Comment: Hurling has too many strong teams for one county to create a new dynasty
Two hours after Sunday's All-Ireland hurling final had ended, Jones Road was still full with hordes of Limerick supporters who, like their manager...
Two hours after Sunday's All-Ireland hurling final had ended, Jones Road was still full with hordes of Limerick supporters who, like their manager...
Tyrone players will remain out of reach to RTE before and after the All-Ireland football final, with manager Mickey Harte outlining that recent...
Joe Canning stood motionless as pockets of green erupted in joy all around him, the drawbridge on 45 years of anguish finally lifting.
Ciarán Carey met his Patrickswell club colleague Aaron Gillane in the days after Limerick's All-...
Limerick hurling legend Ciarán Carey has hailed what he feels is the county's best squad and believes they have been more "convincing" in their journey to Sunday's All-Ireland final than...
Galway are confident that they will have Cillian McDaid back with them for the 2019 football season as he prepares to cut ties with AFL side Carlton.
Before he was a very good Tyrone footballer, Padraig Hampsey was a very good boxer, good enough to win two Ulster underage titles and contest a national final.
Jim Gavin regularly gives a nod to Dublin's storied past, particularly the team of the Seventies, by suggesting his own players were merely 'standing on the shoulders of giants,' by comparison.
Almost an hour had passed since the end but still there were knots of Monaghan players and management by the side of the Croke Park pitch in quiet conversation, like mourners lingering in quiet discussion outside the house where a funeral is taking place.
When Damien Comer met Mayo's Diarmuid O'Connor with a thundering shoulder, knocking Mayo's then Young Footballer of the Year backwards and to the floor before turning over possession in injury-time during Galway's 2017 Connacht semi-final triumph in Salthill, it was a moment that really illustrated the team's development under Kevin Walsh.
Cavan will begin the process of finding a successor to Mattie McGleenan this week with former Armagh footballer Aidan O'Rourke and two former Cavan players, Peter Reilly and Mickey Graham, among the early front-runners.
The inaugural All-Ireland quarter-final series has thrown up a direct parallel to the Allianz League with the top four Division 1 teams contesting the All-Ireland semi-finals next weekend, underlining...
At the end the Tyrone supporters massed in a packed MacCumhaill Park broke the cordon and swelled onto the field to acclaim their team.
Tyrone produced a storming finish in Omagh that came up short over two weeks ago against Dublin. This time however, a big final quarter push was...
Playing smarter on Johnny Glynn should be one of Clare's priorities for Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final replay with Galway, their 2013 All-Ireland-winning captain Pat Donnellan has cautioned.
It was a sublime moment that renowned US magazine 'Sports Illustrated' described as "jaw-dropping" when it invited its readers to appreciate the game of hurling as Cork were prevented from returning to an All-Ireland final for the first time in five years.
The GAA president John Horan used the platform of his inauguration speech last February to set his sights on the concept of development squads within the Association, citing an elitism that wasn't healthy, he felt, at such a young age.
Jack O'Connor is edging closer to his third term in charge of Kerry footballers, with the county board aiming to have Eamonn Fitzmaurice's successor in place by October 8.
Gearoid McInerney is poised to return to the Galway hurling team for Sunday's All-Ireland final.
Stephen Rochford looks set to stay on as Mayo football manager for at least another year.
An oft-used quotation scripted to provide inspiration to individuals or groups on a journey hangs on the wall in the Monaghan GAA gym in their Cloghan-based training centre.
Optimism around Galway football has receded after last weekend's double-scores defeat to Monaghan but former Tribe midfielder Brian Talty expects a restoration of the "intense, physical approach," that has defined the Tribesmen so often this season, for Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin.
Kerry GAA chairman Tim Murphy has stressed the importance of taking time over the appointment of the next senior football manager in an effort to get it right.
