Cora was the greatest - Browne
Ladies football will never see a player as good as Cora Staunton again, according to her former manager Frank Browne.
Ladies football will never see a player as good as Cora Staunton again, according to her former manager Frank Browne.
One of Cora Staunton's former managers insists that ladies football will "never see as good as her again" after the Mayo star confirmed he retirement from the inter-county game.
With the exception of Division 3 where one round six game is outstanding, we're down to the final round of games in the Allianz football leagues...
Beyond those directly involved, the All-Ireland club football finals haven't set many pulses racing of late.
When Stephen Rochford decided to opt out of the manager's job in Mayo, recognising that the clouds overhead were darkening, he was forced to take stock.
Third-level chiefs are set to investigate after a row that saw Limerick rivals LIT and UL turn up at different venues in the city for the Freshers Hurling final which was due to take place yesterday afternoon.
It was only his second season with Dr Crokes but Gavin White can remember the pressure that his more established team-mates carried into the 2017 All-All-Ireland semi-final against Corofin.
The second coming of Liam Sheedy, the impressive start to life as defending champions by Limerick and the question as to whether Brian Cody is bringing another group to their milk have been some of the main stories of the season to date. But, so far, Galway have been hardly mapped.
Perhaps Corofin's Martin Farragher will be able to enjoy the build-up to this All-Ireland club final a little bit more.
These are heady times for Galway outfit St Thomas'.
Second-level fixture-makers look set to move their All-Ireland semi-finals for the second year in a row due to a clash with the All-Ireland club finals on St Patrick's Day.
By his own admission, Meath full-back Conor McGill was way out of his comfort zone when he made the late run that led to the penalty which gave the Royals a crucial late win over Kildare.
Diarmuid Connolly had us all warned.
Philly McMahon has called on Dublin's rivals to find a way to beat Jim Gavin's five-in-a-row-chasing side rather than "complain" about the advantages Dublin enjoy.
A guttural roar spat out in Páirc Tailteann greeted Derek O'Mahoney's final whistle yesterday. It was a release of sorts for Meath supporters; too often they have seen their men threaten to deliver...
After round one of the National League, where the five-in-a-row chasing Dublin were put to the sword, even the most pessimistic Monaghan supporter wouldn't have expected this.
After steering Ballyhale Shamrocks to an All-Ireland final in his first season in charge, Kilkenny's Joey Holden has no doubts that Henry Shefflin has all the talents required to be the Cats' manager in the future.
In Roscommon last month, Mickey Harte told the media his side needed to be in "the business of getting some points".
Mickey Harte insists Tyrone won't carry any "mental scars" into Saturday night's NFL clash with Dublin in Croke Park.
When Davy Fitzgerald opted to go back in with Wexford for a third season last winter, it brought to 30 the number of consecutive years he'd been involved at inter-county level as either a player or a manager.
It's not always the cheeriest of tales but Westmeath's Boidu Sayeh is happy to share the story of how his life took him from Monrovia to Moate - especially if it can help people of different backgrounds to get involved with their local GAA team.
Former All-Ireland-winning full-back Rory O'Carroll returned to training in both hurling and football with Kilmacud Crokes this week.
A Munster champion and an All-Star nominee, Gavin White's next goal when it comes to Kerry is to taste league football.
Memories of 2015 are particularly clear for Joey Holden right now.
Interviews with established county players can often be a box-ticking exercise.
A brilliant Barry Dardis penalty in injury time gave Meath's promotion hopes a massive boost as they recovered from a five point half time deficit to remain top of the pile in division two.
The Dublin footballers may be set for another season of home comforts in the 'Super 8s' but the county's hurling captain Chris Crummey is keen to make Parnell Park a fortress for his side.
Offaly hurling boss Kevin Martin has shaken up his backroom team as the Faithful County look to turn their season around after a poor start.
Tomás ó Sé made quite the impact on his debut in Tuam last weekend, befitting of the famous name he carries.
As the fallout from Congress' decision to retain the status quo and allow Dublin to have two games in Croke Park in the 'Super 8s' series continues, Cian O'Sullivan insists it's not something the players will get caught up in.
At this time of year, Leitrim can usually be assured that they will be left to their own devices.
Early days of course but after four games in the league, Meath's often-stated but never realised goal of promotion back to the top flight lies very much in their own hands.
Former Kerry star Darran O'Sullivan has revealed he was convinced Kerry would win the All-Ireland title last year.
Heading into the weekend, Cavan were the worst team in the top flight.
On the face of it, Ultan Harney's sending off was the pivotal moment of this match.
Cavan breathed new life into their chances of remaining in the top flight with a convincing win over 14 man Roscommon in Kingspan Breffni.
At the end of the 2017 season, Jamie Clarke was nominated for an All-Star.
When Limerick's day in the sun finally rolled around last August, Eamonn 'Ned' Rea was never so pleased to be yesterday's man.
If Dublin get to an All-Ireland final later this year, Seamus Darby expects the phone to start hopping with requests for interviews.
Donegal's 1992 All-Ireland-winning captain Anthony Molloy expects support for the county's motion that would see Dublin prevented from playing two 'Super 8s' games in Croke Park later this year.
