DONAL O'GRADY: Kilkenny’s hurling colossus leaves a lasting legacy

Mia Hamm is a legend of women’s soccer in the United States. She is retired some ten years but she is still revered Stateside.


PADDY HEANEY: Tyrone out to lay down a marker in Allianz Football League

Some fixtures transcend the importance of the Allianz Football League and Sunday’s clash between Donegal and Tyrone is one such game.


DONAL LENIHAN: A lot achieved, a lot still left to be done

After last weekend, the World Cup just can’t come soon enough. 


JOHN RIORDAN: Never forget the heroes who made 1,000 games possible

Missing out on last night’s 1,000th Cork City league game was all the more painful because my first ever Cork City league game was also a win over Galway United at Turner’s Cross.


SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Ryan’s victory the highlight in intermediate clashes

Raymond Ryan was the pick of the weekend Munster Intermediate championship winners after beating Denis O’Driscoll by almost three bowls at the Marsh Road.


KIERAN SHANNON: Might Ireland be stronger for Brian O’Driscoll’s absence?

For all we now hear that sportspeople have no obligation to be role models, our rugby players and coaches are.


JOHN FOGARTY: The Fogarty Forum: Spate of hamstring injuries expose flaws in hurling league make-up

Whoever said you can’t get too much of a good thing hasn’t spoken to the hurlers who have picked up hamstring injuries these last couple of weeks.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Managers have duty of care to their players

You could probably assemble your own Davy Fitzgerald/Clare discipline piece at this stage. If you need help, just root around in this bag — letter, players, statement, Banner, humiliation, breach, policy — and put the words together in no particular order.


ANTHONY DALY: Who did I meet on the road to Kilkenny...

I was down in Kilkenny yesterday morning for a challenge game with the Limerick minors. The match was fixed for James Stephens’ new ground on the Kells road but I hadn’t a clue where I was going, so I ended up in their old place in the city, writes Anthony Daly.


DONAL LENIHAN: Twists and shout: Medley of memories on special Six Nations Saturday

THE Six Nations championship has never witnessed a day like it. 221 points scored, 27 tries, 12 in that breathtaking game in the tournament finale at Twickenham. It was riveting stuff, writes Donal Linehan.

Annie Power has shown no ill effects of her Cheltenham fall and could run at both Aintree and Punchestown.

RUBY WALSH: Patanne can make light of his lengthy absence


All the horses have come out of Cheltenham okay. It was an unbelievable week but now you have to start thinking about Aintree, Fairyhouse and Punchestown, and which horses are going where.

Don Poli, the RSA Chase winner was one of a number of French-bred horses that Willie Mullins was successful with at Cheltenham last week.

PAT KEANE: French connection a big part of Mullins’ success


The dust has somewhat settled now on Willie Mullins’ Cheltenham, so the next question to be answered is how many winners will the master trainer saddle at the Punchestown festival, which takes place late next month and into early May? 


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Q&A - Michael Corcoran: ‘It’s not physically tiring but it’s mentally taxing’

So, has it always been rugby with you?
Not at all. I went to Coláiste Chríost Rí in Cork and GAA and athletics were my first loves. 


LARRY RYAN: Davy Kool-Aid needed now

If the Clare hurlers once turned their season round by convening to drink Davy Fitzgerald’s MiWadi, maybe the same trick will work with Kool-Aid.


KIERAN SHANNON: Interview: Rob and Marian Heffernan are totally in sync

She won’t be there today. While her husband Rob powers it out this morning around the southern Slovakian spa town of Dudince in a time that should qualify him for next year’s Rio Olympics, Marian Heffernan will be at home in Douglas with the kids and expecting another one.

Derek McGrath: Has done a brilliant job rebuilding Waterford.

ANTHONY DALY: Striving to avoid the badlands of relegation

My first experience of Division 1B was Dublin’s opening game of 2013 against Offaly in Parnell Park. 

Jamie Carragher

LIAM MACKEY: Jamie Carragher: I’d love to see James McCarthy in the Red corner

Jamie Carragher, a childhood Everton supporter turned Liverpool legend, says that the one player currently in blue he’d love to see playing in red is Irish international James McCarthy.


LIAM MACKEY: Little bit of magic proves Messi the main man again

When Cristiano Ronaldo collected his third Ballon d’Or in January, it was to almost universal acclaim, based on a recognition that the award had indeed gone to the greatest player on earth in 2014, as evidenced by his Champions League medal and a staggering 56 goals for Real Madrid.

Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne have the power and stepping ability to create big opportunities.

DONAL LENIHAN: Let’s unleash impact players earlier

To avoid the desperation of chasing a score, Ireland need to focus on three key goals at Murrayfield today, says Donal Lenihan.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Horse racing, the Sport of Kings exists in an odd netherworld

Chances are that, like the vast majority of those who delve into the sports page for a daily dose of sustenance, your annual digression into the world of horse racing has come and gone in the past week.


RONAN O'GARA: All a player wants is a chance to atone...

Today will be a test of Simon Zebo’s strength of character. As a travelling member of the Irish party heading to Scotland, he must accept the fact his weekend will be spent in a suit, writes Ronan O’Gara.