The first All-Ireland quarter-final series has been a hit for some and a miss for others, but with pitch invasions to acclaim winners in Salthill and Ballybofey over the weekend, and Newbridge two weeks earlier when Galway booked their place, reaching an All-Ireland semi-final the hard way felt like an even more rewarding experience. We look at some of the issues that arose over the last month.
Mickey Harte gave a remarkable insight into his strategy after his Tyrone team advanced to the All-Ireland semi-finals at Donegal's expense on Sunday when discussing the impact of his bench.
Michael Ryan has stepped down as manager of the Tipperary senior hurling team, ending a long association as both player and manager with the Premier County.
When Dublin beat Tyrone in the 1995 All-Ireland final, the Ulster champions' list of scorers featured just two names accounting for their 12 points.
The 'element of surprise' from Clare's deployment of a sweeper midway through the first half of Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final that finished level after extra-time has passed and that makes a similar tactic risky for the replay, former Banner manager Ger 'Sparrow' O'Loughlin has warned.
A defiant Mickey Harte has refused to clarify his post-match comments after Sky Sports insisted they had not requested that the Omagh pitch be reduced in size to accommodate additional equipment required to televise Tyrone's recent All-Ireland 'Super 8s' clash with Dublin.
Joe Canning is on course to recover from the knee injury that sidelined him from the concluding stages of Saturday's drawn All-Ireland semi-final with Clare.
The 10,000 or so empty seats around Croke Park on Sunday brought to mind a story told about a rural club team making a breakthrough to win an intermediate football championship ending up in the courts.
Galway football manager Kevin Walsh has called for greater protection for his full-forward Damien Comer as the All-Ireland quarter-final series reaches a conclusion this weekend.
There are many moments from an enthralling, breathtaking weekend of hurling, from Peter Duggan's equalising point on Saturday to Nickie Quaid's inch-perfect dispossession of Seamus Harnedy a day later just as he was about to pull the trigger, that will frame these All-Ireland semi-finals for a long, long time.
THE GAA is edging closer to hosting the Liam Miller benefit match in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, as the Central Council has been put on notice of a potential meeting tomorrow to vote on the issue.
Interest in the second All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Cork and Limerick on Sunday continues to soar with estimates of a crowd close to 75,000, based on ticket sales up to yesterday.
When Limerick lost to Clare by 11 points in their final Munster Championship round-robin game in Ennis, denying them a place in the Munster final, the temptation for John Kiely could have been to twist instead of stick.
Longford are searching for a new football manager after Denis Connerton brought his three-year term to an end last night.
Galway have fallen short of the standards they have set themselves despite retaining a Leinster title, their midfielder Johnny Coen has admitted.
Kevin McStay has accepted a proposed three-month suspension handed down to him by the Central Competition Controls Committee after an incident involving linesman Niall Cullen at half-time in Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal.
Conor McManus' credentials as one of the outstanding forwards of his generation have been well proven before Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-final in Clones but he delivered a timely reminder with one of the great attacking displays that ultimately fell short with Kerry's late escape.
Roscommon football manager Kevin McStay is facing a possible three-month suspension for his confrontation with linesman Niall Cullen in Saturday's All-Ireland football quarter-final against Donegal.
An All-Ireland hurling semi-final involving Cork is heading for a 70,000-plus crowd for the second successive year.
The future of Kerry football is in safe hands. In the maelstrom and chaos of Clones, with the Kingdom's championship existence in 2018 on the line, that much became apparent.
Sky Sports have flatly denied Tyrone manager Mickey Harte's claim that they requested that the pitch in Healy Park in Omagh be narrowed to accommodate extra equipment.
When Monaghan agonisingly lost to Kerry in the 2007 All-Ireland quarter-final, their manager Seamus McEnaney graphically described it as like his 'heart being ripped out without an anaesthetic.'
After their fourth-round qualifier defeat to Clare two years ago then joint Roscommon manager Kevin McStay was typically forthright and honest in his appraisal of where the team was and where they had to go.
Theory and practice collided yesterday and, almost inevitably, theory was left blackened and bedraggled.
