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The showjumper Tommy Wade on his ''glorified'' Connemara pony, Dundrum, not only electrified audiences at the annual Horse Show in the RDS, Dublin in the 1960s but can be credited with popularising the sport of showjumping, then regarded as an elitist pursuit of the Anglo-Irish ascendency.
Ulster coach Jono Gibbes defended his trip to France for talks with La Rochelle three days before the Champions Cup playoff against the Ospreys, saying that it had no impact on his side's performance.
Henry Shefflin says Tipperary have 'regressed' since their 2016 All-Ireland win over Kilkenny after the Premier county's hurlers slipped to defeat in their Munster championship opener against Limerick this afternoon.
Tyrone’s quest to secure three Ulster titles on the bounce for the first time in their history fell at the first hurdle after Monaghan produced a strong final ten minutes to take a deserved win in front of 15,029 in Omagh’s Healy Park.
Many moons ago I caused a slight stir in an upstate New York bar by making inquiries about where I might find a bookies so as to place a few bets on the Breeders' Cup.
Cork's championship dominance over Clare since the Banner's 2013 All-Ireland success was extended to a fourth game at Pairc Ui Chaoimh as the home side got their Munster round robin series off to a flying start.
The stench of wasted opportunity was the overriding aroma in the aftermath of this match. What-ifs rolling off the tongue. Leinster, infinitely smarter, got the job done. Their challenge was a far more difficult task to deal with because the battle was not with Munster but with themselves.
Ulster will be playing in next season’s Champions Cup after a brace from Craig Gilroy helped them defeat the Ospreys 35-12 in their Champions Cup play-off at Kingspan Stadium.
A CRAZY end to a full-blooded contest at Innovate Wexford Park ended with the hosts snatching victory at the death while Dublin cursed their second consecutive bout of injury-time heartbreak.
Tipperary manager Michael Ryan declined to speak to the media after today's loss to Limerick and won't conduct press duties until after their Munster hurling championship round robin fixtures are concluded.
A pair of football boots belonging to Mohamed Salah have been added to the British Museum's famous collection of Egyptian artefacts.
Keiren Westwood will miss three more Ireland games in the next fortnight. They may be meaningless end-of-season friendlies to the rest of us, and sadly they are not World Cup warm-ups, but these are important fixtures for Martin O'Neill's players. Missing out on appearances at Celtic Park, Stade de France and the Aviva will hurt the goalkeeper.
Kilkenny made it two wins from two in the Leinster SHC but Brian Cody's men were far from impressive Brian Cody's as they eventually got the better of Offaly by nine points.
Stephen Ferris has strongly criticised Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes for holding talks with French side La Rochelle just three days before the province's crunch Champions Cup playoff against the Ospreys.
IT finished honours even in Scott Brown's testimonial at Celtic Park with the hosts coming back from behind twice in a 2-2 draw.
Limerick flashed out a warning to the rest of Munster that their Allianz League form was the real deal when they bagged their first points in the new-look 'round robin' championship format.
A photograph has been posted on Chelsea midfielder Willian's Instagram Story in which Blues manager Antonio Conte has been obscured.
Preston midfielder Alan Browne scored the opening goal just two minutes into Scott Brown's testimonial at Parkhead.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has laid into Alexis Sanchez following the FA Cup final, claiming his performances "can't get any worse".
The Munster SHC gets underway at the Gaelic Grounds where Limerick and Tipperary face-off (2pm), Kilkenny entertain Offaly and Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford host Dublin (both 3pm) and Pairc Uí Chaoimh is the venue for the meeting of Cork and Clare (4pm). In football, Tyrone take on Monaghan in Omagh (4pm).
Huddersfield Town winger Sean Scannell is set to join the Northern Ireland squad ahead of their UEFA Nations League campaign in September.
He may have steamrolled him in the first half but Leinster's James Lowe has nothing but respect for Simon Zebo.
Marc Ó Sé claims Mayo's footballers have repeatedly failed to learn from their mistakes, as last year's All-Ireland finalists slipped to defeat against Galway last weekend.
Galway continued their dominance over Mayo last Sunday, not only beating them but administering a right sickening one too. In the process, they pushed Mayo a step closer to the end and they did it in the most boring fashion as well.
