Limerick make bold statement of intent
There is something incongruous about watching a hurling trophy presentation on the second Sunday in January, but after disappointing times on the senior circuit in recent years, Limerick supporters...
There is something incongruous about watching a hurling trophy presentation on the second Sunday in January, but after disappointing times on the senior circuit in recent years, Limerick supporters...
Next to the 'Late Late Toy Show', a production so hyped by RTÉ that it borders on brainwashing, the Dublin-Mayo All-Ireland football final was the...
The appointment of a successor to Páraic Duffy as GAA director-general will be delayed arising from the confusion which arose over the qualifications required for the position.
The result won't be remembered for very long but tomorrow night's Mayo-Galway FBD Connacht League clash in Castlebar still has a relevance which extends beyond the actual game.
Pre-season GAA competitions should start in early December to avoid the experiences of the past week when bad weather caused major problems.
Credit where it's due. Loosehorse, who made the Mick O'Dwyer documentary shown on RTé on Monday night, did an outstanding job.
You know how it goes at this time of year when every news bulletin is dominated by the crisis in hospitals, with distressing tales of how hundreds of people are stuck on trolleys waiting for admission.
Martin McHugh wasn't in Clones yesterday to watch his native Donegal play Monaghan in the Dr McKenna Cup.
With four days to go before the closing date for applications for the GAA director-general's position, serious doubts surround the precise qualifications candidates require to enter the race.
Somewhere this weekend, the advertisement for the post of GAA director-general is being studied with a degree of urgency. Closing date for applications is next Wednesday, so it's decision time.
When Seán Boylan was appointed Meath football manager in 1982, he was acutely aware of the sceptical reaction that would emanate from certain quarters in the county.
Gales, floods, thunder and lightning, power outages. And that's before temperatures drop...
Shortly after 10.30 yesterday morning, somebody working off the title 'villageblacksmith' posted the following on the BBC website in response to the news that injury had forced Andy Murray out of...
For only the second time since the turn of the Millennium, a county outside the 'Big Three' - Kilkenny, Cork, Tipperary - commands the top spot, with Galway proudly flying the maroon-and-white flag on the peak after losing only one competitive game all season.
The writing is stark and unsentimental, conveying a sense of frustration felt by many in rural Ireland.
A company, whose commercial director is Dublin footballer Paul Flynn, will process applications for the position of GAA director-general.
There's no dispute as to who stands on football's summit at the end of a season where there was little change among Dublin's chief pursuers.
It really is one of the sporting wonders that GAA clubs manage to prosper all over the world.
Liam Sheedy was a busy man in Singapore for the last week.
It wasn't planned and they weren't even together when they said it, yet their views had a common theme on All-Ireland final dates.
Changing the formats and dates of the provincial and All-Ireland hurling championships was not necessary and will increase the pressure on players, according to Tipperary manager Michael Ryan.
It's as unusual a scoreline as you have ever seen in hurling but then this game was played on a bald patch of land in the heart of the civic district of Singapore.
Ask any Galway hurling supporter to describe 2017 and the response will be similar. They see it as the perfect year, a season when all the positives aligned to perfection.
Gary Hanniffy rolled back the years to provide a reminder of his peak days in the Offaly jersey when he guested for a PwC All Stars hurling team in yesterday's exhibition game in Singapore.
Wexford hurlers spent several weeks worrying that Davy Fitzgerald would not return as manager and were so relieved by his decision to commit for another year that they intend to use it as a major motivating force for 2018.
This is not how Tipperary hurlers thought the year would end, their All-Ireland two-in-a-row dream shattered, their Munster title ripped away from them by Cork and the embarrassing memory of an Allianz League final where they were demolished by Galway.
Pauric Mahony is not dwelling on the past but he knows it can inform and shape the future so it cannot be ignored.
The clock is running quickly and Declan Bonner has a lot to do. The start of the McKenna Cup is only four weeks away, the Allianz League launches before the end of January and will be completed over the shortest-ever time-scale.
According to the GAA's fixture list, published at the start of the year, the interprovincials were due to be played next weekend (Connacht v Munster and Leinster v Ulster in the football and hurling semi-finals on Saturday, with the finals on Sunday).
