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James McCartan was named back-to-back Footballer of the Year in 1960 and 1961. Photograph: Mark Pearce/Presseye/Inpho

The death of James (Jim) McCartan, at the age of 85, is a sad loss for football, particularly in his native Down, where his memory will be revered for(...)

Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy saves England’s fifth penalty, taken by Bukayo Saka, leading to their side’s victory in the Euro 2020 Championship final at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

At the turn of the century, a stopwatch was the extent of technology for amateurs participating in sports. Some 21 years on, one seldom now sees a jo(...)

Down’s Corey Quinn in action against  Boidu Sayeh and James Dolan of Westmeath at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Down 0-13 Westmeath 1-9 A wasteful Westmeath suffered their third consecutive league defeat in Mullingar yesterday afternoon, the home side spurning(...)

 Tipperary’s Jason Forde tries to shake off the challenge of Limerick’s Aaron Costello during last weekend’s league clash at the  LIT Gaelic Grounds. As things stand a goalscoring opportunity can still be ‘advantaged’ and the impact of the new rule is more likely to be felt farther out the pitch. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The latest attack on hurling came by stealth. While everyone was rowing over the effective introduction of black-card infractions into hurling – but n(...)

Down’s Connaire Harrison in action against Tipperary. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Down 1-13 Tipperary 1-10 Finishers is the term England rugby coach Eddie Jones coined, when introducing his substitutions in the final quarter of a m(...)

Matthew O’Hanlon: “The camp this week will be full of confidence after getting a win, as opposed to a close loss.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

It’s a busy Saturday evening in the championship and not everyone is happy about it. For the Wexford hurlers it’s about trying to handle four games ov(...)

Cork’s Mark Collins: played a key role against Down,  finishing the game with a haul of 1-5. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Down 0-10 Cork 1-13 A strong second-half performance saw Cork ease to their first league win as they swept aside the challenge of Down in Newry (...)

 Caolan Mooney: the Rostrevor man returned from a three-year stint with Collingwood in late 2014 but found the transition back to football initially troublesome. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Caolan Mooney could be forgiven for cursing fellow Down man Marty Clarke, his one-time Australian Rules colleague at Collingwood. It was Clarke’s rem(...)

Dublin’s Eric Lowndes takes possession under pressure from Kildare’s  Paddy Brophy. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

You kind of knew that for all the record-breaking history of the occasion that none of us would be telling the grandchildren about the day we attended(...)

Down midfielder Peter Turley tumbles over  Tiernan McCann of Tyrone during the Senior Football Championship Final in St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At around half past two, the crowd of 31,912 is parched and riveted and beginning to believe that maybe something exceptional is on the cards. Down ha(...)

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