Before looking ahead, a glance back. Two moments from last weekend. Tullamore, 7.12 on Saturday night. Eoghan Cahill has just pulled off a brilliant stop from a Joe Canning penalty - one of several outstanding saves by the Offaly goalkeeper - and it energises the home crowd. Within a minute, Shane Dooley is through, with only James Skehill to beat at the other end of the field. He doesn't miss chances like these. Goal for Offaly, six-point swing and a game that could have been over, is very much back on. Realistically, the home supporters know they're not going to win, but the team is giving it their all. That's good enough for most of them, and the buzz inside the ground is palpable.
Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney has led his side into battle in the Ulster championship on four occasions and has lost all four.
New Zealand made their feelings very clear when England demanded Brad Shields be allowed to join up with Eddie Jones' squad for the summer tour to South Africa. They were not happy.
Kerry legend Paul Galvin has claimed that if he was given a choice of inter-county team's to play in, he certainly wouldn't choose Stephen Rochford's Mayo.
Simon Zebo may have played his last game for Munster but has not ruled out a move back to Thomond Park in the future.
Limerick football manager Billy Lee has revealed how close he came to pulling his team from last night's Munster SFC quarter-final clash with Clare after an administration error robbed him of a player.
Ben Youngs has paid tribute to his “phenomenal” brother Tom days after it was confirmed that his sister-in-law, Tom’s wife Tiffany, has gone into remission following a four-year battle with cancer.
Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah will have to repeat this season’s heroics “for the next 15 years” to match the achievements of Cristiano Ronaldo.
An NFL player has promised to pay for the funerals of all 10 victims who died when a teenage gunman burst into an art class and opened fire at his Texas school.
What a great finish to a very good game. Had Munster managed to complete what was an unlikely comeback - Joey Carbery's penalty left them 16-8 down with four minutes to go - it would have been thoroughly deserved for they brought a huge amount to this contest.
Martin O'Neill says he wants assurances from dual-eligibility players that they are serious about having a career with the Republic of Ireland, and are not just settling for second best, before he hands out caps.
Ireland has won 31 Olympic medals. There was a time, not so long ago, when these victories by supremely talented men and women were almost entirely as a result of their own endeavours. They had achieved success in spite of the system they came from, not because of it. It was a random event.
While making quite a deal of Jimmy Bruen's birthday, Henry Cotton filled almost half a broadsheet page of the News of the World explaining how Britain and Ireland were about to make history. It was Sunday, May 8, 1938 and the team for the forthcoming Walker Cup matches at St Andrews had just been announced.
As Allen Clarke was driving out the gate of Ravenhill last year - a casualty in the reshuffle that saw himself and Neil Doak replaced by Jono Gibbes and Dwayne Peel - the Future Fairy flagged him down with a message. "Never mind Clarkey, you'll be back here before you know it!"
'They'll be coming down off the back of a Grand Slam - strong favourites to do well down there. Poor old us. We'll just have to put up against the big green giant when it comes down!"
Carlow hurlers remain in contention for a final spot in the Joe McDonagh Cup following this hard-earned four point victory over visitors Meath in this Round 3 tie played before a small attendance at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday.
Mauricio Pochettino has held positive discussions with chairman Daniel Levy over his Tottenham Hotspur future, with Chelsea resigning themselves to the fact there is virtually no chance the manager will push for a move to Stamford Bridge.
It's a long time since Limerick beat Waterford back in 2012 to claim their last provincial championship win, and an even dimmer memory since they last accounted for Clare three years before that, but the wait goes on for Billy Lee's side after this 12-point defeat at the Gaelic Grounds.
Fermanagh won their first Ulster Championship match since 2016 when they comfortably brushed aside the challenge of Division 3 league champions Armagh last night to qualify for a provincial semi-final showdown against the winners of today's all-Division One encounter between Tyrone and Monaghan.
A few weeks ago, Eoin Kelly met an old man at a funeral who engaged him in a conversation about hurling. At some point he asked the former Tipperary captain a favour. Would it be possible to arrange a picture with Pádraic Maher? Kelly hurled county with Maher and is currently helping out as a coach with his club, Thurles Sarsfields. When he asked his inquisitor why he wanted a picture with Maher he was told of a lifelong interest in the county's hurlers with its genesis in the 1960s, the time of Hell's Kitchen. Maher, he was told, played like someone from that era.
Wicklow confirmed their place in the semi-finals of the Christy Ring Cup yesterday when goals from Andy O'Brien and Daniel Staunton were the difference between them and a lively Roscommon in Athleague, the visitors prevailing by 2-16 to 0-16.
