RTÉ’s GAA presenters Darren Frehill, Jacqui Hurley, Des Cahill and Joanne Cantwell. ‘Our rights portfolio is now at a greater level than it has been at any point since the 2008 crash,’ says group head of sport Declan McBennett. Photograph: Andres Poveda

This year will bring some high-profile sporting clashes – in more ways than one. The unusually early return of Sunday Game Live to RTÉ television sch(...)

Katie McCabe: ‘It wasn’t always plain sailing growing up.’ Photograph: Andres Poveda

Ireland’s team captain Katie McCabe talks to Joanne O’Riordan about equality in women’s football and inspiring future generations Katie McCabe r(...)

Fans watching the FA Women’s Super League match between Spurs and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 17th, 2019 in London. Photograph: Kate McShane/Getty Images

It’s not that I say this lightly, nor do I even want to see myself actually writing these words, but watching the Bundesliga along with over half a mi(...)

Japan goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita: she  proved it’s all down to reflexes, reactions and  good fortune to be a top goalkeeper. Photograph: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

We all felt that this year’s Women’s World Cup was going to be a tipping point for the women’s game and women in sport in general. We’ve seen an incre(...)

‘Grid girls’ pose during the Dutch MotoGP qualifiers in June 2019 in Assen. Photograph:  Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

Two high-profile sports stories in the Netherlands this week are reminders that although the march towards equality of the sexes may appear unstoppabl(...)

Referee Liang Qin invites the Cameroon players to play on as they protest after a VAR decision goes against them during the  Women’s World Cup  Round of 16 match against  England  at Stade du Hainaut  in Valenciennes. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Cameroon over their behaviour in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup last-16 match against England. On two oc(...)

A view of a match ball during the game between Argentina and Japan in Paris. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

As the summer breaks in Ireland (and the rain continues to fall!) a sports journalist’s nightmare emerges . . . this time of year is absolutely litter(...)

USA soccer player Carli Lloyd (centre) is seen in foosball figurine form, surrounded by representations of her teammates ahead of the Fifa Women’s World Cup. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP

Image of the week: Women’s foosball Women’s soccer is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and with the Fifa Women’s World Cup kicking of(...)

 Assistant referee Michelle O’Neill: ‘As a woman you have far less room for error, but you learn to deal with it, and a lot is about player management.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Who brings a hot-water bottle to France in June? Michelle O’Neill, for one, thanks to her role at the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup. As a Fifa-level “(...)

Norway’s Caroline Hansen  and the  Republic of Ireland’s Denise O’Sullivan in action during the World Cup qualifier at Viking Stadion, Stavanger. Photograph: Andrew Halseid Budd/Inpho

When TG4 broadcasts the opening match in the Fifa Women’s World Cup (WWC) between host nation France and South Korea next Friday, it should mark the s(...)

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