Martin Breheny: 'Attacking McKenna for Páirc Uí Chaoimh shambles won't distract from the real issues'
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...
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...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following Kildare's runaway win over Longford in a replay last Sunday, Cian O'Neill gave the only answer he could when asked if he would settle for a good performance against Dublin tomorrow.
The last time Galway started a championship game as outsiders was in August 2016 for the All-Ireland semi-final clash with Tipperary.
The extraordinary success enjoyed by the Dublin footballers since 2011 has sent the players' earning power soaring to levels never previously seen in the history of the GAA with as much as €6,000 for a single promotional appearance, depending on the player and the company involved.
It is a scenario nobody expected before the start of the hurling championship, but the stark reality for last year's All-Ireland finalists Limerick and Galway is that they face a real threat of being eliminated from the All-Ireland race without even getting out of their provinces.
Serious concerns over a steep decline in performance levels have left Galway manager Micheál Donoghue poised to make several changes for Sunday's Leinster round-robin clash with Kilkenny in Nowlan Park (2.0).
Eighteen years ago next weekend, the All-Ireland qualifiers made a welcome landing on the football landscape, ending the unforgiving days when one defeat ended a championship season.
The story from Walsh Park wasn't how Limerick rebooted their Championship programme, but rather how Waterford's systems have become corrupted to the point where they're not functioning at even low-level capacity.
Limerick’s All-Ireland retention plan is back on track, but Waterford’s championship race is all but run almost three weeks before mid-summer’s day.
The round-robin provincial system is only half-way through its second season, but already you have to wonder why it took so long to introduce.
Cavan people never need to remind the rest of the country how much football means to them, but they did it anyway following the great win over Monaghan.
It's not where Waterford hurlers expected to be, but less than two years after reaching the All-Ireland final they are trapped in the longest run of games without a championship win since the 1920s.
Introducing a second-tier football championship is pointless unless the GAA provides full support and encourages sponsors and media to back it, according to Limerick manager Billy Lee.
It's a sign of how much value Cork's football stock has lost that even the merest hint of encouragement is seized upon as a means of rebuilding confidence.
Despite the negativity towards the more far-reaching football rule changes trialled in pre-season and in this year's League, former Cork All-Ireland winning captain and manager Larry Tompkins believes the GAA needs to undertake an urgent review as soon as possible.
The irony was unmissable as Anthony Cunningham beamed his way around MacHale Park in the teeming rain after presiding over a Roscommon win which left Mayo with their worst run in the Connacht Championship for 60 years.
With Dublin's giant shadow darkening the whole of Leinster for so long, it was tempting to ask one of the chasing pack about the gulf between them and Jim Gavin's history-chasers.
It was third time lucky for Laois in the game that mattered most as they held out against Westmeath in the Leinster football quarter-final in Tullamore.
The last time Wexford played Galway, Davy Fitzgerald admitted to being utterly puzzled by how their two-point half-time lead turned into a 10-point defeat in the second half.
Any advance on 50 points per hurling game? 'Yes' is the definitive answer if the soaring strike rate of recent seasons is a reliable guide.
If John Kiely had time to step away from checking the Limerick circuit board for blown fuses, he might well feel a pang of envy over what's confronting him in the pursuit of an All-Ireland hurling double, compared with Jim Gavin's experience as he takes Dublin footballers out on the five-in-a-row adventure.
Carlow’s prospects of beating Meath in Saturday’s Leinster football quarter-final in Portlaoise have been hit with a serious setback after the latest attempt to have manager, Turlough O’Connor, coach, Stephen Poacher and midfielder, Brendan Murphy cleared for duty failed.
It's only the first step, but such is the excitement sweeping across Cavan that the supporters would love if the Ulster semi-final against Armagh were on next Sunday, rather than a week later.
If Limerick are looking for optimistic pointers as they re-set their championship plan following the defeat by Cork, they will find one in a source that up to last Sunday week would have been seen as a major negative.
A whole lot of souls face intense searches at Limerick's review sessions this week, as they try to figure out how and why the opening leg of their All-Ireland defence bid prompted so little reaction when adversity dropped by the Gaelic Grounds.
A sporting legacy is usually difficult to quantify, but no doubts exist about the impact the Dublin team of the 1970s had on football and indeed the GAA in general.
When it comes to venues for the Leinster and Muster hurling championships, Wexford are in a class of one.
It's safe to make one prediction about Limerick v Cork - it will be a high-scoring game.
Other than the colour of the jersey – and there have been subtle changes there too – resemblances between the Dublin for whom Anton O'Toole made his championship debut in 1974 and the current scene are so tiny as to be virtually invisible.
Players be warned - the strictest interpretation of the rules is being unleashed in the championships and will continue right through until All-Ireland final Sundays.
Gregory Kennedy has been banned for four weeks, arising from his dramatic on-field antics in Nowlan Park last Saturday.
Question: How many counties have reached their provincial football semi-finals for each of the last seven seasons?
Poor old football, it can't win, certainly not during this part of the season anyway. In fact, it can't even draw because, well, another form of draw forms a large part of the problem.
