Orchard ace Clarke apple of Kerry star Clifford's eye
Hailing from Kerry, minor star David Clifford didn't have to look too far for footballing heroes, but his eye was always taken by someone further afield.
Hailing from Kerry, minor star David Clifford didn't have to look too far for footballing heroes, but his eye was always taken by someone further afield.
Former Mayo manager James Horan believes Tyrone pair Mickey Harte and Seán Cavanagh have an "inflated" view of Dublin after their All-Ireland...
Coming into the role as a selector under Jim Gavin, Declan Darcy knew Dublin had potential.
It's a more straightforward build-up to the All-Ireland final this time around for Ciarán Kilkenny.
In the midst of this golden age for Dublin football, it might be worth rewinding all the way back to the summer of 2008 as a reminder of where they have come from.
For Jim Gavin there's no great mystery as to why Mayo continually fly at Dublin's altitude.
For many it was the decision that opened their eyes to the wealth of talent at the disposal of Dublin manager Jim Gavin.
Early in their Leinster U-21 semi-final against Westmeath in Mullingar back in June and with his side trailing by a point, Kilkenny manager Eddie Brennan let himself think the worst.
If they pull this off, no one can say they didn't deserve it.
Before he joined up with the Kerry U-21 hurlers this season, Barry O'Sullivan reckons he had not played a game of hurling in about four years.
Kilkenny legend Eddie Brennan insists there is "no chance" Brian Cody will step down as manager of the Cats this year.
Tyrone defender Justin McMahon has called time on his inter-county career, writes Donnchadh Boyle.
Former Tyrone hero Seán Cavanagh 'fears' for the teams chasing Dublin and warns their dominance could be such that the "GAA are going to struggle to create spectacles".
Former Dublin footballer Kevin Nolan has revealed he is open to a potential switch that could see him line out for Monaghan in the near future.
Joe McQuillan will take charge of his third All-Ireland SFC final after the GAA confirmed that he will referee Sunday week's Mayo-Dublin showdown.
Waterford manager Derek McGrath will take at least a month to consider his future amidst a groundswell of support for him and his management team to lead the Déise into 2018.
The morning after the night before sees the media descend on the hotels of the respective final teams. It's a long-established tradition at this stage and teams usually oblige with little fuss. The end of the season sees an easing of media policies.
The 38 players involved in yesterday's All-Ireland final treated us to an absorbing epic. Here's how they rated.
The late, great Tony Keady won't be far from Padraic Mannion's mind when he runs out on to Croke Park on Sunday. How could he be?
For obvious reasons the memories of the build-up to the 2008 All-Ireland final have come flooding back to Ken McGrath this week.
There's no big secret to Joe Canning's talents, Galway selector Noel Larkin insists. No hidden trick that they guard closely. There's just a wondrous talent underpinned by a constant desire for hard work.
John Evans has been appointed Wicklow's new manager as football's managerial merry-go-round begins to pick up pace.
So here he stands, on the cusp of a little bit of history. On Sunday, 29 years of waiting will boil down to 70-plus minutes. But you'd never know it from Micheál Donoghue's demeanour.
It's a convenient symmetry for the week that's in it.
Any of the four teams left in the running can win the All-Ireland title, according to Kerry legend Jack O'Shea.
The Kilkenny hurlers have been dealt a blow with the news that star forward Colin Fennelly is set to miss the Cats' entire league campaign.
Football has rarely been straightforward for Mick Fitzsimons.
Every so often Mattie Donnelly will let his mind wander back and think back to where it all began for him.
Dublin veteran David 'Dotsie' O'Callaghan has left the door open on a return to the county's hurling set-up next year.
Dublin chairman Seán Shanley has revealed that plans for a stadium at the Spawell site on the south side of the city have been shelved in favour of a centre of excellence-style development.
Former Dublin hero Alan Brogan has insisted he wouldn't be surprised if Mayo's Aidan O'Shea is detailed to pick up Kerry star Kieran Donaghy once again in Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final replay.
Over the course of his interview in Dublin yesterday, it quickly became clear that Owen Mulligan isn't one for standing on ceremony or sitting on the fence.
Former Tyrone hero Owen Mulligan insists Sean Cavanagh could carry on beyond this season, writes Donnchadh Boyle.
Kerry and Mayo treated us to an enthralling encounter yesterday at GAA headquarters, but who shone brightest in 2-14 apiece draw?
According to Stephen Rochford, no one in the Mayo camp is getting carried away. A 22-point winning margin in an All-Ireland quarter-final might be enough to make other teams giddy. But not Mayo. And not Rochford.
Kilkenny legend Eddie Brennan has hit out at the GAA's "flawed" disciplinary system in the wake of the news that Waterford's Austin Gleeson is clear to play in next month's All-Ireland SHC final.
Kevin McLoughlin looks at Mayo's demolition of Roscommon and near misses against the likes of Derry and Cork and while the results differ greatly, he sees only fine margins.
Galway's players and management were singing from the same hymn sheet when they stated they would prefer to face a fully-loaded Waterford in next month's All-Ireland SHC final.
