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Spring is in the air and the Six Nations carnival rolls into town, bringing the rugby season centre stage - none more so than in Dublin this weekend for a mouth-watering showdown between Ireland and...
Spring is in the air and the Six Nations carnival rolls into town, bringing the rugby season centre stage - none more so than in Dublin this weekend for a mouth-watering showdown between Ireland and...
There is a not-so-little island off the coast of Spain which is doing its best to turn itself into a golfer’s paradise, and such is the progress being made that some are already calling it ‘The Miracle of...
Having to listen to complaints about sections of camogie and ladies' football missing out on the 'JP McManus money' is like the old story of the...
After the thrills and spills of its 'coasters, the Disneyland Paris half-marathon is a doddle, says Shane Scanlon.
On the back of his impressive finish to Ireland's Six Nations campaign, Simon Zebo continued his recent purple patch by becoming Munster's all-time top try-scorer in Thomond Park last night.
IT'S only a week now, but the huffing and puffing has gone on for long enough -- why in God's name have so many in Gaeldom got a problem with inter-county players going on strike?
A YEAR ago today, the Offaly footballers were preparing for the Leinster football final.
THE GAA's disciplinary system could be thrown into turmoil after the High Court yesterday granted three members of a college hurling club a temporary order restraining Croke Park from holding a hearing against them.
THE horse-whisperer explained it like only he can. Soldier Of Fortune was a "happy horse" since Epsom. That was why he won yesterday's Budweiser Irish Derby in a common canter.
ON the eve of the big Central Council meeting on discipline in Croke Park, GAA President Nickey Brennan will be relieved to hear that several Leinster counties have stamped down hard on recent outbreaks of violence.
Dr Crokes 1-9 Moorefield 0-12 All-Ireland SFC semi-final THERE'S nothing like a cliche to sum up a roller-coaster game of Gaelic football, and few will dispute that a draw was a fair result in the Gaelic Grounds yesterday.
FRUSTRATED Irish rugby and soccer fans are set to receive a timely pick-me-up this weekend from the GAA, who are ready to keep Croke Park's gates open in 2008.
IRELAND'S bid to qualify for the Euro 2008 championships was temporarily grounded last night after the squad's flight to San Marino was forced to return to Dublin airport.
THE X-Factor! That's the only phrase Kevin O'Brien can find to explain the monumental influence Mick O'Dwyer has already brought to bear on Wicklow senior footballers.
LANSDOWNE Rugby Club will shell out over ?1.1m for 10-year corporate tickets for international matches at their revamped new grounds, and say that they will be for members and sponsors only.
TITLE chasing Cork City produced a work man like display to see off ten men Derry City.
Sheikh Mohammed has been exonerated from any direct involvement in the Godolphin doping scandal, but the controversy is unlikely to go away.
LIMERICK minor hurlers deserve and are fully entitled to get another chance to play in this year's All-Ireland final.
HONEST, skilful, manly. Three words which have been used frequently in newspaper columns, on the airwaves, and across our television screens. All three I'm sure you automatically associate with the modern-day inter-county hurler. Correct?
In keeping with the season of goodwill, a chink of light emerged last night in the Cork hurling dispute with confirmation that mediation talks are to take place between the warring parties.
MICK O'DWYER believes that his Wicklow can improve on yesterday's display in Croke Park, but claims that Louth "will win" next weekend's replay in Parnell Park.
Louth 1-11 Wicklow 0-14
GAA president Nickey Brennan has received support from an unlikely source in his bid to get clubs and county boards to think twice about cashing in on the value of their GAA grounds.
CHELTENHAM hero Sublimity is ready to take on all challengers in Friday week's ACC Bank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown in what promises to be one of this year's Festival highlights.
Sligo 0-17 Wicklow 1-10 NFL Division 2B THERE was no dream debut for Thomas Walsh as Wicklow slumped to a disappointing defeat to Sligo in Aughrim which consigns them to Division Four next season.
Is mó a bhíonn casadh sa saol IT's often that life produces a twist . . . the above words were uttered by Páidí Ó Sé prior to the 2002 All-Ireland final and long before Sunday's news broke that he was taking over as Clare's new football manager, the man was living proof of his own maxim.
HERE'S a sneak preview of what rugby and soccer fans can expect for next year's internationals at Croke Park.
HERE are 10 clear reasons why the GAA must tackle the cancer of violence which is sweeping club games across the country.
Match abandoned after 48 minutes, with Team A leading 2-9 to 0-4
SEVERAL leading GAA stars are poised to take the unprecedented step of standing in next year's general election as the row over sports grants between the Government and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) escalates.
