Mannion rejects talk of needle with Dubs
Pádraic Mannion has played down suggestions that there's no love lost between the hurlers of Galway and Dublin.
Pádraic Mannion has played down suggestions that there's no love lost between the hurlers of Galway and Dublin.
John Hetherton used to carry hurleys for the Dublin team that created league and Leinster history under Anthony Daly … but now he wants to leave his own imprint on the field of play.
Peter keane isn't necessarily a man to wax lyrically or at length, but one of his pithy answers on Saturday night spoke volumes.
Kerry, the young pretenders to Dublin’s All-Ireland throne, delivered an audacious statement of...
There was drama even before the Tralee throw-in tonight when Jason Sherlock turned up as part of the Dublin camp for their Allianz Football League...
Former All-Ireland-winning boss John O'Mahony has taken on a new managerial role - in charge of Westmeath club The Downs.
Saturday night fever with a difference in Donnycarney. Parnell Park was heaving with over 6,000 patrons, here to spy the latest rendition of an ancient rivalry. And it didn't disappoint.
RTÉ is finally getting in on the act of broadcasting live GAA matches during the spring months.
MAYBE it’s a sign that the new rules are in trouble when Kildare manager Cian O’Neill clarifies that he’s not a fan, contrary to media perception.
WESTMEATH caused a minor surprise in the midlands today to send 14-man Kildare hurtling out of the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup.
It started in blinding sunshine. It finished with the Parnell Park lights on; we're reliably informed it was still the same day.
YOU couldn’t make it up. Ballyboden St Enda’s and Coolderry played out the most incredible – make that surreal – contest at Parnell Park today.
SHANE DOWLING has insisted that the latest recurrence of an old shoulder injury won’t curtail his involvement in Sunday’s Munster club senior...
IAN BURKE has described his first All Star award as "pretty amazing" after his inclusion, as the only Galway man, on this year’s PwC football team...
It's safe to surmise that Mattie Kenny has an all-consuming desire to manage the Dublin hurlers.
JASON SHERLOCK’S role as a Dublin senior football selector is cloaked in mystery following a report that he will not be part of the Sky Blues’ history-chasing Drive for Five.
When is a 13-point home defeat not a 13-point humiliation? Answer: when you're trying to erase the scarring memory of a 27-point meltdown the week before.
MATTIE KENNY’S Dublin maintained their 100pc Allianz Hurling League start while inflicting further pain on Offaly at O’Connor Park today.
THIS was not in the Jim Gavin script – an irritating defeat to Monaghan on the first day of the Allianz Football League in Clones.
ELVIS has left the building. And he’s brought with him the hand-pass rule, decommissioned by Central Council before it even got an airing in a competition that actually matters.
Dessie Farrell is Na Fianna’s new senior football manager.
REMEMBER the swashbuckling Dubs of 2013-14? The great entertainers who blazed a trail of destruction through the league, Leinster and beyond?
THERE will be an opportunity to review the experimental Gaelic football rule changes before the start of next year’s Allianz Football League.
History and histrionics in the midlands. The former belongs all to Mullinalaghta, the first Longford team to reach a Leinster club senior football final.
HISTORY was made in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park where St Columba’s Mullinalaghta became the first ever Longford team to reach an AIB Leinster club SFC decider.
COOLDERRY emerged from this high-octane Leinster club senior hurling quarter-final at Tullamore with a well-merited six-point victory – despite finishing with 13 men.
DUBLIN GAA chiefs are confident they’ll have a new hurling manager installed in the next week.
WHAT county flirted with provincial glory last June, reached the Super 8s, will be playing in Division One next spring … and is still without a manager? Easy: Roscommon.
ROSCOMMON'S quest to appoint a new senior football manager has taken a dramatic turn for the worse after their preferred candidate, Aidan O'Rourke, withdrew his name from the race.
Anthony Daly summed it up best after a Dublin senior hurling final that ebbed and flowed for 80 frantic minutes, threatening numerous punchlines and yet ultimately delivering none.
THE path to James Horan's second coming as Mayo football manager has been cleared after fellow nominee Mike Solan withdrew from the race this afternoon.
ON the Monday morning after Dublin’s four-in-a-row, Jack McCaffrey was waxing lyrical about how sound a bunch of blokes his teammates were away from the football arena.
DIARMUID Connolly is poised to make a return to football in Sunday’s Dublin SFC quarter-final for St Vincent’s against Castleknock in Parnell Park (4.0).
RYAN McHUGH has been ruled out of club action for the rest of 2018 after the Donegal ace suffered his second concussion of the year.
All-Ireland club champions Cuala will face old rivals Kilmacud Crokes in the Dublin SHC semi-final after cruising through the quarter-finals at the expense of Lucan.
THE last stragglers to sway merrily away from Dublin's four-in-a-row party had barely left the building when the naysayers swooped in to complain about the supposed mess left behind.
MICKEY HARTE was always a dab hand at killing an opposition player with kindness before entrusting one of his on-field lieutenants to bury him with a smile once Croke Park battle commenced.