As pre-Christmas wish-lists go, the Club Players' Association (CPA) have come up with quite a selection.
The prizes keep coming for Cuala. Having won the All-Ireland title for the first time this year they joined another exclusive club yesterday when they retained the Leinster crown in Portlaoise.
The vacancy for the position of GAA Director-General is expected to be advertised before Christmas but the identity of the person chosen to replace Páraic Duffy is unlikely to be known until March.
If further proof were needed that the team managerial environment is becoming increasingly volatile, it comes in the number of counties which will be under new leadership in 2018.
Finals in Divisions 2 ,3, 4 in the Allianz Football League, plus quarter-finals in the Hurling League, are to remain in place.
Gaelic football could benefit from various aspects of the International Rules model, including the tackle, restricting the handpass and linking referees' microphones to broadcasting and other devices in order to give the public a better understanding of decisions.
The days of county delegates deciding of their own volition on how to vote at GAA Congress will end if a move by the Club Players' Association (CPA) is successful.
They have always been a silent minority but their numbers are now dwindling at such a rapid rate that it could threaten the GAA's games programme in the not-too-distant future.
At one stage in the final quarter of last Sunday's Leinster senior club football semi-final, Leighton Glynn escaped the attentions of his Moorefield minder Mark Dempsey and found himself in space.
Rathnew's win over St Vincent's will remain one of the standout successes of this year's provincial club championships but that's where the romance ended for the Wicklow champions.
Here's what Aogán ó Fearghail said about the football qualifiers on the evening he took over as GAA president in February 2015.
There is no worse feeling in sport than the realisation that an opportunity has been lost, a big prize left behind as a result of mistakes that could have been avoided.
It used to be a familiar ritual at the end of an International Rules series - checking in with the GAA and AFL to ascertain if it had a future.
Regrets will be more than a few over this one. The second Test was there for the taking but Ireland failed to grasp a wonderful opportunity to deliver what would have been the biggest turnaround in international rules history.
The Cormac McAnallen Cup will be staying in Australia after Ireland lost their way in the second half of the second international rules Test in Perth yesterday.
A furious Joe Kernan heavily criticised the refereeing in the second International Rules test in Perth, describing it as ‘diabolical and not fair on players.’
It was always going to be the tallest of tall orders for the Irish International Rules team and so it proved as they surrendered the Cormac McAnallen Cup to Australia in Perth.
When news broke last month that the Carlton AFL club in Melbourne had released Ciaran Sheehan, ears pricked up in Cork.
The GAA expect that government funding for stadium development will not be cut following the IRFU's failed bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
It has been a strange week for the GAA. A big decision was being taken elsewhere, one which would have a significant impact on them, yet they had no way of exerting any influence.
Irish International Rules captain Aidan O’Shea has laid down a clear challenge for his colleagues ahead of tomorrow’s second Test against Australia in Perth.
International Rules history shows two clear trends, neither of which are particularly encouraging for Ireland as they head into the second Test against Australia in Perth tomorrow (8.45am Irish time).
Despite facing a 10-point deficit going into the second International Rules Test in Perth tomorrow, Ireland manager Joe Kernan has predicted the biggest turnaround in the history of two-game series.
If in doubt, get them out.
If Ireland succeed in overturning the deficit in Saturday's second Test against Australia, Michael Murphy's performance last Sunday will be recalled as one of the most remarkable efforts in the history of the International Rules series.
The IRFU will take the main hit from Ireland's failed attempt to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup but the GAA faces collateral damage too.
GAA Director-General, Paraic Duffy has expressed disappointment over the IRFU’S failed bid to stage the 2023 rugby World Cup, describing it as "a big loss to the whole country".
South Africa might not be our favourite country right now as it closes in on clinching the 2023 Rugby World Cup deal so let's hope we don't have more reason to be unhappy with it on Saturday.
Former Cork All-Ireland medal winner Ciarán Sheehan and Monaghan's Darren Hughes could play an important part in Ireland's bid to overturn a ten-point deficit in the second International Rules Test against Australia in Perth on Saturday.
How about this for nonsense? "Injured Stars Give Critics Ambition" ran a heading in The Australian newspaper on Monday.
Forget about whether you are for or against the International Rules series and consider this: does it teach us anything about Gaelic football that would be helpful in making the game better?
