Sean Flanagan

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The Mayo senior football team that won the 1951 All-Ireland senior football title against Meath at Croke Park. Pádraig Carney is five in from the right in the front row. Photograph:  The Mayo News

We have walked the desert and wrestled with the mirages. And hope still triumphs. Six and a half decades have passed since 1951, a memory so threadbar(...)

David Kitt. “I knew if I played well I would have a good chance around here. It’s not too long a course for me,” said the 17-year-old schoolboy.  Photograph: Pat Cashman

Former Boys internationals Marc Norton and Jamie Fletcher could meet in the final of the AIG Irish Amateur Close today, but the romantics might not be(...)

Ronan Mullarney (Galway) in action during the third day of the AIG  Irish Amateur Close Championship at Galway GC.  Photograph:  Pat Cashman

Galway’s Ronan Mullarney used his local knowledge to good effect as he defied winds gusting up to 40 kmh to beat defending champion Alex Gleeson and r(...)

Mayo’s Andy Moran celebrates scoring a goal against Roscommon in the FBD League. Photograph: Inpho

John O’Mahony, Fine Gael TD, answers his phone. There’s a reporter on the other end. Wants to chat about a piece for the Connacht final. No problem, s(...)

Conor Purcell is hoping to defend his South of Ireland Amateur Open title at Lahinch.

Defending champion Conor Purcell knows he may need a big week to hold on to his place in the Irish team as a high-quality field assembles for the firs(...)

Naas’ Conor O’Rourke went back to basics and fired a five-under-par 66 to snatch a two-stroke lead after the first qualifying round of the West of Ire(...)

Sizing John and Robbie Power clear the last on the way to winning the  Stan James Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sizing John finally landed a Grade 1 victory in Irish racing’s most prolific top-flight programme at Leopardstown on Sunday. However, his victory ult(...)

Sean Flanagan celebrates his win on Ice Cold Soul in the  Coral.ie Hurdle at Leopardstown.  Photograph: Patrick McCann

There are more pressing implications to climate change than the outcome of the first major handicap hurdle of 2017 but freakishly unseasonal ground c(...)

Coney Island ridden by Mark Walsh clears the last on the way to winning the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Steeplechase. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

JP McManus might have been forgiven for announcing on the back of Sunday’s hugely lucrative Fairyhouse hat-trick that he hasn’t gone away, you know. (...)

Gordon Elliott effectively ruled out a tilt at the Champion Hurdle with Apple’s Jade after she suffered a shock defeat on her seasonal reappearance at Down Royal. Photo: Getty Images

Gordon Elliott effectively ruled out a tilt at the Champion Hurdle with Apple’s Jade after she suffered a shock defeat on her seasonal reappearance at(...)

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