Armagh seek 11th-hour reprieve for nine U-20s
Armagh are preparing to go to the wire this weekend in a bid to clear nine suspended players to take part in Sunday's Ulster U-20 final against Derry, a curtain-raiser to the senior final.
Armagh are preparing to go to the wire this weekend in a bid to clear nine suspended players to take part in Sunday's Ulster U-20 final against Derry, a curtain-raiser to the senior final.
Paul Murphy believes Kerry have been defending better and have addressed the issue of conceding too many close-range frees to opponents.
As the ball soared high, spinning off David Moran's right boot from the Hogan Stand sideline and Kieran Donaghy spread himself wide in preparation to receive, James O'Donoghue's darting run in...
Fermanagh may be the only county without an Ulster football title but four times in this decade the county's fingerprints were traceable on the Anglo-Celt Cup.
A first Munster football championship match in Páirc Uí Chaoimh may not even reach half capacity,...
He's won five All-Ireland medals, he has four All Stars and he's a former Footballer of the Year, but give Bernard Brogan one more competitive second in a Dublin jersey and he'll cherish it more than anything that has gone before him.
Lee Keegan has expressed concern about the prospect of sustaining another concussion and how it could, potentially, shape his future in the game.
Kerry need as many championship matches to road test a new squad as they can get and if that means not winning a Munster title then Kerry legend Jack O'Shea would be comfortable with that.
Cian Lynch has found a better balance to his hurling on the field, resisting the impulsive surges of the early part of his career for a more grounded game around midfield.
Whatever winds are out there in hurling, they are all blowing hard against Waterford.
A spiral of defeat can be very difficult to break out of but Kildare captain Eoin Doyle insists 11 games without a win has not broken the spirit of his squad ahead of Sunday's Leinster SFC opener against...
The scale of their All-Ireland quarter-final replay defeat to Mayo last August had little impact on Roscommon, according to selector Ger Dowd.
Cork's All-Ireland hopes have suffered a blow with the news that Alan Cadogan will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
Hurling's top forwards will need more protection from linesmen and umpires who have a better view of what's going on if the trend of dedicated man-marking becomes more common, Kilkenny's 10-...
Participation in a league final may be bad for Tipperary's early championship health if recent results are anything to gauge by.
They're just catching their breath again in Cork after an exhilarating ride through the inaugural Munster round robin hurling championship.
Confirmation has come that Clare will seek a hearing for David Reidy after his sending-off in Sunday's Munster SHC clash in Ennis.
It remains one of the great anomalies that a process which set out to rebalance the chasm between club and inter-county space ended up with a 23pc increase in the number of inter-county games between senior and U-21 hurling/U-20 football levels.
A game eventually broke out in the second half of this Connacht final in Dr Hyde Park. When it did it was Galway who thrived sufficiently to land a 46th Connacht title, taking them to within one of Mayo on the western roll of honour.
Kerry look set to give Championship debuts to five players against Clare in Killarney this weekend but one of those who has left in the last year has cautioned against ditching too much experience.
Cork have breathed a sigh of relief with news that Colm O'Neill sustained cartilage damage to a knee in Saturday's Munster football semi-final and not a dreaded fourth cruciate ligament tear.
Roscommon are confident safety issues jeopardising a potential Connacht final with Galway in Dr Hyde Park can be addressed over the next three weeks.
Kerry football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice insists they are "prudent" with the money they spend on their inter-county teams.
At the end of 2014 an ambitious player development plan, entitled "20/20 Vision for Longford" was rolled out in an attempt to improve standards in the county in future years.
With landmines detonating across the province over the weekend it was, unsurprisingly, left to Dublin to steer the steadiest path as they made their championship bow against Wicklow in O'Moore Park.
The GAA are right to have a firm stance and avoid changing Saturday night's three championship fixtures despite a clash with the Champions League final, according to former Down star Marty Clarke.
Ciarán Whelan can't see the same vulnerability that others, notably the Tyrone manager Mickey Harte, have identified in All-Ireland champions Dublin as they begin their quest for a fourth successive All-Ireland title this weekend against Wicklow in Portlaoise.
Conor Lehane admitted to being "rattled" in the immediate aftermath of the collision that left his team-mate Robbie O'Flynn hospitalised after Cork's first Munster hurling championship round robin match on Sunday.