Jurgen Klopp was suffering in the Nevada desert, in prolonged therapy from his last Champions League final defeat, when he experienced an epiphany. It was May 2014 and Klopp was on a post-season holiday in Las Vegas when he noticed fans huddling around a TV to watch Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid.
Tipperary manager Liam Kearns was furious after his side comfortably overcame their first hurdle in the Munster senior football championship at Thurles last night. Kearns hit out at the short recovery time allowed before they face Cork in next Saturday's semi-final at the same venue, insisting that they deserve at least a two week respite.
If this turns out to be Antonio Conte's final game as Chelsea manager, as all the evidence suggests, at least he has gone out on a high. For all the politics at Stamford Bridge, all the discontentment and the impression of a manager who knows his time is up, another trophy has been added to the collection. Last year, the Premier League, this season, the FA Cup; only at Chelsea, perhaps, could a manager with that haul now be cut free.
Even in the week Sam Bennett's breakthrough success has been splashed across the sport pages, Conor Hennebry knows he made the right decision. Eighteen months ago, the young Waterford man made the same leap as the Giro d'Italia stage winner from Carrick-on-Suir to Seán Kelly's An Post Chain Reaction team to chase the professional dream.
Andrew Robertson might be an object of adulation at Anfield now but no Kop stalwart can look him in the face and say - if one may borrow from Harry Enfield's predatory shopkeeper - 'I saw you coming'. Robertson's credentials, after all, initially underwhelmed followers of a club who would pay £75 million to make Virgil van Dijk the world's most expensive defender.
It was the ultimate act of player power and yet nobody at Chelsea flinched. Having scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final, Eden Hazard revealed he would wait for the club to sign "good players" before deciding his future.
Will Chelsea's two FA Cup winners still be at Stamford Bridge next season or have Eden Hazard and Antonio Conte said farewell? If they have signed off at Wembley, the pair have done it in style.
No matter who won yesterday's cracking Guinness Pro14 semi-final, they would have had a tailor-made story for next Saturday against Scarlets at the Aviva. A year ago, on a lovely, sunny evening at the RDS, the Welsh side ran Leinster off the park. And then did the same a week later to Munster.
In Cork on Friday night, a GAA supporters' club was launched with the county board's blessing, a move that might have seemed outlandish for many years but that now has an official stamp of approval.
Munster captain Peter O'Mahony defended his decision to kick for the corner when his side trailed 13-8 on the scoreboard with 12 minutes remaining.
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles - as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season - but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions.
The O'Brien boys used to play at the Ashes in the back garden. During the summer they would stage long one-on-one Test matches, each always taking the same part. Back then Niall was a batsman whose hero was Steve Waugh, so he would be Australia, and Kevin was a bowler who idolised Darren Gough, so he'd be England.
Rhododendron gave Aidan O'Brien a second victory in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes following a thrilling finish to the Group One showpiece over a mile at Newbury. Lightning Spear looked like he just about hit the front under Oisín Murphy and was about to spring a 16/1 surprise, but Ryan Moore had hit top gear aboard Rhododendron (100/30 favourite) in the centre of the course.
Nabil Fekir appeared to wave farewell to Lyon on Saturday night as speculation mounts that he is close to finalising a move to Liverpool.
It’s a long time since Limerick beat Waterford back in 2012 to claim their last provincial championship win, and an even dimmer memory since they last accounted for Clare three years before that, but the wait goes on for Billy Lee’s side after this 12-point defeat at the Gaelic Grounds.
Tipperary have Cork in their crosshairs for a third successive year after comfortably disposing of Waterford before a meagre attendance at Semple Stadium.
Fermanagh are in seventh heaven after winning their first Ulster championship match since 2016. They brushed aside the woefully weak challenge of Division 3 league champions Armagh tonight.
Leinster wing James Lowe paid tribute to Isa Nacewa after the club captain played his last game at the RDS ahead of his retirement at the end of the season.
Here is how the players rated in Chelsea's 1-0 win against Man United in the FA Cup final at Wembley this evening.
JOSE Mourinho offered up a less than flattering view of Chelsea’s tactics at Wembley, as his former club inflicted a 1-0 win over his Manchester United side in the FA Cup final.
