Keith Earls and CJ Stander make their way out onto the pitch for Munster versus Racing 92 in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I texted a rules official and asked if tee times were delayed,’ said cool customer Colt Knost

Fiona McHale: “I absolutely love the game. When I went travelling I genuinely missed it. . . I couldn’t imagine life without it.”  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mayo and Carnacon star finished an eventful year on a high in the All-Ireland club final

Ireland’s Sophie Spence celebrates winning with her mum Myrtle after Ireland beat Australia in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former nominee for World Rugby Player of the Year speaks about what the future holds

Fangless task: Josh Cullen of West Ham United, who lost a tooth in his team’s turgid draw with Shrewsbury. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

An Irish man losing a tooth was the most exciting thing from three dull FA Cup matches

Micheál Donoghue shares an emotional moment with his father as he presents him with the Liam MacCarthy cup. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mary Hannigan looks back at some of the more bizarre moments in sport this year

Dublin and Mayo parade before the start of the TG4 Ladies’  All-Ireland final at  Croke Park in September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

An attendance of over 46,000 at the Ladies’ All-Ireland final showed what can be done

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald’s confrontation with   Tipperary’s Jason Forde  has led to a novel motion for Congress in 2018. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Has Tipperary secretary Tim Floyd opened a veritable Pandora’s box for GAA legislators?

Peter Crouch with the Tweet of the Year: "Summer for me is about time with family." Photograph: Twitter

Mary Hannigan reviews the best quote, number, tweet, gaffer, pundit and more

Katie Mullan: was on target for UCD in the big win over Trinity. Photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

Hannah Matthews’ hat-trick helps Loreto stage a gutsy comeback in Belfast

 Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean won the main award at the RTÉ Sport Awards on Saturday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

James McClean wins Sportsperson of the Year as showjumpers win Team of the Year

Naomi Carroll is top scorer with seven goals for unbeaten Cork Harlequins. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Second-placed side expected to continue their impressive form at Ards’ expense

The Irish Times Sportswoman of the year will be revealed on Friday

Monthly winners to receive awards on Friday and overall winner to be announced

 Graeme Souness, Noel Gallagher and Gary Neville in the Sky Sports studio during the Manchester derby. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

TV View: Some might say United are not quite electric but Manchester City refuse to slide away

Harlequins recovered from going a goal down away to Loreto to eventually win 3-1. Photograph: Photograph Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Abbie Russell goal enough to give students victory over Ards at Belfield

Packie Bonner saves against Romania - the dramatic shootout has been voted Ireland’s greatest sporting moment. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s greatest sporting moment is revealed - surprisingly, not everyone agrees

File photograph showing Ayeisha McFerran  accepting the Best Goalkeeper award in 2015. She has been honoured in the US following her impressive season. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

In-form 21-year-old goalkeeper from Larne earns honour for the second year running

Ireland captain Katie McCabe. Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Irish captain named The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Month

Fifa president Gianni Infantino enjoys a glass of champagne with Russian president Vladimir Putin and Diego Maradona. Photo: Getty Images

All in the Game: Ray Wilkins not so coy about Rangers job, quotes of the week and more

Carnacon’s Cora Staunton with Aisling O’Sullivan of Mourneabbey at the final whistle. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

TV View: The women’s club final shredded emotions, while Blues Sisters was revealing

Naomi Carroll of Cork Harlequins turned out for Ireland against Spain. Photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

Spanish five ahead before Caarroll and Torrans strike for late consolation scores

 Nikki Evans: marked the occasion of her 150th cap for Ireland with a goal against Belgium in a 4-2 defeat. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Graham Shaw’s young team picking up valuable experience against top-class opposition

 Cora Staunton of Carnacon with the Dolores Tyrrell Memorial Cup during a LGFA All-Ireland club finals captain’s day at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

All-Ireland club title with Carnacon would send her to Greater Western Sydney Giants smiling

Former Leeds United player Tony Yeboah was wrongly reported to have died. Photo: Phil Cole/Allsport

Meanwhile, some harsh Celtic player ratings and the ‘action’ of a partner’s waters breaking

Ted Walsh and Brian Kerr don’t hold back on ‘Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Moment’

TV Week: ‘Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Moment’ is dangerously candid. It’s TV gold

The bulk of the Irish women’s squad will be in action in the cup this weekend before they depart for Spain. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Holders UCD at home to Ards while runners-up Cork Harlequins host Ballymoney

Republic of Ireland’s Tyler Toland:  “Any football player, I suppose, would like to become a professional.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Under-16 International Player of the Year in 2016 is busy scaling footballing peaks

A ‘Wenger Out’ sign in Harare.

