“If they don’t win, I feel their legacy should be that they had simply nothing left to give and it wasn’t quite enough. And there is no shame in that.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Like many people around the world, I watched the closing act of Usain Bolt’s career with that peculiar feeling you have when any great athlete or team(...)

Waterford’s Conor Gleeson leaves the field after being red-carded following a late incident in the semi-final against Cork. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford selector Eoin Murphy admitted last night that Conor Gleeson’s red card in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over Cork cast a shadow o(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning looks on after scoring the winning point against Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Before the game I found it hard to separate Galway from Tipperary. That remained the case for 73 minutes. Only Joe Canning’s moment of magic did th(...)

Tipperary’s Niall O’Meara  after the final whistle  of the  Championship semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: INPHO/Tommy Grealy

Joe Canning has a habitual way of moving across the hurling field, unlike any other we have ever seen. Canning is slower, more methodical than the ave(...)

Joe Canning: all set to take his place for Galway in the semi-final against Tipperary.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Joe Canning is fit to face Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final according to Galway hurling coach Francis Forde, and he moved to quash rumours tha(...)

Declan D’Arcy celebrates Leitrim’s storied Connacht final win in 1994. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

The Leitrim footballers have a big championship game this afternoon. You’d be forgiven for not knowing this. It’s not as if the GAA has commandeered a(...)

Tipperary captain Peter Acheson, pictured with manager Liam Kearns after Sunday’s quarter-final victory over Galway: “I’m the third-oldest player and I’m only 26 but the young fellas, they are brave out. They go for it, which suits our style of play.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tipperary footballers reaching an All-Ireland semi-final is no overnight success. There are plenty of medals in their pockets. Some for hurling but m(...)

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns with Peter Acheson at the end of the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Liam Kearns is still standing. At the table in the media room. We all sit in the flip-out chairs. No seat needed for this Kerry man. He will stand al(...)

Dublin’s Denis Bastick: “A lot of it is mental. We are a better team. We have been improving the last few years but there is the mental factor in that.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There aren’t many 34-year-old footballers would who confidently declare himself “in the shape of his life”, and for Denis Bastick, that’s not just in (...)

Dublin manager Jim gavin has described Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea as the “form player in Ireland at the moment”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Jim Gavin describes Aidan O’Shea as “the form player in Ireland at the moment”, he’s not just deftly talking up the opposition. If Dublin are (...)

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