IRISH boss Seán Boylan vowed at last Friday's press conference that Ireland would do their talking on the pitch. By the end of Sunday's first quarter, it was the Aussies shouting from the rooftops.
Sarsfields 0-15 Mattock Rgs 0-10 Leinster SFC semi-final GOALS are supposed to win games, but in Pairc Tailteann yesterday, it was all about the ones that got away for Mattock Rangers as Sarsfields emerged triumphant after an entertaining semi-final.
DARBY. The name resonates never-forgotten history, conjures up surreal dreams for underdogs in 31 counties and pierces the hearts of all Kerry folk. But in Rhode, it has even deeper meaning for the senior footballers facing Kilmacud Crokes in today's Leinster club semi-final.
Sarsfields 1-12 Éire Óg 0-8 A STIRRING final quarter burst from Sarsfields earned them a place in the Leinster Club SFC semi-final at the expense of Éire Óg at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.
FOR Limerick's new hurling kingpins Garryspillane, it all started in Tipperary. The Golden Thatch in Emly, to be precise, where two years ago Tony Considine was invited to a medals presentation.
SARSFIELDS 1-11 ST LAURENCE'S 0-9 Kildare SFC Final SUPER Sarsfields captured the Kildare SFC crown at the second time of asking yesterday, when proving too strong for a valiant St Laurence's at St Conleth's Park.
SLIGO 1-11 KILDARE 1-10 All-Ireland SF Qualifier LIGHTNING can strike twice in the All-Ireland football qualifiers. Just ask Kildare, who were sent hurtling through the back door by Sligo for the second time at Markievicz Park.
IT'S been a long week for Offaly hurling, and after Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Waterford at Dr Cullen Park, a short summer looks ever more certain. While some of the wounded Faithful showed pride in the jersey, Waterford showed them that the road to recovery will be a bumpy ride.
KILDARE 2-14 SLIGO 1-7 KILDARE won this battle with ease, but ultimately, lost the play-off war.
KERRY 2-13 DUBLIN 2-11 NOT quite a classic bout, but these two heavyweights still produced an enthralling contest in Tralee on Saturday night which revived memories of the rare auld times.
PORTLAOISE (Laois) 1-11 SKRYNE (Meath) 2-4 Leinster Club SFC final NEWBRIDGE came alive to the sounds of the 'Portlaoise Queen' yesterday after the kingpins of Laois football edged a spirited Skryne side in an entertaining AIB Leinster Club SFC final.
SKRYNE 1-8 ALLENWOOD 1-7 Leinster Club SFC SKRYNE'S deadly duo Trevor Giles and John McDermott yesterday showed that there's no substitute for experience as the Meath champions swept into the AIB Leinster Club SFC semi-final at Allenwood's expense.
WATERFORD'S hurling showcase turned into a mirror image of their roller-coaster year - plenty of goals, poor defending and the occasional stormy flashpoint. Watching Decies boss Justin McCarthy didn't see anything that he hadn't encountered this summer as Mount Sion deservedly clinched a hat-trick of county SHC titles Ballygunner at a blustery Walsh Park.
DUBLIN 1-17 LONGFORD 0-11 THE Sky Blue travelling roadshow keeps rolling along and the reviews keep getting better. But bigger stages now await.
FERMANAGH 0-19 MEATH 2-12 (After extra-time) ONCE-mighty Meath discovered on Saturday night that lightning does strike twice, especially in the case of Fermanagh and the Bank of Ireland SFC qualifiers.
DERRY 0-25 CAVAN 2-9 After extra-time) SO near and yet so far. Cavan should have ended Derry's 2004 SFC campaign in Celtic Park yesterday, but didn't and were then forced to pay the ultimate price in extra-time.
CRITICS of Dublin boss Tommy Lyons got more ammunition yesterday after his side collapsed to a dismal draw against 14-man Fermanagh. The Enniskillen result will put further pressure on the manager, whose team has been a model of inconsistency in the current league campaign.
FERMANAGH 0-12 DUBLIN 0-12 NFL Division 1A ANOTHER Dublin collapse puts Tommy Lyons under renewed pressure, but that won't bother Fermanagh.
BIRR 2-12 ; CASTLETOWN 1-12 OLD FOES are best. For the sixth time in six years, Birr and Castletown clashed in the AIB Leinster Club SH Championship in Portlaoise yesterday, and it was a case of familiarity breeding predictability and another epic.
