Fantastic Fox lays the foundations for Mullinalaghta fairytale
This wasn't just a glorious triumph for a small parish in Longford, it was also a victory for every small club in the country.
This wasn't just a glorious triumph for a small parish in Longford, it was also a victory for every small club in the country.
Gary Rogers knew his moment had come. Miss the penalty kick and Mullinalaghta's dream was almost certainly shattered: score and the Leinster title...
The odds said it couldn’t be done but Mullinalaghta didn’t listen. And even when it looked as if...
GAA President John Horan has led tributes to two GAA stalwarts, Jerome O'Shea (Kerry) and Liam Hegarty (Donegal), who have passed away.
Theory time is over - now for the practical examinations. One of the most far-reaching rule-change packages in Gaelic football history begin trialling this weekend when Leinster stages four...
If Portlaoise had been told in advance that they would score three goals and have a penalty chance to make it four late on, they would have turned up in Parnell Park confident that their bad record against Dublin opposition was about to end.
Proposing and sanctioning rule changes is easy; implementation and honesty in assessing how it's working is the difficult part.
It has been a long time since the GAA's Central Council faced so many important decisions as they do at today's meeting which, in addition to considering whether to trial five significant rules changes, will also discuss whether to introduce a Tier 2 football championship for Division 3 and 4 counties.
Counties are urged to be brave and imaginative by backing the extensive suite of proposed football rule changes at Saturday's Central Council meeting.
Most of the top nine hurling counties will support a move to change the format of the Allianz Hurling League in 2020.
Amhrán na bhFiann never sounded so good, music from the heavens blasting out over a field in...
Two options for a Tier 2 football championship will be considered by Central Council on Saturday week.
Dublin's record-chasing footballers look certain to have two round-robin games in Croke Park again next year if, as expected, they reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
Provincial football winners are likely to have home advantage in their first, rather than third, All-Ireland quarter-final 'round robin' game next year after complaints about the sequencing last summer.
First, you make a rule but don't attach a sanction for breaches. It proves spectacularly useless so it's adjusted to include a form of punishment.
Well, thank God for that - the inter-county game is back after a 14-week break since the football final.
THE 2018 All-Stars have been selected, recognising the best players in all lines and positions but how did the top stars rate against each other on an individual basis?
The Leinster Council have hit back at claims that they are being unfair to players by playing 18 pre-season tournament games early next month, pointing out that it was a decision taken some months ago after consultation with counties.
The 'mark' in the attacking half is the only football rule change that could cause some implementation difficulties according to one of game's most experienced referees.
Referees are, by nature, a stoic lot, not given to outbreaks of self-pity or score-settling. They accept that unlike players or managers, the reward for their best days is to avoid a mention, except perhaps for a line or two praising their performances.
The introduction of a second-tier football championship has moved several steps closers after the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) announced their support for the competition.
In case it has escaped your attention, next Saturday could bring some of the most dramatic developments in Gaelic football history, the day when the game was changed utterly.
Weeshie Fogarty was a Kerryman to the core, but when news broke yesterday of his death at the age of 77 it was as if everyone in the GAA had lost a friend.
As a means of celebrating a special club anniversary, it doesn't get more stylish than winning a county title.
As a means of celebrating a special club anniversary, it doesn’t get more stylish than winning a county title.
Now only defending All-Ireland champions Corofin remain in contention after Moorefield became the third of last season's club football semi-finalists to discover that the road to retaining titles is heavily landmined.
Anthony Cunningham's appointment in Roscommon completes football's managerial line-up for 2019, a season that will see sideline changes in 12 counties.
One of the busiest closed seasons for many years sees no fewer than 12 managerial turnovers in football while there have been some high-profile changes in hurling too, with Liam Sheedy taking over from Michael Ryan in Tipperary, Pádraig Fanning succeeding Derek McGrath in Waterford and Mattie Kenny replacing Pat Gilroy in Dublin.
Hurling's stock may never have been higher after the most competitive All-Ireland championship in history, but a serious rule malfunction is threatening to undermine the game.
Four counties - Armagh, Laois, Waterford and Wexford - are to have one home league game moved to a neutral venue next year after being found to have broken the training regulations before the start of this season's championship.
As Armagh, Laois, Waterford and Wexford formulate their responses to being found guilty of breaking the training camp rule before this year's championships, they will be united under one heading: 'why us?'
