Aidan O’Shea’s  Breaffy, will come up against Lee Keegan’s Westport in the Mayo semi-finals. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday Football Mayo SFC: Breaffy v Westport, MacHale Park, 7.15 - Breaffy, showcasing an almost unmarkable Aidan O’Shea, chase the Grail of a fir(...)

Countries such as Portugal, Sweden, Spain and Belgium have already brought in restrictions to allay fears of increases in problem gambling linked to isolation and boredom. File photograph: Getty Images

Finland has become the latest European country to implement loss limits on online gambling during the Covid-19 pandemic while there have been further (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan: ‘Gambling has become a serious problem that is destroying lives in Ireland.’ Photograph: iStock

Fianna Fáil has promised to ban credit card betting and so-called “whistle-to-whistle” wagers if elected to power. The party unveiled a policy paper(...)

Saturday evening and Ciarán Whelan, stationed at the edge of the Croke Park pitch, was reminiscing on RTÉ about the days when the National League was (...)

Brendan Maher has put in some inspired performances to help Borris-Ileigh into Sunday’s All-Ireland club hurling final against Ballyhale Shamrocks. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday Connacht SFL final: Galway v Roscommon, Dr Hyde Park, 2.0 Yet another provincial final between the counties, the 10th in six years, sees bot(...)

Armagh’s All-Ireland winner and professional counsellor Oisín McConville gives a Gaelic football skills training session to young Palestinian refugees in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem. Photograph: Garry Walsh/Trócaire.

An All-Ireland winner and a reformed gambler who counsels others now, it takes a lot to blow Oisín McConville’s mind. Yet the Armagh great was litera(...)

Crossmaglen Rangers and Armagh senior footballer Oisín O’Neill: “Clontibret have some really, really good players”. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile 22

For anyone close to Crossmaglen Rangers the memory of the British army barracks looming next to their home ground at St Oliver Plunkett Park is as muc(...)

Stephen Cluxton lifts Sam Maguire after Dublin’s win over Kerry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson /Inpho

The best team won the All-Ireland. This All-Ireland, last year’s All-Ireland, the last five-in-a-row, and seven since I started writing this column. A(...)

Galway manager Kevin Walsh has won his last seven matches against Mayo. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Galway’s defensive system is made for predictable attacks, and that’s why it holds up so well against Mayo. In their last seven wins over Mayo – they(...)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May, who are reviewing what progress has been made in the talks aimed at restoring S(...)

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