'If I was Jim, I’d be bringing him in' - Why All Star O'Carroll could be the answer to Dublin's league blip
Rory O’Carroll’s timing is either immaculate or unfortunate.
Rory O’Carroll’s timing is either immaculate or unfortunate.
Outwardly Mattie Kenny displayed a coolness that suggested he was the least surprised person in Thurles on Saturday but there was no disguising the significance of Dublin's victory.
A rare victory in Thurles and perhaps a statement of sorts from the Dublin hurlers. They beat Tipperary by a point in a match the home team never led to book a league semi-final with All-...
A rare victory in Semple Stadium and perhaps even a statement of of sorts from the Dublin hurlers...
Rory O’Carroll trained with the Kilmacud Crokes senior hurlers last night after returning from a...
Mattie Kenny was sanguine over the late penalty that almost wrecked his Sunday afternoon in Parnell Park.
HIGH drama in Parnell Park as Dublin absorbed the concession of four Waterford goals and a 78th minute penalty to win their Division 1B by two points.
MAYBE it's just a symptom of human nature that when counties contest such weighty matters so frequently featuring largely the same people, they develop the sort of hostility that Dublin and Mayo have cultivated for one another in recent years.
Jim Gavin will be forced to dig deep into his defensive options for next Saturday’s Division 1 clash with Mayo.
MEATH secured two valuable points in this year’s ultra-competitive Division 2 today, beating Armagh by 2-13 to 0-13 after surviving a second half comeback from Kieran McGeeney’s men.
LITTLE enough Dublin do this year will go under the footballing radar but last night’s low-key League victory over Galway is already neatly filed...
A deplorable night for hurling in Parnell Park, but afterwards, the competing managers appeared comforted by most of what had unfolded in the rain and mud in Donnycarney.
Whatever Mattie Kenny goes on to achieve with Dublin, he is unlikely to recall his first league match as an inter-county manager with any great warmth.
BRIAN Fenton is in line to play for Dublin in their Division 1 league clash with Monaghan in Clones on Sunday.
THE prospect of a third Dublin/Kerry League final in four years is a growing possibility after yesterday’s Division 1 results with Brian Howard admitting another spring meeting of football’s biggest rivals on March 31st would be “a great occasion.”
A day for those who like their hurling physical and low-scoring.
DUBLIN survived a scare amid atrocious conditions in Parnell Park today to beat Laois by 0-13 to 0-11 in the last match of their Division 1B programme.
Dessie Farrell will work with the Dublin senior hurling panel in 2019 in what manager Mattie Kenny described as “a support role” to the squad and management team.
THE prospect of failing to make the League final for the first time in six years was “in the back of everyone’s head,” in the Dublin camp before last Saturday’s victory over Mayo in Croke Park according to Cian O’Sullivan.
ALAN Brogan reckons it would be “unfair” for Dublin to be forced out of the county to play their designated ‘home’ game in this year’s All-Ireland quarter-final group stages.
KEVIN Cassidy has described the tragic death of Gaoth Dobhair team mate Micheál Roarty as a 'sledgehammer' blow to the community.
Some Championship 2019 matches in football and hurling that finish level after extra-time will be decided by penalty shoot-out if a motion from Central Council passes at congress in Wexford this month
It wasn't so much a phoney war in Croke Park on Saturday night but a frozen skirmish.
Little Dublin do this year will go under the footballing radar but last night's low-key league victory over Galway is already neatly filed under that heading.
DUBLIN will be without at least three of their 2018 All Stars for Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 1 opener against Monaghan in Clones (2.0).
KERRY footballer Stephen O’Brien is the latest county player to cast doubt over the future of the proposed hand pass rule.
CILLIAN O’Connor is set to miss at least the first three of Mayo’s Allianz League Division 1 fixtures as he continues his recovery from a knee operation.
New Year. Old gripes.
GALWAY’S hurlers began their competitive 2019 with a win, beating Dublin in a Walsh Cup semi-final today in Parnell Park that appeared to be chugging harmlessly towards an inevitable conclusion before sparking furiously towards a frantic end.