Mary Hannigan’s weekly round-up of the weird and wonderful world of football

Ireland international rules players were among the Irish athletes to endure disappointment last week. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Danes beat us, bid to host RWC proved unsuccessful and no joy in international rules series

Lena Tice’s third-quarter penalty ensured a UCD victory over  Railway Union. Photograph: Inpho

Cork Harlequins keep pressure on the student side following easy win over Pembroke

Ireland’s Chloe Watkins during a friendly against Spain in 2016. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

Six of under-21 panel called up last month retained for games against Spain and Belgium

Jenny Egan  winning a bronze medal at the Senior Canoe Marathon World Championships in  South Africa in September 2017. Photograph: Brendon Orpwood

After her best ever year, Irish canoeist feels at age 30 she has yet to reach her full potential

Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady dejected after their 5-1 defeat to Denmark in the 2018 World Cup qualifying playoffs. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The RTÉ panel’s pre-match optimism was well and truly dashed as the Danes ran riot

Lena Tice of UCD in action: UCD followed up that win with a 3-1 defeat of Loreto on Sunday, all three of their goals – from Lena Tice, Katie Mullan and Deirdre Duke – coming in the second half. Photograph:  Paul Walsh/Inpho

The students are currently top of the league table while Ards move up to fourth place

Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen and Andreas Bjelland battle with with Ciaran Clark of Ireland during the World Cup playoff first leg at the Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Long, straight and hopeful v long, diagonal and hopeful makes for a long night

Barry McGuigan’s achievements in 1985 were a topic of debate. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Moment: Eamon Dunphy and Joe Brolly discussed 1980s

Railway Union will look to build on their first win of the season, a 6-0 defeat of Monkstown, after drawing their opening three games. Photograph: Getty Images

Cork Harlequins play Monkstown before heading north to take on Belfast Harlequins

Katie Taylor in Dublin  with her WBA lightweight belt. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Boxer’s latest achievement a world professional title after win over Argentina’s Anahi Sanchez

Peter Schmeichel with his son Kasper at Old Trafford in 1992. As a Manchester United fan and goalkeeper, Darren Randolph said he looked up to Schmeichel snr. Photo: Getty Images

Ireland keeper says Kasper Schmeichel has done well to move out of his father’s shadow

Seagulls fly overhead as Ireland train ahead of their 2018 World Cup playoff with Denmark. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland without McCarthy, Keogh and Maguire for both World Cup play-off games

Shane Duffy at Republic of Ireland squad training in  Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Huge turnaround in Derryman’s fortunes since joining Chris Hughton at Brighton

Alex Speers of Pegasus. She was one of three scorers in the first half against Loreto. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

Ards suffer their first defeat of the season at the hands of Belfast Harlequins

Out of his tree: Pádraig Harrington hits his third shot on the 7th hole during the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Offalyman’s ‘seeeeeriously sexy’ fingers not enough to hand him a victory

 Monkstown’s Anna O’Flanagan and Ruth Maguire of Pegasus in action earlier this year. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

In-form student side faces Pembroke Wanderers as Cork Harlequins take on Trinity

Graeme Souness: “You don’t get to 64 years old and not want to change something. I made a few mistakes.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Soccer icon rules out a return to management and reveals his biggest mistake

Fernando Hierro: did so fine a job you’d be tempted to offer him a spot in your tent should he be stuck for somewhere to stay in Russia next summer. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Probably wise: the last time the Danes were this underestimated, they did quite well

Ireland’s Jessica McMaster: levelled for Ireland after Charlotte Watson had given Scotland. Photograph: Inpho

Loreto teenagers make debut as Ireland begin build-up to next summer’s World Cup in London

Ireland coach Graham Shaw is resting several of his senior players for now, as preparations for London will intensify in the months ahead

Sunday’s match against Scotland will be proving ground for several under-21 players

Anthony Foley and Paul O’Connell pictured after Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final victory over Leinster at Lansdowne Road in April 2006. Foley went on to lift the trophy in Cardiff as Munster beat Biarritz at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Moving documentary was not afraid to tackle dark days Foley suffered as coach

 Philly McMahon high fives young fan Joe Ecock as he signed copies of The Choice

The Dublin footballer opened his heart on the Late Late Show ahead of book release

 Lizzie Colvin  celebrates with her Ireland team-mates during the 7th-8th place semi-final against India during the FIH Hockey World League at Wits University  in Johannesburg back in July. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland women qualify for first major international tournament since 2002 as PNG are trounced