The number of games being televised live in the 2018 GAA championships will remain at 45 but will be "under review" prior to next year.
Football heavyweights Mayo and Tyrone will be among the 16 teams who will know their fate when the first qualifier draw of the 2018 championship takes place next Monday.
Last April, when Tom Ryan conducted his first media interviews since his appointment as the GAA's new director-general, he indicated that there would be no change to the 'nuts and bolts' of the existing TV arrangement.
In hurling's brave new world, the tendency for a manager these weeks will be to look forward more than any glance into the rear view mirror at what has just happened.
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 scale of the commercial divide in inter-county GAA is revealed in a special report by the Irish Independent today.
Every winter there's a familiar refrain from the podium at county GAA conventions around the country when a treasurer stands up to give his annual financial overview. Put simply, they're running to stand still to keep up with the cost of servicing inter-county teams.
When Wicklow roll into O'Moore Park in Portlaoise tomorrow week to play Dublin in a Leinster quarter-final - a match their manager John Evans has already compared the killing of a fly with a sledgehammer, the gulf in financing the counties will be just as great
Westmeath football has been rocked by James Dolan's decision to withdraw from their championship squad as he opts to go to the USA for the summer instead.
Clare's double All-Ireland-winning captain Anthony Daly admits it's "incredulous" to think that it will be five years this summer since the county's hurling team last played in Croke Park.
The rising tide of Galway GAA has been reflected in a five-year extension of their sponsorship arrangement with fast-food giant Supermac's which could be worth up to €2m to the county over that period.
When Paul O'Kelly was ushered out the door as Offaly football manager after just one year in charge in 2003, it drew a furious reaction from long-serving defender Finbar Cullen who promptly announced his retirement from the inter-county game as a result of the actions of the review committee who had recommended his removal.
Offaly County Board has removed Stephen Wallace as their senior football manager with immediate effect.
The name above the door gives the strongest clue as to Conor McDonald's preference for placement on the field.
Monaghan can deliver a third Ulster title in six years and deny "one-dimensional" Tyrone their first ever three-in-a-row in the province, former Armagh footballer Oisín McConville believes.
Two years ago the Armagh football manager Kieran McGeeney provided a convenient stick for his critics to beat him with after an eight-point defeat against Cavan in an Ulster Championship quarter-final with the selection of Paul Courtney as his goalkeeper.
Tom Parsons has undergone extensive tests and imaging to establish the extent of the damage to his knee, an injury that was confirmed as a dislocation after Mayo's Connacht quarter-final defeat to Galway on Sunday.
If it was a crime scene, investigators wouldn't have spent much time getting to the bottom of who committed it.
Donegal have safely negotiated Ulster's preliminary football championship round with a comprehensive win over a disappointing Cavan side.
It's difficult to estimate what the loss of a player like Brendan Murphy is to a county like Carlow, not just in terms of physical presence but in optics too.
While researching potential honeymoon destinations with his fiancée Fiona, who he marries in October, a thought struck Seán Armstrong that reflected how much he had re-immersed himself back into inter-county football.
The last Cavan manager to engineer an Ulster football championship win over Donegal will have quite a stake-holding in Sunday's preliminary round but, 21 years on, Martin McHugh's allegiance will be firmly with the home side in Ballybofey.
John Sugrue commands a "mutual respect" and is bringing cohesion to the Laois football effort, one of their most experienced players, John O'Loughlin has revealed.
Roscommon football manager Kevin McStay has urged the GAA to pay the travel and catering bills of every competing county to create a more level financial playing field.
Head-high tackles in football and hurling and contributions to a melee are two areas inter-county referees have been asked to step up vigilance on as the championship moves up a gear this weekend.
Inter-county referees are being urged to issue red cards in this year's football and hurling championships for head-high tackles.
David Clarke is enjoying quite an Indian summer to his Mayo football career. After overcoming a serious hamstring injury in 2013 and losing his place to injury again in 2015, he has returned to win back-to-back All-Stars in the last two years, polling just ahead of Stephen Cluxton on both occasions.
When Joe Canning was growing up, the only individual accolade he craved was family supremacy, to be the best in the Canning household.
Whether it's his own Wicklow team or Offaly, their opponents in the Leinster SFC first round on Sunday, John Evans reckons they'll be "like a fly being killed by a sledge" when they meet Dublin in a quarter-final two weeks later.