The GAA's "terrible" decision to refuse permission for a charity match to be played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh has prompted renewed calls to rewrite the rules regarding use of the Association's grounds.
In the early part of 2016, Kevin McManamon made a solemn declaration of intent about the direction his inter-county career needed to take.
The Club Players Association has stepped up its calls for a fixtures forum as it bolsters its national executive with the addition of businesswomen Joan Kehoe.
Tyrone supremo Mickey Harte has admitted that Saturday's clash with Dublin will be the "acid-test" of how much his team have progressed.
Cork's Colm O'Neill has retired from inter-county football, citing a knee injury as the main reason for his decision.
The comments of Kerry legend and current senior selector Mike Sheehy earlier this year about the reaction of elements of the county's support in the wake of their All-Ireland semi-final replay defeat to Mayo provoked a strong reaction.
When Davy Fitzgerald points his car down the driveway of his Sixmilebridge home for Wexford three to four times each week, the prospect of a 430km round trip across the country can't be all that appetising.
Roscommon are to seek a hearing on David Murray's behalf as he faces a one-match suspension after receiving his third black card of the season in the closing stages of Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final series opening match against Tyrone.
Liam Kearns has committed to a fourth year in charge of the Tipperary footballers.
When pressed on home advantage last Saturday evening after his side's double-scores win over Roscommon in the first of the All-Ireland quarter-final series games, Mickey Harte was a little dismissive of Omagh's potential for an ambush.
Davy Fitzgerald is weighing up his future with Wexford with no firm commitment to continue on for a third year.
The last time Galway beat Kerry in a Championship match the TV coverage was still being transmitted in black and white.
Kevin McStay conducted much of his post-match media interview in darkness as the lights went out prematurely in the GAA museum auditorium on Saturday.
Roscommon's wait for their first championship win in Croke Park since 1980 goes on. On this evidence, there'll be a more pain involved before that record is set straight with a game against Dublin to come in three weeks time.
The 2011 St Jarlath's senior football team that agonisingly lost to St Colman's Newry in the Hogan Cup final at Croke Park had a stellar feel to it, given the journey some of those players have taken since.
GAA president John Horan has said the association will address all matters relating to scheduling of championship matches that have arisen in recent weeks.
Darren Hughes feels Monaghan have moved away from any perception that they are a "one-man team" as they look forward to a fifth All-Ireland quarter-final in six years.
Mick Fitzsimons can look back on it with some clarity but if he hadn't got that break to start the 2016 All-Ireland football final replay against Mayo, he wonders now where his Dublin career might be.
The Galway football manager Kevin Walsh delivered an eye-catching statistic on the cusp of the 2016 championship when he revealed that some 52 players had declined an invitation either to join the county football squad or left at some stage in his opening two-and-a-half years.
For the second time in 24 hours a team in white took the first half of an All-Ireland fourth-round qualifier in Navan by storm. And for the second time in 24 hours that team was left with nagging little doubts after failing to kill off the game in the manner that they should have.
Had Fermanagh manager Rory Gallagher been offered a closing tally of 18 points before Saturday's match in Navan he might have thought long and hard about accepting on the basis that their defensive parsimony could see them through.
A strong first-half display laid the foundations for Monaghan's advance to All-Ireland quarter-finals for the sixth time but they'll be disappointed at the manner in which they faded as Laois, buoyed by a shot-stopping masterclass from Graham Brody once again, pushed them hard after the break.
The GAA's Congress in 2019 is likely to consider a motion that prevents any team from playing two Croke Park games in any future All-Ireland football quarter-final series.
Can it get any bigger for Kildare football after last weekend? On the face of it, no, not in the public eye anyway.
Ripples of excitement were still pulsing through the 34,432 crowd who had just witnessed a classic All-Ireland hurling semi-final draw between Kilkenny and Waterford in Croke Park almost two years ago when the TV picture shifted to the camera at the confluence of the two passageways that lead to the dressing-rooms beneath the Hogan Stand.