Cork captain Rena Buckley lifts the O’Duffy Cup after the All-Ireland camogie win over Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland captains share ‘The Irish Times’/Sport Ireland award for September

Anna O’Flanagan has a burning ambition to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. Photograph: Getty Images

Goalscorer getting up to speed with Bloemendaal after putting legal career on hold

 Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy celebrates after the game. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jubilation once again as Martin O’Neill’s men put in another brilliant away shift

Abbie Russell: was on target for UCD in the big win over Belfast Harlequins. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan:/Inpho

Trinity mark their first home Hockey League game with a 2-1 win over Pembroke

Slovenian slots in with Sonia O’Sullivan, Paul McGrath et al after brace against Scotland

Alexandru Gatcan of Moldova makes a spectacular clearance as Ireland’s Callum O’Dowda  looks on during the  World Cup Group D qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Moldova prove to be a Duff outfit despite Damien’s long hours on YouTube

Graham Shaw: overseeing an injection of new blood in Ireland senior panel.

Coach challenging young guns to stake their case for a place in possible World Cup panel

Paul Dunne  celebrates with his caddie Darren Reynolds after chipping in on the 18th hole to win the tournament.  Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Irish golfer hardly collected trophy before he was asked to recreate winning chip

Defending champions beaten on the first day of the Hockey League season

Former Monkstown player Ellen Curran who has joined UCD this year

Monkstown down three international players as they face Belfast Harlequins away

  Hope Solo:  “I want to win medals, I want to win big tournaments. Those are the moments in my career that I have lived for.” Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Outspoken USA goalkeeper intends to return to action in pursuit of yet more honours

 The attendance of 46,286 is shown during the TG4 Ladies  All-Ireland senior football final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park.  Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Phenomenal attendance of 46,286 marks a massive breakthrough for women’s game

 Sarah Tierney, left, and  team-mate Sarah Rowe. “We’re all from Mayo, we all care about Mayo, and on Sunday we’ll try to do it for Mayo.”  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

All-Ireland final against Dublin presents county’s women with ideal opportunity

 Cork’s Brid Stack and Dublin’s Sinéad Aherne  in the  2014 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Final. Dublin were 10 points up with 16 minutes to go but Cork came back to win it.  Photograph: Alan Betson

After number of heartbreaking finals, captain is keen to triumph over Mayo on Sunday

Davy Fitzgerald with his two poodles, Holly and Sophie (don’t ask us which is which), Lucy Kennedy and his partner Sharon during the filming of Living with Lucy.

Bells ring, ting-a-ling-a-ling, as Lucy Kennedy moves in with Wexford boss

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford consoles Cillian O’Connor after the game. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sleeveless Diarmuid Connolly caused quite a stir before the game

Ireland’s Katie-George Dunlevy and her pilot Eve McCrystal in action during the Paralympic Games  in Rio de Janeiro where they won two medals. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Para-cycling pair follow up Rio success with two golds at World Championships

 Cork team celebrate after beating Kilkenny in the All-Ireland senior camogie final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Gemma O’Connor and Julie White help Cork gain revenge for last year’s All-Ireland defeat

Rena Buckley: “You tend to remember the ones [finals] you lost better than the ones you win. They stick in your mind. But you have to learn from them.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Versatile Cork star will play in a remarkable 22nd All-Ireland final this Sunday

Kilkenny captain Anna Farrell:  “You accept that once you win the All-Ireland, you’re the team to beat.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Anna will captain the holders against Cork while three more sisters are on the panel

Ireland’s James McClean slides in to tackle Serbia’s  Luka Milivojevic during the World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inph

Like the team, RTÉ’s panel gets a revamp for crucial World Cup qualifier

Conor Cooney celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

After Galway’s start, Waterford’s All-Ireland hopes quickly looked like ancient Distory

 Lydia Boylan competes at the  the 2017 UCI track cycling World Championships in Hong Kong. Photogrpah: Power Sport/Getty

Downturn meant an engineering career was put on hold as she blossoms on the bike

Ireland players walk off the pitch dejected after their defeat against Wales at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Doom, gloom and a total eclipse of the heart to go around in the weekend viewing

Shelbourne’s Pearl Slattery in action against Wexford Youths  at the Aviva Stadium. “My life is just football, it’s absolutely everything.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shelbourne captain back in thick of Champions League action following a health scare

Irish Banshees joint captains Laura Corrigan Duryea and Onóra Mulcahy celebrate the win with team coach Brendan Kelly. Photograph: Scott Barbour/AFL Media

Squad backboned by players from Belfast and Dublin clubs win International Cup again

Ali Meeke of Loreto has been called up to the Ireland squad for the European Championships in Amsterdam. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Graham Shaw’s side open campaign against England in Amsterdam on Saturday

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Kevin McLoughlin attempt to dispossess Kerry’s  Kieran Donaghy. Photograph: Inpho/Gary Carr

TV view: More “liathróidí” required for replay, says Pat Spillane

Matt Walker on his visit to  Estonia: “That will be 14 countries covered by the end of the week,” he says of his visit to Ireland, “just 41 to go”.