TIPPER ARY 2-19 ; OFFALY 1-9 LONG removed from Deise Day, Tipperary got their All-Ireland bandwagon on the road again with a comprehensive rout of Offaly in Saturday's SHC qualifier at O'Moore Park.
MEATH 1-15 ; LAOIS 0-7 THE summers change, but the headlines remain the same.
WESTMEATH 1-13; LOUTH 0-13 IF providing drama and entertainment won All-Irelands, Westmeath's football 'stars' would have one hand on the Sam Maguire already.
SLIGO 2-14; CARLOW 2-7SCHOOL may be out for summer, but teacher Peter Ford is clearly spending a lot of time at the blackboard with his Sligo forwards.
WESTMEATH 1-16; WEXFORD 1-8 WESTMEATH proved a week is a long time in championship football by readily brushing aside Wexford in an entertaining All-Ireland SFC replay at Cusack Park.
WEXFORD 1-19 WESTMEATH 1-19 (after extra-time) IF THIS game sets the tone for the new Bank of Ireland All-Ireland SFC qualifier series, then Saturdays will never be the same again.
MEATH 1-11 WESTMEATH 0-11 AN opportunist late goal from Ray Magee earned resolute Meath the O'Byrne Cup at Westmeath's expense after an exciting, if not classic, final at Mullingar.
ST PAT'S, NAVAN 3-10 ST MEL'S, LONGFORD 0-7 NEW age overpowered the old order in yesterday's Leinster Colleges' senior football championship final as St Pat's Navan easily retained their title at the expense of former kingpins, St Mel's.
MEATH 0-8 DERRY 0-8
IRELAND 57 SCOTLAND 32 IMPRESSIVE Ireland scored their first victory over Scotland in 21 years thanks to an excellent display in yesterday's hurling-shinty international, which served as the curtain-raiser at Croke Park.
THE red card controversy in North Kerry is not over yet after angry Listowel Emmets officials yesterday vowed to press ahead with their call for a full investigation.
FOOTBALL and hurling at university level was given a timely boost yesterday as Croke Park hosted the draws for the annual Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups.
DUBLIN hurling could receive a much-needed shot in the arm at Dr Cullen Park tomorrow (2.0) when the county's colleges team take on holders St Kieran's of Kilkenny in the Coca-Cola Leinster SH League Final.
SHELMALIER 3-8 HOLLYMOUNT 3-4 THEY may be All-Ireland Ladies SFC champions, but Shelmalier's thrilling replay victory at Portarlington will be remembered as much for ugly aftermatch scenes as for the Wexford side's brilliant comeback.
THE All-Ireland Ladies Football Club championship final replay had a violent conclusion in Portarlington yesterday when referee Michael Henry was attacked and jostled by irate supporters of the losing team.
IT'S that time of year again: gluepot pitches, Christmas carols parodied on the terraces, the FA Cup under way in earnest, TV promos for annual sporting reviews, and the Champions' League in its winter hibernation ...
MIGHTY St Mel's of Longford begin their Coca-Cola Leinster Colleges SFC campaign on Thursday with a tricky opening round tie against Gormanstown College at Balbriggan.
THE omission of the All-Ireland championship's top scorer, Oisín McConville, was one of the main talking-points of last night's Eircell GAA football All Stars.
CHAMPIONS Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown seem certain to be without their inspirational captain JJ Delaney for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Leinster Colleges SHC semi-final against St Fergal's Rathdowney.
LEEDS UNITED manager David O'Leary mightn't be too enamoured with the prospect, but TV3 have indicated they plan to televise their postponed UEFA Cup tie against Spartak Moscow.
SKRYNE 1-12 D'SHAUGHLIN 0-8 NAVAN boasts James Bond, but Skryne has a special agent of its own in Trevor Giles. The Footballer of the Year yesterday completed a memorable year by helping his club beat Dunshaughlin in the Meath SFC Final at Páirc Tailteann.Giles, the scourge of the best-drilled defences during Meath's All-Ireland campaign, combined with his inter-county team-mate John McDermott to leave their opponents visibly shaken and stirred.
THE ULSTER Colleges Council has once again said `yes' to playing as a provincial team in this season's All-Ireland Colleges SH Championship.
BALLYGUNNER 0-17 BLACKROCK 1-11 BRAVE Ballygunner survived a spirited late charge from Blackrock to book their place in the AIB Munster club SHC final after a highly entertaining semi-final at Walsh Park.
LAST season's All-Ireland colleges senior hurling championship finalists, St Flannan's Ennis and St Kieran's Kilkenny, face tough provincial tests tomorrow.
