Limerick hurler Gearóid Hegarty with his PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month award at Ballybunion Beach in Co Kerry. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

If Gearóid Hegarty keeps up this sort of talk, never mind the hurling – a lucrative post-playing career in the media awaits. “Over Christmas you woul(...)

Champagne Football is a book to enjoy now but also to look forward to rereading again in a decade, just to see how stranger than fiction it all was. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Best Champagne Football by Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan (Penguin, €12.99) We’re a mad little country at the back of it all. Where else (...)

Borris Ileigh’s Paddy Stapleton in action against Ballygunner’s Pauric Mahony during the Munster club final at Páirc Uí Rinn.  “You dream of winning a county title but the All-Ireland is more of a fantasy thing.”  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Winning the AIB All-Ireland club championship with Borris-Ileigh? Paddy Stapleton generally has a way with words but he struggles to explain how that (...)

Gary Sice has been in brilliant form for  Corofin on their run to the Connacht final. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

SATURDAY LEINSTER CLUB SFC SEMI-FINAL Portlaoise (Laois) v Éire Óg (Carlow), MW Hire O’Moore Park, 7.30pm – Live on RTÉ 2 Another chapter in the fron(...)

Borris-Ileigh’s Kieran Maher and Dan McCormack celebrate at the final whistle. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Borris-Ileigh 1-15 Kiladangan 1-12 With a minute to go in this rainswept Tipp final, Borris-Ileigh won a free on the Kiladangan 45. Throughout the ga(...)

 Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy is among the subs for Saturday’s Tipperary v Kilkenny: The Legends Return — a benefit match for Amanda Stapleton.  Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

On the weekend of the All Stars, Saturday will see nearly 30 of them in action in Borrisoleigh where Tipperary and Kilkenny will renew rivalry in a be(...)

Brendan Maher’s Borris-Ileigh take on Thurles Sarsfields in Sunday’s Tipperary SHC title clash. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

SUNDAY TIPPERARY SHC FINAL Borris-Ileigh v Thurles Sarsfields, Semple Stadium, 3.30 (TG4) Thurles are the Tipp championship’s pool hustler, holding (...)

Paddy Stapleton has retired from the game after 10 years playing for Tipperary. Photo: Inpho

Two-time All-Ireland winning corner-back Paddy Stapleton has retired from the game after 10 years playing for Tipperary. Stapleton won three Munster (...)

 Shane Moloney’s point at the death booked Galway a place in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 In the nick of time the GAA Hurling All-Ireland season ignited with just two matches to go. Galway, for so long spec(...)

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea: “I believe these are men who fought the battle to the end.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rarely has any man been more philosophical about the losing of an All-Ireland hurling final than Eamon O’Shea. What unfolded in Croke Park was, in his(...)

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