DERVAL OROURKE: Poetry in motion when nature and nurture combine

If I could gift sportspeople one special offering, it would be speed.


JOHN FOGARTY: Plenty to ponder after unforgettable football feast

There may never be a weekend like it again.


ENDA MCEVOY: Putting a new slant on old Kilkenny-Tipp rivalry

Six championship seasons and six consecutive Kilkenny/Tipperary clashes, not to mention the three National League finals they’ve collided in during the same period of time.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Do you still need a traditional full-back?

The discussion at the Tipperary press night was wandering here and there and eventually stuck on the notion of full-back play.


KIERAN SHANNON: Farewell James, but your Mayo marvels will finish the job

I could have bluffed it this week.


LARRY RYAN: Mapping changing tides of war proves tricky business

"A declaration of war," Brolly called it.


TONY MCENTEE: McGuinness’s Donegal have learned to think on their feet

David and Goliath has evolved to be a story about how ordinary people face powerful opponents, which may be personal battles to inner demons, and the decisions they make to overcome these.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: It’s hard to get all the angles covered

Being in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday night was interesting for any number of reasons, and proximity to the action was just one of them.

Australia: If he doesn't show, Champions' Weekend will develop into a damp squib.

PAT KEANE: Champions’ Weekend clearly revolving around Australia

The marketing people aren’t half out in force attempting to whip up support for the Champions’ Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh next month.

KEY MAN: Disrupting Stephen Cluxton's kick-outs will be key to Donegal's hopes of thwarting Dublin.

TONY MCENTEE: Pre-mortem can help Jim avoid the ‘ifs and buts’

In business you make decisions which are often measurable as success by a revenue return.

Picture: Clive Wasson

KIERAN SHANNON: Cassidy an open book

This weekend three years ago Kevin Cassidy played in the infamous/immortal Donegal-Dublin All-Ireland semi-final. He did not know at the time it would be his last game for the county. But since his fallout with Jim McGuinness life went on, and he moved on.

Tom Cleverly: At 25, can still make up lost ground in his career

LIAM MACKEY: Caught in the act of United drama

Manchester United are haunted by many things these days, not least the ghosts of times past.

IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper: The organisation is to rebrand itself as World Rugby,

LARRY RYAN: Another giant step for rugby kind

The hurler and footballer and soccer player on the ditch is a great fella for tradition. This can be a nuisance for brave, forward-looking men like Páraic Duffy and Pete Winkelman.

James O'Donoghue

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Mayo must find an antidote to Kerry viper O’Donoghue, suggests Brendan O'Brien.

Just over three weeks ago, James Horan sat in Hotel Ballina’s Ox Room and dished out quotes ahead of last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry with all the usual boxes being ticked before journalists, players and coaches went their separate ways into the still balmy night.

UEFA President Michel Platini attends the UEFA Champions League draw ceremony in Monaco yesterday.(AP Photo/Claude Paris)

LIAM MACKEY: Europe is where the real premier class shows, writes Liam Mackey.

Do you remember the World Cup, the big football thingy in Brazil just a couple of months ago?

Legia Warsaw  supporters last night displayed a banner in protest at Uefa's decision to throw the club out of the Champions League for using an ineligible player in their 6-1 qualifier rout of Celtic.

DONAL OG CUSACK: Why I have fallen out of love with Celtic

This last few weeks it’s been hard to watch Celtic. The romance and the ambition and the vision have all been stripped away, writes Donal Óg Cusack.


PADDY HEANEY: Respecting those who seek glory and risk humiliation

Fifteen years ago, I found myself faced with a difficult decision. Back then, I worked in the real world. But I had a notion of becoming a journalist. In order to make the leap, I had to quit a job, take a loan from the bank, and return to full-time education.


JOHN RIORDAN: Sport keeps head in the sand on traumatic brain injury issue

I don’t know if you caught that little online scuffle between yet-to-retire boxer Floyd Mayweather and his former stacks-of-cash ally, rapper 50 Cent.


SEAMUS OTUAMA: Daly gives outstanding display to take senior men’s title

With an Ireland-Netherlands two-day test at Skibbereen, the final of the John Cronin Cup and two Mick Barry Cup ties this was one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Patrick 'Bonner' Maher

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: ‘Bonner’ gets green light for showdown

Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher has recovered from the rib injury he picked up in the semi-final win over Cork and will be available for next month’s All-Ireland SHC final against Kilkenny.


JOHN FOGARTY: Standing room only on outrage bus

The outrage bus doesn’t discriminate. It takes all comers.

Match of the Day

KIERAN SHANNON: Retro TV and Pearce have us dreaming dreams

No matter what else the television sports year offers up, we think we saw its most delightful touch last Saturday night.

Stephanie Meadow

COLUMNISTS: Future looks mixed for golf at Olympics

Imagine Rory McIlroy and Stephanie Meadow teeing it up together for Ireland at the 2016 Olympics in Rio?

Galway's Heather Cooney battles with Kilkenny's Shelly Farrell in the All-Ireland camogie championship semi-final in Limerick. Stories on women's sport are generally outnumbered by about 20 to one.

DERVAL OROURKE: Increased coverage key to promoting women’s sports

There has been a lot said and written about women’s sport in Ireland in the past few weeks.