Joe Kernan used various psychological ploys which helped Armagh and Crossmaglen Rangers to All-Ireland successes over the years and he is now facing the major challenge of relocating a magic touch in the international arena on Saturday.
Paul Geaney and Killian Clarke have contrasting roles on the Irish International Rules team but they shared a common view after Sunday's 10-point defeat by Australia in the Adelaide Oval.
The International Rules series is secure for the foreseeable future, with attention now turning towards staging one game in America next year.
Monaghan’s Darren Hughes is on his way to Australia to join the Irish International Rules squad following the departure of Pearce Hanley who suffered a hand injury during yesterday’s first test in Adelaide.
Within minutes of watching contentedly as his side put one hand on the Cormac McAnallen Cup in Adelaide yesterday, Australian coach Chris Scott was already trying to calculate how Ireland would react.
Conor McManus was in 'glass-half-full' mode as the Irish team flew from Adelaide to Perth early this morning, despite Ireland allowing Australia to build a commanding lead in the race for International Rules supremacy.
IRELAND will head for Perth tomorrow with much to reflect on after coming up well short in the first International Rules test in the Adelaide Oval.
The sick bay at the Irish team hotel in Adelaide is a little less crowded but doubts persist over how much involvement the three players who were hit by a stomach bug will have in tomorrow’s International Rules test with Australia.
International Rules captain, Aidan O’Shea has fired out a blunt warning to Australia that if want to play it tough in the first test in the Adelaide Oval tomorrow (5.10am Irish time), Ireland will be ready for them.
If outbreaks of bad luck come in threes, Joe Kernan has been handed a full set as he prepares to lead Ireland into tomorrow's (5.10am Irish time) International Rules Test against Australia in Adelaide.
There's a lot happening in Sean Powter's sporting life. Nominated some weeks ago for the Young Footballer of the Year award along with Con O'Callaghan (Dublin), who won the honour, and Galway's Michael Daly, the Cork man now finds himself in Adelaide preparing for his first International Rules game.
International Rules manager, Joe Kernan will be keeping an anxious vigil over the next 36 hours as three of the Irish players who are due to face Australia in the first test in Adelaide battle to recover from a stomach bug.
Zach Tuohy has a big ambition but whether he ever achieves it depends on so many factors that he must store it at the back of his mind for the foreseeable future.
The Irish International Rules team face an anxious build-up to Sunday's first Test against Australia in Adelaide after three players went down with a stomach bug.
The Irish camp are confident that a travel sickness bug that has affected a few players won’t rule anybody out of Sunday’s International Rules test with Australia in Adelaide.
Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan has rounded on those who took aim at Mickey Harte in the aftermath of the team's poor display against Dublin in this year's All-Ireland semi-final.
There are no Dublin players on Ireland's International Rules squad in Australia but the All-Ireland champions aren't being forgotten by the representatives from the other counties as they prepare for Saturday's first Test in Adelaide.
Stand by for confrontation - the Australians are coming to get the Irish in Sunday's first International Rules Test in Adelaide.
It was a long time coming but confirmation that Derek McGrath is to remain on as Waterford manager should come as welcome news to every hurling supporter in the county.
Intense heat could be one of the biggest problems for Ireland in next Sunday's first International Rules game against Australia in Adelaide.
Pearce Hanley smiles at the suggestion that he is Mayo's mystery man, the missing link that might have completed the chain required to pull them out of their All-Ireland misery.
Claims by Australia that they are fitter and stronger than the Irish squad they face in two International Rules Tests over the next 11 days have been strongly rejected by management and players.
Perhaps every country does it, telling themselves they are the best in the world at something or other. I'm in Australia for the International Rules and woke up in Melbourne yesterday morning to the throb of a city enraptured by the great event in Flemington racecourse later on.
My phone beeped last Saturday with a message from a man whose opinions I rate.
The Australians describe the Melbourne Cup as "the race that stops a nation" but Ireland turned it into "the race that tops a nation" with a stunning 1-2-3 in the Flemington Classic.
The Australians have raised the temperature for the upcoming International Rules series by predicting that their professional status gives them a significant advantage.
