Pat Spillane

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Rafal Gierasimiuk, Nigel O’Gorman and Marc Mulhaire from Thurles Fire Station – the overall winners of the Setanta Fire Service Games at the weekend. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

When Cahir firefighter Jim Halpin pulled up a chair beside Chief Fire Officer for Tipperary Dave Carroll, he wanted to talk about Superstars – the old(...)

Supporters on Hill 16 shade their eyes against the sun during the All-Ireland final replay between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph:   Tom Honan

Rare old times, indeed. Even the light was slow to decline over Croke Park, the night sky pretty in pink as Sam accompanied the Dubs for the fifth yea(...)

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(...)

Former Kerry footballer Ger Power is one of just six footballers with eight All-Ireland medals.

Ger Power laughs as he recalls the oft-told story about the holiday the Kerry senior football team had planned if they won a fifth successive All-Irel(...)

Dublin’s Brian Fenton with Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea of Mayo. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There was no way of glossing over the attendance figure at Croke Park on Sunday, not even Ger Canning calling 33,848 “just under 34,000” could help, t(...)

In 2003 Tyrone whipped themselves into a welter of energy and fury and blindly crowded whatever player in green and gold happened to have the football. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Certain cinema scenes remain imperishable: the shark fin coming out of the summer waters in Amity; the extra-terrestrial in the bicycle basket; Henry (...)

In five games so far this summer, a core group of 10 Dublin players have started every game. The average age of the team that beat Roscommon a fortnight ago was 27.7. Brian Howard was the only player under 25 in the side. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

And so to the last game of the Super 8s. Or, as Dublin chose to use it last year, the day when the end-of-year medal order gets bulked out. A chance f(...)

Donegal manager Declan Bonner with Tyrone manager Mickey Harte - can we expect both or either to be attack minded on Saturday afternoon? Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In 1989, the actor Daniel Day-Lewis played Hamlet in the National Theatre and left the stage during a performance reportedly disturbed after seeing hi(...)

Joanne Cantwell: the new host of RTÉ’s long-running GAA programme The Sunday Game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Sunday Game is different. Different to other GAA shows, different to other sports shows. Different to other television shows, full stop. If Joanne(...)

 Tom Brady of the New England Patriots with his personal trainer Alex Guerrero. “Every time I see Tom Brady now, I think of Himalayan pink salt, no nightshades in his foods (to the layman that’s no tomatoes, no potatoes and no peppers) and kale smoothies.”  Photograph:  Elsa/Getty Images)

There is this bizarre trend happening in men’s sport, and I’ve seen it getting bigger and bigger every year. I remember years ago Pat Spillane once (...)

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