Camogie is now a game of free-takers - O'Connor
Cork star Amy O'Connor is frustrated that camogie is "turning into a game of free-takers" and called for rule changes before the small ball slips further behind their football counterparts.
Cork star Amy O'Connor is frustrated that camogie is "turning into a game of free-takers" and called for rule changes before the small ball slips further behind their football counterparts.
The sweeper system is one of hurling's great debates with pundits falling on different sides of the fence but former Wexford star Rory Jacob believes it is here to stay under Model boss Davy...
If recent runnings of the Grade Two Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase (2.10) are anything to go by then all eyes will be on Thurles tomorrow.
Jessica Harrington hopes that 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John will make his first appearance in over a year at next month's Dublin Racing Festival.
The BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at next month's Dublin Racing Festival is the next port of call for Apple's Jade but Gordon Elliott insists a tilt at the Cheltenham equivalent in March is "very doubtful".
How do you deal with being told as a 16-year-old that you could end up in a wheelchair by 30 if you continue to play competitive sport?
If it's a case of starting as you mean to go then it looks like the much-publicised sweeper system is here to stay for Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford for a third successive season.
Paudie Foley led a strong second-half showing from Wexford as Davy Fitzgerald's men edged out an understrength Kilkenny side to book their place in next week’s Walsh Cup final.
The amalgamation of several top jumps races to develop the Dublin Racing Festival means there's a dearth of Grade One action until next month but tomorrow's Punchestown card has a few prizes to excite punters.
Donegal defender Eoghan 'Bán' Gallagher put being overlooked for a PwC All-Star defensive position behind him quickly, acknowledging that what happens with his team is far more important.
Dublin ladies football star Noelle Healy is the embodiment of the changing face of Irish...
Robbie Power admits that "the clock is ticking" on Sizing John as an unusually dry spell prevents the 2017 Gold Cup winner from making his seasonal reappearance.
It's never easy watching on when your championship aspirations have been quenched but last year was particularly tough for Waterford hurling star...
Not even legends of the racing game like Tony McCoy or Ruby Walsh have the distinction of bagging a winner on their first racecourse ride, but Emma Doyle achieved that feat to etch her...
1. DIARMUID CONNOLLY (DUBLIN)
The raiding party for next month's Dublin Racing Festival looks set to be a potent one with Leopardstown favourite Simply Ned leading an 11-strong English challenge.
The whistle had barely sounded on last year's All-Ireland SFC final when the talk swiftly shifted to Dublin going where no team has gone before.
Ruby Walsh and Patrick Mullins are not concerned by the inconsistency of Willie Mullins' yard and expect the wheel to turn as many of his Closutton string shake off the cobwebs and get a run under their belt after an unusually dry spell.
The sight of Altior and Un De Sceaux jumping the last upsides in the Tingle Creek is one of the moments of the season thus far and the pair look set to renew rivalries in Saturday's Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
When Noel Hayes' father went to the Tattersalls Ireland sale in September 2010, little did he know that he would stumble upon a superstar like Our Conor for the paltry sum of €4,500.
David Treacy knew exactly what was in store when the "hurling-mad" Mattie Kenny took the reins as Dublin senior boss.
Some things never change and Kerry young gun Seán O'Shea believes nothing less than lifting Sam Maguire will ever be deemed a success among the Kingdom faithful regardless of any transition which they may be going through.
When Limerick boss John Kiely stated that January 1 would be a recalibration date after their historic All-Ireland success, he wasn't saying it for the sake of it, and their team holiday in Mexico didn't interfere with training preparations over the New Year.
There was a bizarre scenario yesterday when Tipperary hurling goalkeeper Brian Hogan was up for media interviews but was not permitted to speak about Tipperary by team management.
It says a lot about Galway's 2019 All-Ireland SFC aspirations that the Corofin contingent are mixing inter-county preparation with the Tribesmen alongside their club football run and Ian Burke is happy to have a hand in both camps.
