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Thomas Galligan doesn’t exactly specify which backstreet he’s talking about, but his point is no less crystal clear in intent: Cavan are not particula(...)

After Bloody Sunday November 21st 1920,  the bodies of British officers assassinated in Dublin during the Irish War of Independence are taken back to England for burial. The men were members of British intelligence cell, the Cairo Gang. File photograph: Getty

The initial backlash left the IRA reeling and saw British intelligence enhanced. Then talk turned to a truce With the killing of 32 people, Bloo(...)

I think of this rivalry like the vicious killer clown in the horror movie IT. The clown is called Pennywise and he awakens from the underground world every 27 years to feed his need. The Tipperary-Galway rivalry was asleep since the late 80s. It’s now back in all its glory and hopefully it stays around for a while longer. There are too many good players for it to vanish underground. Photograph: Warner Bros/New Line Cinema

As I left Thurles on Sunday evening in the crisp darkness it felt like the weekend was summed up by a phrase that was in use elsewhere in the sporting(...)

Remarkably, Laois have never played Dublin in Laois. Photograph: Inpho

I watched Laois warming up to play Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday lunchtime and began to think of my own time managing Roscommon. And I wondered about(...)

Michael Quirke: “I think it was definitely worth it. I do. I think the GAA did an incredible job to be honest with you.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

And just like that, the championship is half over. We’ve hardly had time to get a bit of wear out of the good winter coat and already the season is l(...)

 Dublin’s Ronan Hayes and Ronan Broderick of Laois in action during the Leinster championship clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 2-31 Laois 0-23 It all started on Saturday evening. The weirdness of an empty Croke Park, even allowing that the GAA will know bigger box-offi(...)

Donegal’s Hugh McFadden takes his jersey before their Allianz League win over Tyrone on Saturday. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

When it comes to predicting tsunamis, National Geographic cautions: “If you see the ocean receding unusually rapidly or far it’s a good sign that a bi(...)

Galway manager Shane O’Neill (c) at the Galway SHC match between Sarsfields and Portumna in July. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

“It feels like a different year altogether,” Shane O’Neill, the Galway manager says as he sits in a big empty marquee not a million miles from Galway (...)

A general view of Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The inconvenience of it all peaked for Old Moran when it gradually became clear that the 2020 championship was in all likelihood going to go ahead. It(...)

A fan watches from outside the ground during the Trillick vs Coalisland Tyrone SFC match. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There will be good news for sports fans when the government announces its medium-term plan Living With Covid-19 later today. For the first time since (...)

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