Garcia and Rahm take centre stage at Valderrama but Irish can upset odds
Shane Lowry and Pádraig Harrington will get a close-up view of the welcome accorded to Spanish golf heroes Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm in the...
Shane Lowry and Pádraig Harrington will get a close-up view of the welcome accorded to Spanish golf heroes Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm in the...
The Rathnew Goliath eventually defeated the Blessington David, but not before the underdogs looked like achieving a form upset of biblical proportions in the second half at Joule Park,...
Galway kingpins Corofin face a serious threat to their reign from a determined Mountbellew-Moylough side in the county final at Tuam Stadium tomorrow.
Rhode, county Offaly - the little village with its heart and soul centred on Gaelic football.
Paul Dunne is on the crest of a wave but Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell find themselves at a career crossroads as they look towards the 2017-'18 campaign.
Joy for the men from the tiny parish on the Cavan border, and more heartbreak for Abbeylara who have now lost three senior finals in a row, two of them to Mullinalaghta St Columba's.
A rewarding night against Moldova at the Aviva Stadium for Martin O'Neill's men, but afterwards the players immediately set their sights on the challenge to come against Wales in Cardiff on Monday.
Republic of Ireland fans who expect a goal-fest against Moldova in tonight's World Cup qualifying game could be disappointed.
John Giles, the quintessential football man, played with and against some of the greatest footballers in history.
Paul Dunne's maiden European Tour victory on Sunday was followed by another significant Irish achievement when Seamus Power retained his PGA Tour card at the Web.Com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach in Florida yesterday.
Sean Maguire is that rare breed - a talented Kilkenny sportsman who, by his own admission, was 'useless' at hurling and knew it.
Kilcormac/Killoughey ended their goal drought at just the right time at O'Connor Park yesterday.
A small army of Irishmen, ranging from four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy to professional debutant Conor O'Rourke of Naas tee off in Tour action today.
Colm 'Gooch' Cooper, one of the great Gaelic footballers, goes where no GAA player has gone before by having a Testimonial Dinner.
Home sweet home is a recurring key to success in the Walker Cup as the USA team, captained by John 'Spider' Miller, showed by their whopping 19-7 victory over Great Britain and Ireland at Los Angeles Country Club in California.
Paul Dunne, a star of the winning Walker Cup team two years ago, will take a keen interest in the outcome of the 46th staging of the biennial GB & Ireland v USA match which begins at Los Angeles Country Club today.
Tour veteran Paul McGinley believes that the next few months will be pivotal to setting the parameters for the next five years of Rory McIlroy's career.
Paul Dunne's second year as a European Tour professional has already surpassed his 2016 rookie campaign.
The pain and disappointment of a losing result on home soil was etched in the face of Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark at the final whistle of a pulsating World Cup tie.
Jon Walters has said the onus is firmly on the players to lift the nation's gloom over the draw in Georgia on Saturday night.
Rory McIlroy is running out of time to salvage an injury-disrupted, and at times controversial, 2017.
Stephen Ward is set to earn his 26th cap under Martin O'Neill's management and his 44th in total when he steps into the stiflingly hot and hostile atmosphere at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Georgia tonight.
Rory McIlroy begins the defence of his Dell Technologies Championship title today hoping that familiarity with the TPC Boston course works to his advantage.
From one Harry to another - a Christmas present that keeps on giving and which could open the door to a place in the World Cup finals next year for Harry Arter.
One of the finest forwards of the modern era, Niall McNamee, last night ended a 15-year career with the Offaly footballers when he announced his retirement.
Ciaran Clark's celebrations after scoring a vital goal for newly-promoted Newcastle United were a joy to behold after he headed home a goal in the Magpies' 3-0 home win against West Ham last Saturday.
The 'People's Republic' of Cork has produced just a handful of midfielders for the Irish soccer team, and Roy Keane has a special link to two of them - Conor Hourihane and Liam Miller.
Rory McIlroy has never shirked from making tough decisions that he feels are in the best interests of his career.
Rory McIlroy triumphed in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, one of four Tour titles he won in an eventful 2014 campaign, on this day three years ago.
Nobody knows exactly what to expect today in round one of the WGC-Bridgestone Championship, least of all Rory McIlroy or Harry Diamond.
