Horgan breaks Leinster monopoly to ref hurling final
The grip that a quartet of Leinster referees have had on the All-Ireland senior hurling final has been broken with the appointment of Fergal Horgan to take charge of the first decider between...
The grip that a quartet of Leinster referees have had on the All-Ireland senior hurling final has been broken with the appointment of Fergal Horgan to take charge of the first decider between...
Tadhg Morley recalls making the classic rookie mistake when he first entered a Kerry senior dressing-room sometime early in 2016.
The All-Ireland football semi-finals are being contested by the same four counties that the vast majority would have identified from the outset but, despite the big cumulative winning margins in all...
Mattie Kenny remains favourite for the Dublin hurling management job despite a bookmaker stopping taking any further bets on Pat Gilroy as Ger Cunningham's replacement.
Waterford will turn their attention to liberating Conor Gleeson for the All-Ireland hurling final next month after it was confirmed yesterday evening that Austin Gleeson would be free to play against Galway.
The All-Ireland football semi-finals are being contested by the same four counties that the vast majority would have identified from the outset but, despite the big cumulative winning margins in all the quarter-finals, Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice feels the gap between that quartet and the rest is nowhere near as pronounced as it seems.
Dublin manager Jim Gavin has acknowledged his side is potentially facing a similar challenge to their 2014 All-Ireland semi-final against Donegal, their last championship defeat.
Austin Gleeson has been cleared to play in next month's All-Ireland hurling final after confirmation that referee James Owens had already adjudicated on Gleeson's helmet pull on Luke Meade in Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final against Cork.
There is always a risk for any team player in stepping off a whirring treadmill during a season to buy time for an injury.
This time three years ago Kieran Donaghy had made up his mind that when the anchor dropped on Kerry's season he would be taking permanent leave of absence.
Last week, the former Waterford defender Stephen Frampton attempted to measure the approval rating within Waterford for the style of hurling that had taken them to a third successive All-Ireland semi-final series.
Waterford will know later today if Austin Gleeson will face a proposed charge over the incident which saw the current Hurler of the Year pull Luke Meade's helmet off during Sunday's All-Ireland...
Here is how the Cork and Waterford players rated in the Deise's 4-19 to 0-20 win in yesterday's All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park.
In the early stages of Waterford's All-Ireland quarter-final win over Wexford last month, the influence of Michael 'Brick' Walsh was never more stated.
And then there were four. They may have taken a circuitous route full of hazards and road-blocks and got there a little later than expected, but Mayo have still arrived in the All-Ireland semi-finals, taking their rightful place among the best quartet of teams in the country.
He lived in Wicklow, where his father is from, until he was six and then moved to Millstreet, not exactly hurling territory either.
Stephen Rochford says he has had to accept the criticism that comes with managing a Mayo side that has reached a seventh successive All-Ireland semi-final with a resounding win over Roscommon in the last of the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
Tyrone have now accumulated 6-77 in four championship games. They have taken out Derry, Donegal, Down and Armagh, four counties with All-Ireland pedigree over the last 25 years by an average winning margin of 11-and-a-half points. Their average score posted is almost 24 points per game. They haven't felt a team breathing down their necks this summer.
Here's how the players rated from yesterday's epic encounter in Croke Park that Galway pinched by 0-22 to 1-18.
Donie Smith was Roscommon's supersub in last Sunday's draw against Mayo, but his heroics haven't earned him a starting spot for Monday's replay.
For years Brian Cody's Kilkenny not only turned out the best hurling teams but also the biggest. At least that was the impression.
'A tough two years to be honest," reflected Peadar Healy as he announced his departure as Cork football manager.
Rory Gallagher has distanced himself from any suggestion that he stepped down from his role as Donegal football manager this week because of any social media abuse that he may have taken after defeats in this year's championship to Tyrone and Galway.
Johnny Coen's conversion from tight-marking corner-back to energetic midfielder has been one of the stamps that Micheál Donoghue has put on a Galway hurling team that has been under his watch for almost two years now.
In the 17 years that they've been in existence since the inception of All-Ireland qualifiers, Kerry have never failed to reach an All-Ireland quarter-final but have rarely failed to stamp their authority on one either.
Statistics underline that the GAA's disciplinary system works quite well. From infraction to penalty and subsequent challenges the number of cases that don't see out the distance are relatively few.