Rising Offaly star Cian Johnson has expressed his frustration at not being able to line out for his county's senior team in Sunday's Leinster SFC opener against Wicklow because of an internal rule that commits him to the U-20 competition instead.
The new year was only a few days old when a new name went up in lights on a cold Wednesday night in Parnell Park.
Anthony Cunningham might have been forgiven for wondering what he had let himself in for when Offaly came to Croke Park for the first round of this year's NHL Division 1B and routed Dublin by 13 points.
There are countless reasons why it's so important for Mayo to end their losing sequence against Galway this weekend that now stretches to four games across three different competitions.
The Dublin football squad spent the weekend in northern France where they visited historic World War I sites connected to the Battle of the Somme.
Colm Cooper has said he would be "amazed" if Bernard Brogan sees any game time with Dublin this year and feels injuries to key players have presented "a chink of light" to the rest.
Cathal Corey was 51 on Monday last. He's been involved in the management of a stellar list of Ulster club teams for the last 25 years, positions that had him mixing up with some of the province's coaching elite.
If the Leitrim footballers need any reminding about the pitfalls of an early-season trip to New York for what has been traditionally the championship's opening game, one of the current selectors, Seamus Quinn, can provide first-hand experience to them this weekend.
John Evans has not ruled out playing a future role in a Kerry management team if the opportunity ever rose.
The worst-kept secret in Gaelic football was confirmed yesterday as Dublin football boss Jim Gavin admitted that Diarmuid Connolly is out of their championship plans.
The Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid could prompt two sports organisations to change the time of their own big fixtures falling on Saturday, May 26 to avoid a clash, it has emerged.
Kevin Walsh has expressed satisfaction that his emerging Galway team have stood up to a series of stern physical examinations during their first Allianz Division 1 league campaign for seven years, something he feels will stand to them as the season progresses.
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford has ruled out a return for Lee Keegan ahead of schedule for next week's much-anticipated Connacht quarter-final with Galway.
Former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran has hit out at the timing of the new U-20 football competition and has suggested the GAA is just "ticking a box" with the way it is being run.
The lid has been on the coffin of the dual inter-county player for some time now but a much more compressed county schedule should have finally closed it this year.
Johnny Glynn will be able to devote full commitment to Galway hurlers this summer after getting clearance from his New York employers to return home for the duration of the county's championship hurling campaign.
Another county is in probable breach of the ban on training camps as it emerged that the Wexford hurlers have also set up in Portugal for the week.
Richie Hogan is back training but there was a guarded prognosis about his full recovery from manager Brian Cody as he continues to manage a back injury that has kept him out of the league and restricted his performance in 2017.
Mark Schutte's expected return to the Dublin hurling squad hasn't materialised as the back-to-back All-Ireland club hurling winner has committed to the footballers for another year while Colm Cronin is going to Africa as part of his medical studies, coach Anthony Cunningham confirmed at yesterday's Leinster hurling championship launch at McKee Army Barracks in Dublin's Phoenix Park.
Paul Mannion is aiming to build on a "personal best" season for him in 2017 as he continues to benefit from a stronger physique that allows him to compete much more aggressively to lay a platform for his dazzling array of skills.
Eoin Cadogan has booked three Mondays off to coincide with the Cork hurlers' involvement in a revamped Munster Hurling Championship in May and June.
Carlow footballers have been hit with a hammer blow ahead of their championship campaign with Brendan Murphy's decision to go to the US for the summer.
More than one out of every three footballers that played some part in a competitive game for their county in 2017 did not resurface for the 2018 Allianz Football League.
Two out of every three respondents to a survey by the Club Players Association (CPA) believe they should "escalate the situation and go a different route".
Tom Ryan’s tone was measured, his words were carefully chosen and his points were well made.
New GAA director-general Tom Ryan has said he is more concerned with how money is spent than how it is raised as he rejected any suggestion that the GAA is too commercialised.
Ulster GAA will make a notable change to their provincial Championship format for 2020, with a subsequent two-year exemption from the preliminary round for teams who contest it.
The Club Players Association (CPA) has asked its members if they want an "escalation" in action to pursue the association's aims.
Lee Chin was browsing through Facebook last week when he came across a video promotion of the weekend's Allianz Hurling League final between Kilkenny and Tipperary.
A five-year £1m (€1.15m) plan to strengthen and promote Gaelic games across Belfast has been unveiled.