Basil Fawlty, the owner of 'Fawlty Towers' of vintage television fame, would have appreciated the 'don't mention the war' edict in Rory McIlroy's media engagement on Monday.
while often compared to a husband and wife relationship, the golfer and the caddie were never destined to be a match made in heaven or to last for the duration of a career.
Rory McIlroy has employed only two caddies in his professional career - Gordon Faulkner and JP Fitzgerald.
Rory McIlroy has taken one of the biggest risks of his career by parting company with caddie JP Fitzgerald ahead of two top tournaments that can define his season.
Pádraig Harrington, the last man to complete a Royal Birkdale Open Championship/US PGA double in one season, highlighted the pressure that newly-crowned Claret Jug winner Jordan Spieth will face at Quail Hollow, where the final Major of the year takes place from August 10-13.
Jordan Spieth, the baby-faced assassin of Birkdale, sprayed his golf ball like bullets all over the property on a bizarre Sunday showdown, but never wavered from his mission to take the Claret Jug back to the USA.
Rory McIlroy had to grit his teeth and accept that the 146th Open Championship represented "a lost opportunity" to claim his fifth Major. "It's a lost opportunity. I said that yesterday. I felt like I had a chance to get in a few shots better than I did. And I didn't.
SATURDAY at the Open Championship has rarely lived up to the traditional ‘moving day’ label for Rory McIlroy and yesterday at a packed and sun-splashed Royal Birkdale was no exception.
Mother Nature and Old Man Par teamed up to form a daunting partnership which wreaked havoc on the 156 competitors in the Open Championship yesterday.
Rory McIlroy got a double bonus in round two of the Open Championship yesterday to finish an eventful day just five shots off the lead held by two-time Major champion Jordan Spieth.
The Boy is back in town and he's ready to rumble. Yes, Rory McIlroy, who looked like shooting himself out of the Open Championship after nine holes on Thursday, came from the brink of disaster to elevate himself once again as a genuine contender at Royal Birkdale.
Rory McIlroy looked destined for a disastrous start to his Open Championship bid yesterday, but a stunning back-nine recovery - fuelled by some strong words from caddie JP Fitzgerald - has given him a platform to challenge the leaders today.
Rory McIlroy started his bid for a second Open Championship victory with shock and awe - but the shock came from his horrendous start and the awe a sense of grisly fascination that one of the world's best players could hack his way around the first six holes at Royal Birkdale in such jaggedly amateurish fashion.
Pádraig Harrington's return to Royal Birkdale yesterday was an altogether different experience compared to that epic July Sunday in 2008 when he raised the Claret Jug aloft in victory.
First-time winners in the last seven Major championships turned the form book upside down, but is it time for the old guard to assert their claims to glory?
Rory McIlroy has 3.1 million followers on Twitter and 1.3 million on Instagram.
Rory McIlroy hopes to start rolling back the years in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
Jon Rahm, the new rising star in world golf, will fuel his challenge for the Open Championship title at Royal Birkdale with a potent blend of opposites - the angst in Eminem's rap songs and mindful meditation.
Robbie Keane's soccer career is winding down and golf is the new passion for the Republic of Ireland goalscoring hero.
Shane Lowry grimaced slightly when told of Pádraig Harrington's ringing endorsement of his chances of winning the Claret Jug.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia yesterday revealed that he has never quite erased the memories of the hurt inflicted by his Open championship defeats to Pádraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy in 2007 and 2014.
Monday of Open week. Royal Birkdale bathes in bright sunshine, it's T-shirt, summer weather, there's a healthy breeze blowing, and all is well with the world.
Padraig Harrington became the first Irishman to finally crack the Royal Birkdale code which had defied the best efforts of our top professionals since the Open was first staged at the Southport links course in 1954.
The old pro Pádraig Harrington has seen it all and done it all in 22 years as a Tour player.
A long-cherished dream to stage the Irish Open golf championship at Ballyliffin GC will finally become reality when the tournament, under the banner of Dubai Duty Free and the Rory Foundation, takes place from July 5-8 next year.
The world of golf is a far better place with a swashbuckling Spaniard prowling the fairways, destroying course records, and playing sublime golf.