David Gough's appointment as referee for Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final between Tyrone and Armagh will ensure that it will be almost a year since he has taken charge of a game involving Dublin or Kerry.
Rory Gallagher has quit as Donegal senior football manager just nine days after their qualifier exit to Galway.
The Armagh sideline these days is filled with links to their only All-Ireland winning senior team in 2002.
Heavy mileage does not necessarily preclude a team from winning an All-Ireland title.
Conor Devaney is Roscommon's leading scorer from play after two Connacht championship matches. Nothing unusual about that for an experienced and regular half-forward who won an All-Ireland minor title back in 2006.
If population alone dictated championship football results then we'd have a clear picture of what's likely to transpire in at least two of the games over the two days in Croke Park this weekend.
A proposal from the GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) to create a fifth hurling championship tier and reduce the Liam MacCarthy Cup to just 10 counties has been circulated for consideration.
Armagh confidence is growing and the team has become more expressive on the back of three championship wins over the last month, former player Aaron Kernan has suggested.
Liam Griffin has drawn a parallel between a 32-team American Football NFL and the number of counties in Ireland and asked why a fairer GAA championship system can't be devised.
A raft of motions to protect club fixtures are heading for the GAA's Special Congress, in September, which will restrict when inter-county challenge matches can be played and introduce penalties for teams who break the existing rules on training camps.
The type of season the Club Players Association (CPA) want and what the GAA may be able to deliver from 2018 onwards will not be significantly different.
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald has launched another impassioned defence of the sweeper system in hurling, hitting out at any suggestions that it represents a lack of ambition.
It was an hour and 10 minutes after the final whistle had put them out of their misery before the latch of the Waterford dressing room in Nowlan Park was pushed down and players began to file out, heads bowed.
Wexford manager Daavy Fitzgerald has launched another impassioned defence of the sweeper system in hurling, hitting out at any suggestions that it represents a lack of ambition.
When Donegal got out of Croke Park with a five-point defeat to Dublin in last year's All-Ireland quarter-final, Rory Gallagher's sense of it was that they had got away lightly.
When news came through to Markievicz Park that there would be a 15-minute delay because of events in Limerick's Gaelic Grounds, there was an audible groan of disapproval and, sub-consciously, a glance to the skies which looked quite menacing out over Benbulben.
Whatever could go wrong for Donegal did go wrong as Galway recovered impressively from their Connacht final defeat.
Whatever could go wrong for Donegal did go wrong for them as Galway recovered impressively from their Connacht final defeat with an emphatic fourth round qualifier win.
Former Wexford hurler Tom Dempsey has expressed concern at the GAA's move to expand the hurling championship with provincial leagues from next season.
Former Derry minor Conor Glass will make his AFL debut this weekend after being elevated to the 22-man match-day squad for Hawthorn's game with Fremantle Dockers.
In the 16 seasons since the qualifiers were introduced to expand the All-Ireland football championship, only Kerry have exploited the second chance in successive campaigns to reach back-to-back finals - in 2008 and 2009.
The beginning of the end of the season or a mere pause in a rising graph?
Criticism from within was the perfect spur for Waterford to re-ignite their championship season against Kilkenny but it is the quality of their bench that has thrust them into a quarter-final for the third successive year, Noel Connors has admitted.
As Ronan O'Neill was conducting interviews after Sunday's Ulster football final triumph for Tyrone his mother was waiting patiently in the wings for her chance to give him a hug and congratulate him.
Four provincial finals that have been won by a cumulative margin of 37 points possibly distorts the quality and entertainment of a football championship that has, so far, been up with anything in the last decade.
The decision to play the All-Ireland quarter-finals on separate days in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh looks set to be justified with sell-out crowds expected on both days.
It was close to an hour after the game had concluded when Mickey Harte finally reached the cool sanctuary of Tyrone's dressing-room, but you got the sense that he would have stayed all evening out on the St Tiernach's Park pitch.
When Tyrone lost to Armagh in the 2014 qualifiers Seán Cavanagh admits going home that evening and crying for hours. He was captain and he felt an added responsibility.
The 2015 All-Ireland football final was scarcely a minute-and-a-half old when Stephen Cluxton stood over his first kick-out and surveyed his options.
Aaron Cunningham has admitted "disappointment" with the strength of the Clare support in last Sunday's Munster hurling final, expressing the hope that they can turn out in numbers for the first inter-county match in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday week when they face Tipperary in an All-Ireland quarter-final.