If pre-season competitions are all about unearthing new talent for the business end of the year, then Clare are certainly making the most of it.
Clare held off a spirited Waterford fightback at Fraher Field this afternoon to book their place in the Co-Op Stores Munster Senior Hurling League final against Tipperary.
Lofty reputations will be put on the line when Gordon Elliott's Battleoverdoyen and Willie Mullins' Tornado Flyer collide in tomorrow's Grade One Lawlor's of Naas Novice Hurdle (1.50).
With 26 of his squad based in Dublin, Leitrim boss Terry Hyland acknowledges that "it's simpler to bring the mountain to Muhammad than the other way around".
Laurina will make her belated seasonal reappearance in tomorrow's Listed Mares' Hurdle at Sandown with connections happy that they will finally get ground in her favour.
There could be fascinating duel in Sunday's Grade One Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle with Gordon Elliott's unbeaten Battleoverdoyen and Willie Mullins' Tornado Flyer among the 17 to have stood their ground.
The common consensus is that Limerick will struggle to scale the same heights as 2018 when attempting to defend their All-Ireland SHC crown, but history suggests otherwise.
IT'S not often that the racing world casts its gaze on Tramore but all eyes will be on the Waterford track today as the new era of Racing TV kicks off.
The words of Offaly boss John Maughan when documenting how certain players hadn't committed to the Faithful football fold for 2019 speaks volumes about a major inter-county problem that is spiralling further out of control.
With reigning champion Buveur D'Air turned over on St Stephen's Day, opportunity knocks for challengers to his throne to step up to the Champion Hurdle plate at Leopardstown today.
Donal McInerney was the first man to arrive for duty in Enda Bolger's yard on Christmas morning and he got his just rewards yesterday as Auvergnat (28/1) produced a shock in the €200,000 Paddy Power Chase.
There's no shortage of quality on show at Limerick today where all eyes will be on the Grade Three Irish Independent Hurdle (1.40) with a cracking field of five going to post for the €34,000 pot at the Patrickswell track.
Mark Walsh was the toast of Leopardstown yesterday after a 177.5/1 treble saw the red-hot Kildare rider bring his tally to five winners at Leopardstown over the first two days of festive racing.
It wouldn't be a valuable handicap chase if Gigginstown House Stud and JP McManus weren't firing plenty of arrows in its direction but both powerhouses may be upset by a lesser light in today's feature at Limerick.
There's rarely a major race day that goes by without Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott hogging the headlines but it was young pretender Joseph O'Brien who stole their thunder at Leopardstown yesterday.
Footpad is the star attraction on a star-studded day at Leopardstown as Willie Mullins' exciting chaser bids to put his best foot forward after parting ways with Ruby Walsh at the last on his seasonal debut.
After spending yesterday in Limerick, Ruby Walsh is back in Leopardstown today to renew his partnership with Willie Mullins' flying machine Footpad as both go on the redemption trail.
Gordon Elliott is confident that he holds his strongest festive team and the Meath trainer will hope to get things off to a flyer, with all eyes on Mengli Khan in the Racing Post Novice Chase, the sole Grade One on today's Leopardstown card.
It's 22 years since Ruby Walsh spent his St Stephen's Day riding at Limerick so it says a lot about the 12-time champion jockey's opinion of Getabird that he's making a rare Christmas trip to the Patrickswell track.
There will be no shortage of sub-plots as Leopardstown's Christmas Festival kicks into gear today, with over 60,000 punters expected to go through the turnstiles at the Foxrock track during the star-studded four-day extravaganza.
The most wonderful time of the year is upon us once again with four star-studded days at Leopardstown's Christmas Festival setting pulses racing as many of the game's biggest names descend on the Foxrock track.
It's the calm before the Christmas storm today as Thurles provides the last piece of action on these shores before a hectic festive period and there's plenty for punters to get their teeth stuck into at the Tipp track.
