Colm McFadden looks on as Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty scores his side’s opening goal at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Magnificent Murphy to the fore as Galway are overrun in a one-sided second half

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty celebrates scoring the opening goal with Colm McFadden during the  All-Ireland  Round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Captain proves fitness with brilliant display in midfield and attack

Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath must now prepare his players for Dublin and not Kerry. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Mayo and Monaghan await winners of Sligo/Tyrone and Donegal/Galway clashes

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson scores a side line puck against Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Ravenous’ Kilkenny present biggest challenge yet for season’s surprise packets

Alan Smith goes past Brian O’Driscoll during Kildare’s victory over Cork in the final round of the football qualifiers. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry manager not surprised by Lilywhite victory over Cork in Semple Stadium

It’s been a contrasting week for Cork and Galway GAA. Photograph: Inpho

Gavin Cummiskey and Ian O’Riordan with the main talking points from the weekend

 Maurice Shanahan celebrates after Waterford’s quater-final victory over Dublin.  Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Waterford ‘need to drive on’ against Kilkenny after beating Dublin

Joe Canning says he is getting sick of people taking about what a good year Galway had in 2012. Photograph: David Maher / Sportsfile

Memory of 2012 disappointment lingers on but the Galway star is quietly optimistic

Kildare’s Paul Cribbin celebrates after his side beat Cork to reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Milestone victory puts Lilywhites back on centre stage as Cork leave it behind

Australian secondrow Kane Douglas has been released from his contract with Leinster. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Secondrow has arrived home in Australia where he’s set to join Queensland

Joe Schmidt: has achieved a 78 per cent win ratio as coach of Ireland with 14 victories in 18 Test matches. Photo:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

IRFU chief executive welcome the New Zealander’s decision to extend his stay at the helm

Simon Zebo: “I feel really fresh now, excited and hopefully my best rugby will come out.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster speedster says selection will come down to form of challengers for positions

A tag rugby tournament is to be held in the memory of Berkeley balcony victim Aoife Beary.

Donal Canniffe and Fiona Coghlan to take part in tournament for family of Aoife Barry

Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh in action against Tipperary in Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Tyrone star relished his trip to Semple Stadium but Croke Park is main goal

Johnny McCaffrey: “We have looked at Waterford . . .They are a very good hurling side but they work extremely hard.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Midfielder impressed with Déise but says Limerick win was a huge boost for Dublin

Bernard Brogan at Dublin sponsor AIG’s re-launch of insurance products for members of all sporting clubs in Ireland. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Bernard Brogan says Jim Gavin’s panel have moved on from controversy

Tyrone’s Conor Clarke holds off the challenge of Tipperary’s Alan Campbell during the qualifier at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s side run riot in the second half as Premier challenge evaporates

Sean Cavanagh helped Tyrone to a comfortable win over Tipperary in Thurles. Photograph: Inpho

Mickey Harte’s men keep their summer alive as Tipp only manage one point after half time

Waisake Naholo is tackled by Argentina’s Tomas Cubelli during New Zealand’s 39-18 victory Christchurch. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Infinite supply of Pacific Islanders assists pursuit of invincibility

 Leo Cullen: preparing Leinster to play Edinburgh on September 4th. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Guinness Pro12 campaign kicks off in away game to Edinburgh

Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe in action against  Waterford’s Austin Gleeson in the Division 1A relegation play-off which Dublin won at Walsh Park last year. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Winners of Dublin/Waterford clash to face Kilkenny in the semi-final while Tipp await Cork or Galway

“Even when you win things, you have mediocre days,” says Mickey Harte. Photograph: Andrew Paton/ Presseye/Inpho

Tyrone boss stresses importance of hitting form at right moment after win over Meath

Dublin captain  Stephen Cluxton lifts the Delaney Cup after victory over Westmeath.  Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

‘Like other football trends it will swing the other way soon,’ says Dublin boss

Richie Donnelly of Tyrone is well marked by  Michael Newman of Meath during the  All-Ireland SFC Round 2B Qualifier at Healy Park in Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Royal County will take plenty away from Omagh despite Championship exit

 Eamonn Fitzmaurice speaks to his Kerry players at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Éamonn Fitzmaurice admits Munster final draw was bad day at office for his side

Manager Jim Gavin says hunger in Dublin camp is as sharp as ever. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Westmeath to be brought back down to earth by Jim Gavin’s in-form side

Crossmaglen clubman  Jamie Clarke is a pivotal man for Armagh. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/Inpho

Kieran McGeeney’s side have yet to deliver convincing performance this summer

Meath’s Kevin Reilly in action against Westmeath in the Leinster semi-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Meath are better than they’ve shown but Mickey Harte’s men should have the edge

Wexford have credentials but trip north may prove too much a burden

Colin O’Riordan: was magnificent in last May’s under-21 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Players coming through under-21s should be enough to see off Louth

Leinster’s Kane Douglas: struggled to nail down a starting role in the province last season after suffering a string of injuries. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Australian secondrow the latest call-up that will see Leinster down 25 players on international duty and preparing for World Cup (...)

