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Offaly manager Kevin Martin with his team at Bord na Mona O’Connor Park, Tullamore,  earlier this year. Martin has handled all of the adversity visited on the team with admirable poise. Photograph: James Crombie/©INPHO

The levee broke at the weekend for Kevin Martin. Losing by 13 points to Westmeath in Mullingar in the McDonagh Cup was fairly depressing, even if losi(...)

Offaly line up for the Allianz  League clash against Laois in O’Moore Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Should it have come to this? The All-Ireland hurling championship has rarely been more open or egalitarian so there is a bitter irony that Offaly, th(...)

Current Offaly manager Kevin Martin in action against Kilkenny’s DJ Carey during the 2000 All-Ireland final – Offaly’s last appearance on hurling’s biggest stage. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

It didn’t take Nostradamus to work out that Sunday’s Leinster hurling meeting of Dublin and Offaly at Parnell Park would be arguably the most importan(...)

Offaly have struggled in recent years to make an impression either at senior level or at underage. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Offaly All-Ireland hurler Brendan Murphy believes that the hurling championship should be left unchanged. Murphy, who is the Tipperary hurlin(...)

Gerry Adams apologised for “silly and stupid” mistake on Twitter, but also said he had been “paralleling the experiences of the Irish, not just in recent times but through the penal days when the Irish were sold as slaves, through the Cromwellian period”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Senior members of Sinn Féin have in recent weeks continued to promote a discredited historical narrative which has also been used by white supremacist(...)

To unpick what really happened, we need to consider the deeply peculiar phenomenon that is the @GerryAdamsSF Twitter account. Photograph: The Irish Times

“The Irish are the n****rs of Europe. ” So Jimmy Rabbitte famously told the band in Roddy Doyle’s 1987 novel The Commitments. But that line didn’t mak(...)

Marie Farrell: Despite some protestations to the contrary, Farrell was the principal witness in 2003 at Bailey’s libel action at Cork Circuit Court. Photograph: Collins

After 64 days of hearings over five months, the outcome of Ian Bailey’s action for damages against the State over the conduct of the Garda investig(...)

Ian Bailey leaving the High Court after losing his case over an alleged Garda conspiracy to implicate him in the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Gardaí did not conspire to implicate Ian Bailey in the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a High Court jury has found.The seven men and four women t(...)

Given the disputes between the lawyers in the Ian Bailey case, a dry run of the evidence of former Director of Public Prosecutions Jim Hamilton (above) was heard in the absence of the jury to determine what he could say before them. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two former Directors of Public Prosecutions, Eamonn Barnes and Jim Hamilton, considered the Garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Pl(...)

Dermot Dwyer said, after the second arrest of Mr Bailey on January 28th, 1998 in connection with the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, he was “very perturbed” about some of the correspondence from the DPP’s office concerning the Garda file. Photograph: Courts Collins

A retired Garda Chief Superintendent has told the High Court he asked the State Solicitor for west Cork in 1998 to raise the Garda case against Ian Ba(...)

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