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Supporters on Hill 16 shade their eyes against the sun during the All-Ireland final replay between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph:   Tom Honan

Rare old times, indeed. Even the light was slow to decline over Croke Park, the night sky pretty in pink as Sam accompanied the Dubs for the fifth yea(...)

Angela Downey’s son Conor Browne in action for Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“Today,” said Donal Óg Cusack, “is like Christmas Day for hurling people,” but while he went on to tip Tipp to triumph on this festive occasion, he re(...)

Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan on his way to winning gold in the Pommel Horse at the  European Championships at the SSE Hydro   in Glasgow. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP

There’s been a lot of talk in recent days about Johnny-come-lately bandwagoners attaching themselves like limpets to sports they never once showed any(...)

Joe Schmidt saw his side produce a performance which was worth waiting for against England in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

To allow England, if we can paraphrase here, win one Grand Slam in Dublin at the conclusion of our national Top O’ The Mornin’ week would have been re(...)

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen: something old world about him as a coaching figure – in his customary black tie and white shirt and formal black coat. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

The cloud of moral outrage descended over Ireland faster than one of the storm fronts which feature all too often on RTÉ’s evening weather reports. It(...)

Actor James Nesbitt watches the super-bantamweight title unification bout between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg   at Manchester Arena. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

If the buzz words in the run-up to the England-Ireland rugby match were all about the “white noise” sprouted by Eddie Jones, we can only leave it to t(...)

“I love hurling. But there are more important things in life. Your family and your health. Hurling is . . . it is fun and enjoyment and it gets you excited. I think we all need something. It doesn’t have to be hurling.” Photograph: Inpho

What winds Davy Fitzgerald up? And who is he anyhow? Yes, he is still – always – the fiercely energetic and fine goalkeeper in a Clare group that seem(...)

Galway talisman Joe Canning now has a number of potentially dangerous forwards at his side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Have the wheels fallen off the Waterford juggernaut ? On the most up to date evidence it certainly seems that they are more than a little loose. Jugg(...)

Davy Fitzgerald: “Between this summer and the next two or three summers we will be working very hard to get a fifth All-Ireland back to Clare in 130 years.”  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The hurling life of Davy Fitzgerald has been accompanied by the singularly fatalistic perspective from which he views the best and worst of days. Nobo(...)

The Ireland team celebrate after collecting the Six  Nations Championship title at  Stade de France, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It was kind of our “that’s one small step for man” moment: “Forward pass mate? I’ve got it.” Only Saturday’s words were way more conseque(...)

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