Martin Breheny: 'Dubs out so who makes a move?'
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.
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.
Kerry's bid to reach the Allianz League football final has been boosted by the return of David Clifford for the clash with Roscommon tomorrow.
Thirteen years and 92 Allianz League games later, Meath's Division 1 exile is poised to end.
An apparent flaw in the rules has left Kilkenny and Cork in conflict with the GAA's disciplinary bodies, arising from one-match bans imposed on Conor Delaney and Seamus Harnedy, who were sent...
Just when Cork might have thought they had exhausted their biggest setback range for years comes the grim likelihood that their footballers are about to drop into Division 3.
Next season's restructured Allianz Hurling League will be seriously lopsided, with no fewer than five of the six leading favourites for this year's All-Ireland title on the same side, while only one - Cork or Kilkenny - will be in the other group.
Antrim GAA wouldn't be noted for boat-rocking, but there came a time last August when frustration over Casement Park prompted them onto a medium that was only in its infancy when the redevelopment plans for the west Belfast stadium were announced.
What happened on a bitterly cold, blustery afternoon at Páirc Uí Rinn in March won't count for much when this pair next meet in the Munster championship at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on May 12, but for now the satisfaction is all Tipperary's after resurrecting their League title ambitions with emphatic efficiency.
Tipperary and Galway will have home venues for next weekend's Allianz Hurling League quarter-finals while a toss of a coin today will decide where the Clare v Waterford tie is played, writes Martin Breheny.
Tipperary’s Allianz League ambitions are back on track after a must-win success over Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn.
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From summer sun to winter woes in the space of just a few days.
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The GPA would back a rule change, effectively giving the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) the power to play one of two 'Super 8s' games involving Dublin away from Croke Park.
More than 50pc counties didn't start their senior club football championships before the end of June last year, while eight had no games played by the end of July.
A quote I picked up from Johnny Geraghty, Galway goalkeeper in the All-Ireland three-in-a-row team of the 1960s, during the days when he taught me Latin and Irish in secondary school, came to mind this week amid the stampede to judgements across the sporting landscape.
The Tommy Moore Cup still hadn't left the Shamrocks dressing-room for its seventh trip to Ballyhale, but Henry Shefflin was already succession planning for decades to come.
Ballyhale Shamrocks have extended their lead at the top of the All-Ireland club hurling roll of honour, taking their total to seven with the easiest of wins over St Thomas.
A season that started with an impressive flourish for Kerry has received another significant boost with the return of David Clifford and James O'Donoghue to the squad for tonight's game against Mayo in Tralee.
Five attempts, two wins, three defeats. It's a higher than usual strike rate by Dublin's opponents, but with two rounds remaining Jim Gavin knows that his side's Allianz League fate remains firmly in their own hands.
The long delay in acquiring planning permission and all the work associated with re-drawing the plans have sent the cost of redeveloping Casement Park, Belfast soaring towards £110 million (€128m), more than 40pc higher than the original estimate.
Tipperary hurling boss Liam Sheedy will be hoping a training camp in Spain this week will be the catalyst to energise a season which has been surprisingly flat since his return to the Premier helm, with three defeats from four games leaving them at the foot of Division 1A.
Here's what Páraic Fanning said: 'A serious review of the whole calendar is needed and joined-up thinking with people talking to each other to see what's best. The calendar is too tight."
Fears are growing in the GAA that Brexit will have serious implications for the Association across a wide range of areas.
Donegal supporters, who left Ballybofey early enough to avoid match-day traffic heading for last year's Ulster final, were in Clones one hour and 45 minutes later.
It's not exactly a reason to declare a state of emergency, but Tipperary hurlers find themselves in a position that few - if indeed any - of their predecessors did as they prepare for Sunday's clash with Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn.
It was one of those moments that you know is coming, yet when it arrives, you're a bit surprised. Perhaps a touch confused too, because when a group of around 280 people reach a decision by a massive majority, it's highly unusual that they rescind it by even overwhelming numbers three years later.
Taking Dublin out of Croke Park for two of their three 'Super 8s' games "just wouldn't make sense", according to GAA President John Horan.
Tipperary's pre-season plans did not include missing out on the League quarter-finals, but you get the impression Liam Sheedy will sleep soundly if they are eliminated next Sunday.
Beaten Allianz League finalists for the last two years, Tipperary’s prospects of reaching the knock-out stages hang by a thread after losing a third successive game.
Donegal made the case for getting Dublin out of Croke Park for a Super 8 game with as much conviction as they could muster, but it made limited impression on the rest of the counties, none of whom supported them in the debate at GAA Congress in Wexford yesterday.
An attempt by Donegal to prevent Dublin footballers having two of three ‘Super 8’ games in Croke Park has failed.
GAA county grounds has been given the same status as Croke Park as potential venues for games other than hurling and football.