Some sportspeople are fuelled by the encouragement of others and being told that the world is their oyster, but William O'Connor prefers to defy common logic and do what people deem impossible.
Joseph O'Brien has avoided sanction from the Irish Horse Racing Board (IHRB) despite having one of his horses disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance earlier this year.
JOSEPH O'BRIEN has avoided sanction from the Irish Horse Racing Board (IHRB) despite having one of his horses disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance earlier this year.
Pat Fahy can't wait to pitch exciting chaser Castlegrace Paddy against the "top boys" as he goes in search of Grade One success at next week's Leopardstown Christmas Festival.
Much has been made of Mickey Graham double-jobbing in the New Year as he mixes managing Mullinalaghta's fairytale All-Ireland club SFC run alongside his new role as Cavan boss, but he isn't the only one who will be kept on his toes.
Laois hurling boss Eddie Brennan has been handed another blow for the coming season with former dual star Cahir Healy swapping codes and plying his trade with the footballers.
It takes a lot to hoodwink Katie Walsh as she can usually sense a stitch-up but she arrived at the HRI awards earlier this month with the sole intention of presenting an award to the retiring Turf Club senior medical officer Adrian McGoldrick.
Turlough O'Brien has already had enough of the new rules being trialled and the Carlow boss is adamant that they "have to go" as they are "not good for the game".
Kildare adapted well to the game's latest tweaks with Jimmy Hyland and Neil Flynn on song in attack to get their season off to a flier with a commanding O'Byrne Cup victory over Carlow at St Conleth's Park, Newbridge yesterday.
Kildare adapted well to the game's latest tweaks with Jimmy Hyland and Neil Flynn on-song in attack to get their season off to a flier with a commanding O'Byrne Cup victory over Carlow at St Conleth’s Park today.
Punting is a tricky game at the best of times but the usual suspects of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh are the men to follow tomorrow when they combine with the aptly-named Easy Game in the Grade Two Navan Novice Hurdle (12.30).
Seamus Callanan scoffs at the notion that Tipperary are second-favourites for next year's All-Ireland SHC crown, insisting the Premier have a lot to prove "back in the chasing pack" striving to catch Limerick.
John Maughan faces an uphill battle heading into his first year as Offaly senior football boss with a host of regulars unavailable for 2019 and veteran goalkeeper Alan Mulhall hanging up his boots.
"Straight after the match Offaly chairman Pat Teehan gave me the nod and said, 'We'll go now and we'll make it at half-time', and he put the foot down, only stopping to do his Lotto, and got me there for half-time and I came on a few minutes later."
Laurina puts her Champion Hurdle credentials on the line against older horses in Saturday's International Hurdle as she returns to the scene of her emphatic course and distance success at the Cheltenham Festival.
What's rare is wonderful and Stephen Bennett is enjoying life without injury worries as he sets his sights on 2019 and redemption with Waterford after a disastrous season.
It's no coincidence that Shane McCann has been closely associated with the two most high-profile horses to take residence in Gordon Elliott's yard in recent seasons.
Sizing John will step up his preparations for a Festive return when Jessica Harrington's star chaser makes a visit to the Curragh today.
Mullinalaghta's fairytale run to Leinster Club SFC success with the slaying of Dublin giants Kilmacud Crokes will give hope to all GAA sides that "dreams do come true", according to midfielder John Keegan.
When John Keegan arrived home in the early hours of yesterday morning, he was greeted by the sight of his parents, John Senior and Pauline, watching back Mullinalaghta's historic Leinster Club SFC triumph.
"The target is to avoid Altior, wherever he goes we'll go in the opposite direction," were the somewhat tongue-in-cheek words of Ruby Walsh following Min's smooth John Durkan Chase success at Punchestown yesterday which summed upped another informative weekend.
It was only when John Kiely digested the stories sent to him from far-flung regions all over the world that it hit home to him just what Limerick had accomplished by finally getting their hands on Liam MacCarthy.