Late on Tuesday night, Twitter began to rumble with the news that Eamon O'Shea was back in tow with the Tipperary hurlers.
Billy Morgan heads into familiar territory as he leads his UCC side into action against Belfast outfit St Mary's in tonight's Sigerson Cup final in Portlaoise's O'Moore Park.
Wexford joint-captain Matthew O'Hanlon is hopeful he can find his best form this season after admitting disappointment with his showings in 2018.
Kerry manager Peter Keane will make an 11th-hour decision on whether to start starlet Sean O'Shea against Galway on Sunday after his hectic schedule over the last few weeks, while he has also confirmed the county won't appeal Brian Ó Beaglaoich's one-game ban.
Davy Fitzgerald followed through on his 'Late Late Toy Show' Christmas promise when he brought young Michael O'Brien into the Wexford dressing room to give the Slaneysiders a team talk before yesterday's thrilling league win over Tipperary.
For three breathless injury-time minutes, the game hung in the balance, swinging back and forth in the considerable breeze in Innovate Wexford Park.
An injury time Aidan Nolan point gave Wexford the win after a thrilling second half in Innovate Wexford Park.
A quick glance at the bookmakers' odds tells its own story.
Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy insists the Cats will be in the shake-up for All-Ireland honours if they can use the league to give some of their new faces more experience.
Considering he missed out on an All-Ireland medal with Donegal in 2012 after an infamous fall-out with Jim McGuinness the previous season, you got the sense that Kevin Cassidy enjoyed his day in the sun with Gaoth Dobhair just a little bit more than most.
There's been plenty of water under the bridge since Kilmallock's Andrew O'Shaughnessy was one of hurling's brightest talents, not least Limerick winning a first All-Ireland hurling title since 1973.
Former Cork star Donal Óg Cusack has made a return to the Gaelic Players' Association (GPA) as the organisation's new president, while Mayo footballer Tom Parsons has been named as secretary.
Yesterday afternoon, the Gaelic Players' Association (GPA) invited the GAA media to their headquarters in Santry in north Dublin to outline the proposals they will bring to Congress and explain the rationale behind their motions.
The redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh is set to come in €10m over budget on the most recent projected figures, an interval review of costs has revealed.
Fionn Fitzgerald is adamant he and his Dr Crokes team-mates are "very much on our guard" as they take on giant-killers Mullinalaghta in their All-Ireland semi-final clash in Semple Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
If anyone can appreciate the importance of time in all the various ways that it can change your world, it's Noel McGrath.
On Saturday in Carrick-on-Shannon, Kieran Fitzgerald will do as he has done for more than two decades now and stand sentry in front of the Corofin goal.
Tipperary football manager Liam Kearns believes the new black card regulation, that sees players sent to the sin bin for ten minutes, could encourage defensive play in the long run.
Drama at the death. When Cavan official Noel Mooney blew for a free on Gary Patterson, it should have been Roscommon's day.
Tyrone picked up their first point of their league campaign but only after a controversial end to their clash with Roscommon that saw the Connacht men awarded a 20m free in front of goal, only for referee Noel Mooney to opt to throw the ball up for what he saw as retaliation on goalkeeper Niall Morgan.
'We're not far off needing a second bus at this stage, that's one thing anyway," Liam Sheedy laughs when asked if much has changed in terms of personnel since his last taste of management at the end of the 2010 season.
Tipperary football boss Liam Kearns believes "managers have to take some responsibility" for the falling attendances at football matches across the country.
Graham Reilly is discussing Meath's stasis in Division 2 when it's pointed out to him that he actually had a season in Division 3 after relegation in 2012.
Back in November, Pádraig Amond started as he intended to go on in the FA Cup.
Antrim star Neil McManus says GAA in Belfast is in desperate need of a new Casement Park, insisting the decision to close the venue down has had a "detrimental effect" on the association in the county.
It's not the most fashionable pastime but hurling for Monaghan and Castleblayney gobbles up most of Peter Treanor's free time.
On the face of it, Armagh's footballers have been taking a step forward only to take a step back.
Not for the first time in recent seasons, Meath went close to a big result on Saturday night.
When Noel McGuire finished up with Sligo after 15 years, he probably assumed big days in Croke Park were in his rear-view mirror.
At times Kerry can look like a side still only getting to know each other, still searching for a way to make it all come together. At others they can string together the kind of play that can excite their supporters, giddy at the potential that rests in Peter Keane's squad.
Kerry produced a strong final quarter to secure a second successive win and continue Peter Keane's strong start as manager.
They are close but Darragh Fitzgibbon accepts that being close isn't enough when you're a Cork hurler. For two years in a row they've claimed a Munster title and bounced into the last four.
Perhaps Limerick's Aaron Gillane doesn't mind the hectic schedule that much. Given the form he's in at the moment, why would he?
GAA president John Horan praised RTé for their "improved" coverage of Gaelic Games as he addressed the Seanad yesterday.
Offaly football has been handed a massive shot in the arm with the news that star forward Niall McNamee has been lured out of retirement and has rejoined the county panel.