This year's All-Ireland senior club finals will be the last played on St Patrick's Day if the recommendations of a specialist review committee are accepted.
When Liam Sheedy resigned as manager after Tipperary had ended Kilkenny's five-in-a-row ambitions nine years ago, he would never have thought that in 2019 he would be back plotting against the man who was already in his 12th season in 2010.
Dublin's prospects of completing a historic All-Ireland five-in-a-row will be in no way damaged if they are tossed out of the contention for the Allianz National Football League title this weekend, according to Mick O'Dwyer.
At some stage during GAA Congress in Wexford on Saturday, a member of Central Council will rise to propose a motion which is largely similar to one that was beaten on a three-to-one majority only three years ago.
Larry Tompkins expects some old friends from Meath to drop into his pub in Cork either before or after their trip Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.
They will come from the 32 counties and many parts of the world where the GAA is thriving, all 280 of them congregating in Clayton Whites Hotel in Wexford on Friday night for the start of the annual Congress.
Limerick did to Kilkenny what the Cats did to others so often during their many years as the top force in the land.
Barring a highly unlikely results sequence in the last two rounds, including defeats by Cork and Clare, Limerick will feature in the knock-out stages of the Allianz hurling League.
Nowlan Park tests visiting teams in a way no other venue does, except perhaps for Croke Park when Dublin footballers are involved.
Honestly, if we didn't know Mick O'Dwyer and the Kerry players better, the obvious conclusion to be reached at the start of their five-in-a-row chasing season in 1982 was that they were deliberately trying to get eliminated from the National League.
Monaghan have just discovered that while beating Dublin provides a warm, fuzzy feeling, it doesn't last.
An excellent second half performance by Galway against the wind in Iniskeen proved too much for Monaghan, who suffered their second defeat in a week against Connacht opposition.
Jason Sherlock is no longer part of the Dublin football coaching squad. Sherlock has been missing from the sideline for the opening two games against Monaghan and Galway, his place as maor foirne taken instead by Paul Clarke, who officially joined the set-up as a coach last year.
Fake news enjoyed a big week in the GAA, portraying it as having haemorrhaged so much public interest and money in a year that if the trend continues, the Association will be lucky to reach its 135th birthday in November, let alone its 150th in 2034.
Meath GAA is in mourning following the death of Frankie Byrne at the age of 94.
The dominance by Dublin footballers over several seasons is proving to be bad news for the GAA's coffers as crowds drop off due to a lack of competitiveness.
While the GAA have put forward some practical reasons for the decline in overall attendances at last year's football championships, they are facing the real fear that the style of play adopted by many counties is the biggest contributor.
Dublin's overwhelming dominance of the GAA's Games Development budget continues, with the latest figures showing that they received €1.3 million last year.
The GAA is making "positive progress" towards acquiring Clonliffe College for sports, housing and hotel facilities, according to Peter McKenna, the association's stadium and commercial director.
They fitted us out in working boots and hard hats in a site office and led the way proudly through the hub of building activity that was then Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Timing was everything for Clare in terms of when they scored their two goals and when they conceded one in Cusack Park.
It was scary for Clare at the end but time ran out for Kilkenny as they cut an eight-point second half lead to one deep in stoppage time.
Limerick and Tipperary have already had a pre-season warm-up clash in the Munster League but tonight is when the rivalry resumes at full intensity in what could be the first of five games between them this year.
It's indicative of the shadow Dublin's imposing mountain has cast on the valleys below that when the merest hint of sunlight breaks through, a giddy sense of hope sweeps across the fields.
GAA director-general Tom Ryan has defended the GAA's ticket-price increases, pointing out that around one-quarter of attendances (children) aren't charged for admission while a half avail of discount deals or pre-booking.
Crisis-hit Páirc Uí Chaoimh will have to trade its way out of serious financial problems without any direct help from the rest of the GAA.
The GAA will resist any attempt by Government to attach conditions to future funding for ground development, arising from the controversy which erupted over the Liam Miller tribute game in Páirc Uí Chaoimh last September.
Tom Ryan stopped short of publicly calling on the GAA to relax the rules on the use of county grounds but it's there between the lines in his first annual report since moving from financial director to director-general last April.
Emlyn Mulligan's expression left no doubt how he was feeling but he clarified it anyway. "I'm deflated. It's not the ideal draw," he said.
First day of the league and Davy Fitzgerald was already experiencing a deep sense of frustration.
All-Ireland champions Limerick dug deep in a hectic closing period to withstand a powerful Wexford finish in Innovate Wexford Park.
However cleverly they might be manipulated, the facts are utterly damning for Dublin's rivals. Dominating the championship is one thing, but Dublin's control of the Allianz League over the last six seasons should leave the rest embarrassed.
