Derek McGrath: ‘I knew what I was getting into.’ File photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The departing Curragh boss has suggested a lack of unity exists within racing’s top echelons about the best long-term future for Ireland’s most famous(...)

‘Like me, the lad from England had a big interest in both Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O’Brien (above)’.

In Dublin on Friday night, I stepped into a thronged O’Neill’s Pub on Suffolk Street in hopes of watching Ulster’s European Rugby Cup match. It was a (...)

Kerry’s Sean O’Shea and Stephen O’Brien celebrate after the Munster final victory over Cork. Their next outing is against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Without undue fanfare we’ve reached the halfway point of the most radically altered championship in at least 17 years. Ironically, considering the fe(...)

Michael Murphy: play a pivotal role for Donegal, he’s totally selfless, the controller in the middle of the park, the leader, incredibly disciplined and focused.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This was the most significant weekend of the championship so far. The bigger teams all made their move and it was interesting to see the impact of top(...)

Flann O’Brien: experienced a short-lived infatuation with rugby

I note with indignation that this year’s “Mylesday” has been deferred by 24 hours to avoid a clash with rugby. For those who don’t know, Mylesday is (...)

Curragh Racecourse Ltd said on Tuesday that it has appointed Derek McGrath as chief executive of the company, which will own, operate and redevelop the racecourse and training grounds in Co Kildare.

Former European rugby chief, Derek McGrath, is to oversee the planned €65 million redevelopment of the Curragh Racecourse, Ireland’s premier flat trac(...)