John Connellan in action for Westmeath. “The thing has snowballed and nobody has sat down and performed a forensic analysis of where we’re actually going. It has been allowed to gather momentum to the point where it’s a runaway train.” Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

John Connellan could generally be found in a Dublin jersey growing up in Athlone, drilling frees like Charlie Redmond and jinking past imaginary defen(...)

It has been estimated that just seven per cent of teenagers who join top flight English clubs get a second contract at that club.  Photograph: Getty Images

Our love of the game blinds us on occasion to the brutality of the numbers involved and sometimes, it even seems, a parent’s love of their child, thei(...)

Noel King’s short reign as Ireland manager came to a grubby end after his unseemly run-in with Eamon Dunphy. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

In the 1980s it was Frankie Goes to Hollywood who made many of us wonder what actually does happen when two tribes go to war. Holly Johnson’s conclusi(...)