Dublin will play their quarter-final on Saturday August 5th. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Headquarters to host the final 12 games in football and hurling championships

Wexford’s Davy Fitzgerald speaks to his team before the game on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Both teams progressed in 2017 but they have hardly made giant strides

Kildare manager Cian O’Neill patrols the sideline at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho/Oisín Keniry

Turnovers identified as biggest disappointment by manager

Croke Park  provide sports psychologists for referees now to work on mental issues, including going again after a bad performance. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tipping Point: GAA quite happy with the standard of the current batch of officials

 James McCarthy scores Dublin’s second goal despite the efforts of Kildare’s  David Hyland during the Leinster football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin and Tyrone retain their provincial titles with convincing victories on Sunday

Bernard Brogan was a force off the bench for Dublin in their Leinster final win over Kildare. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side win seventh Leinster in a row as spirited Lilywhites fall way short

 Paul Cribbin  during a Collingwood AFL training session  in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012: he was  approached by AFL scouts at the end of the Hogan Cup final in 2009. Photograph:  Robert Prezioso/Getty Images

Paul Cribbin, Kevin Feely, Daniel Flynn and Paddy Brophy all tried their hand at pro sport

You gain a community at the click of a finger, regardless of the level you’re playing at

Fans take photos of Jon Rahm as he plays his second shot at the 13th during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Tipping Point: The silence, snooty attitudes and sacred rules are all still holding golf back

Clare’s John Conlon gets his shot away under pressure from Cork’s Colm Spillane during Sunday’s Munster hurling final at Semple Stadium, Thurles.Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clare unable to find their rhythm against Kieran Kingston’s in-form side in Thurles

Michael Murphy of Donegal takes a free  during his team’s win over Meath in Navan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Extra-time looked a certainty, until it wasn’t, and Paddy McBrearty stole it at the death

Clare’s John Conlon is blocked down by Colm Spillane of Cork during the Munster Senior Hurling Championship final at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Rebels brushed aside Clare in Thurles as they continue to defy the critics this year

 Galway manager Kevin Walsh celebrates with Gareth Bradshaw after winning the Connacht Senior Football Championship final replay against Roscommon last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager has led young side to Connacht Senior Football Championship final once again

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty celebrates scoring the winning point late in the Round 3A football qualifier against Meath at Páirc Tailteann in Navan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Patrick McBrearty’s late point seals tight encounter against Meath in Navan

Roscommon’s Ciarán Murtagh was a one-man resistance in last year’s Connacht senior final defeat to Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal, Meath and Monaghan should progress from pick of the All-Ireland qualifiers

During his visit to Ireland in 1979, Pope John Paul II didn’t visit Croke Park. Photo: Getty Images

All Ireland finals may have been brought forward but the Vatican aren’t too happy

“Their side fell in the end to a 0-29 to 1-17 beating but this will still be the summer when Wexford hurling was reborn.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Micheál Donoghue’s side could be the outstanding team the championship is lacking

 Galway’s Adrian Tuohey upends Harry Kehoe of Wexford. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway win battle of the skies in front of record crowd to underline All-Ireland credentials

Rebels with a cause. Cork line up for the Munster semi-final against Tipperary.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Peadar Healy’s team hardly brimming with confidence as they face Kerry in Killarney

James O’Donoghue: will pose a big threat to Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry likely to add to their haul of Munster silverware against out-of-sorts Cork

Dublin manager Jim Gavin: ‘I’ve a duty of care for the player and I firmly believe there was an attack on his good name.’ Photo: Inpho

Dubs manager withdraws co-operation with broadcast media after Connolly coverage

Dublin’s Niall Scully has his shot blocked by Killian Daly. Photograph: Inpho

Between the 13th minute and half-time, Dublin scored 1-11. Westmeath only scored 0-1

Nameless, faceless band of brothers are an essential component in the Association

Cork manager Kieran Kingston and assistant manage Diarmuid O’Sullivan celebrates at the final whistle of the  Munster senior hurling semi-dinal against Waterford. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kieran Kingston's side have too much for curiously wan Waterford

 Kildare’s Chris Healy and Fionn Dowling celebrate after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cian O'Neill's side were far superior, with their full-forward line scoring 2-9 from play.