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney will have to plan for the 2018 season without his most experienced player after Ciarán McKeever announced his retirement from inter-county football.
You may as well familiarise yourself with it now because it could run and run in the build-up to next month's All-Ireland hurling final between Galway and Waterford.
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford has warned of the array of attacking threats Kerry pose ahead of their All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash in Croke Park on Sunday.
Cork selector Pat Hartnett is first into the media room under the Hogan Stand, disappointment etched on his face. Manager Kieran Kingston follows shortly after him but Hartnett has a lot of the house-keeping done at that stage.
"I would have first come across him in 1984 or '85 when he came on to the Galway panel and he played his first game in the championship for Galway in 1985 and sure it was no bother to him at all.
Conor Lehane admits there have been times in the past when he's been left scratching his head wondering where himself and the rest of the Cork hurling panel were going wrong.
Waterford legend Tony Browne is a reluctant visitor to memory lane, but after a bit of coaxing he opens the files.
Former Cork hero Joe Deane was expecting the good times to roll again for the Rebels, but he says he didn't except to see them come so soon.
David Burke's eyes are looking forward, gaze fixed on what is coming into a sharper focus than at any other time in the last 29 years.
Kevin McStay gives it to you straight between the eyes. His Roscommon side had just been dismantled and there's no way he'll try and dress it up as anything other than a hammering.
If Dublin are the question, then Malachy O'Rourke has no idea what the answer is.
After seeing his side get torn apart by Dublin in Croke Park, Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke believes there is an elite group in football pulling away from the rest of the chasing pack.
"They had our heads under the water," Kilkenny hero Richie Power says, recalling the 2012 and 2015 All-Ireland finals with Galway.
Apart from their talent, Carlow star Paul Broderick believes Dublin's physicality is one of their greatest assets.
Waterford legend Tony Browne believes Derek McGrath might have to move away from the sweeper system if it doesn't bring his native county to an All-Ireland final this year.
Former Cork hero Joe Deane believes Galway are in the box-seat as the race for Liam MacCarthy enters the home straight.
Liam McHale wasn't leaving any room for sentiment. He's quick to point out that if Roscommon exit the championship stage next Monday afternoon, he'll join the rest of Mayo in the bunker as they set about finally hauling their team over the line.
There's likely to be close to 200,000 supporters going through the turnstiles of Croke Park next weekend after the replay of the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final between Mayo and Roscommon was last night confirmed for headquarters on Bank Holiday Monday.
The only guarantee with Mayo these days is that their games will not lack drama.
Eamonn Fitzmaurice believes the side that blew Donegal away was the "true" Galway.
Tipperary senior hurling manager Michael Ryan has officially ruled out a return for exiled All-Star corner-back Cathal Barrett before the end of the 2017 championship season, as revealed by the Irish Independent earlier this week.
By the time Saturday's qualifier with Armagh rolls around, Kildare and Daniel Flynn will have had almost a fortnight to deal with the fall-out from their Leinster final defeat to Dublin.
In other years, the stop-start nature of Killian Young's season might have gotten him down.
Carlow star Paul Broderick doesn't agree with the idea of a 'B' championship on the basis that it would prevent his county from playing the top teams in the country.
Waterford's Kevin Moran believes the rule that sees players handed a straight red card for interfering with the headgear of an opponent can be applied too stringently at times.
Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash insists the incident that saw his sliotars taken away during the Munster final didn't affect him.
Cathal Barrett will not be recalled into the Tipperary hurling panel ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final clash with Galway, according to reports from the Premier County.
Davy Fitzgerald insists Wexford are the only side he'll be talking to about his future over the next few weeks.
Over the course of the next few weeks, Davy Fitzgerald will make some key decisions on his future.
Watching Mayo on Saturday evening, it felt like they were two teams playing the same game at the same time as they gave their latest impression of 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.'
Galway and Tipperary will face off in an All-Ireland SHC semi-final for the third year in succession after yesterday morning's draw.
Kerry manager Eamonn Ftizmaurice insists that there were "no hard feelings" after goalkeeper Brendan Kealy stepped away from the panel.
Pete McGrath could be in line to make a shock return to inter-county football management, with a review over the Antrim management ongoing.
It's the week of the All-Ireland quarter-finals but that has nothing to do with why Offaly hurling is in the news.
Despite an increase in heaves against managers in recent years, the GPA does not regard it as a trend with the potential to destabilise relationships between inter-county squads, managements and county boards into the future.
Ciarán Kilkenny will continue to play the game as he sees it, despite some criticism that his play is too lateral on occasion.
It's not long into Dónal óg Cusack's interview when he refers to Clare as 'us'.
GAA president Aogán ó Fearghail insists recent criticism of the GAA's decision to sell TV rights to subscription broadcaster Sky will have no impact on future media rights deals.
Kildare selector Ronan Sweeney insists their emerging young team will learn plenty about what it takes to succeed at the top level after going toe to toe with three-in-a-row chasing All-Ireland champions Dublin in last Sunday's Leinster SFC final.
Looking at the Division One table after the spring, Tyrone's deficiencies were obvious.