SARSFIELDS 1-16 ST PETER'S 0-6 SLICK Sarsfields cruised into the AIB Leinster Club SFC semi-final with an authoritative second half performance that overwhelmed St Peter's Dunboyne in a poor quarter-final at Newbridge yesterday.
GALWAY manager John O'Mahony last night called for an open debate on the new proposals to radically overhaul the Gaelic football season.
DCU 1-11 UCD 1-11 TWO injury-time points from Dublin newcomer Colin Moran earned UCD a share of the spoils with DCU in a keenly-contested Higher Education Football League Division 1 clash at Belfield.
THANK God for good old-fashioned newspapers! Having spent this week perusing the television channels, I was convinced the Rugby World Cup was over but lo and behold, it's still on and the two semi-finals take place this weekend.
THE GAA has been forced into an embarrassing 11th hour postponement of Sunday's televised Millennium Championship draws due to confusion over proposals to introduce `back door' systems into some provincial competitions.
ALL-IRELAND ladies football champions Mayo are set to welcome back forward star Cora Staunton for their their opening National League Division One game against Tyrone at Ballinrobe tomorrow.
CLARE hurling supremo Ger Loughnane will wait until the New Year to decide whether he will stay at the helm but indications are that he will be in charge for another season.
MAYO ladies football manager John Mullin must plan without at least three of his All-Ireland winning team for tomorrow's challenge against the Allstars at Claremorris.
THE winners of this year's All-Ireland Colleges Ladies Football Junior Championship, St John Bosco Cahersiveen, have been stripped of their title for fielding illegal players.
PORTLAOISE 1-13ST JOSEPH'S 1-11 YOUNG guns Portlaoise powered their way through the club's 21st Laois SFC title at the expense of a gutsy St Joseph's side in a highly entertaining final at O'Moore Park yesterday.
THE Graham Geraghty incident has had a devastating effect on the morale of the Irish team in Melbourne for the International Rules first test later today.
MAYO 0-12 WATERFORD 0-8 THE brilliant Mayo ladies yesterday showed their male counterparts how it's done in Croke Park by shocking title-holders Waterford to win their first-ever All-Ireland SFC final at their first attempt.
THERE was a fix of sporting nostalgia for sentimentalists this week as RTE re-lived one of Irish rugby's greatest games, or more accurately its greatest 90 seconds!
PAT HOLMES was last night ratified as the new Mayo senior football manager for a three-year term. Mayo County Board, as expected, approved Holmes as the successor to John Maughan at their meeting in Catslebar.The 32 year old Westport-based bank manager will have his first taste of Senior Football Management when he travels to Derry for the first round of the National League at the end of the month.
BEFORE the fourth Rugby World Cup has even kicked-off, RTE are promising to outshine their main rivals UTV in the telly war.The Montrose outfit have assembled an impressive line-up of rugby experts and commentators as they seek to attract large audience figures both north and south of the border. Initial listings had UTV covering only one Irish pool match live, but a company spokesperson said yesterday the station would be doing all three.
KERRY football followers suffered a major setback last night after it was revealed that teenage star Tadhg Kennelly is heading Down Under to play Aussie Rules.
THE Connacht Council will attempt to follow hurling's lead by opening a back door to its senior football championship next year.If the move to restructure the championship gets the green light, teams beaten in the preliminary rounds will get a second chance to make it to the Connacht semi-finals.
HAVE you heard about Harrington's Choice?Well, take one former Cork senior footballer and ask him to choose between seeing his son being part of a winning European Ryder Cup team and his native county completing on All-Ireland double and you've put Hobson in the halfpenny place.
FEW would have believed the assertion of Kerry wing-back Tomás Ó Sé that one of Podsie O'Mahony's greatest assets is his incredible upper body strength. That is until the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Mayo.
RHODE 1-7 EDENDERRY 1-7 AUSTRALIAN rules squad member Finbar Cullen faces an anxious wait after his Edenderry side drew with champions Rhode at O'Connor Park, Tullamore.The Offaly defender is due to fly out with the rest of Colm O'Rourke's squad on Saturday week and he will be determined to play in the replay, which is yet to be fixed.
EVIDENCE that things are going beyond a joke at RTÉ Sport was put clearly before our eyes on Tuesday when the job of presenting its UEFA Champions League programme was handed to comedian Barry Murphy.
CARLOW Bórd na nÓg last night promised to launch a full-scale investigation into an incident in which one of their referees was viciously attacked after a juvenile championship match.
