Seán O’Neill’s Down jersey and football boots, worn in the 1960 All-Ireland Senior Football final when they beat Kerry, and a football signed by the team, at the GAA Museum in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Of all the many conversations I’ve had over the years about the rise of the 1960 Down team, one in particular stands out to this day. And it wasn’t wi(...)

Donegal superfan John Murphy from Donegal Town. Photograph:  Joe Dunne

The ticket arrived by post on a sparkling Wednesday in Donegal Town. Courtesy of the county board. John Murphy was beginning to get worried. He has at(...)

 Nijinsky, ridden by Lester Piggott, wins the 1970 Epsom Derby, recording the fastest finishing time in over 60 years. Photograph: Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Getty Images

You don’t have to smell or touch to be in the presence of greatness, it can be witnessed and savoured from afar; and, in the year of 1970, as weeks an(...)

Kerry’s Jason Foley and Tom O’Sullivan tackle Con O’Callaghan of Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s just like Phil Collins warned. We are in too deep. It’s Dublin versus Kerry every day and all the time now. It’s the sky blue and navy versus the(...)

Marion Graham greets RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey. Photograph:  ©INPHO/James Crombie

“Let me treat you to an ice-cream,” says Marty Morrissey, and we go to Doyle’s Corner, a shop beside Semple Stadium. “You have to have an ice-cream fr(...)

Hurling memorabilia in the shop window of Dungarvan undertaker David Kiely.

A Dungarvan, Co Waterford-based undertaker has converted part of his funeral home, including its front window display, into a shrine to the county’s h(...)

Fred Cogley: He had a love and deep knowledge of all sports but it was his television and radio rugby broadcasts for RTÉ that he will be best remembered for.

When the news of Fred Cogley’s death at the age of 82 came last week sports fans, most particularly rugby fans, must have felt that they had lost some(...)

The Dublin team in Croke Park last Sunday. Imagine the agony of Dublin fans watching it all dissolve. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

And what about Dublin’s football ghosts? Let us not suppose here, as the world and the circling planets warms hands on the fire that will emanate from(...)

Adriaan Bartels: “We realised that the only people who would come and stay in those days were the Irish, and there was only so much they would pay.”  Photograph: Patrick Browne

In the world of Adriaan Bartels, small is definitely beautiful. Bartels is the man in charge of the Cliff House Hotel, which overlooks the bay in Ardm(...)

A London Metropolitan Police officer watches a  Connacht championship GAA  game between London and Sligo in Ruislip, Middlesex. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

On a number of occasions since Michael D Higgins’s inauguration, the President of Ireland has spoken about the key role that personal narrative(...)