Was that the All-Ireland epic to end all hurling seasons (sorry to be churlish) anything but?
IN the absence of a close-run contest of near-equals, it was the big talking point in Croke Park on Saturday night: all the empty spaces.
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?
HUNGER is a great sauce. Monaghan came to Pearse Stadium knowing they had to get a result. Galway didn’t need to. And Monaghan won by a double-scores landslide.
Brian Cody would “do summersaults” before he’d hire Niall Breslin to help out his Kilkenny hurlers.
You get the impression that Tom Carr won’t be rushing to Croke Park this Sunday to watch two counties he has previously managed.
If Jim Gavin really were the Tinkerman, here’s one team he could put into low-stakes battle with Roscommon.
IT’S a reflection of what’s at stake that the biggest talking point ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland ‘Super 8s’ finale concerns Jim Gavin’s temptation to tinker.
THE message of last week’s column could be distilled down to the following: Everything is falling into place for Dublin.
JOHN O’LEARY has warned Dublin against playing down the clock as they close in on a fabled All-Ireland four-in-a-row, describing the tactic as “very high risk”.
BACK in 1984, we had the surreal sight of both teams warming up in front of the Hill. In 1995, we had controversy on the double over Charlie Redmond's 'long walk' and a disallowed Tyrone equaliser at the death.
It was, Cian O'Neill suggested afterwards, "definitely one that got away" from Kildare. But history is written by the winners and Monaghan deserve to pen the punchline to yesterday's intriguing 'Super 8s' opener at Croke Park.
DUBLIN must plan without John Small for their 'Super 8' opener against Donegal after the defender's one-match suspension was upheld by the Central Hearings Committee.
IT’S not that Donegal were wrong in their assertion that Dublin playing two of their ‘Super 8’ games in Croke Park this year puts them at a clear advantage - ergo, casting the other three teams in the group – them included – at a disadvantage.
It's seen as an open-and-shut case but could history (seven Leinster final wins by a cumulative 66 points) be turned on its head? Here are six targets Laois must hit to have any chance against Dublin ...
The long-running saga of Diarmuid Connolly's Dublin absence has taken another twist amid reports that he's set to play football in the US this summer.
MAYBE the solution lies in Longford. Maybe they are the wake-up call that forces fallen giants to get real.
A bout of reality bites for Longford football, just a day after their seniors ambushed Meath in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
DIFFERENT competition, same old story as Dublin opened their round-robin campaign in the inaugural EirGrid Leinster U20 football championship with a runaway 16-point victory over Longford at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park tonight.
KIERAN McGEENEY has never been one to shy away from responsibility for his team’s failings.
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, a famous son of Dublin whose love of the ancient game is open to some question: "To lose one championship match in injury-time may be regarded as a misfortune… to lose both looks like carelessness."
A CRAZY end to a full-blooded contest at Innovate Wexford Park ended with the hosts snatching victory at the death while Dublin cursed their second consecutive bout of injury-time heartbreak.
DUBLIN hurlers will have to plan without their most experienced hurler, Conal Keaney, for this Sunday’s crunch Leinster SHC round-robin clash away with Wexford.
SO then, another early-summer calamity for Mayo to be greeted by a fresh wave of morose obituaries.
In some respects, it was all very predictable. Galway rustiness bordering on lethargy eventually replaced by Galway dominance. Stout-hearted Offaly resistance petering out to yield the expected double-digit outcome.
A STRANGE start to our all-new Leinster senior hurling championship in Tullamore this evening.
Dublin GAA is moving further away from its rivals, on and off the pitch, after extending the county's lucrative deal with chief sponsors AIG - believed to be worth around €1m per year to Gaelic games in the capital.
Last week’s news that Brendan Murphy was heading Stateside for the summer piqued our interest in more ways than one.
JUST four members of Cuala’s double All-Ireland winners could be linking up with the Dublin hurlers this summer.
A SPARSELY populated Parnell Park, last night, was light years removed from the cacophony of noise that is Croke Park in September.
The 'will he, won't he?' Diarmuid Connolly saga took another twist last night when he didn't feature in club championship action for the St Vincent's footballers, writes Frank Roche.
Diarmuid Connolly was a notable absentee from the St Vincent's line-up for tonight's Dublin SFC opener against Skerries Harps.
DUBLIN manager Jim Gavin is confident that Paul Flynn will be back in Sky Blue contention in plenty of time for the start of their Leinster SFC defence at the end of May.
DUBLIN football selector Jason Sherlock has accepted an eight-week suspension arising from his involvement in a touchline altercation against Galway eight days ago.
Maybe they'll see it as a blessing in disguise, but Dublin will not be shattering their own unbeaten record any day soon. A pair of Monaghan super-subs have made sure of that.
PERHAPS Monaghan have patented the elusive secret of how to beat the Dubs – deliver the KO blow in the very last second.
Drama on the western seaboard, laced with all kinds of anarchy in the home straight.
EXPECT Croke Park fireworks – of the incendiary variety – when these same counties collide again in the Allianz Football League Division 1 final in two weeks' time.