NOEL LANE is fearful of a Kilkenny backlash when they take on his Galway side in Sunday's All-Ireland under 21 hurling final.Two of Kilkenny's senior stars, Henry Shefflin and Michael Kavanagh, who endured All-Ireland senior heartbreak on Sunday will line out for the Cats and Lane knows they will need little motivation.
A GIANT step for sporting ecumenism was being heralded last night as it emerged that FAI president Pat Quigley was a guest of the GAA for Sunday's Guinness All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park.
MEET the definitive Mr Clean Seán Óg Ó hAilpín. Already worshipped by the Rebel County faithful, the young dual star will be conferred with sainthood if Cork complete the double.It would be a dream come true for the Na Piarsaigh powerhouse if he emulated Cork hero Teddy McCarthy's feat in winning hurling and football medals in the one year, but coping with the adulation afterwards would probably be a more stern test.
AT LEAST five players involved in this year's All-Ireland Football final will be jetting to Australia for the International Rules series after the Croke Park showpiece provided the decider doesn't end in a draw.
NO one watching the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2000 qualifier against Yugoslavia on RTE could have been prepared for the upset that was in store.
IT'S Ladies' Day at Parnell Park today as the country's top female footballers parade their skills in the All-Ireland SFC semi-finals.Most GAA followers are familiar with the exploits of Waterford and Monaghan, who meet in the second of the televised semi-finals, but it is the first time that Mayo and Meath have made it to our screens for a big game.
CARRAROE 1-15 NUI GALWAY 1-12 TRADITIONALISTS in the West breathed a sigh of relief last night as Carraroe edged NUIG in the first of the Galway SFC semi-finals at Tuam Stadium. The possibility of a cosmopolitan university side advancing to the Galway decider did not sit well with the old guard.With only four Galwaymen in their starting 15, the students were never going to earn much support from the neutrals in the 2,000 attendance yet they did earn the plaudits for the manner in which they put it up to their more fancied opponents.
DOWN are slight favourites to beat Dublin on the back of their impressive four-point victory over Donegal in their replayed Ulster MFC final.
LEGENDARY Meath defender Robbie O'Malley has urged Sean Boylan's attack to follow Ollie Murphy's example and put on its shooting boots for Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Armagh.
AN GHAELTACHT 1-13 SOUTH KERRY 1-8 1999 has not been a good year for Maurice Fitzgerald and it didn't get any better at the weekend, as his South Kerry team crashed out of the Kerry senior football championship when they lost to debutants An Ghaeltacht at Gallarus.
FORMER Mayo star Martin Carney is backing his native county to lay the ghost of past Croke Park calamities in Sunday's Bank of Ireland SFC semi-final against Cork.
WICKLOW County Board chairman Mick O'Hagan last night refuted suggestions that Charlie Redmond is in line to take over as the county's football boss.
WHO is Micheál Cronin that's the question most GAA followers were asking on Tuesday night after Cork selectors stunned everyone when handing him his championship debut for their All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash against Mayo.
J'TOWNBRIDGE 2-7 ROUND TOWERS 0-8 THE perennial search for Kildare forward talent goes on ... and on.Front men in Lilywhite land have been subject to more media barracking than injudicious inter-county referees and yesterday's county SFC quarter-final between Johnstownbridge and Round Towers at Newbridge reminded us why.
THE Kilkenny minor hurlers will be aiming to complete the first half of a Cats double act when they face Galway in tomorrow's curtain-raiser at Croke Park (2.0).
ALL-IRELAND ladies football champions Waterford must get over Cork in tomorrow's Munster Final at Dungarvan (2.15) if they want another crack at old rivals Monaghan in the All-Ireland semi-final.
GARY Kelly was yesterday given the ideal incentive in his battle to regain full fitness when he was named in the Republic of Ireland's provisional 31-man squad for the forthcoming Euro 2000 qualifiers.
THERE were contrasting reactions among GAA followers to yesterday's announcement of An Post's Football Team of the Millennium.The non-selection of Kerry's Jack O'Shea generated plenty of heated discussion, but there were plenty of other names mentioned as well among them Meath's Paddy O'Brien, Brian Mullins of Dublin, Cork dual star Jimmy Barry-Murphy, Louth's Stephen White and Leitrim's golden wonder Packie McGarrity.
THE omission of Kerry midfielder Jack O'Shea from An Post's Football Team of the Millennium was the main talking-point at Croke Park yesterday when the names of the illustrious 15 footballers were announced.
GALWAY 5-11 CLARE 1-10 CLASSY Galway minors cruised into the All-Ireland semi-final against Kilkenny as they overwhelmed Clare in a one-sided quarter-final at Croke Park yesterday.