Eden Hazard fired Chelsea to FA Cup glory against Manchester United as Antonio Conte's expected farewell ended with a memorable triumph against old foe Jose Mourinho.
Leicester are set to complete their first summer signing after agreeing a deal for Porto defender Ricardo Pereira.
Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini appeared to move a step closer to taking over at West Ham after Hebei China Fortune confirmed he was leaving the Chinese Super League club.
Just one mourner was present in a small London cemetery as the coffin was lowered into a grave which would lie unmarked for almost 60 years.
Leinster survived a late Munster push and will have the chance to complete a unique double at the Aviva Stadium next Saturday thanks to a second gritty win in the space of a week.
Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini appeared to move a step closer to taking over at West Ham after Hebei China Fortune confirmed he was leaving the Chinese Super League club.
Man United take on Chelsea in this evening's FA Cup final at Wembley. Follow all the action in our live blog, with kick off at 17.15.
THIS was a historic afternoon for Celtic, but the facile nature of the victory made it a non-event for the neutral.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has lost his battle to start the FA Cup final against his former club Chelsea, with Marcus Rashford taking his place in Jose Mourinho's line-up.
Leinster take on Munster at the RDS this afternoon, with the winners set to face Scarlets in the Guinness PRO 14 final at the Aviva Stadium next weekend. Follow all the action in our live blog, with the game kicking off at 15.15:
DUNDALK goalkeeper Gary Rogers is looking forward to another crack at Waterford after a run of three straight wins to erase the memory of their grim night on Suirside at the start of this month.
Wasps and England rugby player James Haskell will miss his potential final game with Wasps on Saturday after arriving at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, just hours before his teammates take on Saracens for a place in the Premiership final.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been criticised for his "disgusting" treatment of striker Marcus Rashford.
New York City. The Chelsea Bell bar on West 26th street in Manhattan. Outside, the sun beams down on a beautiful day with the eight million or so who cram on to the island for work unaware that their GAA team missed out on history by a couple of minutes just the previous day.
David Ginola suspects Anthony Martial might be tempted into leaving Manchester United after being omitted from France’s World Cup squad.
Magheralin Village FC have spoken of their appreciation after Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler sent a letter of condolence to the family of Niall O'Hanlon.
This was one of those blemish-free nights for Cork City which could play a part in the reigning champions being able to retain their league title, as John Caulfield's side swatted away the challenge of Bray Wanderers in front of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane at Turner's Cross.
Waterford lost their discipline and their unbeaten record last night as Limerick secured a vital victory at the RSC.
Brendan Rodgers has rebutted the allegation - frequently voiced in England - that the Scottish game is uncompetitive and substandard.
Jordan Spieth remains frustrated with his putting despite surging through the field with a five-under 66 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas.
Jose Mourinho is prepared for a hostile reception from Chelsea fans at Wembley this evening but insists he will have no problem with them booing him.
The curious case of Jono Gibbes and La Rochelle continued yesterday with sources in France still believing the departing Ulster head coach will take a job with the Top 14 outfit.
Tadhg Beirne's Scarlets booked their return to Dublin by easing their way to the Guinness PRO14 final with a convincing victory over Glasgow at Scotstoun.
Most Irish people, and certainly the good people of Kinsale, will be aware of the Lusitania which was torpedoed by the Germans off the Old Head of Kinsale during World War I in 1915.
One of the recommendations in the report compiled by the GAA's 'Towards 2034' committee was the appointment of a finance manager in every county.
After his Punchestown Festival heroics last month, you couldn't put anything past Willie Mullins and the Closutton maestro hasn't reached racing's pinnacle by resting on his laurels.
The scale of the commercial divide in inter-county GAA is revealed in a special report by the Irish Independent today.
John Delaney insists that the loss of Denis O'Brien's backing will not affect the FAI's ability to pay the salaries of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane and fund other developments in Irish football.
Leinster coach Leo Cullen insists his European champions are playing catch-up to Munster ahead of today's Guinness PRO14 semi-final at the RDS (3.15).
Tramore's Robin Dawson was rewarded for his patience as he coolly birdied the 18th to take a two-stroke lead into the third round of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open at Royal County Down.
Stradivarius reinforced his staying credentials with a most impressive success in the Yorkshire Cup.
The eight-day Rás Tailteann kicks off in Drogheda tomorrow with a 136km opening stage dedicated to one of the race’s best-known riders and volunteers.