High expectations abounded for the first all-Kilkenny city county final since 1950 and they were well justified in a cracking contest which had Nowlan Park rocking on a delightful afternoon.
The GAA's management committee will this weekend sign off on the 2018 master fixtures plan, a schedule which is completely different to anything ever previously framed by the association.
Footballers in Leinster counties will begin the new GAA season just five days after Christmas and will have played three games by the end of the first week in January.
The GAA have police-vetted and trained more than 130,000 people in child protection practices over the last seven years as part of their Code of Behaviour for those dealing with underage players.
If there's any good to emerge from the Tom Humphries case - and frankly it's not easily located - it comes from the increased awareness the sordid affair will have on sporting and other organisations in their dealings with young people.
Turlough O'Brien has described it as "extreme elitism", another example of how so-called weaker counties are made to feel that they don't matter.
1 Andy Moran (Mayo) When, rather surprisingly, he was replaced after 48 minutes against Galway in the Connacht semi-final in June, nobody could possibly have predicted the dramatic season that lay ahead for him and Mayo.
It was one of the typically joyous pictures from the busiest county final days of the year as Moorefield captain Daryl Flynn and vice-captain David Whyte waved the Dermot Bourke Cup after a great win over Celbridge in the Kildare senior football decider last Sunday.
Carlow football manager Turlough O'Brien has called for a significant change to the format of the All-Stars scheme so that players from every county are recognised.
They won't be leading their teams into the 'Super 8' next year and the best they can hope for in the Allianz League is to escape from Division 4, but the sense of anticipation for John Evans and Turlough O'Brien as they watch tonight's provincial draws will be just as heightened as for Jim Gavin, Mickey Harte or Stephen Rochford.
Something unusual happened at last month's Special Congress which, depending on your stance, was either a triumph for democracy or a blatant disregard for those who will be most affected by the decision.
Kildare footballers and Antrim hurlers have been handed the toughest draws of all counties in the opening round of the 2018 Allianz Leagues, being paired 'away' with Dublin and Galway, the respective All-Ireland champions.
Martin Breheny lists his top 50 players from what was one of the most open hurling seasons for a long time and settles on Joe Canning as No 1 after playing such a big part in ending Galway's 29-year wait for glory.
The code is different but the challenge is much the same for Pat Gilroy as he prepares to transfer the expertise which proved so influential with Dublin's footballers across to the county's hurlers.
The search for a new GAA director-general will begin immediately following the announcement by Páraic Duffy that he is to retire at the end of next March, having completed ten years in the position.
There was a certain irony that the announcements of Páraic Duffy's planned retirement as GAA director-general and Pat Gilroy's appointment as Dublin hurling manager should come on the same day.
If you were to heed some of the comments on Colm Cooper's testimonial dinner later this month, you would think that a man whose conduct during a long inter-county career had been as close to exemplary as is possible had turned into a dangerous enemy of the GAA State.
Battle-hardened met work-in-progress in Semple Stadium and got more than enough right to build a victory without any worries or scares.
Can we leave the All-Ireland football final behind us, allowing Dublin to celebrate the county's best achievement for 94 years and Mayo to analyse why the wait for an All-Ireland title is heading for 67 years?
Waterford chairman Paddy Joe Ryan stretched his argument well beyond the bounds of gross exaggeration when warning that if Special Congress backed proposals for changes to the All-Ireland hurling championship format, it would be "the worst decision in the history of the GAA".
The hand of history tapped both teams on the shoulders at various stages and, having got a more welcoming smile from Dublin, it beckoned them to the inner sanctum.
Mayo will start tomorrow's All-Ireland final with 13 of the team that lost last year's replay to Dublin.
Remember Dublin's 'Blue Book', the manual which was supposed to help them change from contenders to All-Ireland champions?
Kilkenny are calling for a decision on whether to change the format of the All-Ireland hurling championships to be deferred for a year.
Kerry's hold on being the last team to win the All-Ireland football three-in-a-row will end on Sunday, according to the man who presided over the last two trebles.
David Clarke has gone through so many experiences over the last 15 months that it's unlikely anything surprises him anymore.
I once bought tickets on the black market for an All-Ireland final, wrote about it the following week and drew a thunderous response from Croke Park who deemed the report to be "mischievous in content and tone".