Gary Maguire and Shane Durkin have both called time on their lengthy inter-county hurling careers.
Three wins from three for Mattie Kenny and now a looming date with his native county, Galway, in a Walsh Cup semi-final.
MATTIE Kenny made it three wins from three Walsh Cup matches in Portlaoise today, with his Dublin team beating Laois by 1-18 to 1-16 to set up a meeting with his own county, Galway, in next Sunday’s semi-final.
MATTIE Kenny has challenged his medical personnel and athletic development team to have as many players available to him as possible for the start of Dublin’s 2019 League campaign.
These may be the embryonic stages of the Mattie Kenny regime for Dublin hurling but all the very early indications are positive, even if context is essential.
CONAL KEANEY is part of Mattie Kenny's plans for 2019, the new Dublin manager has revealed.
The Mattie Kenny era for Dublin hurling began with a victory at Netwatch Cullen Park on a night when the rain pelted every corner of the ground and the 100 or so hardy souls who braved the elements to watch the match.
THE Mattie Kenny era for Dublin hurling began in Carlow tonight with a Walsh Cup victory over the home side.
JOHNNY McCaffrey has announced his inter-county retirement from hurling at the age of 31.
JACK McCaffrey admits two interesting things about his voting patterns for the Footballer of the Year award.
High drama in Parnell Park this afternoon.
THE luminous yellow sliotar used in last weekend’s Fenway Hurling Classic is expected to become standarised by the GAA.
PORTLAOISE will play Kilmacud Crokes in the Leinter club SFC semi-final in Parnell Park on Sunday November 24th after ousting defending provincial champions, Moorefield, in Newbridge today.
TUESDAY was not a normal evening in Parnell Park.
BALLYBODEN St. Enda’s advanced to the Leinster club SHC semi-finals tonight in Parnell Park with an extra-time victory in their delayed quarter-final with Clonkill in a match played under the pall of desperate tragedy.
THE organising committees don’t reveal figures but it would have been interesting to learn the voting for tonight’s PwC Footballer of the Year ballot.
THIS was the summer the format of the hurling Championship underwent its most significant structural change yet the end-of-season awards assume a conventional pattern.
If there was a single player symbolic of Ballyboden St Enda's seventh Dublin title, won at the expense of Kilmacud Crokes in Parnell Park yesterday in their replayed final, it was Conal Keaney.
IF there was a single player symbolic of Ballyboden St Enda's seventh county title, won at the expense of Kilmacud Crokes in Parnell Park today in their replayed final, it was Conal Keaney.
DUBLIN’S kingmakers will wait until after the county hurling final on Sunday, October 21 before announcing a new senior hurling manager.
THE GAA are considering making a second major rule change to the kick-out in football in less than a year as part of a five-point plan intended to “enhance the core skills of Gaelic football.”
THE final paragraph of the statement released by the 12 former Mayo footballers and two backroom team members who walked away from the panel reads: “We hope this answers the questions which have been in the public sphere.”
SOMEWHERE between taking the Dublin hurling manager’s job in September last year and his final match in charge in June, Pat Gilroy distilled the team’s many and varied problems into two chief issues.
PAT Gilroy has made the shock decision to step down as Dublin senior hurling manager.
UNLIKE Alexander the Great, who wept when he saw the breadth of his domain and realised he had no worlds left to conquer, Brian Fenton looks like he intends to knock good craic out of trying to do it all again.
CALL him crazy – and plenty have many, many times – but Owen Mulligan has a theory.
THERE’S a familiar rhythm now to these pre All-Ireland weeks in Dublin.
JOHN Kiely wants to put it on the record.
THE Dublin winning machine keeps on rolling.
HOW exactly should we honour the 26 men who finished the 1983 All-Ireland senior football final? Surely tomorrow's first championship rematch between Dublin and Galway merits a pre-game parade of old sparring partners?
EIGHT days previously, Clare’s joint hurling manager Donal Moloney stood in the same spot where Jim Gavin sat on Sunday in the media room under the Hogan Stand in Croke Park, beaming with adulation for Aron Shanagher.
Jim Gavin heaped praise on a “determined, focused” Bernard Brogan after the Dublin star completed a remarkable injury recovery yesterday in Croke Park.