Recently retired Tipp hero Eoin Kelly: was disappointed that Galway  fell into Kilkenny’s trap

Former star player believes the team should now be comfortable with Eamon O’Shea’s style

Wexford’s Kevin Foley: his senior distractions have now been removed

Kilkenny stacked with Leinster minor champions from 2013 and 2014

Dublin’s Michael Carton: he is not expected to travel to Semple stadium this Saturday. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Veteran defender was unused substitute during Saturday’s victory over Laois

Anthony Cunningham’s Galway produced a loose performance as they lost to Brian Cody’s Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran, Gavin Cummiskey and Ian O’Riordan with the main talking points

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham: “We’d be pushing hard for the Galway supporters to come out and drive this team on, as there is something to build on.” Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Galway take positives from performance, while for Cody team ethic trumps everything

Conal Keaney celebrates his goal during Dublin’s comfortable Round 1 qualifier win over Laois. Photograph: Inpho

Mark Schutte double sets Dublin on their way against Laois in qualifier

Killian Young: “Preparation has now gone very professional, and where it’s all going to stop, nobody know.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Defender would like to enjoy one particular aspect of professionalism – the rest

Ger Aylward scores a goal against Wexford. “Never any doubt in my mind that he would play at some stage,” says Richie Hogan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Riche Hogan says injuries held back a player whose talent was never in doubt

Éamonn Fitzmaurice has ruled Paul Galvin out of Sunday’s Munster football final at Fitzgerald stadium, Killarney. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Former footballer of the year short of match fitness

Conor McDonald battles for the sliotar during the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Forward focused on Cork after taking Nowlan Park drubbing on chin

Kieran Martin and Ger Egan celebrate Westmeath’s thrilling win over rivals Meath. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin will be overwhelming favourites when counties clash in Leinster final

Richie Hogan: “We were totally blown away . . .Galway just came with, and they do it every couple of years, an attitude that they would beat all the teams in the country put together.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster final hammering in 2012 still rankles with the Hurler of the Year

A big step forward for women’s representative body

Kildare manager John Ryan reacts late on in their defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Seán Moran, Malachy Clerkin and Gavin Cummiskey look at the weekend’s action

Kieran Martin of Westmeath celebrates at the final whistle after his side’s victory over Meath in the Leinster SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Inspirational Kieran Martin helps midlanders to first-ever championship win over Meath

Meath’s goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke was given a red card for this collision with Kieran Martin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Westmeath’s hero Kieran Martin always felt comeback was possible

Galway’s Jason Flynn will be back for the Leinster final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Forward broke his finger after the 13-point victory over Dublin

Dr Una May, Irish Sports Council’s Anti-Doping director:  “Regardless of what level players are playing at doping is banned.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Monaghan’s Thomas Connolly used the same substance athlete Ben Johnson availed of

Monaghan players were not informed by their county board of the new anti-doping sanctions

Chairman confirms he received Croke Park email on updated doping procedures but never saw it

Jonny Cooper: “Jim has shown he plays players by form. And that the lads aren’t picked on reputation.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

O’Carroll, O’Sullivan and Macauley all fit and pressing for starting roles against Kildare

Laois’s Brendan Quigley  is tackled by Kildare’s Emmet Bolton and Eoghan O’ Flaherty. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

‘It’s going to be a big, big challenge for us’ says boss of overwhelming favourites Dublin

 Martin O’Reilly scores Donegal’s  second goal against Armagh. Oisín McConville can’t see Derry stopping Rory Gallagher’s side either. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Armagh legend says it’s becoming the most predictable championship ever as big four march on

Oisín McConville: “I had a fair idea that he [Thomas Connolly, who got a two-year suspension for doping] was going to be made an example of and that’s a pity.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Oisín McConville, JJ Delaney warn GAA players need to be treated with care