Matt Walker is travelling to all 55 Uefa countries in one season and attending a top-flight game

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson leaves Cork’s defenders Colm Spillane and Marc Coleman in his wake as he soloes through to score a wonder goal in the semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Relief palpable at Belfield as Ireland stumble over the line against Japan

Gina Akpe-Moses with her 100m gold medal  at the homecoming of the Irish team from the European Athletics Under-20 Championships in Italy. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The Nigerian-born sprinter claimed Ireland’s first women’s sprinting medal in Italy

Ireland’s Ciara Griffin celebrates scoring her side’s  second try  against Australia in the World Cup clash at Belfield. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Not the team’s job to get youth of Ireland up off the couch to lower their obesity levels

Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates winning her bout against Sofya Ochigava of Russia. Photograph:  Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Mary Hannigan selects the top 10 highlights in women’s sport from the last 30 years

Katie Walsh and Seabass in the Aintree Grand National in 2012. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

In part four of five, Mary Hannigan continues her look at highlights in Irish women’s sport

 Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo look on as Stephanie Roche arrives for the 2014 Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Every day this week, Mary Hannigan looks at some of the highlights in women’s sport from the last 30 years. Part three looks at 30(...)

Ellen Keane on her way to bronze in the women's 100m breaststroke final at the Paralympics in Rio. Photograph: Al Tielemans/Getty

Every day this week, Mary Hannigan looks at some of the highlights in women’s sport from the last 30 years. Part two looks at 40 t(...)

Lindsay Peat scores Ireland's opening try against Wales in this year's Six Nations. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Every day this week, Mary Hannigan looks at some of the highlights in women’s sport from the last 30 years. Part one looks at 50 t(...)

US player Venus Williams  reacts as Spain’s Garbine Muguruza  as she celebrates winning the women’s singles final at Wimbledon. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Mary Hannigan: Old age was the theme for much of the weekend in the Wimbledon finals

Ireland’s Mona McSharry after winning a silver medal in the women’s 200m breast stroke at the European Junior Swimming Championships, Netanya, Israel. Photograph: Andrea Masini/Inpho

Ballyshannon swimmer took home two golds and a silver from European Junior Championships

Warren Gatland wears a clown nose to the post-match press conference after the Lions final Test draw with the All Blacks. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP

Mary Hannigan with a selection of sound bites from the drawn Test series

Irish Open: Jon Rahm had marched to a six-stroke victory. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

TV View: For even more drama than the Irish Open you needed to be in Thurles

Ireland’s Hannah Matthews in action against Spain last year. Player  will earn her 81st international cap on Saturday. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

Triumph over Japan in Johannesburg would keep their World Cup 2018 dream alive

Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell are more and more quickly becoming parodies of themselves with each Lions match. Photo: Sky Sports screengrab

‘Immortality. Is. Beckoning,’ Graham Simmons informed a bemused Seán O’Brien

Beauden Barrett down injured during the game. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘Some of us wondered when there are so many men on a rugby pitch, would one be missed?’

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan scoring a point against Westmeath at Croke Park.  “A turkey shoot,”concluded Pat  Spillane. Photograph:  INPHO/Gary Carr

If Lewis Hamilton had been wired to a heart monitor it would have exploded

After a 15 point victory you’d imagine it’ll be the hosts who’ll be licking their lips.

TV View: Forget Day of Destiny, we can’t wait for Day of Destiny: Part II™

Austin Gleeson of Waterford. Where were you when he scored his ninth minute point against Cork?

No beginner's luck here: Gooch somewhat off the mark with his prediction for Tyrone

The Clipper Round the World yachts return to London in a victory parade in 2014 after sailing 40,000 nautical miles in the world’s longest ocean race. Photograph by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Donegal woman ready to take part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

 Leona Maguire:  was voted the top US college player of 2017 and she also claimed the Women’s Golf Coaches Association National Player of the Year and the Annika Award. Photograph:  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Cavan woman claims several awards in USA after another outstanding season at Duke

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan  and Austria’s Martin Hinteregger battle for the ball during Sunday’s  World Cup Group D qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

We were expecting an absent Austria, but Ireland were very nearly not there at all

More articles