Ballyboden St Enda’s Shane Clayton (right) in action against Garrycastle’s Alex Gardiner during the Leinster club championship semi-final at TEG Cusack Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

For a giant club, one of the largest in Europe by all accounts, there’s a light touch and a level of intimacy to being a Ballyboden St Enda’s player t(...)

Eire Og’s Ross Dunphy tackles and Conal Keaney of Ballyboden St Enda’s during the Leinster Senior Football Championship club final at O’Moore Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballyboden St Enda’s have made things hard for themselves in their two Leinster finals. In 2015 they were nearly dragged into extra-time by Portlaoise(...)

Cuala celebrate their victory over Ballyea  in the All-Ireland club final last March. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s safe to say that the timing probably didn’t appeal greatly to Mattie Kenny. The former Galway mentor, who last March managed Cuala to Dublin’s fi(...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan: “It’s a bit unfair on the clubs, that the players are only handed back to them, with a week to go, before the championship.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“That turnaround, seven days, is tough,” says Cian O’Sullivan, speaking on behalf of almost the entire Dublin football team, with perhaps a little un(...)

Ballyboden St Enda’s Declan O’Mahony is shown a red card during the AIB All-Ireland club semi-final against Clonmel Commercials.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Given both the nature and timing of the penalty, Ballyboden St Enda’s have confirmed they will be appealing the straight red card shown to midfielder(...)

Conal Keaney holds possession during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final against Waterford at Semple Stadium in July 2015.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Conal Keaney is considering retirement from intercounty hurling. Speaking a day after he won a first Leinster club medal with Ballyboden St Enda’s fo(...)

Ballyboden’s Michael Darragh Macauley: “Portlaoise are very experienced when it comes to Leinster. They are the Kiltschko, we’re like the Fury coming into this.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

An eventful, unpredictable year for Michael Darragh Macauley should finish next weekend when his club Ballyboden St Enda’s contest the last p(...)

Ballygunner’s Pauric Mahony and Shane Dowling of Na Piarsaigh whose sides meet in the Munster club hurling final. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Sunday Munster club SHC final Ballygunner (Waterford) v Na Piarsaigh (Limerick), Semple Stadium, 2pm – These clubs met in the Munster sem(...)

St. Patrick’s Eoin O’Connor with Michael Darragh MacAuley and Sean Gibbons of Ballyboden St. Enda’s. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Ballyboden St Enda’s 1-8 St Patrick’s 0-7 Ballyboden St Enda’s dug deep in the Drogheda mud to clear a tricky opening provincial hurdle on Sunday. Col(...)

St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly was a thorn in Na Fianna’s side in the county semi-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer

On paper, Sunday’s Dublin football final may appear somewhat predictable. St Vincent’s are seeking a third title in succession and a 28th in all, whil(...)