TIPPERARY are on the hunt for a new senior hurling management team after the surprise announcement this evening from Michael Ryan and his selectors that they are stepping down en masse.
For some reason this evening, the public announcement system in Croke Park played the song ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ as Galway and Clare huddled not 10 metres away from each other at half-time in extra-time in their instant-classic All-Ireland semi-final.
MUCH of next week will be spent speculating over which players Jim Gavin will grant precious game time to against Roscommon in a match that has no material significance and falls just six days before their All-Ireland semi-final.
ADD taking them out of Croke Park and reducing the size of the pitch to the growing list of redundant theories about how to beat Dublin.
JIM Gavin faces a major decision about whether to keep faith with the team that beat Donegal in Croke Park last Saturday or shuffle his deck as he prepares to bring his team to Omagh.
THERE were a couple of obvious initial signs that Paddy Quinn hadn’t come the same route as the other 54 players who were asked out in Jim Gavin’s first provisional Dublin panel in October 2012.
JIM Gavin almost inadvertently raised a chuckle from the other occupants of the GAA media centre on Saturday night when he said “we’ve always got a warm welcome when we’ve gone to Omagh”.
In the end, Mickey Harte was left searching for negatives. His team scored 4-24 in the inaugural Super 8 fixture yesterday yet Harte clearly felt it pertinent to douse the flames of expectation somewhat ahead of next Saturday's visit of Dublin to Omagh.
THE reason it's so hard to reconcile this Kildare team as being the same one that lost to Carlow on May 27th is because so most of the areas of improvements they have undergone in the mean time can categorised as intangible.
DONEGAL officials will seek clarity from GAA hierarchy today over the decision to fix two of Dublin’s ‘Super 8’ games for Croke Park, although the meeting is unlikely to force any change in venue.
REGRETS? Ryan O’Dwyer has a couple, though not enough to soil the good times.
DIARMUID Connolly made his return to football in Canton, Massachusetts yesterday for the Donegal Boston club.
JIM Gavin remains coy on Stephen Cluxton's availability for Sunday's Leinster SFC final, although the Dublin manager is adamant that his captain would play if fit.
A CHUNKY part of the fascination surrounding Pat Gilroy’s appointment as Dublin hurling manager surrounded who he could bring into the squad.
FOUR of Dublin's 2018 Allianz League winning panel have opted out for the rest of this season and will spend the summer in the US.
It wasn't just that Offaly had lost their Leinster SHC place that told on Kevin Martin's face when he emerged from the dressing-rooms, writes Conor McKeon.
BY half-time in Portlaoise today, we were rummaging through record books, though they weren't required by the end.
THE first thing about this Sunday, John Evans says, is that he won’t be watching the scoreboard.
THEIR compelling spring form could see both Brian Howard and Colm Basquel earn first Championship starts in Portlaoise next Sunday as Dublin begin their Leinster SFC defence against Wicklow.
Jack McCaffrey has made a timely return to action from the cruciate ligament injury he suffered in last year's All-Ireland final.
DUBLIN came tantalisingly close to beating Kilkenny in Parnell Park today on Pat Gilroy’s first Championship match as manager in the newly-remodelled Leinster SHC.
NOMINATED twice for Footballer of the Year but never scored in an All-Ireland SFC final in five attempts (including 2016 replay) - Ciarán Kilkenny's career has been one of mostly high achievement yet some, albeit very few, boxes remain unticked on his list.
JIM Gavin has not ruled out a potential return to the Dublin squad for Diarmuid Connolly this summer, although he confirmed that the St. Vincent’s man is not currently part of the panel.
FORMER Kerry captain Bryan Sheehan is the latest high-profile football figure to raise the prospect of Dublin being vulnerable this summer having been sated by last September’s third All-Ireland SFC in succession.
DUBLIN'S remarkable consistency in the Jim Gavin was underlined again this afternoon after they claimed a fifth League title in the sixth year of his reign.
Amid the wild celebrations in Portlaoise and nursing a badly injured hamstring, Paul Schutte still managed to be philosophical about Cuala's position on the pantheon of great club hurling teams.
