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Cliona Marley from Donegal who underwent a heart transplant,   with her mother Joan in April at the launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week 2017.

The number of living organ donors in Ireland is on the increase according to figures which show 50 people donated an organ last year. A kidney is the(...)

Jim Gavin: took exception to Pat Spillane’s comments about Dermot Connolly on The Sunday Game. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Is Pat Spillane to be allowed to comment on anything that might affect Kerry? Dublin manager Jim Gavin’s tour de force media conference came as a matt(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin hit out at Pat Spillane and ‘The Sunday Game’ over comments on Diarmuid Connolly. Photo: Inpho

Analyse that. The last two provincial football semi-finals, two extremely different results, one a victory for mind over matter, the other a defeat fo(...)

A section of the  large attendance  at Semple Stadium for the Tipperary vs Cork game. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Ah, the sounds of summer. Waves lapping on the sparkling shore, a symphony of lawnmowers filling the air, ice-cream vans tinkling their merry way up t(...)

Prince  was a blast when he was on form:  Last year claimed three other  magnificent communicators with the deaths David Bowie  Leonard Cohen and George Michael. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty

One of the side effects of the grim reaper’s run in 2016 was how it presented an opportunity to rummage through back issues and reread old interviews(...)

Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt with Enda McNulty at Soldier Field in Chicago. “The best of the best are the ones who aren’t sceptical. They’re the ones who want to push it forward.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Enda McNulty is painting a Christmas scene. As only he can. The question was about leadership and after an answer that included him player-managing hi(...)

For decades if not centuries before 2011, Northern Ireland’s marching bands – its “largest community arts sector”, to use Givan’s heroic description – managed without any public money.  Photograph: Eric Luke

DUP Communities Minister Paul Givan has cut £50,000 from Irish language summer placements in Donegal. About 100 young people will be affected. The bu(...)

Diarmuid Connolly with Mayo’s Lee Keegan during the All-Ireland final. “It’s a testament to your own skills that somebody needs to step out of line to curtail you. That’s a compliment really.”Photograph: NPHO/Morgan Treacy

The Gospel according to Diarmuid Connolly is a bracing text, and one that didn’t always have an evangelist. The Dublin All-Star, one of the highest p(...)

Currid and O’Connell:  The pair continue to work together in a different way now that O’Connell’s playing career is over. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One August day in 2008, an aspiring sports psychologist got in her car and drove down to Limerick to meet Paul O’Connell. Caroline Currid wanted to in(...)

I skipped right past fear and went directly to loathing

We were somewhere between the calling of Ohio and Wisconsin when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like, “I feel a bit light-h(...)

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