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Former Down manager Pete McGrath: “We have to ensure there’s not a repeat of this lost or semi-lost generation.” Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

For much of the past 50 years Down were the instinctive choice of most people – especially outside of the province – as the Ulster county most likely(...)

London’s Pádraig McGoldrick on the way to scoring the only goal of the game against Leitrim at Ruislip last year. The visitors prevailed in the end 0-12 to 1-8. Photograph: Gerry McManus/Inpho

Listen in to the hit parade of London’s near misses in the Connacht Championship down the years and you generally find the same song, just with multip(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: no free vote will be offered.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An attempt to allow Fine Gael TDs and Senators a free vote on the abortion Bill failed to get off the ground last night when it came before the parl(...)

Peter Canavan: will be selling crazy again to the Fermanagh players. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Watching the golf over the weekend did the heart no end of good. The great thing about the US Open is it makes the best players in the world look like(...)

Cork’s Daniel Goulding in action against Clare’s Ger Quinlan  in the Munster football championship at Ennis last week. Munster has proved football’s most caste-ridden province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Where would the GAA be without its traditions? That’s not entirely a rhetorical question but any satisfactory answer would be fairly complicated. Trad(...)

Savita Halappanavar: The Health Information and Quality Authority report will follow the HSE clinical review and the coroner’s inquest, both of which were severely critical of the level of care and management of Ms Halappanavar at the hospital’s maternity department.

The report of the third inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar at Galway University Hospital last October will not be published before the end (...)

Fermanagh’s Marty O’Brien (centre) with Cian Mackey and Alan Clarke of Cavan in attendance during yesterday’s Ulster senior football championship quarter-final. Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Arrangements for round one of the All-Ireland football qualifiers include the first championship fixture scheduled for a Friday night, as the meeting (...)

A dejected Roscommon manager John Evans during the final minutes of the Connacht semi-final defeat to Mayo at MacHale Park. (Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho)

Mayo manager James Horan’s précis of yesterday’s bloodless Connacht football semi-final encapsulated how still-born the contest had been.“Yeah, Roscom(...)

Roscommon manager John Evans. “We’re a few months into this journey and this is going to be part and parcel of the building of the team.”

The nomad chooses his next destination according to need. John Evans spent last summer schlepping up to Meath and back from his Killorglin home withou(...)

James Horan: his Mayo side  have developed the consistency of automatons. Photograph: Inpho

What used to be a keen-edged sort of rivalry has drifted since Roscommon’s last win, in the provincial final 12 years ago. In the four Connacht champi(...)

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