Ronan McCarthy: “Tyrone are an experienced side, but we need to learn quickly, and we will learn quickly.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Victories for Dublin and Tyrone would seal their semi-final place with a game to go

Jason Foley: “Whoever comes into the semi-finals  will certainly have earned it.” Photograph: James Crombie/Ipho

Full back looking forward to next big test against impressive Donegal at headquarters

Bob Dylan performing at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, on Sunday. Photograph: Raphael Pour-Hashemi Bob Dylan performing at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, on Sunday. Photograph: Raphael Pour-Hashemi

From the opening bars of Ballad of a Thin Man, it’s clear that something is happening here

Cork manager Ronan McCarthy: ‘I think a fair reflection of the game is that we kept going at them, kept fighting.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ronan McCarthy praises his side's courage after their Super 8s defeat at Croke Park

Dublin’s Paul Mannion takes on Cork’s James Loughrey during their Super 8s meeting at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Rebels ask a few questions but flurry of goals allows champions to cruise to victory

Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has confirmed that Diarmuid Connolly is back training with the senior team. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

32-year-old has made just seven appearances for Dubs over the last three years

Ciara Mageean ran a personal best in Monaco. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Duo pick up medals in European Under-23 Championships, Mageean runs a personal best

Dublin’s first goal being scored by Jack McCaffrey. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin four wins away from that elusive five in a row, with one foot already in the last four

Cyclists ride on a square of Arbois, eastern France, during the seventh stage of  the Tour de France,  between Belfort and Chalon-sur-Saône, on Friday. Photograph:  Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Our belief in the riders is returning, but the next doping scandal may be around the corner

Bob Dylan playing guitar, something you won’t see at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, on Sunday. Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/GettyImages)

Dylan sticks to his setlist and takes no requests. Neil Young is more likely to improvise

Sophie O’Sullivan, Patience Jumbo-Gula, Sarah Healy and Rhasidat Adeleke. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Young athletes ready for European Under-20 Championships in Boras, Sweden next week

Dublin’s David Byrne:  “You have to be on your toes all the time or your performances will slip.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin defender had a ‘bitter-sweet ’time last year as he watched his team win the All-Ireland from the sidelines

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue:  he is back training and “going well”. Photograph: Getty Images

Kerry’s opening Super-8s game against Mayo in Killarney likely to be a 31,900 sellout

Marcus Lawler finished hard  to claim the bronze medal in 20.55 seconds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sarah Lavin is fourth in 100m hurdles final while Phil Healy finishes sixth in 200m

Siofra Cleirigh Buttner during the women’s 800m final at the World University Games in Naples. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Phil Healy, Sarah Lavin and Marcus Lawlor all came through their semi-finals

Sarah Healy will head for the European Under-20 Championships in Sweden next week. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish runner posted a fifth place finish over 2,000m at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial Meeting in Budapest

Cavan’s Gearoid McKiernan and Hugh McFadden of Donegal in the Ulster final in Clones, Co Monaghan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Midfielder says when you win an Ulster title ‘you have to enjoy it for all it is worth’

Laois selector Niall Corcoran and manager Eddie Brennan celebrate after the Joe McDonagh Cup final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Niall Corcoran is being credited as the ‘insider’ who helped Laois take out Dublin

Meath’s Michael Newman is challenged by Cillian Brennan of Clare during their tightly fought contest in Portlaoise. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mickey Newman’s goal proves decisive as Leinster finalists hold on for one-point victory

Meath’s Michael Newman celebrates his side’s first goal of the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Narrow win over Clare puts the Royals into the last eight for the first time since 2010

Alan Cadogan returns for Cork against Westmeath. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Westmeath and Laois are bidding to cause an upset and earn improbable place in quarters

  Meath manager Andy McEntee stands dejected with his players following the Leinster final defeat to Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Legacy of Leinster final a drawback while Clare have momentum following Westmeath win

 Irish cyclist Seamus ‘Shay’ Elliott (1934 - 1971) takes a ride in a pram after arriving at Toulouse during the Tour de France in July 1961. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

Dan Martin aiming to emulate Elliott, Roche and Kelly who all achieved Tour feat

Tyrone’s Niall Morgan: he  regularly gets  involved in outfield play. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

New rule would end the possibility of a goalkeeper becoming involved in outfield play

Laois’s Ross Munnelly and Cian Donohoe of Offaly in their  round three championship qualifiers at  Portlaoise. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The enduring presence of the Laois forward may well count again against Cork at Semple Stadium

Enda Smith of Roscommon with The Sam Maguire cup during the launch of the All-Ireland senior football championship Super 8s at Concra Wood Golf and Country Club in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Connacht champions eager to improve on chastening experience they suffered last year