Johnny Byrne had a decision to make and it didn't work out well for Kildare. Daniel Flynn has a decision to make and only time will tell how it works out for the Lilywhites.
The high esteem in which Leonard Enright, who died on Friday night aged 65, was held was underlined over the weekend when numerous tributes poured in - not just from Patrickswell and Limerick, but from all across the GAA community.
A dark, dreary winter afternoon in Walsh Park but Ballygunner and Ballyea did their best to sprinkle some of the magic dust that decorated so many hurling fields last summer.
A cold, dark, drizzly winter evening in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe, may appear an improbable setting for the launch of something hugely significant, but it happened all the same.
This month's Central Council meeting will be faced with three decisions which could have a major long-term impact on football in particular.
I’m confused. Do footballers want a Tier 2 championship or not? ‘No’ was the resounding answer in early 2016 when Central Council made a clumsy proposal.
Another glory day for Ballyhale Shamrocks, but new manager Henry Shefflin was quick to bring context to an occasion when the memory of a departed colleague was uppermost in the minds of the squad and their supporters in a crowd of 9,145 at Nowlan Park.
Henry Shefflin, the manager, is on his way. Arguably the best player in hurling history, he reached his first big target as a manager when presiding over Ballyhale Shamrocks' success in the Kilkenny senior championship.
Tom Ryan has rejected the theory that Dublin's overwhelming dominance in football is solely due to the amount of money allocated to the capital for games' development.
Failure to deal adequately at local level with outbreaks of violence at club games will draw the wrath of the GAA hierarchy on county boards.
The GAA needs to figure out exactly what it wants from its inter-county players and what it can give its club players at a time of growing frustration for both, according to its director-general.
It didn't take long for Tom Ryan to realise just how different life would be as GAA Director-General, compared with the Director of Finance position he had held for the previous 11 years.
It wasn't where Mayo or Kerry wanted to be this autumn, but then plans don't always work out as expected.
The first fixture-cramming controversy of the county final/ provincial championship season is heading Wicklow's way after last Sunday's Rathnew-St Patrick's senior football final finished level.
A second-tier football championship is back on the agenda and now the big question is whether it can be packaged neatly enough to convince counties of its merit.
Wicklow are leading a campaign for the introduction of a Tier 2 football championship for 16 counties, which would spell the end of the current format where all counties beaten in the provincial series re-enter the All-Ireland race via the qualifiers.
Cormac Costello was in the background in the RTÉ studios waiting to discuss the Leinster football championship draw as Emlyn Mulligan offered a brutally honest assessment of what had just been placed in Leitrim's way for next year's Connacht campaign.
Both camps experienced a sense of regret in the immediate aftermath, but when they carry out a detailed debrief as part of the plans for the replay they will realise that lining up a second helping was actually a good day's work.
Scotstown won the Monaghan senior football title last Sunday, a success which came as no big surprise since they had also won the previous three.
New Offaly football manager John Maughan has warned that unless rule changes are implemented as a matter of urgency, attendances will plummet.
Let the inequality begin. Even allowing for the playing numbers and resource imbalances between counties, the draw for the All-Ireland football championships should be keenly anticipated.
Galway have been handed home advantage in their two opening games against Carlow and Wexford in next year's Leinster hurling championship round-robin.
If Ireland's attempt to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup been successful last year, important-looking types with clipboards and drawings would now be striding purposefully around Pearse Stadium, Galway, stopping off at various points to consult the plans.
Much has changed for Offaly hurling since Joachim Kelly and his pioneering colleagues launched the county on the Leinster and All-Ireland glory trails in the early 1980s, but his drive and passion for the game remains as intense as ever.
The contrast is as unmistakable as it is interesting. Mayo go back to the future as they appoint James Horan for a second term while Kerry place their trust in a man whose inter-county management experience is confined to minor level.
Next year's Leinster hurling final may be played on a Saturday evening to avoid a clash with the Munster final.
Shane Walsh liked much of what he heard during the week. Open play, more contests for possession, chances to run, accurate kicking and high fielding fit neatly with the Galway man's philosophy of how football should be played.
Restricting the handpass to three in one movement and insisting on kick-outs passing the 45-metre line are the most likely rule changes to be introduced in football from the suite of measures proposed by the GAA's Playing Rules Committee.
