Coffey's late strike rescues 'Sash'
Score and your club's championship final ambitions live on - miss and they're wrecked for another season.
Score and your club's championship final ambitions live on - miss and they're wrecked for another season.
On a day the House of Commons continued in stubborn rejection mode, the GAA was on for whatever proposals the leadership brought...
At some stage during today's Special Congress in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, delegates from counties for whom a Tier 2 football championship is utterly...
Despite a whole series of setbacks and disappointments over several years, the GAA authorities remain committed to the redevelopment of Casement Park in Belfast, but there's growing...
A proposal to replace dismissal for cynical fouling with a sin-bin has been described as "half-a***d and wide open for exploitation" by a member of the committee which oversaw the introduction of...
Eamonn Burns, who has died suddenly aged 55, was one of Down's most revered football figures, having given outstanding service as a player and, more recently, as senior team manager.
This wasn't how 2019 was supposed to turn out for Galway. Without a football or hurling manager, and with the county board and sponsors Supermac's embroiled in an embarrassing row which has bemused the rest of the country, the maroon-and-white brand is taking a battering.
The GAA authorities remain confident that their proposal to introduce a Tier 2 football competition next year is on track for success, but objections by the GPA and CPA are strengthening the opposition's hand just as counties are deciding which way to vote at the Special Congress in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday fortnight.
Even in a sporting world where tales of the unexpected continue to emerge on virtually a daily basis, the curious case of Supermac's v Galway GAA is guaranteed a special chapter of its own.
Tim O'Leary is, by all accounts, something of a Mayo supporter extraordinaire. A wealthy businessman, who hails from London, his family links with green-and-red country coaxed him into doing something practical to help the cause.
By 7.30 on Saturday evening, Jim Gavin and his squad will either be perched on a previously unconquered summit as five-in-a-row All-Ireland...
The years were different, but Jim Gavin's reaction to drawing All-Ireland finals was much the same. And, in fairness, both were equally honest,...
Clare football manager Colm Collins has warned the GAA that it risks damaging its future by failing to scrap the provincial football championships and replacing them with a streamlined 32-team system.
Since there are 29 years between the dates, the coincidence will have gone unnoticed by Kildare supporters, but given what the first one...
The only certainty about the football final replay is that the winners will be deemed to have made better use of the lessons from the drawn game.
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Replacing dismissal with 10 minutes in the sin-bin as the sanction for cynical fouling in football has a lot to recommend it and is likely to win the required support at Saturday's Special Congress.
The extensive list of top hurlers who have never won an All-Ireland medal has lengthened further following the retirement of Waterford's Michael 'Brick' Walsh.
Ten years ago, the question now being asked about Dublin's dominance of football applied to hurling and Kilkenny - when will their seemingly never-ending grip be broken?
A sin bin in football would have a far more positive impact than the current rule where a player guilty of cynical play is sent off for the remainder of the game.
Imagine winning a football game, let alone an All-Ireland final, without getting a single score from a free?
Figures released this week show that houses in Dublin are most likely to be burgled, while Kerry has the lowest break-in rate among all counties.
If Peter Keane was told before last Sunday's week's game that David Clifford would land only two points, Paul Geaney would be held scoreless and his starting forward line would accumulate a mere six points from play between them, he would have feared that Kerry's attempt to block Dublin's five-in-a-row path had failed.
The All-Ireland five-in-a-row club will remain unoccupied after Dublin become the latest to be refused admittance on Saturday, according to former Cork All-Ireland winning captain, Larry Tompkins.
ABOUT the only certainty surrounding the All-Ireland final replay – if it follows the expected route and delivers a close contest – is that the performance of referee Conor Lane will be criticised.
It appears the gods cannot decide whether or not to open the All-Ireland five-in-a-row club.
Martin Breheny rates the players ahead of the All-Ireland final.
Tomorrow, I will be attending my 100th All-Ireland senior final, having chalked up 50 football and 49 hurling, replays included.
Last May in the Irish Independent championship preview magazine, I predicted Tipperary and Kerry respectively for the All-Ireland hurling and football titles.
Peter Keane's appointment as Kerry manager had only been ratified a few days earlier, but already he was being asked about a hypothetical challenge that might arise 11 months away.
The Dublin-Kerry All-Ireland football final would attract 120,000 spectators if Croke Park had the capacity, according to the GAA.
Should Kerry start Tommy Walsh on Sunday? Arising from his sizeable contribution after coming on as a sub against Tyrone in the semi-final, there's a view that he should be given a starting role, with a brief to use his height, power and vast experience to test the Dublin full-back line.