It's only a year and two days since Michael Duignan posted an emotional tweet in the wake of Offaly's 13-point win over Dublin in Croke Park in the opening round of the league.
Head-high challenges will be met with red cards for the remainder of the season, referees' chief Willie Barrett has warned.
If there was one statistic that summed up Kerry's league campaign of 2018 it was that they conceded ten goals in seven games - more than anyone else in the top flight.
Peter Keane's reign as Kerry manager got off to a perfect start as his side put in a gritty performance against Tyrone to secure the points in front front of crowd of 12,921 a chilly Fitzgerald stadium.
When it came down to it last year, Tipperary, the lesser celebrated of the county's two senior teams, were just a win in Kingspan Breffni Park from a spring in the big time.
All is changed, changed utterly in Kerry.
In terms of the inter-county season, winter came early and it feels like it was a long time leaving.
In an interview before the turn of the year, Antrim manager Lenny Harbinson, who is heading into his second season in charge of the Saffrons, said it out straight - the league is their priority.
At a media event yesterday, GAA president John Horan addressed the sticky issue of the GAA's ticket price increases.
In the end, Westmeath proved just too strong. Whatever else happens this year in terms of their pursuit of history, Dublin, or at least this version of the Dubs, won't have it all their own way in the province this year.
In the end, Westmeath proved just too strong. Whatever else happens this year in terms of their pursuit of history, Dublin, or at least this version of the Dubs, won’t have it all their own way in the province this year.
And just like that, Kerry's Stephen O'Brien finds himself as one of the older heads in the dressing room.
Galway manager Kevin Walsh has a habit of referring to "end of year accounts" as a way of determining whether his side have hit their markers.
This week, the seemingly interminable debate over football's playing rules rumbled on.
Dublin ladies football manager Mick Bohan has been handed a major boost with the news that Lyndsey Davey is to return to the squad as the Dubs chase a third All-Ireland title in a row.
Kieran Donaghy says there will be part of him wondering if he cashed in his chips too soon when Kerry take to the sward in Killarney or Croke Park later this year.
When Ross Munnelly comes to look back on his career, his only requirement of himself will be that he went as hard as he could for as long as he could.
It's been a chastening few weeks for goalkeepers.
Back in the summer, as the fall-out from ‘Newbridge or nowhere’ was just starting to settle and Mayo people began to digest an unfamiliarly early exit from the championship, a door opened for Shairoze Akram.
Kildare's seasonal reappearance against Carlow in the O'Byrne Cup was perhaps most notable for the form of Jimmy Hyland, with Lilies supporters getting a close-up look at the exciting Ballyteague talent, who was named U-20 Player of the Year in September.
In terms of PR at least, it was another bad week for the gambling industry. The revelations by 'The Guardian' that Ladbrokes in the UK agreed to pay £1m to the victims of a problem gambler who had stolen the money he was using to bet, in return for a pledge not to inform the industry regulator, shone an uncomfortable light on the industry.
They're only small things but when you're coming from a long way back, they all mean something.
Offaly's bid to bounce back to the top tier of inter-county hurling has been dealt a blow with the news that a number of players from the Shinrone club have opted against throwing their lot in with the panel in 2019, writes Donnchadh Boyle.
On the face of it, this was a throwback of a game.
Four unanswered points down the home stretch helped Meath to a rare win over Dublin in Navan.
In the normal course of things, Cian O'Sullivan and Kilmacud Crokes would have been allowed to retire to Stillorgan to lick their wounds in peace after last Sunday's Leinster club SFC final defeat.
It never left the back of Liam Sheedy's mind, the thought of a second coming.
Fermanagh's Cian McManus is open to the idea of a second tier in the football championship - but only if the provincial championships remain.
In name at least, it's the close season but Wexford's hurlers are already making big plans for the summer of 2019.
Kerry's clubs have opted against moving away from the traditional way of naming Kingdom captains, which allows the senior county champions to nominate the skipper for the following season.
The Whelehan dynasty will be represented at the helm of the Birr senior hurlers once again with Barry Whelehan following in his father Pad Joe's footsteps to take charge of the famous Offaly club.
The limit on the handpass came in for most criticism from Wicklow manager John Evans and Longford star Michael Quinn after their sides clashed in an O'Byrne Cup opener over the weekend.
Ahead of Sunday's Leinster Club SFC final clash with Longford champions Mullinalaghta, Kilmacud's Ross McGowan believes Johnny Magee has the team playing "Crokes football".
Jonny Cooper admits he hears it all when it comes to the discourse around his Dublin team.
When the list of names released from the Limerick panel before the start of the championship was confirmed earlier this year, Ronan Lynch's named jumped off the page.
If you're of a certain vintage then there's a good chance you had never heard of Martin Solveig before this week.
Some of Tyrone GAA's top brass have come out strongly in favour of a second-tier competition in inter-county football.
If it wasn't for football, James McGivney reckons there'd be nothing in Mullinalaghta.
As see-saw years go, they don't get much more spectacular than Kildare's 2018.
Kevin Cassidy makes his way to the media tower in Healy Park. He is in demand, having already appeared on radio and TV, operating in two languages, before he speaks to the written press.