For what is likely to be the first time, the All-Ireland hurling championship has taken in more gate receipts than its football equivalent.Yesterday’(...)

An aerial view of  Croke Park on  All-Ireland hurling final day in 2000, when Kilkenny met Offaly, yet another occasion  when the attendance was less than the football equaivalent that year, when Kerry beat Galway, after a replay. Photograph:   David Maher/Sportsfile

The attendance at Sunday’s hurling final was 81,651 and given it fell short of the official 82,300 capacity, the figure is likely to be smaller than (...)

 Joe Rock, who has worked in Croke Park for 81 years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

With his eyes rolling up the walls of the triple tier Cusack Stand, Joe Rock shakes his head. “My God, this is a changed place since we started. Who’d(...)

Jim Kelly and his son James

Ten years ago today, father and son Jim and James Kelly marched into Croke Park stadium with Team Ireland for the opening ceremony of the Special Olym(...)

A subway in Shanghai yesterday where a TV  screen shows   China's newly elected president  Xi Jinping. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In the months leading up to the National People’s Congress, which yesterday appointed Xi Jinping as president, the Xinhua n(...)

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