Michael Darragh Macauley let on that he wasn't even sure how long Dublin's All-Ireland run had extended, although he did manage to 'guess' correctly.
Pat Gilroy made up his mind quickly that the time for radical reform had arrived. A 17-point defeat by Kerry in the 2009 All-Ireland quarter-final was such an awful humiliation that he had to act.
Graeme Mulcahy did his best on 'The Sunday Game' on Sunday night to disguise the frustration which swept across Limerick earlier in the day as they watched Tipperary flatten Kilkenny.
From the depressing lows of a 12-point Munster final demolition by Limerick in late June to the stratospheric heights of a 14-point All-Ireland final win mid-August - it really has been a remarkable seven weeks for Tipperary.
On the Saturday before the start of the hurling campaign last May, I predicted in our championship supplement that Tipperary would win the All-Ireland title on the basis that there was a lot more to them than they showed last year.
Unless he pens an autobiography when his playing days are over, we will never know if TJ Reid had prepared a speech worthy of a history-making occasion.
Pitches from the GAA's farm in north county Dublin could be in use at major sports stadiums across Europe in the coming years.
The GAA has warned against a scam involving the All-Ireland hurling and football finals.
It has always been the case that people attended sporting events for one, or more, of three reasons: to support a team or individual, to enjoy the entertainment as a neutral or to be part of the occasion.
Somehow, you knew it was always coming to this, that Kerry would emerge to erect the last checkpoint for Dublin as they bid to enter the most exclusive club in championship history.
This is where Kerry's first real test arrives. Munster brought some problems, mostly of their own making, and once they beat Mayo in the first round of the Super 8s, the path to the semi-final opened up.
It's difficult to visualise in these heady days for Dublin football, but there was a time not so long ago when their manager admitted to being seriously concerned about the direction his team were headed after a game with Mayo.
When Jim Gavin and James Horan patrolled the sideline during the 2013 All-Ireland final, neither would have envisaged that six years later they would be still trying to outwit each other once again.
Dublin and Mayo may have three of the best free-takers in football, but in purely statistical terms they are not as important to their teams' prospects of winning the All-Ireland semi-finals as their counterparts in Tyrone and Kerry.
The last time a football team was pursuing the All-Ireland five-in-a-row, it caused problems for the GAA.
John Meyler said nothing, Páraic Fanning thanked all around him before signing off with a comment which was open to various interpretations and Joe Quaid wondered why he wasn't wanted anymore.
COMPLETE with inequality for some, privilege for others and inconsistencies for all, the football championship format may be deeply flawed, but it has still managed to deliver the four pre-season favourites for next weekend’s semi-finals.
It's difficult enough to figure out how a game between two teams for whom victory is everything will unfold, but there are so many complicating sub-plots to this particular Tyrone-Dublin clash that tossing a coin seems as good a method as any to predict a winner.
Seventeen months ago, Mayo went to Ballybofey for a shoot-out with Donegal, which would decide who stayed in Division 1 and who were relegated.
The Munster Hurling Championship has been the biggest beneficiary from the various changes to the hurling and football championships in recent years, with attendances more than doubling since the introduction of the round-robin format last season.
Around 5.30pm on Sunday, the safety harness which has been attached to Dublin as they plot their way towards the previously unconquered five-in-a-row peak will be removed.
Despite early-season fears over football attendances, the All-Ireland championships are set to beat last year's total.
This time last year, we were being warned that to spill even a teaspoon of water was a heinous act of treason.
The current Tipperary crew have never been accused of being chokers, but their ability to mine victory from the deepest, darkest pits wouldn't be regarded as among their main qualities either.
Much has happened since Limerick lost to Cork by seven points in the Munster round robin 10 weeks ago, but John Kiely won't have forgotten it.
Thirteen years ago next month, Brian Cody faced a massive challenge. There was an All-Ireland final against Cork to be planned for and the beat accompanying it had a distinct southern tempo.
Tipperary have the highest average score (29.3 points) of the four semi-finalists, while Wexford have the second lowest (22.7) give-away rate behind Limerick, so something has to give when they meet tomorrow.
Séamus Callanan will be seeking to act out his version of the 'Magnificent Seven' against Wexford in Croke Park on Sunday, having scored a goal in all six of Tipperary's championship games to date.
The proposed Tier 2 football championship for Division 3 and 4 counties is proving a hard sell in Leinster, the province which will have the highest representation.