It's a myth that Cork hurling can just spring players from nowhere overnight and does not take into account the strong work being done at underage level over the last number of years that culminated in last weekend's Munster minor/senior double in Semple Stadium.
GAA director-general Páraic Duffy insists his views on the broadcast partnership with Sky Sports haven't changed since his report to the 2015 Congress when he outlined the need for the association to keep its options open on the issue.
Roscommon could not have won a first Connacht football title in seven years if there was as much disharmony in their camp as was being speculated on, their captain Ciarain Murtagh has insisted.
The potential for both All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals to sell out has convinced the GAA to split them the weekend after next with Saturday and Sunday afternoon games fixed for Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
So, the transformation has been franked by silverware. From where they were exactly a year earlier to where they were on Sunday night is a journey really only a blue-blood hurling county like Cork can travel.
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody looks set to avoid sanction for the contact made with a fourth official during Saturday night's All-Ireland hurling qualifier loss to Waterford.
Kevin McStay "didn't want to go there" but veteran defender Seanie McDermott, basking in the success of a second Connacht title, had no problem making the leap into the realms of apparent division in Roscommon football after the break-up of the joint-management team after last year.
Picture the Waterford dressing-room after they had retired there at the end of normal time in this latest gripping instalment.
The significance of what Roscommon did on the last regulation day of the league only really came to light in Pearse Stadium yesterday as a perfect ambush was executed in great style.
In the aftermath of their Munster semi-final defeat to Cork last month, chill winds blew hard in this Waterford team's direction. However, the more severe gusts, it seemed, were reserved for the manager Derek McGrath.
A first championship win for Waterford over their great nemesis since 1959 required a dramatic period of extra-time as Kilkenny endured their earliest exit in Brian Cody's time as manager at Semple Stadium.
Even at the very moment that he felt that horrible snap in the Achilles, that has all the feeling of a really bad, raking kick to the back of the leg, Michael Fennelly’s great powers of recovery were in evidence.
The 2018 All-Ireland football final may not take place in the month of August after all because of the probability of the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next year.
Draw a scoring graph from the last two Leinster finals between Dublin and Westmeath and the parallel is quite striking.
Sligo will not face sanction over their use of seven substitutes in Saturday's 1A Qualifier win over Antrim.
Last March, prior to Waterford's league match with Cork in Walsh Park - and long before the Rebels delivered an early sting to the championship by lowering the colours of the reigning All-Ireland champions in Munster - Déise boss Derek McGrath sought to give some context to a more enhanced status he felt the Rebels should enjoy.
A Special Congress has been called for September 30 to attempt to pass the proposed changes to the hurling championships into rule.
Mattie Donnelly has hailed Tyrone's performance on Sunday as the best in his time, after their crushing nine-point win over Donegal in Clones issued a real championship statement.
Tyrone and Donegal in Ulster but not as we know it.
A scoreline you would never expect to see in an Ulster Championship match between these great rivals.
Louth are looking for a new manager after Colin Kelly's decision this morning not to seek an extension to his three-year term.
Diarmuid Connolly has opted to accept the 12-week suspension handed down to him by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) for minor physical interference with an official during their Leinster quarter-final against Carlow two weeks ago.
Meath GAA has formally registered opposition to the make up of the five-team qualifier group proposed as part of the new hurling Championship proposals to be discussed by Central Council tomorrow.
When Kildare met Meath in their opening Allianz Division 2 league match in Navan at the beginning of February their team selection was quite an article of faith from management.
Gaelic Players Association chief executive Dermot Earley says his body may seek to have Saturday's Central Council vote on the new hurling proposals postponed for two months to allow proper consultation among its membership.
On the walls of the lobby of the Gaelic Players Association headquarters in Santry there are a series of photographs that chart some of the important milestones in the lifetime of the players' body since its foundation in 1999.
Michael Quinlivan could miss Tipperary's first qualifier game, after he sustained ankle ligament damage on Saturday evening that forced him to withdraw from their Munster semi-final defeat to Cork after only 19 minutes, writes Colm Keys.
Derek McGrath detects a sense of pragmatism sweeping Waterford hurling these days, a realisation that maybe they aren't as good as they think they are.
The Cork County Board is counting the financial cost of missing the June 18 deadline for the handover of Páirc Uí Chaoimh due to the potential loss of both Munster finals.