There can never be a definitive answer, but that won't stop the question being asked as Dublin set out in pursuit of a place in history: How would their four-in-a-row squad fare against their Kerry equivalents from 1978-81?
Liam Sheedy moved quickly to wrap perspective around a win that left Tipperary supporters brimming with optimism as they left Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
With only two wins from their previous 11 competitive games, Tipperary hurlers badly needed to arrest the decline, which they duly did with a very impressive win in the opening round of the Munster championship 'round robin'.
Change is very much the order of the summer for Kilkenny, who will begin their Leinster hurling championship campaign against Dublin in Nowlan Park this evening (7.0) with no fewer than eight changes from the team that exited last year's All-Ireland race after losing to Limerick in the quarter-final.
Facts don't lie, but do they tell the whole truth? Tipperary are about to find out at a time when opinions on where they stand have rarely been as polarised inside or outside the county.
Change is very much the order of the summer for Kilkenny, who will begin their Leinster hurling championship campaign against Dublin in Nowlan Park tomorrow evening (7.0) with no fewer than eight changes from the team that exited last year’s All-Ireland race after losing to Limerick in the quarter-final.
Wicklow manager John Evans has warned that unless a Tier 2 football championship or some other genuine incentives are put forward, lower-ranked counties will continue to lose players.
The last time Cork played Tipperary, John Meyler told his players and himself that they all needed to ask themselves questions about what exactly was going on.
On the basis that every challenge, however manageable, must be assessed in detail, Jim Gavin and other Dublin strategists will, no doubt, undertake a reconnaissance mission at the Wexford-Louth game next Sunday.
Mick O'Dwyer doesn't even pause when asked to sum up the Eugene McGee he knew from their managerial jousting days with Kerry and Offaly.
The GAA world is in mourning following the sudden death of Eugene McGee, former UCD, Offaly, Cavan and Irish International Rules manager.
They start in Ruislip and Gaelic Park tomorrow and, if last year's trends are maintained, they will have grossed €36million in gate receipts by football final day on September 1. That's an average of almost €2.1m per week, accumulated by the All-Ireland and provincial hurling and football championships.
Carlow football manager Turlough O'Brien, team coach Stephen Poacher and midfielder Brendan Murphy are to challenge lengthy suspensions before the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) in an attempt to be clear for the Leinster quarter-final clash with Meath or Offaly on May 25.
Leitrim are to continue their campaign to have a TMO introduced to Gaelic games.
Walsh Park is set for a sell-out on Sunday week for the first Munster hurling championship game at the Waterford city venue for 23 years.
The neighbours have gone their separate ways for the Bank Holiday weekend, but while Galway and Mayo footballers are 3,500 miles apart, they won't have forgotten each other.
Four days to the start of the football championship - can you sense the excitement? Not exactly, but then New York v Mayo and London v Galway are more about the occasions than the games.
An unseasonably warm Tuesday evening in St Conleth's Park, Newbridge and the next generation of Wicklow and Kildare footballers are launching their championship campaign.
There's growing unease among lower-ranked counties over proposals to include 16 teams in a second-tier championship.
Jim Gavin would have known it was coming, so now the challenge is how to deal with the opposition's mixture of flattery and mischief.
Never mind the provincial championship media launches where most players and managers work off a script that couldn't be any tighter if they were rehearsing for a stage production, the real theatre is going on well behind the curtains.
Twenty-five years ago this month, Nickey Brennan enlivened a mundane GAA Congress with his famous "hurling is dying on its feet" speech.
This year's crop of new football managers have had very mixed fortunes so far, with James Horan, Jack Cooney and Terry Hyland presiding over the big success stories.
Getting counties to make maximum use of the extra weekends left free of inter-county activity is the next major challenge facing fixtures-makers, according to GAA head of games administration Feargal McGill.
The GAA is to ban overseas training for county squads and will also impose a restriction on the duration of home-based camps.
Darren Gallagher won't be playing for Longford in this year's football championship; neither will Odhrán Mac Niallais be aboard the Donegal team.
April is an edgy month for managers. The hectic Allianz League season, jammed with games most weekends, left them with little time for detailed analysis.
Counties who play only two or three games in this year's football championship will have forked out around €2.75 million in team costs since the end of the Allianz League.
How much is the manager of your club team being paid? Nothing? Between €5,000 and €10,000? More than €10,000? You don't know?
It can never be changed, but neither can it be ignored. So bad is Mayo's record in finals that even those who dismiss superstition as a crutch for the demented become queasy when faced with the raw facts.
If Waterford are looking for positive omens for tomorrow's game, they will find them in a group of three.
Remember it? A spring afternoon in Croke Park and Cork footballers were happily unpicking the most sophisticated locks.
An All-Ireland final rematch in Croke Park next Sunday looked likely for three-quarters of this tie, but that was before Waterford's injection of power burned Galway off.
History in the making in Croke Park next Sunday as Limerick and Waterford clash in the Allianz hurling league final for the first time.
None of the four contenders will admit it, but Dublin's departure from the Allianz League title race has sent pulses racing in Kerry, Galway, Mayo and Tyrone.