Davy Fitzgerald knew it would take time to win over the Wexford public with the type of game he was planning to use, but he didn't expect the reservations to emerge so quickly.
This week last year, Minister for Sport Shane Ross was lecturing the GAA on his version of their responsibilities over the use of grounds.
Dublin weren't even involved, but you sense their presence everywhere in this championship as the inevitable question arises all the time: who is best equipped to prevent them winning the five-in-a-row?
Jim Gavin will be keeping a very close eye on Donegal v Kerry, as there are plenty of reasons to believe that either, or both, pose the biggest threat to Dublin's five-in-a-row bid.
Mayo are better than Meath, but that doesn't guarantee they will win tomorrow as other factors intervene to give the Royals a chance of keeping their semi-final hopes alive.
Thirty have tried and 29 have failed. In 43 games, over seven seasons, Jim McGuinness is the only manager to shake Jim Gavin's hand as a winner after a championship game.
If you were to take the latest turn of events in the chaotic saga of the Páirc Uí Chaoimh redevelopment at face value, you might think that it was all Peter McKenna's fault.
The GAA has no input into the colours used by counties when a change is necessary due to a clash of jerseys, leading to suspicions among supporters that they are being exploited by county boards and manufacturers, who benefit financially from replica kit sales.
Mayo's old gunslingers are back in town and shooting for survival. It's serious now because defeat against Meath would almost certainly eliminate them from the All-Ireland championship and also cast doubts about the future of several players.
Although his professional life revolved around greyhound and horse racing for more than 50 years, a GAA column is also an appropriate place to remember Michael Fortune who has died after a short illness, aged 70.
Supporters of the Super 8s, be warned! There's a high probability that next Saturday's action will leave you trying to make a case that doesn't stand up, unless meaningless games are regarded as an appropriate lead-in to the All-Ireland semi-finals.
GREYHOUND racing and horse racing have lost one of their foremost journalistic experts, following the death after a short illness of Michael Fortune, aged 70.
Cork knew all about the pain Kilkenny teams inflict on opposition who let their performance levels drop, but they did it anyway and suffered the inevitable consequences.
Brian Cuthbert had no doubts about what the future held for Cork footballers as he talked of how well the transition was going, while pointing out that nine of the team had made their championship debuts over the previous 14 months.
Forty years ago this month, Laois led Galway by four points early in the last quarter of the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final in Birr.
There was a time when the circumstances behind tomorrow's clash would have left Cork and Kilkenny hurling people deeply uncomfortable, but all has changed in the modern-day championship where, in certain circumstances, it's possible to lose three games and remain in contention for the All-Ireland title.
What's gone wrong with Waterford hurling? That was a question occupying the small band of supporters travelling home from Semple Stadium on Wednesday night after watching the U-20s overwhelmed by Tipperary in the Munster semi-final.
Mayo and Donegal, plus the danger of the unknown, pose the biggest threats to Dublin's ambitions to become the first county in either football or hurling to complete the All-Ireland five-in-a-row, according to Joe Kernan.
The largest Laois crowd at a hurling game for at least 34 years will flock to Croke Park on Sunday for the clash with Tipperary in a novel All-Ireland quarter-final pairing.
By the time O'Moore Park became an emotional gusher that launched the whole of Laois into orbit last Sunday, Clare footballers were on their way home, their season ended by a one-point defeat to Meath.
The great irony of the All-Ireland football championship is that after four weeks of ruthless culling on the qualifier circuit, there's a return to a gentler world at the quarter-final stages, initially at least.
Liam Kearns made an interesting point in Thursday's Irish Independent about the challenges facing beaten provincial finalists in Round 4 qualifiers, pointing out that the manner of the defeat is usually significant.
Cavan could also have been paired with Clare, Laois or Mayo but, no, they got the one draw they didn't want.
It's a rivalry like no other in football, locked in a battle of enduring intensity and intrigue throughout its 117-year history.
Leinster CEO Michael Reynolds has refused to ruled out the possibility of expanding the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship from five teams to six.
If past trends involving beaten provincial football finalists in Round 4 qualifiers are replicated next weekend, it's advantage Clare, Laois, Mayo and Tyrone.
Tommy Lyons has waded into the debate on Dublin GAA funding, accusing critics of being "disingenuous with their cheap shots" and not facing up to reality.
The line-up has yet to be completed, but already there's one certainty about this year's 'Super 8s' - it won't feature the eight best teams.