Calls for a second referee in Gaelic football are growing following proposals to introduce major changes to the playing rules.
They may not have been enough to send fearful gusts swirling through the Croke Park corridors, but recent comments from two Dublin footballers certainly merit an entry in the 'issues of concern' file.
Dublin 28, Kerry 15. If the number of games played by the two counties in accumulating their All-Ireland four-in-a-row triumphs is regarded as an important criteria in deciding which is the better team, then it's advantage Dublin.
Kevin McStay has used his departure as Roscommon manager to put pressure on Croke Park to provide smaller GAA counties with more financial support.
Kevin McStay may well have broken the record for the length of his resignation announcement, but it's what he didn't say in his 1,377-word statement that will attract the most attention in Roscommon and beyond.
In September 1981, the GAA had two concerns over Gaelic football: All-Ireland monopoly by Kerry and rules that weren't maximising the game's potential as a spectacle.
Tyrone spared no effort to prevent Dublin entering the ultra-exclusive four-in-a-row club but had neither the manpower nor the know-how to secure the doors.
Mick O'Dwyer, the only man to lead a team to four successive All-Ireland football titles over the past 85 years, insists that the pressures associated with such a historic pursuit will not have a negative impact on Dublin tomorrow.
The week before the 2009 All-Ireland hurling final, Henry Shefflin was hit by a personal crisis. The countdown to Kilkenny's attempt to become the first team to land the four-in-a-row for 65 years was well under way, the county was buzzing with excitement with supporters loading on the good wishes whenever they encountered a player.
Something doesn't quite add up in the latest Mayo controversy. In fact, quite a few figures are missing, making it all but impossible to complete an equation which seemed to be coming together a few weeks ago when Stephen Rochford indicated his intention to continue for a fourth season.
Major rule changes could be on the way, particularly in football, amid growing discontent over the direction the game has taken.
John Kiely diagnosed the problem as an energy deficit, possibly caused by playing three games in 15 days.
Despite winning the All-Ireland title, Limerick's hurlers will miss out on a glamour trip to Australia in November.
Mattie Kenny, who led Dublin champions Cuala to the last two All-Ireland senior club hurling titles, could be on his way to Waterford as Derek McGrath's replacement.
GAA chiefs in Ulster and Antrim insist that the redevelopment of Casement Park will go ahead despite fresh uncertainty over planning permission. However, they acknowledge that they have no idea when work on the 34,500-capacity stadium will commence.
It should be the pride of Antrim and Ulster GAA, but instead Casement Park is a weed-infested abandoned ruin, a west Belfast eyesore with a proud past, an embarrassing present and an uncertain future.
Everyone loves hurling now. It's the big summer hit, drawing in people who previously couldn't tell the difference between a hurl and a cricket bat.
It's difficult to know which was the more irritating, Áras an Uachtaráin choosing hurling final day to provide details of President Michael D Higgins' busy sporting life or actor Chris O'Dowd peddling paddywhackery to an American audience.
Would it all have been very different if the freak spin of a sliotar hadn't ended Pat Hartigan's career on mid-summer's day 1979?
John Kiely described it as "the biggest result we have had to date", before quickly wrapping the success in the context of a cold March day.
GAA referees' chief Willie Barrett has insisted that there is no policy of ignoring fouls in hurling in a bid to build on the game's treasured reputation as a free-flowing spectacle.
Gearóid McInerney is winning the battle to be ready for Sunday's All-Ireland final but now Galway have worries over John Hanbury.
Sixty-seven games played, one remaining. And no, the All-Ireland football final is not the foregone conclusion popular opinion holds.
The last time Tyrone reached the All-Ireland final, they prevented Kerry from winning the three-in-a-row, an omen that should provide a rich source of encouragement as they begin planning for the showdown with Dublin next Sunday fortnight.
Never in championship history have a team gone into the All-Ireland semi-final off such a confusing background as Galway take to Croke Park this evening.
Tyrone supporters may have been cursing the darkness after last year's All-Ireland semi-final, but Mickey Harte was already lighting a candle.
Fourteen counties have tried - several more than once - and all have failed.
They won't speak publicly about winning four in a row, but it's in the background, teasing and tantalising the Dublin squad as they head for their first game of the championship without a safety harness attached.
