Patrick Kavanagh.  The Wiltshire Collection, National Library of Ireland. Patrick Kavanagh.  Poet. The Wiltshire Collection, National Library of Ireland.

Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1967, a young Danish student made the mistake of approaching Patrick Kavanagh in Dublin’s The Bailey pub, to ask abo(...)

Clifden Arts Festival: President Michael D Higgins said young people who discover they have a talent can still expect this to be “welcomed and celebrated”

President Michael D Higgins has said that Irish society stands out in an increasingly globalised world in valuing the “work of the imagination”. Youn(...)

Donal Vaughan celebrates scoring his  goal against Donegal in 2013. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In the giddy aftermath of their team’s overwhelming win in the quarter-final replay against Roscommon, Mayo minds instantly travelled to one day of co(...)

The Leaving Cert starts today and the ensuing media circus that goes with it is in full swing. But why are we still putting faith in this absurd (...)

Neil McGee: was injured after colliding  with Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan during the 2015 All-Ireland quarter-final against Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of Donegal’s top surgeons has said injuries sustained in high-impact collisions on the GAA field are now similar to those sustained in a road tra(...)

Donegal’s Christy Toye won three Ulster titles, a National League and an All-Ireland during his time with the county. Photo: Inpho

The very last person who wants to talk about Christy Toye is Christy Toye. The recent news that the Donegal senior GAA footballer was to pack away his(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor misses a late free to level the score. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Robert Hennelly 3 Disastrous selection. His floating kick outs gifted Dublin at least three points, contributed to Lee Keegan’s black card while hi(...)

Mayo’s Colm Boyle and Lee Keegan tackle Tipperary’s Michael Quinlivan. There is a price to pay for taking all those tackles. Every heavy hit softens you up to some extent. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The big question for many people going into last Sunday’s game was how Tipperary would approach the psychological task that lay ahead of them. Would (...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan with Donegal’s Neil Gallagher  during the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final. The teams meet again this evening  at a sold-out Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The man with the reputation for getting up early is subject to rigorous scrutiny compared to Dublin. The champions are constantly referred to as if th(...)

James McCarthy has been declared fit to play against Donegal in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One should be forgiven for presuming the natural place to direct a conversation with Jim Gavin about Donegal would be 2014. That seismic All-Ireland s(...)