Malachy Clerkin

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The Ireland team huddle as they listen to the Rose of Tralee in 1987. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

The late Con Houlihan, a son of Castle Island – he insisted on that spelling – came up with many wonderful lines during his time as Ireland’s premier (...)

Captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire trophy after Dublin secure a historic fifth title in a row after they defeated Kerry in the senior football final replay at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Tom Honan/ The Irish Times.

Dublin 1-18 Kerry 0-15 In the end, Dublin did it the way they’ve been doing it for years. They sized up Kerry, soaked up what they had to throw at t(...)

A drawn All-Ireland final spins you around like Dorothy in the whirlwind. You see things fly past your eyes that you don’t have time to register. It’s(...)

The prep is done, the players are ready, all that’s left is to gather up the passports and go. Ireland beat Wales in their last World Cup warm-up game(...)

 Con O’Callaghan celebrates one of his two goals during Dublin’s  2-6 blitz against Mayo.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson

1 Dublin’s 2-6 in 12 minutes v Mayo Croke Park, August 10th A vulgar display of power (one for the metallers, there). It was the game of the year a(...)

The Dublin threshing machine rolls on, reducing all before it to dust. Happily, we have much to discuss this Monday morning, with an All-Ireland final(...)

Davy Fitzgerald: his Wexford side have only conceded two goals en route to the All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Four teams left standing in the hurling championship, three games left to prise them apart. It will be Limerick or it will be Kilkenny or it will be T(...)

Mayo's James Carr celebrates scoring against Galway in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifiers in Co Limerick last Saturday. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It was, of course, ever so good of the Wimbledon organisers to gerrymander Federer and Nadal onto the same side of the draw this year, just so they co(...)

Galway’s Conor Whelan and Kilkenny’s Huw Lawlor  in their Leinster  SFC Round 4 match in Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Eyes down for a full house, calculators and painkillers at the ready. Both provincial hurling championships go into their final weekend with four team(...)

 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘United’s assumption was there was a “causal link between Solskjær’s skill as a manager and the upturn in the team’s fortunes”.’ Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Short-term thinking, confusing skill with luck, the lure of a good story – Manchester United’s decision to appoint the unproven Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a(...)

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