Kildare’s Shea Ryan  after defeat to Dublin  in the Leinster  final in  Croke Park. Are Kildare   really the dormant giant many think they are? Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In the early days of the professional rugby era in Ireland the jump from the amateur game of club rugby seemed to catch much of the sport by surprise.(...)

Corofin, Galway and UCD defender Liam Silke in action for his club.  Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

With the intercounty championships looming into view, the extraordinarily vibrant club season provided more fireworks at the weekend. There were cont(...)

Ballymun Kickhams’ Paddy Small, James McCarthy and John Small lift the trophy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballymun Kickhams 1-19 Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-8 Front running for almost the entire match, Ballymun Kickhams gave a top-class performance in Sunday’s(...)

Ballymun Kickhams’ Paddy Small, James McCarthy and John Small lift the trophy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballymun Kickhams 1-19 Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-8 Front running for almost the entire match, Ballymun Kickhams gave a top-class performance in Sunday’s(...)

David Clifford is back from suspension for East Kerry’s clash with Mid Kerry in Saturday’s Kerry football  final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Saturday Cavan SFC final Crosserlough v Kingscourt Stars, Kingspan Breffni Park, 7.15 – Live RTÉ2 Kingscourt are back in a final for the first time (...)

Paul Mescal in action for Kildare during the 2014 Leinster MFC Final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former Kildare manager Cian O’Neill has revealed how he received a sneak preview of Normal People star Paul Mescal’s acting ability during a brief sti(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin hit out at Pat Spillane and ‘The Sunday Game’ over comments on Diarmuid Connolly. Photo: Inpho

Analyse that. The last two provincial football semi-finals, two extremely different results, one a victory for mind over matter, the other a defeat fo(...)

Kerry’s Stefan Okunbar is tackled by Kildare’s Sam Doran in yesterday’s match. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Kerry 2-26 Kildare 0-10 It was a painful beating to receive at Croke Park, but Brendan Hackett reckons his Kildare minors were defeated by a Kerry s(...)

Kildare beat Laois at Croke Park to secure a second consecutive Leinster minor title. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Grealy

Kildare 1-18 Laois 0-10 Brian McLoughlin lived up to his captain’s billing with a thrilling display to help Kildare capture back to back Leinster min(...)

Dublin’s  Diarmuid Connolly and his team-mates warm up before the second half of last  Sunday’s Leinster final. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Three games, 7-66 scored, a 14-point average winning margin, 19 different scorers, and 18 substitutes – who between them contributed 2-21.No wonder so(...)

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