Cork’s Conor Lehane looks to secure possession under pressure from Tadgh de Burca during Cork’s Munster SHC semi-final win over Waterford. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rebels too lively for leaden opponents as they defy baking heat to reach Munster SHC final

Cathal McNally celebrates scoring Kildare’s opening goal in their win over Meath in Tullamore. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

O’Neill’s side show they are Dublin’s closest Leinster challengers after first half rout

Cian O’Neill with his young Kildare team. “I would see us as similar in terms of our stage of development,” he says of Meath.  “Two very young teams, both in terms of players and what the managers are trying to do.”  Photograph: Donal Farmer/Inpho

Experienced coach aiming to lead his native county to a first Leinster final since 2011

Kildare’s Daniel Flynn with Darren Strong of Laois in close attendance. Photograph: Inpho

Westmeath retain edge over Offaly going into this replay with home advantage set to tell

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty stretches away from Conor Hamill of Antrim during the Ulster GAA Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final.  Photograph: John McIlwaine/Presseye

Roscommon wary of young Leitrim outfit keen to break fixture’s 17-year losing streak

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan and Paul Flynn take a selfie with supporters after last year’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Social media is the biggest change in intercounty football in a generation

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody looks to get his side going before their loss to Wexford. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Of seven matches they’ve played this year, Cody’s men have only beaten Dublin and Cork

Wexford’s Lee Chin is mobbed by supporters after the victory over Kilkenny in the Leinster SHC semi-final at Wexford Park on Saturday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Inspirational performance from captain sets off incredible scenes at Wexford Park

 Wexford’s Lee Chin celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny decidedly second best at Wexford Park as Slaneysiders secure famous win

Liam Dunne: “I wanted to stay on for another year, everybody knew that. It didn’t happen and I think, in fairness, it’s been good for me and good for the players.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former manager says Wexford must expect to be ‘hit head-on’ by a fired-up Kilkenny

Brian Cody stands above the cityscape of the championship always, a stately Eiffel in the distance. Photograph: Inpho

In football and hurling, this weekend’s intriguing match-ups hold huge promise

Evan Comerford: Tipperary’s goalkeeper is suspended and will miss the championship game against Cork. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Suspension and injuries could ruin their chances against a vulnerable Cork team

Louth’s Patrick Reilly is shown a yellow during his side’s defeat to Meath, a result which saw them drop into the qualifiers where they will play Longford. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster sides both on an upward curve, Carlow can bounce back against London

Clare’s Shane O’Donnelly scores his second goal against Limerick at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Talented duo to the fore as Clare book place in the Munster final for first time since 2008

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell scores his second goal during the Munster SHC semi-final against Limerick at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Shane O’Donnell grabs two goals as Banner back in final for first time since 2008

Carlow midfielder  Brendan Murphy  receives a red card following a second yellow from referee Sean Hurson during the Leinster SFC quarter-final against Dublin  at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly’s discipline will be a talking point long after the game is forgotten

Carlow celebrate their victory over Wexford in the first round of the Leinster championship at Netwatch Cullen Park.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s as low-key an entry into the summer’s business as Jim Gavin’s side have seen

Armagh’s Aidan Forker in action against Tipperary’s Robbie Kiely during the league clash at the Athletic Grounds.   Photograph: Philip Magowan/Presseye/Inpho

All-Ireland champions Dublin begin their campaign against Carlow, Clare face Limerick

Kerry footballer Brendan O’Sullivan: The tangled machinations of the GAA’s disciplinary system are labyrinthine enough at the best of times. Add in lawyers and Sport Ireland and doping and the weeds get thicker with every step. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kerry footballer owned up straight away to minor offence, but appeals delayed the case

Tyrone’s Peter Harte is tackled by Derry’s Niall Keenan during his side’s comfortable Ulster championship win. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Tyrone have pulled well clear of bitter rivals Derry and it is symbolic of a wider pattern

Jonathan Sexton, George North and Jonathan Davies dejected after defeat in the second Test to Australia in 2013.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Test series against the All Blacks will be great sport but players cannot sustain the pressure

An extra week after the end of the season would have made all the difference

Shane Kingston of Cork celebrates scoring a goal. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

An epic encounter in Thurles saw the championship blown wide open early on

Ched Evans playing for Chesterfield in February. Photograph: Pete Norton/Getty Images