John Horan: “To sound boring myself about this, there are other factors that play into Dublin’s success.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

GAA president pleased with recent progress on Tier 2 football championship proposal

Competitors in the Phoenix Park during the 2018 Dublin Marathon. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Website with 2,500 extra places crashed for a number of people looking to enter

Mayo fans celebrate with Aidan O’Shea following the victory over Armagh in the qualifer clash at  Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fresh concern for manger Horan as Keegan joins ever-lengthening injury list

Mayo’s Lee Keegan leaves the field injured during their All-Ireland SFC qualifier win over Armagh. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Lee Keegan became the latest addition to injury list after win over Armagh on Saturday

Mayo’s Conor Loftus and Aidan Forker of Armagh get involved at half-time during the All-Ireland SFC round-three qualifier at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cillian O’Connor came off the bench for the first time this year in one point win

Kildare fans after the 2018 All-Ireland SFC qualifier win over Mayo at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s Tyrone bring their excellent qualifier record to St Conleth’s Park

Kenyan athlete Josephine Chelangat (l), Spain’s Esther Guerrero (2nd l), South Africa’s Caster Semenya (C), Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba (3rd l), and Ethiopia’s Adanech Anbesa  in  Paris,  June 11th. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

While courts decide how athletes with DSD should be treated, there’s silence on the track

John Maughan: “I honestly thought Derry would win that game, I was wrong, and Laois have moved on as well. I don’t expect there will be much between us.”  Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

After wins over London and Sligo, Faithful manager is looking forward to Laois test

Wexford’s  Paul Morris and Lee Chin tackle Kilkenny’s Huw Lawlor  during the drawn Leinster championship clash at Wexford Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former star believes Kilkenny will prevail – but only after another hugely physical clash

Armagh’s Rian O’Neill celbrates scoring a goal against Monaghan in the All-Ireland round two qualifier at Clones.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

McGeeney’s improving side have regained momentum before their visit to Castlebar

Kildare will be back in Newbridge for their meeting with Tyrone.

Laois went from losing home advantage against Westmeath to gaining it against Offaly

 Sarah Lavin of Ireland during the Women’s 100m hurdles at Dinamo Stadium at the Minsk 2019 European Games in Belarus. Photograph: EPA

Sarah Lavin finished second in the 100m hurdles at the European Games in Minsk

Malachy O’Rourke will not be back in charge of Monaghan for the 2020 season. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rian O’Neill on the double as O’Rourke calls it a day after his his seventh season in charge

Richard Mulligan on route to winning the Irish senior cross country title

Much of Mulligan’s running career was spent between the two shadows of himself

Paul Geaney: “The Kerry public and us as players don’t want to see the county’s record being beaten.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Massive effort expected in the Kingdom as Dublin’s drive for five concentrates minds

Jimmy Reardon in 1948: his 400m best of 47.6 would have won him a bronze medal at the 2018 Irish championships, 70 years after he ran it.

400-metre sprinter was the first of many Irish athletes to attend Villanova University

Jessie Barr at the launch of Irish Life Health Festival of Running on Wednesday. Photograph:   Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former hurdler now a sports psychologist after injuries forced her to end her athletics career

Cork’s Colm O’Neill in action against Kerry  during the 2015 Munster final at Killarney. “I’d hope that they go after Kerry, go for the jugular.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former All-Ireland winner hopeful of an improved Munster final performance

Cork’s Peter O’Driscoll, Tyrone’s Ruairi Gormley, Galway U20 manager Padraic Joyce, Ard Stiúrthóir of the GAA Tom Ryan, Cork U20 selector Colm O’Neill, EirGrid CEO Mark Foley, Kildare’s Darragh Ryan and Mayo’s Ruairi Gormley at the launch of  EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship.  Photograph:  Eóin Noonan

Former All Star criticises his county for having ‘no real fight for it’ in Connacht final

At the launch of the Irish Life Health Festival of Running is Jessie Barr. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Older sister of Thomas Barr has battled a series of injuries since the 2012 Olympics

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh and TJ Reid in action against Kevin Foley and Paudie Foley of Wexford during the Leinster SHC round-robin game at Wexford Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Wexford manager buzzing for renewal of wild rivalry with Kilkenny in Leinster final

Pierce O’Callaghan: “Minsk and Belarus have always had a huge sports culture, and, for better or for worse, it’s always been a major part of people’s lives here”

Belarus very happy to embrace the second European Games

Lenny Harbinson: the Antrim manager would like to see his side host Kildare at Corrigan Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Division Four side keen to host their qualifier clash against Kildare in west Belfast

