Derek McGrath speaking at The GAA Games Development Conference. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The final matches of this year’s hurling league will mark the end of a successful six-year format, which will change next year. The introduction of t(...)

 Shane Horgan scores a try from a chip from Ronan O’Gara’s boot against England  at Croke Park in 2007. South Africa later invited Mickey Ned O’Sullivan over to coach their players how to catch the ball higher in the air. Photograph: Alan Betson

The use of Croke Park for other sports has marked its 10th anniversary. It was more significant for rugby than for soccer, encompassing the first gran(...)

Kieran Donaghy’s autobiography ‘What Do You Think Of That?’ has been named Eir Sports Book of the Year. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Kieran Donaghy being Kieran Donaghy, the stories about the stories are nearly as good as the stories themselves. Winner of the 2016 Eir Sports Book of(...)

It’s 20 years since the first Season of Sundays (Sportsfile, €29.95) came out. The 2016 version is as rich and textured as the 19 that went before. This image shows kids in Galway fine-tuning their skills before a NHL encounter with Cork.

Six of the best Forever Young Oliver Kay (Quercus, €28.00) Adrian Doherty came from Strabane and for time in the early 1990s, it looked like he(...)

Currid and O’Connell:  The pair continue to work together in a different way now that O’Connell’s playing career is over. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One August day in 2008, an aspiring sports psychologist got in her car and drove down to Limerick to meet Paul O’Connell. Caroline Currid wanted to in(...)

Colm Cooper: “He has an innate unorthodoxy”, said Paul Galvin of his former team-mate. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was nothing more than a flyaway petal of brilliance on a changeable Sunday in February but Benny Coulter went home thinking about it. Kerry were up(...)

James Horan: has shaped a highly skilled and physically impressive team which, it seems, has limitless heart. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Two very significant developments took place many miles away from last weekend’s thunderous All-Ireland football semi-finals, both of which instantly (...)

Shane Coughlan of UCC Demons under pressure from Barry Drumm and Neil Baynes of UCD Marian Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

MEN’S FINAL: C&S UCC Demons v Dublin InterNational Arena, Tallaght, 8.45pmSetanta IrelandAs defeats go, this was the sweetest of Shane Coughlan’s (...)

Mayo’s Andy Moran celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal with Cillian O’Connor against Galway last weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

So much of what was positive for Mayo in the weekend’s demolition of Galway obviously reflected negatively on(...)