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The Meath team celebrate their All-Ireland minor triumph. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath 1-12 Tyrone 1-11 Mick O’Dwyer famously declared on TV commentary that ‘the right man has it now’ just before David Beggy kicked the winning poi(...)

Referee James Owens prepares to show Clare’s Aidan McCarthy a yellow card during the Munster semi-final in  Limerick. Owens will tell the meeting of his colleagues what he saw at the time and what guided his action. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Why don’t they leave hurling alone? It was grand the way it was. These sentiments are in essence the response of many hurling followers to the sort of(...)

Barry Kelly says that James Owens and other referees haven’t had anything like the usual number of matches to acclimatise to the new hurling rules for championship. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Former referee Barry Kelly has said that he remains in favour of measures to combat cynical play even though the current sanction, which proved contro(...)

Minister for justice Nora Owen following the removal for murdered journalist Veronica Guerin on June 29th, 1996.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Nora Owen remembers exactly what she was doing when she heard Veronica Guerin had been murdered. The former minister for justice had just returned to (...)

Ireland winning one of their nine lineouts against Wales   at Principality Stadium, Cardiff on Sunday.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Part of the pre-game preamble in interviews were devoted to the impact that Ireland’s new assistant coach Paul O’Connell would have on Ireland’s lineo(...)

Ireland v Georgia: The scrums were shambolic and referee Mathieu Raynal penalised incessantly, without ever changing player behaviour.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The Aviva Stadium saw a poor, grim performance by Ireland, way, way below their international Tier One status. Very hard to watch. Georgia can be more(...)

Tempers flare between Ireland and Wales players during the Autumn Nations Cup clash at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Alun Wyn Jones had demanded a Welsh win and his team were fully “up” for their visit to Dublin on Friday evening. The passionate singing of Land of (...)

 Stephen Kenny’s Ireland team will look to recover from Thursday’s playoff defeat with a positive result against Wales. Photograph: PA

The visit of Wales this weekend will give Stephen Kenny and his players an early opportunity to put the disappointment of Thursday night’s penalty def(...)

 Gary Owens: “I’ve had fun with the role here, it’s been an interesting journey.”

Interim FAI CEO Gary Owens has said he will leave the association over the coming months with the 61-year-old suggesting that he has achieved what he(...)

FAI chairman Roy Barrett: Question of his nomination as  chair could be up for renewed discussion at Tuesday’s board meeting. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The FAI will look to draw a line under what has been another difficult and deeply divisive period for the organisation at its much-anticipated extraor(...)

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