RORY McIlory’s connections with Ballyliffin golf club helped secure the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for one of the ‘best kept secrets’ in Irish golf.
THE sight of Padraig Harrington disappearing into the huge swathes of gorse to the right of the first fairway did not augur well for an Irish charge up the leaderboard in round three of the $7million (€6.14million) Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at sun-splashed Portstewart yesterday.
The caravan keeps rolling, leaving the wounded hearts of some big names left to bleed quietly at the end of a tumultuous second day at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart.
Rory McIlroy is not a 'Game of Thrones' fan despite the worldwide popularity of the epic television series which is largely filmed in his native Northern Ireland.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is set to be a $10 million tournament by 2020.
Rory McIlroy missed a golden opportunity to stamp his authority on the $7 million Dubai Duty Free Irish Open yesterday as benign weather conditions left the Portstewart links ripe for plunder.
The magnitude of Shane Lowry's achievement in winning the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 cannot be understated, but if the experience of Graeme McDowell and Pádraig Harrington is any guide, Lowry struck gold before any scar tissue could build up in his psyche.
What a difference a week makes to a professional golfer.
Rory McIlroy yesterday revealed how he has changed from being an ambitious rising star to a winner with a ruthless streak on the fairways.
Money talks in the world of professional golf, and the bigger the money on offer, the more respect a tournament such as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open commands among the world's elite players.
Ballyliffin Golf Club is set to be named as the host venue for the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Home cooking from his mother Marian, a few pints of Guinness in the clubhouse at Rathmore Golf Club, the attentive concern about his swing from dad Kenny and his uncle 'Uel... it's all part of returning to his roots for Graeme McDowell.
Former champion Shane Lowry reckons his game is fit for purpose in the $7 million (€6.16m) Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart, and hopes the breaks that make the difference between winning and losing go his way this week.
Shane Lowry has given the thumbs down to fans being allowed to take photos of the action on their mobile phones at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this week.
The traditional Meath late finishing burst remains deep in the Royals' DNA - not as prominent perhaps as in their glory era of the Eighties and Nineties, but Andy McEntee's team showed enough of that inherent defiance to see off Sligo at Pairc Tailteann in Navan on Saturday night.
The winner of the 62nd staging of the Irish Open, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free, should doff his cap to Rory McIlroy and say 'thanks a million'.
Meath's barren years without a win in the All-Ireland qualifiers ended at Páirc Tailteann last night with a late flurry of scores to snatch a hard-earned victory - their last backdoor victory was in July 2011 when they defeated Galway in Navan.
ROYAL Meath’s barren years without a victory in the All-Ireland qualifier series ended at Pairc Tailteann on Saturday evening with a late flurry of scores to snatch a hard-earned victory.
Down caused the shock of the championship to date by dumping Monaghan out of the Ulster campaign last Saturday, so what chance have Derry or Longford in today's qualifier games against Mayo and Donegal?
DOWN overcame the weight of history and the recent disparities in achievement between Monaghan and Down which suggested that Malachy O’Rourke’s men were outright favourites in the Ulster SFC semi-final in Armagh.
Colm Bonnar won two All-Ireland medals with his native Tipperary but he could not have been any happier on those occasions as he was when managing Carlow to victory in the Christy Ring Cup against Antrim a fortnight ago.
Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth set out on their version of the road to redemption in the aptly-named $6.8 million Travelers Championship at River Highlands CC in Connecticut starting tomorrow.
Maria Dunne, winner of the Irish Women's Open Strokeplay title at County Louth last month, bids for a national double when she competes in the Irish Close championship at Mullingar.
Laois captain Stephen Attride has shrugged off his second-half black card dismissal against Wicklow and is looking forward to the SFC 2A Qualifier clash with Clare.
Laois manager Peter Creedon was relieved to get out of Joule Park, Aughrim on Saturday with a victory which ensures the O'Moore County's place in the next round of qualifiers.
A return to Aughrim on June 17, 2017. It's hard to credit that 31 years have passed since June 15, 1986 when I reported on the infamous 'Battle of Aughrim' for the Irish Independent, a day that has gone down in history and which forever will be recalled whenever Wicklow host Laois in championship football.