Pundit JJ Delaney will be analysing the Leinster SHC match between Galway and Laois live on Sky Sports this Saturday.   Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Legendary defender says Wexford’s Ciarán McDonald one of best full forwards around

Monaghan’s Thomas Connolly has been banned for two years for testing positive for anabolic steroids. Photograph: Inpho

Monaghan footballer given two year ban after testing positive for anabolic steroids

Tomás Ó Sé: “They just seem like a team if you get on top of them very early they’ve no Plan B and they’ll just lie down.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Five-time All Star and Kerry legend says Rebels seem to lack leaders and an adequate Plan B

Monaghan’s Thomas Connolly has been handed a two-year ban after testing positive for the banned anabolic steroid Stanozolol. Photograph: Inpho

23-year-old tested positive for banned anabolic steroid Stanozolol in February

Dublin defender Ger Brennan has yet to recover from injury. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

O’Carroll, O’Sullivan and Bastick expected back for Dublin's semi-final against Kildare

Meath’s Graham Reilly scores a goal against Wicklow at Páirc Tailteann: “If Dublin run through the middle of us – if we do manage to get to a Leinster final – we’re going to get kicked out of Croke Park again.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Big attendance at Thurles shows Premier County are moving in the right direction

Galway’s Fiontán Ó Curraoin and Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor become involved in a  scuffle late in Sunday’s Connacht semi-final at Pearse Stadium. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Like Donegal’s Michael Murphy, Mayo’s towering figure causing plenty of problems for defenders

 Mayo footballers, senior Cillian O’Connor, minor Barry Duffy, and Kilkenny hurlers, minor Tommy Walsh and senior Michael Fennelly at the launch of the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor championshhips at Croke Park. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Troublesome lower back problem may curtail Kilkenny ace’s role at Nowlan Park

 Paul O’Connell has signed for Toulon, the Top 14 club have confirmed.

Ireland captain signs two-year deal with Top 14 side

Mayo beat rivals Galway in front of a packed Pearse Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran, Malachy Clerkin and Gavin Cummiskey with the weekend’s main talking points

Meath’s Graham Reilly scores against Wicklow. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Magee’s side pass up golden opportunity for first win over Meath since 1957

Wes Hoolahan provided some much needed craft and guile during Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Scotland on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Gavin Cummiskey gives his verdict on Martin O’Neill’s men after their draw with the Scots

Steven Fletcher is sent flying by Marc Wilson during Ireland’s 1-1 Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland boss was left to rue his side’s slow start to the second half after a dominant first

“I can’t remember ever any manager telling me ‘This is the way to play for a draw’,” said Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.

Manager believes trust has helped to build team spirit in his squad

“I know the intensity and work rate is coming back,” says Davy Fitzgerald of his Clare hurling team. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Results in 2015 won’t decide future of 2013 All-Ireland winning manager

Colm Cooper returns to the Kerry starting XV for the first time since the 2013  All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Gifted forward to make first start for county since 2013 All-Ireland semi-final after knee injury

Following defeat to New Zealand Ireland will play Wales in the Under 20 World Cup knockout stages, with the winner progressing to the 5th place play-off. Photograph: Inpho

Nigel Carolan’s men can’t win the tournament after England booked last semis berth

Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath is disappointed the Munster council’s live video ban has been implemented mid season. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Health and safety, in regards to cables, and cost cited as reasons for controls

England’s Jack Wilshere chases down Republic of Ireland striker David McGoldrick during the friendly international at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Arsenal midfielder has all the tools to be key player in international game

Kildare’s Tommy Moolick celebrates scoring the equalising point in the Leinster SFC quarter-final at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Laois lack killer instinct as late Tommy Moolick point earns replay for Lilywhites

Highlanders assistant coach   Tony Brown  has emerged as the leading candidate to take over at Leinster next season. Photo:  Rob Jefferies/Getty Images

Former All Black outhalf credited with scintillating form of Highlanders’ backline

Dublin players after Under-21 championship defeat to Kilkenny. Inpho

Dublin’s inaccuracy ultimately hurt them against young ruthless cats

Galway’s Jonathan Glynn and Joe Canning tackle Dublin’s Conal Keaney at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin-Galway clash set for Tullamore but Sky TV covering Laois versus Kildare game

It has been a mixed eight days for  hurling’s Cunningham clan. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran, Gavin Cummiskey and Malachy Clerkin with the main talking points from the weekend

