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Republic of Ireland’s Seamus Coleman and Daryl Murphy congratulate goalscorer Jonathan Walters. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

You might argue that the greater part of this victory was secured in the fog of Zenica where most of the spectators got to see a game of one half; whi(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell is taken from the field against France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tweets guide us back through a calamitous week. Friday: Jared Payne has a swollen foot. Saturday morning (Captain’s Run): further scans of Payne foot (...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring against Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It is a mark of Dublin’s strength in depth that their raft of All Star winners this year included four first-timers, one of whom Jack McCaffrey would (...)

Finn Harps match winner BJ Banda swamped by fans at the final whistle. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

After six years in the First Division wilderness Finn Harps made a long-awaited return to the Airtricity League Premier Division with a play-off win o(...)

Dublin and Tipperary stand together before the game as they observe a minute’s silence for the late Dave Billings. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The sudden passing of Dave Billings in April sent waves of sadness through the GAA. Social media rippled with tributes, many from young players all ar(...)

All with their world championship medals, Michael O’Reilly with his son MJ, Michael Conlon with his daughter Luisne and Joe Ward. Photograph: Inpho

It was a year of upheaval; a year of boxing again rising to the ever growing demand for medals and looking at the world as a place it can do business (...)

Former Ireland manager Jack Charlton is introduced to the crowd before the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The lunchtime kick-off suggested that the Gardai would have had this game played at dawn if they’d had their way but they needn’t have worried; the cr(...)

Amateur Paul Dunne of Ireland waves to the crowd as he walks off the 1st tee during the final round of the 144th Open Championship. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

At the start of the week for the 114th Open at St Andrews, Paul Dunne - kitted out in Under Armour gear supplied by a friend of the family - had been (...)

Ireland players line up for the national anthems during the qualifying campaign. Photograph: Inpho

Regardless of what statistic you picked, the Ireland wait had been a long one. No field sport had qualified for the Olympic Games since 1948. No hock(...)

Usain Bolt performs his signature pose with his gold medal after beating Justin Gatlin at the World Championships. Photo: Getty Images

It was billed - some say nauseatingly so - as the race between good and evil. It was won by Usain Bolt, and while at the time anyway it also felt like(...)

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