It was inevitable that kinks would surface with the rolling out of a new inter-county fixtures programme as more games are packed into a much tighter time frame in an attempt, ultimately, to create more space for club games.
Barry Kelly won't referee in this year's hurling championship, the GAA have confirmed.
Tipperary football manager Liam Kearns has hit out at what he feels is the "compromising of the integrity of the Munster Football Championship" after the provincial body fixed them to potentially play on back-to-back weekends because of clashes with hurling championship.
Lee Chin pauses to think about when he last held down what could be considered permanent employment.
As a burgeoning underage star with Dublin, Ciarán Kilkenny was regularly planted in full-forward lines by respective managers Dessie Farrell and Jim Gavin when his brand of power and dynamism were put to good effect.
Cody's most significant success?
Kilkenny are League champions once again and it's Cody's Cats who dominate our hurling team of the year.
They gathered beneath the presentation platform on Nowlan Park's Walsh Stand, numbers swelling quickly to a point where it was comfortably in the small thousands.
The challenge of converting a kick from 45 metres has prompted the GAA to cut the minimum distance from which frees must be taken in the free-kick competitions now being used so that certain matches are completed 'on the day.'
A significant overhaul in how games development operates in the GAA is proposed in a report by former Irish Institute of Sport director Gary Keegan which was presented to the most recent Central Council meeting.
They had a lunch appointment later in the day but Danny Sutcliffe wasn't expecting an immediate answer from Mark Schutte as to whether he would become a Dublin hurler again after spending a year away with the footballers in 2017.
Cynical play aimed at disrupting kick-outs in the closing stages of tight games should be punished by allowing the team in possession to restart from the halfway line, Mayo footballer Andy Moran has proposed.
For Dublin it was a fifth Allianz NFL title in six years but for the likes of Galway and Monaghan it was a campaign full of progress and that is reflected in our Division 1 Team of the League.
The Dublin team that finished Sunday's Allianz Division 1 football league final against Galway on Sunday is worth closer inspection.
In the early minutes of the 2009 Allianz hurling league final in Thurles, a few incidents set the tone, not just for what was to happen in the following 90 minutes, but for the decade that has followed.
Outfought, outplayed, out-thought.
Three minutes after the restart at Innovate Wexford Park yesterday there was a spike in voltage among the home support in the 16,452 crowd, when Conor McDonald grabbed Matthew O'Hanlon's delivery, held off Padraig Walsh and smashed home a second goal from close range to reduce the deficit to three.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The preferred option for a home for Louth GAA is a green field site after attempts to redevelop the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda were brought to a close this week.
Damien Quigley has seen something in a Limerick hurling team this spring that he wouldn't normally identify with teams past.
Waterford football manager Tom McGlinchey has stepped up his challenge to the decision by the GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee to shelve the remaining three Allianz Division 4 league games by insisting that the solutions they had found would not have impacted on club fixtures.
Following a chorus of criticism from several managers, the GPA has added its voice to the growing anger over the cancellation of National League fixtures.
Last November, at a media event to promote his club Claregalway's involvement in the Connacht intermediate club final, Danny Cummins teed up the type of Allianz Division 1 campaign Galway could expect in the months that followed.
Kildare football manager Cian O'Neill has denied that a disciplinary issue flared up on their weekend trip to Kerry for their sixth round league match in Tralee, a result that ultimately condemned them to Division 2 of next year's Allianz Football League.
Their ultimate saviour Kevin McLoughlin may have been allowed a generous helping of steps before he pulled the trigger in spectacular fashion, some of his colleagues may have been cynical enough to cause sufficient disruption to delay the kick-out and break any potential momentum for Donegal to scramble a winner but, as a means to an end, their stirring finish in Ballybofey has sufficiently changed the mood music for Mayo football for the next seven weeks.
The GAA's decision to declare the outstanding Allianz Division 4 football league games 'null and void' has prompted an angry reaction from some of the managers most directly affected.
Daring rescue acts and edge-of-the-seat entertainment have become so synonymous with this Mayo football team but they took it to another level in Ballybofey yesterday with their 21-year record of Allianz Division 1 football on the line.
Just as he had done in Omagh last year when he kicked a winner to preserve Mayo's long record of Allianz Division One football, Kevin McLoughlin's equaliser in Ballybofey at the death has ensured that Mayo will play in the top-flight for a 22nd consecutive year.