Bertie Ahern: Even though we have been talking about partition for the last 100 years in this country, the reality is that the necessary analysis of how it will be put together has not been done. Photograph: David Sleator

Preparatory work which would allow a Border poll needs to take place “sooner rather than later”, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said. Mr Ahern to(...)

The Loch Ness monster: no match for St Columcille. Getty Images

Like the swallows, pandemic or no pandemic, the first of the summer schools have begun to arrive again as usual. The latest starts on Friday night in (...)

Tyrone’s Matthew Donnelly will be in action against Donegal in the Ulster SFC semi-final at Clones on Saturday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

SATURDAY ALL-IRELAND SFC QUALIFIERS ROUND ONE Offaly v London, O’Connor Park, 1.30 London could have been handed a kinder draw than this. They’re doi(...)

David Burke: his team St Thomas’s  of Galway take on Antrim’s  Cushendall in   a club championships  semi-final in Parnell Park on Saturday

SATURDAY AIB ALL-IRELAND CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS SHC semi-finals – St Thomas’s (Galway) v Cushendall (Antrim), Parnell Park, 3.0 [Live, TG4] – Former cha(...)

 Kildare football manager Cian O’Neill’s side face Westmeath in the  O’Byrne Cup. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

O’Byrne Cup (Leinster SF) round three With Dublin receiving a bye to the O’Byrne Cup semi-finals, the remaining three places will be filled this week(...)

 Ballintubber’s Cillian O’Connor scored six points for his side.

Ballintubber 3-11 Aughawillan 1-8 Three second half goals from Ballintubber ended Aughawillan’s hopes in a game of contrasting halves played in excel(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus and Dublin’s  Mick Fitzsimons may renew acquaintances at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

SUNDAY (All throw-ins 3.0) Division One Donegal v Mayo (Ballybofey, Live, TG4) A result either way and somebody’s streak is coming to an end here – e(...)

Tammy Barrett and her children Aidan and Jessica in Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim. “I love it to bits. This is like a fairy tale in my head.” Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Fr Pat Farrelly says that when the bell goes at Kiltyclogher primary school these days, “it’s like letting out a flock of birds” so rapid is the exodu(...)

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 (...)

New Kiltyclogher residents Tammy Barrett and her children, Aidan and Jessica. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

It’s a long way from East Wall in Dublin to Kiltyclogher village in Co Leitrim but as they cruised west on the M4 this week, Rachel and Jason Ashe wer(...)

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