By now, that part of the season should be in full swing, where the production of new championship proposals appear and reappear ad nauseum, along with a suite of ideas and debates as to how to help weaker counties amidst the annual grinding of teeth over the rich getting richer.
The compensation, or consolation, if that's what it is, of being involved in another engrossing cliffhanger is wearing more than a little thin for Mayo by now.
Tommy Lyons recalls being like a "lunatic" at half-time in one of Offaly's early Division 4 league games against Kilkenny. Leading by just four points Lyons, an All-Ireland club-winning manager just two years earlier with Kilmacud Crokes, wondered, just for a moment, what he had let himself in for.
With progress comes interest, and with interest comes greater footfall through the turnstiles of the grounds that they are playing in.
Aidan O'Shea has been left out of the Mayo team for the second successive championship match as an ongoing groin injury continues to be managed.
A decision on whether Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly will accept or challenge a proposed three-month ban for minor physical interference with a match official during Saturday's Leinster quarter-final with Carlow will be left to the player himself.
Compromise is at the centre of a proposal to reshape the All-Ireland hurling championships and give Galway teams more integration into Leinster underage competitions.
Cillian O'Connor did something last spring he hadn't done before in his previous six seasons as an inter-county footballer: play every one of Mayo's seven regulation league matches.
Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has hit out strongly at the lack of expediency in the doping violation case brought against his squad member Brendan O'Sullivan last year.
Clare's Podge Collins is to have a scan today on the foot injury that brought his Munster Championship semi-final with Limerick to a premature end in Thurles.
Kerry wanted transparency in the doping case brought against their player Brendan O'Sullivan from the moment it was accepted by Sport Ireland last July that he had consumed a contaminated product - containing the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine (MHA) - which led to a positive test after the 2016 league final.
Another weekend, another disciplinary storm surrounding Diarmuid Connolly.
The average winning margin for Jim Gavin's Dublin teams in the 12 Leinster Championship games that they've played in the last four years is 15 points.
A Graham Reilly-inspired Meath dragged his team through some anxious moments in Parnell Park as they advanced to a Leinster semi-final against Kildare in two weeks time.
Inter-county GAA players and teams have "no excuse" in overlooking the obligations that anti-doping rules pose, the association's anti-doping hearing committee stated in passing its judgement on Kerry footballer Brendan O'Sullivan's positive test for a banned substance which was revealed in a test after the 2016 league final against Dublin.
When Tipperary lost their Munster semi-final to Limerick by two points in 2014, one of the local papers, the 'Tipperary Star,' didn't mince its words in getting down to where they felt some of the problems lay.
There's a striking feature in the full reasoned decision on the case of Kerry footballer Brendan O'Sullivan's positive test for the banned substance Methylhexaneamine (MHA). And that is the list of the supplements he had taken in the 14 days before last year's league final, reflecting the additional consumption of the modern-day inter-county footballer on top of a balanced diet.
Injuries and suspension will leave All-Ireland champions Dublin without a number of frontline players as they launch the defence of their titles against Carlow in Portlaoise on Saturday evening.
Kildare will be without two of their most promising young forwards for their Leinster Championship opener with Laois in Tullamore on Sunday, writes Colm Keys.
Paddy Brophy was somewhere on Perth's City Beach last month when he finally reconciled with himself that his days as an AFL player were over.
For the first time since they blazed a trail across the province in the 1990s, Clare won't have a management link with that storied Ger Loughnane-led team.
Jamie Clarke has returned to inter-county football with a different mindset, a fresh approach and a determination to enjoy the game again.
Mayo captain Cillian O'Connor has admitted it's very difficult for any player to completely block out the spotlight and critical comment that Aidan O'Shea has come under since last year's All-Ireland final.
At the launch of the Leinster Football Championship just over 12 months ago, Jim Gavin questioned the timing of post-match drug-testing in the GAA.
Sean Cavanagh may have three All-Ireland football titles but the current Tyrone squad is "hand on heart much stronger" than any of those he has played with before, he has suggested.
A full judgement on the case that led to Kerry footballer Brendan O'Sullivan being suspended for 21 weeks for an anti-doping violation will emerge over the next 48 hours.
Poke a dog for long enough, reasons Eoin Cadogan, and there is sure to be a reaction, a vicious one at that.
Twelve months on, the same 11-point divide between them. This time, though, the shock and awe of those early Tyrone goals were replaced by a slower, more methodical approach.