Pat Spillane

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 Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In the grandest of Irish traditions, I spent a week of my holidays in Kerry this year. As I was walking out the door and leaving Dublin, I was told by(...)

 Donegal’s Eamonn McGee, Neil Gallagher and Paddy McGrath tackle Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is All-Ireland football final week so cue much colon-scouring examination about what being from Ireland, and specifically, Donegal and Kerry, suppo(...)

Meanwhile, earlier in Croke Park. The ESPN man: “This place can seat 82,000 for sawker!” As if the hurt wasn’t deep enough, like. Photograph: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Well, good heavens.As if Saturday wasn’t gobsmacking enough (prompting an English man on the Twitter machine to instruct his friends: “Get yourself on(...)

Dr Maura Farrell: “Rural Ireland is a very mixed picture now, not so dependent on agriculture, and the picture isn’t all negative.”

“Why is it that when the late Tony Gregory came up with a plan for inner-city Dublin, which he sold to Charles J Haughey, he was praised as a visionar(...)

Victoria Beckham and Samuel L Jackson: Wimbledon buddies. Photograph:  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Just when you reckoned there was no sporting life outside the World Cup, along comes Serbia v Switzerland at Wimbledon where, apparently, a tennis tou(...)

Head the ball:  Swiss  player Xherdan Shaqiri in action during a training session  in Weggis, Switzerland, last month. Photograph: Peter Klaunzer / EPA

Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld Best finish: Quarter-finals (1934, 1938 and 1954). World Cup record: Played 33, Won 11, Drawn 6, Lost 16 Histo(...)

“Obviously as an Irishman, I don’t know what a six-pack looks like” – Roy Keane on Ronaldo’s Mario Balotelli impression.

And to think there were those who thought Rory McIlroy should drop out of the BMW PGA Championship because his mind would most probably be all over t(...)

Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly launches a new part of the Western Greenway. Taoiseach Enda Kenny cited the trail as a rural success story. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Financial help for struggling rural towns, and greater collaboration between Government departments and agencies, are among the recommendations(...)

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan. Report says the Minister for Environment should assume responsibility for co-ordinating rural economic development to tackle the higher level of unemployment in areas outside the State’s five main cities Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Minister for Environment should assume responsibility for co-ordinating rural economic development to tackle the higher level of unemploym(...)

Jerry Kiernan has always confessed his discomfort at this perception that Irish athletes are somehow all spectacularly well funded.

A lot of people think Jerry Kiernan is mad. Or hard to ignore, but worth the effort, as Con Houlihan liked to say whenever someone drove him ma(...)

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