Waterford GAA are preparing a statement to refute some of the allegations made by former Government Minister Martin Cullen in relation to the development of a stadium at the Waterford IT sports campus in Carriganore.
He could have brushed it off as 'just another game' and dressed it down in the hope that some stealth would ease pressure. But that wouldn't be Kevin McStay's style. Nor would it have been even plausible.
Another venue row is brewing after Donegal confirmed their intention to seek a meeting with the GAA over the decision to fix their All-Ireland quarter-final with Dublin in Croke Park.
Counties will be entitled to host All-Ireland quarter-finals at their home venues without any of the health and safety and capacity issues that kept last weekend's Kildare/Mayo qualifier game out of Newbridge for two days before the GAA relented and cleared the game for St Conleth's Park.
A second Leinster hurling final replay would have to return to Thurles and would cause serious fixture disruption because of the tightness of the new schedules.
With the exception of Galway in 2011, every other All-Ireland U-21 hurling title in this decade has gone to four of the five Munster counties.
The feedback from counties, according to the Central Fixture Analysis Committee (CFAC), has been "generally positive" towards April as a 'club month', a report to Central Council has stated.
John Meyler has been a familiar figure at cross-channel soccer games and even training sessions involving son David during his time with Sunderland and Hull City.
Some 40 minutes after the conclusion to this Munster hurling final, John Meyler met his captain Seamus Harnedy in the passage way to their Thurles dressing room beneath the Kinnane Stand.
After a first Munster championship win over Tipperary in Thurles for 90 years, stories of unbridled celebration made their way to the Clare dressing-room.
Slowly, but very definitely in the last two seasons, Clare's 2013 All-Ireland winning team has fragmented to the point where joint-manager Donal Moloney can categorically state that it is "no longer".
Kildare GAA have conveyed their "regret" to supporters who will not be able to get tickets for tomorrow night's third-round qualifier against Mayo in Newbridge.
In Boston's Logan Airport last November one of Clare's joint-managers, Gerry O'Connor, got chatting to John Conlon, the county's influential forward, about the few days they had just spent together for the Super 11 hurling competition, or Fenway Classic as it is known.
Kildare and the GAA remain deadlocked over the venue for the county's qualifier with Mayo on Saturday night as neither side backed down from the entrenched positions they took on Monday.
Venue stand-off gives rise to lose-lose scenario
Kildare are on a collision course with Croke Park after their insistence last night that they will not be playing their third-round qualifier against Mayo anywhere else but their home venue in Newbridge, St Conleth's Park.
Donegal's reward for the most convincing Ulster title success, as far as attacking statistics are concerned? The hardest possible route to an All-Ireland semi-final there is.
Like many dual counties, the divide between east and west or any combination of the four cardinal points usually mirrors a divide between hurling and football.
Just as well that the action got going in the Marquee on the other side of the City End terrace in Páirc Uí Chaoimh when it did.
When Luke Connolly landed a point for Cork from an awkward angle out near the South Stand sideline in Pairc Ui Chaoimh after 10 minutes of this Munster football final, Cork had the appearance of a resurgent side enjoying their championship return to the revamped stadium before a large sun-drenched crowd.
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 around his bigger companion was instinctively that of a great predator.
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.
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.
They're just catching their breath again in Cork after an exhilarating ride through the inaugural Munster round robin hurling championship.
A first Munster football championship match in Páirc Uí Chaoimh may not even reach half capacity, former Cork footballer Joe Kavanagh has suggested.
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.
Confirmation has come that Clare will seek a hearing for David Reidy after his sending-off in Sunday's Munster SHC clash in Ennis.
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.
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.
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.
Kerry football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice insists they are "prudent" with the money they spend on their inter-county teams.
Roscommon are confident safety issues jeopardising a potential Connacht final with Galway in Dr Hyde Park can be addressed over the next three weeks.
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.
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 Carlow.
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.