CUALA became just the fifth club to win back-to-back All-Ireland club hurling titles in Portlaoise today with a three point win over Na Piarsaigh in an epic replay that will go down as one of classic finals.
CUALA and Na Piarsaigh played out a breathless draw in today;s All-Ireland club hurling final.
DUBLIN all but made certain of a sixth League final appearance in a row today, trouncing Kerry in Croke Park this afternoon by 2-17 to 0-11.
IT has the makings of a sort of modern GAA joke.
With four rounds of the Allianz League behind us and the promotion/relegation battles heating up. We've chosen the form XV of 2018 so far.
The only significant thing Galway didn't win last year was promotion from Division 1B but the reigning All-Ireland and League champions ensured their chance of doing so next Sunday with a gritty six point win in Parnell Park yesterday.
NEXT Sunday's clash between Galway and Limerick in Salthill will serve as a straight promotion shoot-out after the All-Ireland champions maintained their 100 per cent record in this year's 1B with victory in Parnell Park today while Limerick won in Belfast.
DIARMUID Connolly could be in contention to see his first action of the inter-county season when Dublin travel to Castlebar to play Mayo on Saturday evening (7.0).
Given the array of snags Limerick's seemingly never-ending quest to get out of Division 1B has hit over the past seven years, it was only natural that John Kiely approached Saturday's visit of Dublin to the Gaelic Grounds with extreme caution.
The way Division 1B has taken shape, a winner-takes-promotion clash between Limerick and Galway on March 4 is now probable. Mired endlessly in the distinctly less glamorous second rung of league hurling, no team possesses as urgent a spring aspiration for 2018 as John Kiely's men.
THE way this Division 1B competition has taken shape, a winner-takes-promotion clash between Limerick and Galway on March 4th is now probable.
If only the great teams go back-to-back then, by definition, Cuala are now only five weeks shy of a crack at greatness.
Cuala could add their names to a select group of club hurling teams on St Patrick's Day after battling to this semi-final victory over Liam Mellows in Thurles yesterday.
CUALA have a chance to win back-to-back All-Irelands after a 1-17 to 0-10 victory over Liam Mellows in Thurles tonight, featuring another tour de force from Con O'Callaghan.
Afterwards, Mickey Harte was adamant.
It may only have been the first Saturday in February but Dublin produced another demonstration of their pre-eminence in Omagh last night. The scoreline in their victory over Mickey Harte's team was decent short-hand for how it went.
IT may only have been the first Saturday in February but Dublin produced another demonstration of their pre-eminence in Omagh tonight.
OFFALY ensured Kevin Martin’s maiden League game as manager was a happy occasion, winning a first League game in Croke Park since 1991 by beating Dublin by 2-25 to 1-15.
On the eve of the beginning of the Allianz National Football League, we look at four players who could take off over the coming months.
DAVY Fitzgerald and Brian Cody will face off early this year, with Wexford qualifying for next Sunday’s Walsh Cup final by virtue of a 1-20 to 0-16 win over Dublin in Parnell Park.
JOEY Boland has become the latest ‘former’ Dublin hurler to rejoin the county squad this week as Pat Gilroy continues to experiment with both old and new recruits in these early passages of his reign.
Given Tipperary had trimmed them by 17 points just 24 hours previously, Dublin's start to yesterday's Bord na Mona Walsh Cup clash with Antrim in Parnell Park didn't bode well.
DUBLIN are through to the semi-finals of this year’s Walsh Cup with a 4-16 to 0-17 win over Antrim in Parnell Park today.
OPINION as to their ranking was was varied.
The bad news for those who were put out by Dublin’s winning of last year’s O’Byrne Cup with a relative scratch team is that Paul Clarke has named a squad of at least equal quality for the first game of this year’s campaign against Offaly in Parnell Park tonight (8.0).
A sensational late comeback saw Moorefield crowned Leinster club football champions today in Portlaoise.
1. Pre-match meal? I tend to like any pre-match meals on the away trips as the food is always specially selected for our needs and more importantly is always cooked for us! Anything to get out of the kitchen.