A dejected Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien after the Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship semi-final between Laois and Carlow. Photograph: Ronan Byrne/Inpho

Proposed secondary football championship ‘a sop’ that will ‘fail to address the problem’

Limerick’s  Seán Finn  against Clare at the  Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph:   Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Plenty of signs in the All-Ireland champions’ win over Clare that they are getting back on track

GAA president John Horan: “We are looking at two options at the moment”

Horan says the key to any Tier 2 championship is that it will not impact on club games

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrates scoring a goal against Clare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It would have been the earliest exit by the All-Ireland hurling champions in 27 years

Patsy McGonagle consoles Rob Heffernan after he finished fourth in the 50km Walk at the London Olympics in 2012. McGonagle    assured him it wouldn’t be the end of the story, knowing full well the Russian winner Sergei Kirdyapkin was doping, as has since been proved.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ex-team manager’s eagerly-awaited memoir shines a revealing light on the last 25 years of Irish athletics

Ger Prendergast with his children at the Lilliput Adventure Centre.

The 39-year-old is looking to set a new world record at the Lilliput Adventure Centre

Eamon McGee: ‘It had to seep into us that we were good enough, as good as Armagh, as good as Tyrone, as good as Dublin, Mayo or any of these teams.’ Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

As Donegal face Tyrone in the semi-final, thoughts linger on what might have been

Thomas Barr finished fourth at the Golden League meeting in Rome on Thursday night. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish hurdler’s time of 49.65 seconds just short of his season’s best

Cian O’Neill is in his third season in charge of Kildare. He believes Kildare have regained something of the ruthless streak they showed last summer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager believes his side can upset the odds and beat All-Ireland champions Dublin

Eoin Murphy: injured goalkeeper is hoping to be back in contention by the time of the Leinster final – should Kilkenny advance that far. They face Galway at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Injured goalkeeper sees a 20m difference between some hurling sliotars

Kerry’s David Clifford at Croke Park. “Last year was a great experience. Just the grounding is kind of over, I know what to expect.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Skilful forward looking ahead to a long summer in his second year on the senior panel

Longford’s Colm P Smyth fails to stop Kildare’s David Slattery scoring a point during the Leinster SFC  quarter-final replay at  O’Connor Park in  Tullamore. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Cian O’Neill believes his side can beat the Dubs after second-half romp in Tullamore

 Aaron Sexton of Bangor Grammar School on his way to winning the  200m during the Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Rugby-bound Bangor schoolboy breaks both the 100m and 200m schools records

Aaron Sexton: has risen through the ranks of schoolboy athletics and rugby with what can be described as properly frightening speed.

A career in athletics could prove a feasible option for those who drop rugby after their schooldays

Aaron Sexton of Bangor Grammar, Co. Down  wins the Senior Boys 200 Metres during the Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships  at Tullamore last summer.   Photograph: Athletics Ireland

Talented Bangor sprinter to join Ulster’s Rugby Academy after his A-level exams

Kerry  manager Peter Keane with his squad   at Fitzgerald Stadium, Co Kerry, in March. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

New manager says step up from minors side is a daily learning experience he’s enjoying

Sunday will   mark Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan’s 50th championship appearance for his side, more than anyone else on the panel. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With 2-4 to his name already, captain goes into Clare clash needing just one more goal

Rod Stewart live in concert at Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Cork, on Saturday. Photograph: Larry Cummins courtesy Irish Examiner

Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch will not be ready in time for Munster semi-final against Limerick

Brian Lohan: “There’s great clubs, there’s really good people involved at both club level and at county level. Sometimes I think they’re a bit let down by the county board.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

‘You need a more dynamic county board than what is there’ says former star

Cuala stalwart had far from a gilded football background and underage career

Kellie Harrington will be among the 65 Irish athletes taking part in the European Games in Minsk, Belarus next month. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Squad will compete in nine of the 15 sports in Minsk including team athletics event

Carlow’s Sean Gannon in action against Meath’s Séamus Lavin. Meath had 15 points to spare against their outclassed Leinster rivals as they won 2-18 to 0-9. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Fixtures review committee tasked with job of coming up with three possible proposals

Donegal manager Declan Bonner talks to his team following the victory over Fermanagh at Brewster Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Counties who have won eight of the last ten titles between them to meet in semi-final

Darragh McElhinney set a new Irish record with his time of 13:54.10 in the    Under-20 5,000m event. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Athlete also becomes first teenager to break 14-minute barrier at the distance

Donegal’s Ciarán Thompson is challenged by  Kane Connor of Fermanagh during the Ulster SFC quarter-final at Brewster Park in  Enniskillen. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Late points help set up Ulster semi-final showdown with Tyrone