Behave yourselves on Christmas Eve and see you for training at 8am on Christmas morning.
More than three-quarters of an hour after the end of a game that created a new generation of Wexford heroes, the players were still on the pitch, enjoying a special feeling that left them reluctant to leave Croke Park.
Draws don't usually leave both managers so contented, but as the picture of Brian Cody and Davy Fitzgerald after the Wexford-Kilkenny clash two weeks showed, deadlock can sometimes mean that both teams win.
It's a long time ago now - 22 years in fact - since Billy Byrne inflicted more damage on Kilkenny in six minutes than his colleagues had done over the previous hour. Aged 37, and with his long career winding down, he was held in reserve by manager Rory Kinsella until the 64th minute of the 1997 Leinster final, when he was despatched close to the Kilkenny goal.
Galway lost one game in Leinster and were tossed out of the All-Ireland race; Limerick can lose in Munster for a third time in five games tomorrow and still remain in contention to retain the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Oh, the beautiful simplicity of it all. Money, money, money - the root of all evil in the sad tale of how the Leinster Football Championship is no more than a training ground for Dublin.
This had nothing to do with Dublin's advantages in drawing from a population of 1.4 million people, enjoying large financial investment or being more accustomed to playing in Croke Park, but rather with Meath's failure to reach anything like the heights required in a provincial final.
Brian Cuthbert tried three times, but didn't get there. Peadar Healy missed the target with his one shot. Ronan McCarthy had a similar bad experience with his opening attempt, but has a second chance this evening.
Martin O'Connell's Meath generation wonder what it would be like to play the present-day Dublin team, who are five or six wins away from an achievement which, statistically, would make them the best of all time.
James Horan has taken drastic action following Mayo's early exit from the Connacht SFC, making no fewer than five changes on the team to play Down in the Round 2 qualifier in Newry this evening (7.0).
Cavan are so far ahead of the rest of Ulster counties on the provincial football roll of honour that even if they never won another title, it would take decades to overtake them.
Several of the counties playing in the second round of the football qualifiers next weekend could be experiencing the 'back-door' for the last time.
It's not where Mayo, Tyrone and Monaghan expected to be for mid-summer's day, but the harsh reality of life in Connacht and Ulster has left three of the top seven pre-championship All-Ireland favourites on a dangerous qualifier route jammed with deadly ambush parties.
Meath's Millennium man Martin O'Connell has urged the current crop of Royals to ignore the negativity about their prospects against Dublin in Sunday's Leinster final, believe in themselves and play as if their lives depended on it.
With Galway hurlers eliminated from the All-Ireland championship earlier in the year than at any time since 1965, will Kevin Walsh invite Dáithí Burke to join the football panel?
Thirty-five games played, 34 to play. Barring draws, the football championships have nudged just past their numerical halfway point, with the culling season gathering pace rapidly.
It wasn't just the win, but the manner in which it was chiselled out, that sent Roscommon into a celebrational orbit which will keep supporters in the clouds for days.
Nobody would have predicted at the start of the 2016 season that the next four Connacht finals would feature Galway v Roscommon but, between them, they have turned into the longest provincial wilderness for Mayo since the 1950s/'60s.
Brian Cody welcomes All-Star goalkeeper Eoin Murphy back into his Kilkenny side for a mouthwatering Leinster SHC clash with Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford at Innovate Wexford Park (7.0) tonight.
The signs appeared ominous for Roscommon last October when the county board deemed it necessary to issue a statement on how the new manager of their choice would not be replacing Kevin McStay.
Munster hurling's pre-eminence as the top attraction among all six provincial championships is being reinforced by attendance figures, which are well ahead of last year's record returns.
Brian Cody must wonder which of the gods Kilkenny upset and why they have taken it so badly.
ULSTER'S decision to cut ticket prices for this year's football championship appears to have yielded rich dividends, with attendances showing a dramatic increase on last season.
Twenty-three years ago next Sunday, Ciarán Carey darted 60 metres upfield in the Gaelic Grounds like a man avoiding landmines with each zig-zagging step, before driving over a point that's guaranteed to feature on any list of super-scores from any era.
Three red cards, 11 yellow cards, and controversy over the amount of time played in the second-half provided the crowd of 15,778 with plenty of talking points as they left Nowlan Park after a fiery contest that dramatically changed the complexion of the Leinster round robin table.
Galway still aren’t guaranteed a place in the Leinster hurling final, but they strengthened their case considerably with an impressive win in Nowlan Park.