Pat Gilroy loves it when a plan starts coming together. Even if it has taken six weeks to lift the pall of pessimism that followed Dublin's opening 'fright-night' against Offaly back in late January.
THE pre-match script may have promised fireworks between two rivals gripped in a relegation battle. The reality proved more of a damp squib.
CIAN'SULLIVAN could be in his line for his first start of the season as Dublin prepare to tackle the Kerry young guns.
GALWAY footballers have come a long way since they were cruelly dismissed as ‘Fancy Dans’ in the summer of 1998.
IT’S easy to identify Gaelic football’s numero uno but the three closest challengers to Dublin, for several years, have been Mayo, Kerry and Tyrone. And now all three are in something of an Allianz League slump. Are these merely teething problems or portents of a summer dip?
LEE KEEGAN doesn’t spend much time thinking about ‘the incident’.
BERNARD BROGAN has undergone major knee surgery this week, placing a huge question mark over his future as a Dublin footballer.
MAYO diehards made a return trip last Sunday to Celtic Park – the scene of last summer's great escape, chapter one – and saw their team surge from behind to claim both Allianz League points.
What a difference a month makes for the suddenly cock-a-hoop footballers of Cavan.
FIVE points separated these neighbouring foes at the final whistle, and not even the most partisan Royal could scream an injustice.
A STRANGE kind of wonderful in Croke Park tonight, with Dublin pushed far harder than most people had expected before throw-in – and certainly at half-time when they led by six points.
For the hurlers of Dublin, who have worked like terriers this winter only to perform like poodles a week earlier, this was a vindication of sorts in Belfast's Corrigan Park.
THE Dublin hurlers are back in the winning zone – but only just.
SEÁN CAVANAGH couldn’t help but smile when asked, earlier this week, if Tyrone in their pomp would have unseated the all-conquering Dubs of today.
DIFFERENT script, same old story.
KIERAN KINGSTON'S resignation as Cork hurling boss came as a bombshell to his players – but Patrick Horgan can perfectly understand why the manager felt compelled to quit.
Niall Scully was the 'discovery' of last year's O'Byrne Cup campaign for the Dubs, but it remains to be seen if any of this season's crew will emerge to stake a long-term tenure in Jim Gavin's squad.
WHATEVER happens for the rest of 2018, it won't be quite an all-conquering year for the Dublin footballers.
PAT GILROY hasn’t given up on luring Con O’Callaghan into the Dublin hurling fold, it would seem.
All-Ireland champions Cuala became the first Dublin outfit to defend their AIB Leinster club hurling crown in Portlaoise today, coasting to a 14-point victory over 14-man Kilcormac-Killoughey.
They are the most over-used and abused truisms in Gaelic football: character, resilience, never-say-die attitude.
THE doughty men of St Loman's are fast proving themselves the comeback kings of Leinster club football.
ANTHONY DALY has returned to hurling management in the Capital – with Kilmacud Crokes.
Mattie Kenny is probably fed up fielding fawning questions about Con O'Callaghan so, for once, the Cuala manager wasn't even asked.
'GOALS win matches,' goes the old adage. Conversely, they also suck all energy and confidence from the team that's just conceded one.
After a day of odds-shattering upheaval in the race for Leinster club football glory, Moorefield have emerged as the new favourites.
NIALL Hurley Lynch couldn't have chosen a better time to nail his first score of the day in O'Moore Park this afternoon.
Herald GAA correspondent Frank Roche and Ciaran Whelan debate the 2017 All Star football team's tightest call: David Clarke over Stephen Cluxton in goal.
Mattie Kenny says he can't understand it when people ask if his all-conquering Cuala have lost any of their hunger since going the All-Ireland distance last March.
THEY may be reigning AIB All-Ireland club hurling champions but Cuala are certainly not resting on their laurels.
MAYO powerhouse Aidan O'Shea will skipper the Irish International Rules panel that tours Australia next month.
No longer the mercurial match-winner, now the manager of his beloved St Brigid’s, Frankie Dolan took a moment to savour yesterday’s latest Roscommon SFC triumph.
Once upon a noughties time, South Kerry had the Indian sign over Dr Crokes. But that was then - and now the Killarney men are defending Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland club champions.
MOOREFIELD secured a ninth Kildare senior football championship in amazing circumstances at St Conleth's Park today, playing with 13 men for two-thirds of the final.
DUBLIN GAA looks poised for another tug-of-war involving some dual stars coveted by both county squads.
NINE days on from the most captivating All-Ireland final in recent memory is probably the best time for a more reflective perspective on the dark arts of Gaelic football.
DUBLIN hope to finalise the appointment of a new senior hurling manager in the coming days, with all the smart money on former football supremo Pat Gilroy.
Frank Roche gives out his end of season awards after another thrilling summer for gaelic football.
IT was the only match Dublin would lose all summer ... or, at least, the only one we know of.
ONE thing is certain ahead of Sunday’s Croker finale - the GAA/GPA All Stars football team is set to be dominated by men in sky blue and green-and-red. How can it be any other way?