Keith Rossiter: Absolutely crucial for Wexford.

TONY CONSIDINE: Limerick will stand up to Model physicality

First of all, it is surprising to hear Wexford giving out about where the game is going to be played.

Limerick's Declan Hannon races through the Cork defence in the Munster SHC final in Pairc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Sportsfile

DONAL OGRADY: Disrupting Model fluidity key to Limerick success

The tactical battles that will decide the games in Thurles

CLOSE CALL: Volume (left) goes down narrowly in the Oaks at the Curragh  having had to be re-shod.

PAT KEANE: Turf Club clearly has lessons to learn from Volume farce

The Irish Oaks at the Curragh last Saturday, or at least the delay in getting the race away, was a bit of a farce.

Louis Van Gaal and Brian Robson

LARRY RYAN: The spirit of St Louis: Basking in the cult of LVG

Compared to Louis van Gaal’s honeymoon, Kimye’s went unheralded.


BRENDAN OBRIEN: Commonwealth could do with a rub of the green

Should Ireland ever commit to the Commonwealth again, it would only be to the benefit of its sports men and women in the 26 counties, smack bang in the middle of every Olympic cycle


PADDY HEANEY: Recipe for success in Ulster may leave sour taste in mouth

You are the manager of an Ulster county. Your summer is over, but you are determined to do better next year. What should you do?

Mike Perez

JOHN RIORDAN: A Rebel ready to rumble as Perez back in the garden

Who knows what’s going through Mike Perez’s head this week?


DERVAL OROURKE: Cup glory reward for strategic German planning

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again. This seems to be key in any great sporting triumph.

Paul Dunne

COLUMNISTS: Golden future ahead for Dunne

A Silver Medal may have eluded Irish amateur Paul Dunne at The 143rd Open Championship but the 21-year-old student left Hoylake at the weekend with a clearer picture of his bright future.

Chris Selfridge

CHARLIE MULQUEEN: Galbraith’s presence in Lahinch a sign South of Ireland back on the up

The draw for the West Clare hotels South of Ireland Championship beginning at Lahinch on Saturday suggests the event is again attracting some of the biggest names in amateur golf.


CHARLIE MULQUEEN: O’Sullivan a star on tour of legends

At 66 and with his sights firmly trained on a top 10 finish in this week’s British Seniors Open at Royal Porthcawl, Cork’s Denis O’Sullivan is focused.


KIERAN SHANNON: Writing is on the wall for Ireland legend McIlroy

Maybe now he’ll make it onto the Good Wall.

VICTORY SALUTE: Lee Chin celebrates after Wexford's victory over Waterford in the All-Ireland SHC Round 2 game in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.

JOHN FOGARTY: Taking hurling to the next level

It’s a common sight in inter-county hurling these days: a player soloing the ball hops it off the ground and collects it.

Rory McIlroy plays out of a bunker on the 10th during day 3 of The Open Championship. Picture: PA

JOHN MCHENRY: Cool and controlled, McIlroy reaching a new level

Winning the Open Championship was never going to be easy and so it shouldn’t be either.

Williams Brazilian driver Felipe Massa crashes at the first corner during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim yesterday. Picture: Peter J Fox

ENDA MCEVOY: The fire is truly back in the Yellow Bellies

NOWLAN PARK on Saturday.


PAT KEANE: With Weld’s horses in such good form, a vintage Galway looks in store

Dermot Weld has been leading trainer at the Galway festival on 27 occasions.


DAVID SHONFIELD: Pace and width now priceless commodities

"A healthy dressing room is worth more than 100 hours of tactics," declared Vicente Del Bosque as he and his team prepared to jet off to Brazil to defend their title.


DARA OCINNEIDE: Meathness not enough to derail Dublin

Of all the commodities Meath need to bring to the game in Croke Park tomorrow, their Meathness is by far the most important.


LARRY RYAN: Reason to worry as Germans approach

I read The Circle this week, Dave Eggers’ novel about an internet company that has taken over Google, Facebook, Twitter and the rest.