Fermanagh’s Seán Quigley celebrates scoring a penalty in the Ulster SFC quarter-final game at Brewster Park in Enniskillen. Photo: John McVitty/Inpho/Presseye

Sending off of Antrim’s Seán McVeigh ruined an already poor match

Jim Gavin: “I wouldn’t like to think there is a precedent set by Tony O’Keeffe, the chairman of the CCC, in that it is acceptable that skilful players on our team and other teams can be physically targeted.” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager unhappy over treatment meted out to Diarmuid Connolly which went unpunished

Peter O’Mahony has been ruled out of Munster’s Pro 12 final against Glasgow on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Hurley will captain province against Glasgow at Ravenhill with Zebo cleared fit to play

James McCarthy has been ruled out of Dublin’s clash with Longford on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

James McCarthy ruled out of Longford clash while Rory O’Carroll remains a doubt

Ulster Rugby squad training at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, ahead of their Pro12 semi-final against Glasgow at Scotstoun. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho.

Everything will need to click for Neil Doak’s side to reach final at Glasgow’s expense

Kingspan Stadium, Belfast: would prove an intimidating home venue for Ulster in the final should they overcome Glasgow this weekend. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Rory Best expecting a massive effort from the visitors to Scotstoun Stadium

Tom Daly: Leinster academy player was sent by club to participate in Ireland’s Sevens programme but he said if given a choice, ‘I would have went for it’. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland’s Sevens programme begins next month – and team faces uphill battle to Rio

Connacht coach Pat Lam had set his sights on a top-six finish from very start. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Ultimate goal of finishing in top six may elude coach Pat Lam

Ian Humphreys will start at outhalf for Ulster in their game away to Glasgow. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Inpho/Presseye

Neil Doak rests some key players ahead of play-off push

Colm O’Shea starts beside Noel Reid at centre in Matt O’Connor’s side’s final Pro12 match. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Centre given chance to impress in Edinburgh after team’s dismal showing against Treviso

Ian Madigan starts at outhalf for Leinster’s final Pro 12 game of the season away at Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

Colm O’Shea makes seasonal debut after All-Ireland league final defeat with Clontarf

Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll is a doubt for his side’s Leinster football quarter-final on May 31st while hurler Paul Ryan has criticised the new penalty system introduced at Congress. Photograph: Sportsfile

Dublin hurler Paul Ryan criticises new penalty format introduced at Congress

Dublin fullback Rory O’Carroll would not chance playing on if he were to suffer another head injury. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Head injury is a concern in all sports and Gaelic games is no different

Grace Davitt and Lynne Cantwell after Ireland’s remarkable defeat of the All Blacks in the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s hosting of the competition shows how the sport has advanced

Irish Rugby ambassador Fiona Coghlan, Ireland Women head coach Tom Tierney,  IRFU chief executive Philip Browne and team captain Niamh Briggs at the announcement that Ireland will host the 2017 tournament. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Running costs of €3.5m expected with funding likely from North but not the State

Ulster’s Iain Henderson faces disciplinary hearing in Wales today after being sent off against Munster on Saturday. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Home semi-final for Ulster in Pro 12 still possible if results elsewhere go their way

Cian Healy has undergone surgery on a disk in his neck. Photograph: Inpho

27-year-old underwent surgery on a disk and remains a doubt for September’s World Cup

Gordon D’Arcy in action for Leinster against Treviso in his final home match for the province. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Gordon D’Arcy and Shane Jennings make final home appearances for the club

The black card: Leinster Council chairman John Horan says there were incidents in the All-Ireland Under-21 final that looked like they should have resulted in black cards. Photograph: Inpho.

John Horan says it is now becoming a source of debate

County captains at Farmleigh yesterday: Kildare’s Eamonn Callaghan, Donal Keegan of Meath, Paul McConway of Offaly, John O’Loughlin of Laois, Denis Bastick of Dublin, Kevin Diffley of Longford, Dean Healy of Wicklow, Ciaran Lyng of Wexford, Adrian Reid of Louth and Kieran Nolan of Carlow. Photograph: Inpho.

‘We’ll play and we’ve always played where we’re told to play,’ says Dublin manager

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness believes his county will overcome the challenge of Tyrone in Ballybofey. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Donegal manager enjoying his current role in the Celtic backroom team

 Jim McGuinness: “For me it’s a good opportunity to go on the other side.” Photo: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

Broadcaster confident of increased viewing figures over new GAA championship season

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