Little bits of history were made all around Croke Park yesterday but still there was a very routine feel to it all.
Dublin manager Jim Gavin revealed his unhappiness with the condition of part of the Croke Park pitch after yesterday's Leinster final win over Kildare.
Don't ask Dónal óg Cusack to get into Sliotar-gate. As a Cork man who is part of the Clare backroom team, he finds himself in an awkward position on that one.
Former Armagh star Oisin McConville believes GAA players, managers and teams can be too "sensitive" to analysis from pundits.
If Kildare supporters and players were about to get carried away with themselves after their comprehensive win over Meath, forward Niall Kelly reckons Dublin's performance against Westmeath was the ideal antidote.
Ask Jonny Cooper about only his second championship start against Kildare back in 2013 and he can go into a precise breakdown of what he got wrong early in the match as he conceded a quick-fire 1-1 to his opposite number.
He's on the clock now. If it all goes wrong on Sunday, Sean Cavanagh could be looking at the final fortnight of his Tyrone career. Of course, the plan is to drag the goodbye into September if the football gods decide he gets a shot at his happy ending.
Cian O'Neill has hinted that he will put a more defence-minded team on the pitch in Croke Park in Sunday's Leinster final clash with Dublin.
For Eddie Brennan, some sort of "blip" was inevitable.
It's a worthy idea. That an organisation like the GAA, that depends so much on volunteers to function, would provide the best of what it has to offer for nothing.
Afterwards, Stephen Rochford spoke about relief. Mayo hadn't been anything near their fluid best for long parts of the game, but the job was done and they were in the hat for the draw once more.
Eventually, they came to life. As was the case in Castlebar a week ago, Mayo chose their moment. It wasn't quite as dramatic as seven days earlier when they needed extra-time to see off Derry but there was some of the same sluggishness about them, a feeling that if Clare could find a way, Mayo would go to sleep.
Across a glorious underage career, Podge Collins got used to picking up Munster medals.
It's been a big week for the famous O'Connor clan from the St Martin's club in Wexford.
Dublin's calls to have their All-Ireland SHC qualifier with Tipperary refixed for a neutral venue are set to fall on deaf ears.
A few weeks ago, eir Sport showed a re-run of the 1996 All-Ireland football final replay.
While Dublin chiefs have made their dissatisfaction with being sent to Semple Stadium for Saturday's hurling qualifier with Tipperary clear, defender Cian O'Callaghan wants to concentrate on the on-field action regardless of where the game is played.
Down at their media night in Ferns in the build-up to this Leinster final, Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald didn't sound many notes of concern.
On paper at least, it looked like a decent result. Over St Patrick's weekend in the league, Kerry drew with a Dublin side that had proved an unsolvable puzzle over them for the last couple of years.
Former Westmeath star Dessie Dolan has reiterated his belief that Pat Spillane's TV comments after Diarmuid Connolly's clash with linesman Ciarán Branagan during Dublin's win over Carlow were 'rehearsed'.
Even though his lineage would suggest he had little choice in the matter, Jack O'Connor might have been lost to hurling and Wexford.
In the days after Meath's defeat to Kildare, Mickey Burke got it harder than most.
The AIG Fenway Hurling Classic has been expanded to four teams with Dublin and Galway set to be joined by Clare and Tipperary at Boston's Fenway Park on November 19, the Irish Independent can reveal.
What Jim Gavin did on Sunday is nothing new in the world of sport. Across codes, managers protect their players in almost every circumstance. And regardless of the rights and wrongs of Diarmuid Connolly's case, the Dublin boss was never going to do anything other than back one of his star men to the hilt.
The Leinster final is coming into view and Davy Fitzgerald is more relaxed than you might expect at his media briefing.
Mikey Sheehy's Kerry career spanned 15 seasons and 49 championship games. It also yielded eight All-Ireland medals and a place in the history books, but despite all his success, Cork still managed to leave their mark.
There will be no taking the eye off the ball, Conor McManus insists. Monaghan are expected to account for Down on Saturday night and move into another Ulster final, their fourth in five years. But McManus shakes his head at such an assumption.
Davy Fitzgerald has admitted he 'deserved' a ban that saw him confined to a box at the back of the stand for Wexford's win over Kilkenny, but the Clare native is considering staying in that position for Sunday week's Leinster hurling final.
After last year's Leinster semi-final defeat to Westmeath, Kildare's Ollie Lyons could instantly identify what went wrong.
Cian O'Neill will hardly have a happier video session than this one.
Kildare progressed to their first Leinster SFC final since 2009 after a deserved win over Meath in on a scorching hot evening in Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park in Tullamore.
Footballer of the Year Leeroy Keegan insists he has no fears over whether Mayo have the legs to rebuild their All-Ireland challenge through the back door.
Bernard Brogan tells the story about the build-up to last year's All-Ireland final replay with Mayo.
There's still well over a week before Tipperary will know who they are playing next, plenty of time to kill before they can get back on the horse.
Tom Parsons doesn't have to spend too long sifting through the rubble of last Sunday's Connacht SFC semi-final defeat to Galway to find a chink of light for his Mayo side.