LAOIS have had the Indian sign on Wicklow for 31 years in championship meetings, ever since the Garden County pulled off a shock win in the infamous ‘Battle of Aughrim’ at the venue now known as Joule Park, Aughrim.
Offaly legend Brian Whelahan will be inducted into the Leinster GAA Hall of Fame tomorrow at Portlaoise, where the Faithful county face a daunting task against Allianz League champions Galway.
Jon Walters hopes to be sending postcards marked "from Russia with love" back home next summer despite the disappointment of gaining just a point from Sunday's Group D clash with Austria.
Blessed are we with goalkeepers and defenders.
Shane Duffy admits he is still on a learning curve as an international centre-back but he has no delusions of grandeur about his style of play.
Stephen Ward's tenth year as a full-time professional in English football has arguably been his best for club and country.
Jon Walters plundered his 13th goal in the green jersey, and despite his satisfaction at moving to seventh in the all-time scoring charts, he was left to rue the one that got away.
"No surrender" - that's the message from former Republic of Ireland international Sean St Ledger as he battles to salvage his playing career.
Stephen Hunt is happy to admit that James McClean was a pest to play against, but he's delighted that the Derry-born left side player has answered many of the criticisms levelled against him.
Clare football manager Colm Collins wants his team to adopt a "no regrets" policy in the Munster semi-final against Kerry at Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday week.
PAUL Dunne has reached another major milestone in his short career as a Tour professional by qualifying to play in the US Open golf championship at Erin Hills, Wisconsin from June 15-18.
The well-honed instincts of a lifetime in football told Clare manager Colm Collins midway through the second half that his team were booked for a Munster semi-final against Kerry in two weeks.
CLARE just about maintained their superiority over neighbours Limerick with a third success Munster Senior Football Championship victory at Cusack Park.
Clare and Limerick footballers face a Munster Championship derby with a special level of motivation on both sides at Cusack Park tomorrow.
Rory McIlroy is running out of time to be fit for the US Open which will be played at Erin Hills, Wisconsin from June 15-18.
Irish golfers have won all over the world but a BMW PGA Championship title is the preserve of only two golfers from this island - Rory McIlroy and Harry Bradshaw.
Paul McGinley is a late withdrawal from the $7 million BMW PGA Championship which starts at Wentworth tomorrow.
Open Champion Henrik Stenson and Olympic gold medal winner Justin Rose will headline a star-studded field for the historic first staging of a Rolex Series event at the BMW PGA Championship which starts on Thursday.
Paul Dunne is the standard bearer for young Irish hopefuls chasing a career on the European Tour.
Rory McIlroy has a year to go before the inevitable career Grand Slam speculation ramps up ahead of next year's Masters.
Justin Rose is booked for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart in July, and Irish fans hope that Masters champion Sergio Garcia will return to Northern Ireland for his second appearance in two years.
The memory of Seve Ballesteros, who would have celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday, cast a benign shadow over the European challenge for the 81st Masters at Augusta National.
Ernie Els bowed out of the Masters after 23 appearances dating back to his debut at Augusta in 1994.
The dream lives on for Rory McIlroy after another battling performance kept him on track for a run at the Masters Green Jacket over the weekend, despite a bad break on the 18th hole of his second round.
Shane Lowry suffered a walking nightmare in the second round at Augusta National. Lowry had a Jekyll and Hyde experience over the first 36 holes, and he never saw it coming.
Rory McIlroy is poised to fire on all cylinders to get into position for a Masters challenge tomorrow. The four-time Major champion believes he has all the qualities he needs to drive himself up the leaderboard after rounds of 72 and 73 eased him into a group on one-over par.
RORY McIlroy and Shane Lowry gave themselves a solid platform for a Masters challenge on day one at Augusta yesterday.
Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry survived a daunting test of nerve and concentration at windy Augusta National on a tumultuous opening day at the 81st Masters.
Rory McIlroy hasn't always been successful in grinding out good rounds at the US Masters but he scrapped and battled his way around Augusta National to keep himself in contention of ending his wait for a Green Jacket.
By dawn's early light in the chilly morning breeze, they gathered around the first tee at Augusta National.
Henrik Stenson highlighted a classic dilemma that can happen to any golfer, be they a humble high handicap amateur or a Major champion.