Grade one success has still managed to elude Rachael Blackmore despite her remarkable rise to the top and she'll be out to put that right aboard Balko Des Flos in tomorrow's John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown.
Former Offaly dual star Seán Ryan has called time on his inter-county career after 13 seasons of service to the Faithful which saw him accumulate 95 competitive appearances between league and championship in both codes.
Rarely has a four-runner race attracted as much intrigue as tomorrow's Betfair Tingle Creek, and Daryl Jacob sees no reason why the mighty Altior cannot be dethroned in the race of the season thus far.
John Heslin will play no part for the Westmeath footballers in 2019 after the talismanic forward informed new Lake County boss Jack Cooney that he will be concentrating on his studies.
The main criticism that was thrown at Cork following their crushing All-Ireland semi-final defeat to eventual champions Limerick was a lack of squad depth, but Rebel boss John Meyler hopes he has addressed that deficiency over the winter.
Un De Sceaux and Altior look set for a tantalising showdown in Saturday's Tingle Creek at Sandown with Willie Mullins expected to confirm the evergreen 10-year-old for the prestigious Grade One.
Waterford hurling boss Páraic Fanning has no intention of losing home advantage for their 2019 Munster SHC round-robin games and insists they will play "either in Waterford city or elsewhere in the county".
There was no racing history in Philip Dempsey's family growing up but not even a misbehaving ass which kept sending him into the neighbour's hedge as a child could quench his love for horses.
Gordon Elliott is not one to stand still for long or twiddle his thumbs - as every journalist seeking a post-race quote knows only too well - and that's clear to see upon entering Cullentra House Stables.
The song's name may not be apt but the lyrics "if you're gonna do it, do it right" from Wham's 1980's smash hit 'I'm Your Man' perfectly summed up the scintillating brilliance of Apple's Jade at Fairyhouse yesterday.
There will be no U-turn on the decision for Samcro to spend this season over hurdles despite proving no match for Buveur D'Air when second in Saturday's Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, according to trainer Gordon Elliott.
LIAM HOGAN normally takes up residency in the centre of the stand in Parnell Park to watch his adopted Ballyboden St Enda's, but for their Leinster semi-final clash with Coolderry he wanted to be as far away from the spotlight as possible.
Waterford saw their bid to host 2019 Munster SH round-robin games at the nearby Nowlan Park in Kilkenny rejected at Thursday night's Munster Competitions Control Committee (CCC) meeting.
Having a top-class prospect in his care is something which trainer Paul Nolan has missed in recent years but he’s hoping that Discorama can help catapult him back into the big time.
Gordon Elliott insists there will be no excuses for Samcro in tomorrow's Fighting Fifth Hurdle should he not get the better of Nicky Henderson's Buveur D'Air.
Tommy Walsh could make his Kerry comeback next year after new boss Peter Keane recalled the former Young Footballer of the Year into the Kingdom fold.
There's a common theme among GAA folk these days to write players off as spent forces once they go north of 30 but Conal Keaney is doing his best to tear such notions to pieces as he continues to defy logic for Dublin and Ballyboden St Enda's at the ripe age of 36.
Down Royal have appointed Emma Meehan as their new racecourse chief executive with her role to commence in January coinciding with the dawning of a new era at the Antrim track.
The disappointment of being overlooked for the Tipperary senior hurling job has been parked by Willie Maher as he sets off on his next step into management with his high-profile appointment as the new Cuala hurling boss.
Gordon Elliott feels there is great scope for improvement despite Mengli Khan soaring towards the head of the Arkle betting for next year's Cheltenham Festival following an impressive chasing debut at Punchestown yesterday.
There comes a time in a player's career when the penny drops and Daire Ó Baoill insists Gaoth Dobhair were sick of being the "laughing stock of Donegal football".
When the All-Star footballers of 2017/2018 depart for Philadelphia from Dublin Airport this morning they will do so with more journalists on board than players.
When athletes get to a certain age the talk of retirement often hangs over them like a shadow, but Barry Geraghty has no intention of hanging up his saddle any time soon.
