Jack Sheedy scores a goal for Dublin in the Leinster SFC preliminary round replay against Meath at Croke Park in 1991. Photograph: Inpho

It’s funny to look back at it now but the Jack Charlton era in Irish soccer was initially viewed as some sort of existential threat to Gaelic games. T(...)

Meath’s  Colm O’Rourke with Eamonn Heary  of Dublin during the four-game Leinster championship saga of 1991. Photograph: Inpho

In the midst of all the rheumy-eyed reminiscence about Italia 90, it’s easy to forget that it was supposed to represent an existential threat to the G(...)

Cork manager Billy Morgan told his players to get down on their knees and pray they would face Meath again later that year in the championship. File photograph: The Irish Times

This Wednesday it will come and go, largely unnoticed but the 30th anniversary of Cork hurlers’ pedestrian win over Kerry in the Munster championship (...)

Michael Lyster presenting The Sunday Game in 1990. Photograph: Inpho

On Sunday evening, RTÉ’s Sunday Game returns – so integral to the nation’s summer that it has to be there even if the games aren’t. The programme is a(...)

All kickouts must cross the 45 under the proposed new rules. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On a clear and mild Thursday night in the middle of October, three freshers football teams went out to the GAA pitch in Abbotstown and tried out some (...)

The attendance for the 1985 All-Ireland football semi-final of   Kerry against Monaghan was just 21,746, showing what a non-event these games could be. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The casual utterance of sweeping assertions has always held a special place within the GAA – damning verdicts like “the worst centre forward in Europe(...)

Kildare’s Eoghan O’Flatherty lifts the O’Byrne Cup last year after his county beat Meath in the final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

By the end of this month the O’Byrne Cup will have celebrated its 70th anniversary as Leinster’s secondary football competition. Founded in 1954 and f(...)

Dublin’s Paul Flynn  during the team parade before the 2012 Leinster senior football final against Meath at  Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

The drum roll of forbidding statistics accompanying Sunday’s Leinster final is daunting from the point of view of Dublin’s opponents, Meath. The champ(...)

Galway’s Ronan Burke and Fergal Moore battle with Kilkenny’s  Mark Kelly and Eoin Larkin during Sunday’s Leinster SH semi-final at  O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster Council is open to the idea of bringing the provincial hurling semi-finals back to Croke Park given the rise in attendances this year. The a(...)

Danny Murphy: “The application of rules by the referee is not the problem. Fouling is the real problem and no colour of card is required for those playing by the rules.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster Council chief executive Danny Murphy has defended referees against what he terms “unacceptable” criticism. Writing in his annual report to n(...)

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