Galway must remove the handcuffs and take on Dublin aggressively and systematically if they are to have any chance of derailing the four-in-a-row train on Saturday evening (5.0).
The GAA's system for appointing referees for All-Ireland finals will come under close scrutiny after stinging criticism from James McGrath as he announced that he was quitting for good after being overlooked for any role in the Galway-Limerick showdown on Sunday week.
I suspected from the handwriting that the contents might be hostile, a hunch that turned out to be well-founded.
In the run-up to the 2002 football final, Joe Kernan received dozens of letters and 'good luck' cards from people offering their best wishes to Armagh in their pursuit of a first All-Ireland title.
"We're not going to run the GAA by Twitter", said Paraic Duffy, the then GAA Director-General, when informed immediately after Congress last year that some managers and players had taken to social media to criticise the introduction of the 'Super 8' football format.
Galway's strange performance patterns throughout this summer will, no doubt, be analysed in minute detail before the All-Ireland final, not least by manager, Micheál Donoghue.
If doing things the hard way heightens the sense of achievement, Galway will be really buzzing today after providing yet another illustration of their propensity for living through the best and the worst of times in the same game.
EAMONN FITZMAURICE has made three alterations to his Kerry side as they battle for championship survival against Kildare in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney this evening (6.0).
This is probably the strangest situation in which Kerry football has ever found itself.
If Micheál Donoghue were to absorb even a small amount of the analysis from the drawn game, his head would be spinning with details of shapes and sweepers, plays and puck-out strategies, plus a whole lot more modern-day jargon.
Malachy O'Rourke passed a curious comment while venting his frustration over Monaghan's one-point defeat by Mayo in the opening round of the National Football League last January.
Ten counties are set to lose home advantage for one game in next year's Allianz Leagues, arising from breaches of the regulations on training camps and challenge games earlier in the season.
When Cian O'Neill was asked to reflect on the season after Kildare's defeat by Galway last Sunday week, he made it clear that while their championship ambitions were dead, their season was not.
Galway hurlers' two-in-a-row ambitions hinge on whether they bring more variation to their game in Sunday's semi-final replay with Clare, according to the last man to take the Liam MacCarthy Cup across the Shannon in successive seasons.
Saturday, August 18 - the eve of the All-Ireland hurling final - has been pencilled in for the football semi-final involving Dublin if the final round of Group 1 'Super 8' games result in deadlock between Kerry and Monaghan.
It was close to 9pm when I left Croke Park last Sunday evening, the stadium now empty except for a few other journalists completing their work and noisy seagulls finishing off the day's rich pickings.
The history of most successful teams can be traced back to a particular occasion when they delivered a performance which suggested they possessed that special quality required to advance from contenders to champions.
The Páirc Uí Chaoimh controversy is over but the implications have a long way to run yet. Indeed, they are quite profound for the GAA and there is a wider dimension too.
When Sean O'Connor scored a second goal late in the 2004 Munster hurling semi-final, nobody would have thought that 14 years later Limerick would still be waiting for their next goal against Cork in a championship game.
When Clare lost to Cork in the opening round of the Munster round-robin, their prospects of reaching the top three, which was required to stay in All-Ireland contention, didn't look especially promising.
Daithí Burke has emerged as an 11th-hour injury doubt for Galway's All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash with Clare at Croke Park today (5.0) after damaging his ankle in training earlier this week.
They won't admit it in Cork, lest they be accused of cockiness, but there's a special feeling tingling through the county.
By midday today, the controversy over the Liam Miller tribute game and Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be over, at least in as much as the GAA's Central Council will grant permission for it to go ahead there.
THE GAA is on Saturday expected to clear the way for the controversial Liam Miller tribute soccer game to go ahead in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, barring a late hitch.
It may not have appeared significant two years ago but it sure is now, having landed the GAA in a controversy that is as embarrassing as it was avoidable.
However they go about it, Kildare just cannot beat Galway, whose dominance over the Lilywhites extends back to 1985.
Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice has carried out major surgery to his defence by naming a completely new full-back line to face Monaghan in their make-or-break 'Super 8s' clash in Clones tomorrow.
When, after 12 years, Dublin finally have to play a championship game on the opposition's home ground, they certainly drew one of the shortest straws.