It's fair to say that Ian Burke isn't your typical modern-day footballer.
Tom Mullins is relishing the opportunity to mix it with the big boys as Spider Web goes in search of a big-race double in the €100,000 Ladbrokes Troytown Chase on Sunday at Navan.
Coaxing Mark Schutte back into the Dublin hurling fold after collecting two All-Ireland titles with the footballers is a notable coup for new boss Mattie Kenny and it may sow the seed for others to follow suit.
A rematch to whet the appetite is on the cards in Saturday's Betfair Chase at Haydock with connections of Gold Cup winner Native River relishing a rematch with runner-up Might Bite.
With Henry Shefflin directing things from the sideline, Michael Fennelly is afforded the luxury of a club manager who knows his body well and allows him to tailor training to suit his own needs.
When Sean Flanagan describes how he held a horse's leg in the air to avoid a kick in the face as the half-tonne animal rolled over him following a crushing fall, it paints an accurate picture of the dangers associated with being a jockey.
Like sharks sensing blood in the water, Ballyhale Shamrocks went straight for the throat of Wexford rookies Naomh Éanna and didn't relent until they had slaughtered their prey by 16 points.
Colin Fennelly was in sensational form firing 4-4 as Henry Shefflin’s Ballyhale Shamrocks coasted past the challenge of Naomh Eanna in the Leinster SHC club semi-final at Innovate Wexford Park this afternoon.
The sight of Jack Canning lining out for Galway's hurlers alongside his uncle Joe will have to be put on the back-burner for the immediate future as the young Portumna ace intends to pursue a rugby career in Australia.
Christmas has come early for jumps fans with a mouth-watering duel between Faugheen, Samcro and Supasundae in tomorrow's Grade One Morgiana Hurdle (2.15) at Punchestown.
People like Pat McCarthy are the lifeblood of the GAA and it was no surprise that Waterford University Hospital was the first port of call after Ballygunner's five-in-a-row heroics.
The time has come for major rule changes within camogie as "it's hard to play and hard to watch" under its current guise, according to Kilkenny star Meighan Farrell.
The conversation surrounding Wexford's hurlers under Davy Fitzgerald has been one of progression but there comes a time for Conor McDonald when it's all about silverware.
Brian Cody has called for "a meeting of minds" to fix the drastic imbalance between inter-county and club fixtures which he feels is "not sustainable and not fair".
A chance meeting with former Cork hurling boss Kieran Kingston at the Listowel Races in the weeks following Limerick's All-Ireland SHC success provided Shane Dowling with plenty of reassurance.
Two brothers left Killarney on Sunday afternoon having watched Kerry kingpins Dr Crokes cruise to the Munster club SFC decider for the third year running but each departed in an entirely different humour.
Only when the text pops back, "perfect, just in school at the moment" does the significance of what Shane Crosse has achieved to become Irish champion Flat apprentice hit home.
Horses like Rashaan are what the jumping game is all about and jockey Sean Flanagan is excited ahead of Colin Kidd's six-year-old tilt at Thursday's Grade Two Clonmel Oil Chase.
Pat O'Shea summed up the ravenous attitude of his Dr Crokes side with the colourful body language of the former Kerry boss still demanding perfection even when Cork champions St Finbarr's were well put to bed.
Dr Crokes laid waste to Cork champions St Finbarr's with a blistering attacking display to lay down a serious marker for All-Ireland club SFC honours.
Anthony Cunningham's appointment in Roscommon completes football's managerial line-up for 2019, a season that will see sideline changes in 12 counties.
The Irish jumps season is back with a bang today and Footpad is the star turn at Naas as Willie Mullins's exciting chaser takes his first tentative steps towards a possible tilt at next year's Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Vigilant staff at Heathrow Airport would have noticed a familiar face missing every Friday and Sunday as Cahir Healy went through the excruciating rehab following cruciate knee ligament surgery.