry of walking is part of the lure, and it’s an open season sport too

Survey finds 37% of those actually active in sport put walking as a clear number one

Alan Brogan: “I had 13, 14 really good years with Dublin, and I knew my race was run. I was 34, with a very good team coming behind me, so I knew it was time to step away.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former Dublin star ready to join thousands in annual mile race in aid of the charity

With 21 per cent, Katie Taylor topped the poll and  regained the title of Ireland’s most admired sports star. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

McGregor v Mayweather fight named most memorable Irish sporting moment of year

Stephen Maguire (left) and Christian Malcolm (centre) receive the coach of the the year during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Irishman Stephen Maguire is head of British sprinting and well versed on the ins and outs

Chris Froome of Sky team addresses the media at the end of the 20th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. He has tested  positive for an excessive level of a legal asthma drug during the race. EPA/Javier Lizon

Though his drug use killed him, Tom Simpson remains a revered figure in cycling world

 Sonia O’Sullivan presenting Mary Davis of Special Olympics the Outstanding Achievement award at The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tireless work on behalf of the Special Olympic movement merits due recognition

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Jessica Harrington with the  award winners from the last 12 months. Back Row. Eve McCrystal, Katie-George Dunlevy, Ita Keirnan (on behalf of Leanne Kiernan), Aoife Ní Chasaide, Chloe Magee, Gráinne Dwyer, Paula Fitzpatrick, Rena Buckley, Sinead Aherne, Sue Ronan (on behalf of Katie McCabe). Front Row: Vonnie Noonan (on behalf of Leona Maguire) Gina Akpe-Moses, Jessica Harrington (overall winner), Mary Davis (Outstanding Achievement), Sonia O’Sullivan, Annalise Murphy. Photograph:  Tom Honan.

Each monthly winner ‘raises the bar’ for all that follow – Sports Editor Malachy Logan

 Jessica Harrington  the overall winner of the   Sportswoman of the Year Award with Mary Davis who claimed the Outstanding Achievement award at the  The Irish Times-Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Trainer honoured by Irish Times/Sport Ireland for a phenomenal year of achievement

OCI president Sarah Keane: “The decision to restore State funding is recognition of the hard work that has taken place this year at the OCI.” Photograph:  Alan Betson

OCI president Keane says council can now move ahead confidently with its 2018 plans

The Olympic Council of Ireland president Sarah Keane has welcomed the news. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Reuters

It had withheld funds from the OCI since the arrest of Pat Hickey in Rio ticketing scandal

 Saoirse Moore, aged five,  wins the race against her brothers Cian and Rossa, while Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey and Ireland rugby star Jamie Heaslip look on at the   2017 GOAL Miles launch at Irishtown Stadium. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Dublin footballer targeting a return from cruciate injury in time for the championship

John Costello: “These conceited Dubs might be liked by some but they’ll never be loved; these unpatriotic Dubs they should be forced to surrender the GPO!” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin chief executive makes a sprited defence of the county's All-Ireland-winning side

Dublin GAA chief executive John Costello: “The Super 8s are here for a three-year trial period so please give them a chance to sink or swim.” Photograph: Getty Images

Dublin boss says it may be time to trial two referees in senior intercounty matches

John Costello and Jim Gavin after this year’s All-Ireland SFC final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Chief executive’s report to the county convention suggests trialling a second referee

Galway’s Joe Canning celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy cup. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpbho

County board make a surplus in its best ever year on pitch while Mayo are also in the black

New Cork hurling manager John Meyler will open his term in charge against Limerick in Mallow. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

John Meyler’s first game in charge of Cork against Limerick while Clare play Kerry

Fionnuala McCormack came 12th in the European Cross Country in Slovakia. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Men’s team finish fifth but Kenyan-born Turkish runners dominate in Slovakia

Ireland has one the highest rates of cocaine use among young people in Europe.

In recent times jockeys and even greyhounds have tested positive for the use of the drug

World champion Stephen Roche atop Sean Kelly’s shoulders at the Nissan Classic in 1987, the year Roche won the Tour de France

Ian O’Riordan reviews Barry Ryan’s insightful account of the rocky road to the top

Hugh Armstrong: “It’s very special, a very proud day for me, especially the first time.”

Sunday’s European Cross Country in Slovakia marks Ballina man’s Ireland senior debut

Teenage girls who train too hard and don’t get enough nutrients in their diet are at a greater risk of developing health problems. Photograph: Getty Images

Young athletes, particularly teenage girls, who overtrain can develop health problems

Rob Heffernan was named Athlete of the Year at the Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards  at the Crowne Plaza hotel  in Santry. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Hall of Fame award winner Ray Flynn ‘surprised’ his mile mark still stands

Luke Dempsey: “Whoever wins on Sunday, it will bring that club on leaps and bounds, and whoever loses, it’s a marvellous occasion to have got there.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

St Loman’s boss has amassed 23 years experience – not out – at county or club level

 Athletics Ireland former chief executive John Foley  has held his position  for the last eight years. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish women’s team face tough opponents at European Cross Country Championships

Sebastian Coe: “With the welfare of athletes and the integrity of competitions at stake, this is not a process which should be rushed.”Photograph: Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters

In his four years as Ireland coach, Schmidt has now capped eight ‘foreign’ players

Shane Ross: “We’ve proven we’re worthy of competing, and that we would have been worthy winners, so no, it wouldn’t put me off from doing it. But that would be a matter for the IRFU.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Minister announces €56m in allocations to 1,726 clubs under Sports Capital Programme

The grounds of Ballymun Kickhams GAA club: there was €150,000 for the renewal of the all-weather pitch

Some 1,726 successful allocations in latest round of funding which totalled €56m

Shane Ross: “This is about grassroots, the future Olympians, who play soccer, or champions of GAA. And you have to put money in at this level, if you’re going to get to the top level as well.

Every valid application received assistance as funding almost doubled

Gearóid McInerney sorted the long-standing and confounding problem for Galway at centre-back last season. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway centre back bided his time before making the All-Ireland breakthrough

Band of Brothers: Stephen Cluxton and Paul Flynn.

Multiple All-Ireland winner keen to continue: ‘No intercounty footballer wants it to end’

Mayo’s Alan Dillon, who has announced his retirement,  and Aidan O’Shea celebrate victory over Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-final replay last year.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ballintubber stalwart played in six senior All-Ireland finals – but without success

Taekwondoin Jack Wooley at the OCI Tokyo Summer Scholarship announcement. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

A new OCI cholarship scheme is hoped to help more athletes reach the holy grail

Slaughtneil celebrate their Ulster club final victory over Cavan Gaels at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

Remarkable Derry club now focusing on semi-final date with Nemo in the New Year

Nemo Rangers star Paul Kerrigan shakes hands with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin TD following the Cork club’s side’s win over Dr Crokes in the Munster final.  Photograph: Oisín Keniry

Early indications suggest knee injury not as serious as first feared

Fionnuala McCormack during the 2016 European Cross Country Championships in Italy. Photo: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

McCormack makes it 35 international selections ahead of European Cross Country championships

Shona Heaslip of An Riocht AC on her way to winning the women’s senior cross-country championships  at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

An Riocht runner leaves Kerry O’Flaherty in chase and is assured of Slovakia selection

Slaughtneil celebrate with the trophy after retaining their Ulster title. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

Cavan Gaels fail to become the first team from Cavan to win Ulster senior football title

The Olympic flag and the Russian national flag fly side by side at the  2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The IOC has since banned 14 Russian athletes for life for doping offences at the Games. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Wada insist nation should be let nowhere near the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang,

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