Ireland’s Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia in  Rio 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Dublin manager Jim Gavin is fully focused on making it five All-Irelands in a row. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager has always been comfortable drawing on comparisons with his other passion

Ryan McHugh: knows exactly what to expect when he faces  an old friend of Fermanagh manager Rory Gallagher on Sunday.   Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Donegal forward says sitting on the bench with injury was the hardest thing to do

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach opens the meeting of the IOC executive committee on boxing at the 2020 Olympic Games. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

Boxing will remain a part of the Olympic programme but AIBA has been suspended

Dublin athletic development coach Cliodhna O’Connor with Cork  manager John Meyler at the launch of the GAA  All-Ireland Hurling Championship on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former All-Ireland winning goalkeeper feels her role with senior hurlers is a natural fit

John Meyler says Patrick Horgan’s impact on Cork’s game stretches far beyond the scoreboard. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In-form ‘Hoggy’ among hurling’s most prolific scorers never to win Celtic Cross

Niall Moyna has expressed concern at DCU’s decision not to extend Enda Fitzpatrick’s contract. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Professor says that Fitzpatrick is ‘a coach that comes along once in a generation’

Aaron Sexton set a new personal best in the 100m, running 10.49 at the Ulster Schools Championships. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Province’s academy flyer sets personal best of 10.49 at Ulster Schools Championships

Tipperary’s Séamus Callahan scores his side’s second goal during the Munster SHC game against Waterford at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Liam Sheedy’s side hit 2-30 to continue brilliant start to Munster campaign

DCU’s athletics academy director Enda Fitzpatrick with Irish Olympian Fionnuala Britton. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fitzpatrick, the man behind DCU’s athletics success, should have received term extension

Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

University have decided not to extend Athletics Academy director’s tenure

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody confronts  Dublin selector Greg Kennedy after the latter intercepted a free  taken by Kilkenny’s TJ Reid during the Leinster SH championship Round 1 match at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Inpho

National Referees Committee resentation includes additional changes to the GAA calendar and “finishing on the day” criteria

Dublin City University (DCU) athletics club have set up an online petition in an effort to retain the services of Enda Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

University’s athletics club has expanded from 18 to 115 members during his tenure

Galway’s Gary O’Donnell, pictured in action against Sean Bulger of Dublin, is around long enough to recall when Sligo got the better of the Tribesmen back in 2010 and again in 2012. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

After a scare in London, Tuam defender sees All-Ireland semis as Galway’s minimum target

John Kiely lifts the Liam MacCarthy cup after Limerick’s first All-Ireland success since 1973 at Croke Park last August. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster title the next objective for manager and his ambitious, hard-working side

James McCarthy celebrates Dublin winning four-in-a-row after  the victory over Tyrone at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Talk of five-in-a-row brushed aside as six-time All-Ireland winner focuses on Louth clash

Paul Geaney: fit again and looking forward to the Munster semi-final against Clare.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Freak injury suffered in aftermath of Dublin game briefly threatened his whole season

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid celebrates scoring his side’s first goal against Dublin in the Leinster SHC Round 1 at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: inpho

TJ Reid’s proper captain-like display saw him finish with 2-12

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid celebrates scoring his first goal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

TJ Reid showed the way with a proper captain’s display that saw him finish with 2-12

Eddie Dunbar will ride his first Grand Tour with Team Ineos. Photograph: Getty Images

Cycling rarely gets a positive spin: unless another positive doping test counts

Cian O’Neill: “This year we need to get our preparations right and then perform. That’s the challenge.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Manager wary of Wicklow clash given Lilywhites’ inconsistent track record

A view of the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Photograph:David Rogers/Getty

Six sprinters and Olympic hopefuls to compete in Yokohama’s International Stadium

 Eoghan O’Donnell: poised to man the full-back berth for Dublin in Kilkenny on Saturday. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Cats’ legend impressed with the progress of talented Dubs’ full back O’Donnell

Daniel Flynn: Johnstownbridge player has stepped away from the Kildare panel for the 2019 Allianz Football League to concentrate on studying for a Masters. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Team will miss young star at Leinster championship opener against Wicklow

Tipperary’s Jason Forde celebrates his goal against Limerick during last summer’s Munster SHC match at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Forward keen to put his side’s failures of last year behind him as championship begins

Walsh Park, Waterford:  the venue for the county’s  clash against Clare next weekend, the first championship game at the ground  since 2003. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

‘The place is going to be heaving’ for Walsh Park clash with Clare says manager Páraic Fanning

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