So wide is the perceived gap between Dublin footballers and their main pursuers that they start the new season this weekend as the hottest favourites in history to land the Allianz league and All-Ireland double.
What exactly do the powerful hurling counties want from the Allianz League?
A cap on the amounts spent on inter-county squad preparation has been proposed by a top GAA official, who is adamant that the current upward trends are unsustainable.
It could be argued that the only substantial item on the agenda in 1B of the Allianz Hurling League is which of Carlow, Laois or Offaly are relegated to Division 2.
So that's it then, Gaelic basketball is here to stay. Well, at least until it empties the grounds as the public decide that they just can't take any more dreariness.
The perception of Galway as a squad overflowing with creative attackers and Roscommon as a side with a leaky defence took a serious hit in Tuam Stadium yesterday where the opposite was the case on both fronts.
Anthony Cunningham’s term as Roscommon manager got off to the best possible start as his well-organised side out-classed Galway in the FBD Connacht League final in Tuam Stadium.
If Armagh needed any reminding of the county's poor record in the Dr McKenna Cup, they will find it with their manager, who was only 23 years old the last time the title dropped in the Orchard.
Despite opposition from players and managers, the controversial restriction on the Gaelic football handpass is likely to continue in the league.
A major change in how counties conduct their disciplinary procedures has been proposed by Ulster Council CEO Brian McAvoy.
Dublin's bid for the All-Ireland football five-in-a-row is likely to involve playing three games outside Croke Park for the first time in many years.
Tighter controls around pre-championship training camps are on the way after the shambles of last year when some counties were punished for breaking the rules while others escaped, despite their cases appearing similar.
If reports are true and Central Council delegates are being lobbied through various channels to vote against having the restriction on the handpass applied in the national football league, we will discover on Saturday if they have any courage or conviction.
If the season runs to their ambitious scripts for Clare and Tipperary, this was the first of six games between them in 2019.
Winning last year’s Munster League provided Limerick hurlers with a launch pad which helped them to soar all the way to Liam MacCarthy Cup glory seven months later, a flightpath Clare hope they can also follow after collecting the first silverware of the 2019 season.
Two great rivalries, one west, one east, one still as intense as ever, the other a mere silhouette of what it used to be.
It's the GAA's great fixtures conundrum and it's coming their way again this year amid rising anger in the club game over the lack of games for long periods.
Senior officials from the Leinster Council and the Galway County Board are to meet later this month in an effort to sort out financial differences which have arisen over the senior hurling championship.
If acknowledging that a problem exists represents the first step towards solving it, Cork football has made a good start.
We don't hear much about it from the GAA's power brokers or, perhaps more surprisingly, from the GPA, but lack of acknowledgement doesn't disguise a disturbing feature of the modern inter-county game.
1. DIARMUID CONNOLLY (DUBLIN)
The most competitive hurling championship in history electrified the summer, widening the fascination net as it went.
High-powered business as usual for Dublin; Kerry and Mayo losing their places at the head of the pursuing pack; Galway enjoying their best year since 2001; Tyrone battling on with trademark grit; Monaghan showing yet again that a small population isn't necessarily a hindrance.
Brexit is already causing a problem for the GAA - and worse will follow if Britain crashes out of the EU and a hard Border is built.
The news that Galway spent almost €1.85 million on preparing men's teams this year will send a tremor through the GAA's financial systems at a time when they are coming under increasing pressures on a number of levels.
Mick O'Neill didn't make the headlines and wasn't as famous as the many players who benefited from his work in Nowlan Park, but his contribution to Kilkenny is assured of a permanent place in the memory of a GAA community who will pay their respects at his funeral today after Requiem Mass in St John's Church (10.30am).
Cian Lynch or one of the Galway pair, Pádraig Mannion and Joe Canning?
The shock news that the running of Páirc Uí Chaoimh has been taken over by Croke Park after redevelopment costs spiralled towards €110m has triggered fears for the future of Casement Park in Belfast.
It's not how Frank Murphy intended his 46 years as Cork county secretary to end. The tributes to him will roll at tonight's county convention, but once the nostalgia tour ends attention will quickly turn to the stark and embarrassing reality that Pairc Ui Chaoimh is a financial basket case.
It was announced last Friday that Guinness are to deepen their involvement with rugby after signing up as sponsors of the Six Nations for the next six years.
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 was most likely heading to north Longford.
The odds said it couldn’t be done but Mullinalaghta didn’t listen. And even when it looked as if their dream of becoming the first Longford club to win the Leinster club football title was fading late on they refused to accept that the title was heading back to Kilmacud for a fifth time.
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 Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup games.
GAA President John Horan has led tributes to two GAA stalwarts, Jerome O'Shea (Kerry) and Liam Hegarty (Donegal), who have passed away.
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.
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.
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.