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Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh in action against Limerick’s  Dan Morrissey at Croke Park. “Limerick are such a physical team and they have huge work-rate so we knew the effort was going to have to be massive.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Walter Walsh is no stranger to Brian Cody’s mastery of delivering the unexpected. His senior inter-county career began with a typical selection coup b(...)

 Tipperary’s Padraic Maher, Alan Flynn and Ger Browne celebrate  their  1-28 to 3-20 senior hurling championship semi-final win over Wexford  in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Whatever happened to semi-finals being for the winning and to hell with the quality? Nobody told hurling. Yet again, the best games of the summer have(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody celebrates at the final whistle of the All-Ireland hurling semi-final against Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s all of 14 years and 11 matches, including the 2016 replay, since Brian Cody had to come in to the post-match media conference after an All-Irelan(...)

Protesters marching through Temple Bar in Dublin, demonstrating against the cruelty to animals in the greyhound industry. Photograph: Alan Betson

“Even the dogs on the street know it is wrong,” said actor Pauline McLynn as the greyhounds standing at her feet howled in apparent agreement ahead of(...)

Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan will do well to emulate his goal-a-game average against Liam Ryan who is a good marker inside the sweeper system. Photograph: Inpho

All-Ireland SHC semi-final: Wexford v Tipperary Throw-in: 3.30pm, Sunday. Venue: Croke Park. On TV: Live on RTÉ 2 and Sky Arena. This is h(...)

Lee Chin and his Wexford team-mates celebrate the Leinster final victory over Kilkenny at Croke Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Sunday will be the first time Wexford have played Tipperary as Leinster champions since 1997, the same year that they last defended an All-Ireland tit(...)

Kate Keena (11) at the launch of Ireland’s first native woodlands strategy in Ballycoyle Woodlands, Glencree, Co Wicklow in 2016.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Are you off anywhere nice on your holidays? I am, and, as the date for departure from Dublin Airport creeps nearer, the excuses I’m making for taking (...)

A view of the sunset from the cottage

As an illustrator of children’s books I thought I had a good idea of what the perfect fairy-tale cottage would look like. I had painted enough of them(...)

Mike Nesbitt: ‘To coin a phrase, we aren’t going away, you know.’ File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Unionists could hold the balance of power into perpetuity in a united Ireland parliament, former Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has claimed. Mr(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State Michael D’Arcy. Photograph: Tom Honan

He might not have been articulating official Government policy but comments this week on bankers’ pay from the Minister of State with responsibility f(...)

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