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Irish Independent's bumper GAA championship preview supplement

THE long wait is over for the All-Ireland Senior Football and Hurling Championships which begin in earnest this weekend, and the Irish Independent has all you want to find about this year’s action in our bumper preview supplement.

Who can knock the highflying Dubs off their perch; can Donegal repeat their Sam Maguire heroics; is there a kick left in Kerry; are Cork being under-estimated; and can Mayo finally end the famine?

These are just some of the questions on the minds of football supporters this summer, and with our leading experts, we analyse all the facts and figures to come up with the answers.

Hurling fans are also catered for as we look at the possible challengers to all-conquering Kilkenny - will Henry Shefflin’s injury woes hamper the Cats; can the prospect of revenge spur on Galway; will Eamon O’Shea’s return to the Tipperary sideline inspire Lar Corbett & Co to new heights; and are Davy Fitzgerald’s up-and-coming Clare the dark horses to watch?

All is revealed in this special 20-PAGE Supplement, plus a frank and forthright interview with reigning Footballer of the Year Karl Lacey who tells Colm Keys why Donegal are hell-bent on making more history this summer.

His interview provides a fascinating insight into life as a top footballer at the start of what promises to be mouth-watering summer of exciting action.

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Galway's superstar Joe Canning suffered disappointment last year. Photo: Sportsfile

Galway's superstar Joe Canning suffered disappointment last year. Photo: Sportsfile

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Henry Shefflin has injury concerns. Photo: Sportsfile

Henry Shefflin has injury concerns. Photo: Sportsfile

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Dublin's Bernard Brogan in action against Ger Cafferkey, Mayo

Dublin's Bernard Brogan in action against Ger Cafferkey, Mayo

Donegal's Michael Murphy lifts the Sam Maguire Cup last year. Photo: Sportsfile

Donegal's Michael Murphy lifts the Sam Maguire Cup last year. Photo: Sportsfile

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Galway's superstar Joe Canning suffered disappointment last year. Photo: Sportsfile

Expert analysis, detailed reviews of every country playing in the football and hurling championships, previews, tips, fixtures plus much more are also included in our bumper production.

Don’t miss the special championship supplement in today’s Irish Independent

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