If Evans is going to talk about rape culture he needs to steer clear of victim-shaming first

Shane Kingston celebrates scoring during Cork’s epic win over Tipperary in Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster championship roars into life as vibrant Rebels ransack Semple Stadium

Monaghan’s Jack McCarron is challenged by Fermanagh’s Ryan McCluskey during his side’s Ulster Championship win in Clones. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Visitors give a good account of themselves in Clones but can’t keep pace after the break

 Tomás Corrigan: “Coming from Fermanagh, I didn’t realise that there were Irish people who didn’t know what Gaelic football was. People who didn’t follow it”

Fermanagh’s Tomás Corrigan was fourth highest scorer in last year’s championship

Jack Barry is among the Kerry young guns who inspired the Kingdom to league final  victory. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster: Tipperary hoping for another good campaign with Cork still vulnerable

Conor McManus and Monaghan can reach the All-Ireland semi-finals. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ulster: Mickey Harte has built another Tyrone side nobody wants to come up against

Can Meath lay down the foundations to rediscover past glories and challenge Dublin again? Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The Dubs should make it seven-in-a-row in 2017 but they may soon get a real challenge

A view of Páirc Uí Chaoimh from overhead. Photo: Cork County Board

Cork ground is looking all the better for its €70 million makeover with opening looming

Maurice Deegan: “The black card has been a massive, massive change. It has cleaned up the game an awful lot, definitely.” Photograph: Inpho

The referee believes the controversial black card initiative has helped to clean up football

Killiney Hill: Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky. Photograph: Andrew Sheridan

Andy Sheridan is an accidental photographer, and night-time trips have led to a deeply personal project for Pieta House

Dr Crokes’s Johnny Buckley lifts the AIB All-Ireland senior club football championship cup in Croke Park in March. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Despite tracker scandal and fines, alcohol sponsorship is seen as being more toxic

Galway captain David Burke receives the cup from President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It's hard to imagine any other team putting such hurt on the All-Ireland champions

 Darren Gleeson saves a shot from Jason Flynn during Tipperary’s heavy NHL final defeat to Galway. Photgraph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jason Flynn, Conor Whelan and Joe Canning lead Tribesmen to 16-point win

Michael Ryan: The template for how to proceed with the riches arrayed in front of him is there to cut out and keep – Brian Cody’s template. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The parallels between Tipperary 2017 and Kilkenny 2007 are uncanny

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Aidan Nolan clash with Jason Forde of Tipperary. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Five-goal push from All-Ireland champions overshadowed by Wexford manager

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald clashes with Tipperary’s Jason Forde  on the pitch during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A semi-final at  Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John and Noel McGrath grab two goals apiece at Nowlan Park

A mural in memory of MMA fighter João Carvalho in Pragal near Lisbon. Photograph: Malachy Clerkin

The Portuguese MMA fighter who died a year ago this week was more than just a headline. He was somebody. This is his story.

Portuguese MMA fighter João Carvalho during his fight with Charlie Ward  in Dublin last year.  Carvalho died due to blunt force trauma to the head he sustained in the fight. Photograph: Dave Fogarty

Year after João Carvalho’s death, top neurologist calls for Sport Ireland to recognise MMA

Kerry celebrate with the trophy after defeating Dublin by a point in the Allianz League final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly black card costs champions dear as Kingdom end unbeaten streak

Dublin’s Michael Darragh McAuley and Paul Mannion battle Kerry’s Ronan Shanahan and David Moran during Kerry’s AFL final win. Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Lost art of midfield play revived as Michael Darragh Macauley makes a huge impact

Kevin Feely has been a revelation for Kildare in the league this year and looks like he could carry the county’s midfield for years to come. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cian O’Neill’s side have got a little better dealing with leads as they face Galway

Kerry’s Colm Cooper lifts the Sam Maguire back in 2014. The 33-year-old is set to call time on his career. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘Gooch’ completed haul of all major senior honours three weeks ago with Dr Crokes

Wexford’s Conor McDonald celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Kilkenny. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

County players know they will get back from their public multiples of what they put in

Wexford’s Conor McDonald celebrates scoring his side’s second goal. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Visitors were noticeably fitter, slicker, quicker and more urgent in all they did

Kilkenny and Wexford managers Brian Cody and Davy Fitzgerald will renew rivalries at Nowlan Park in the Division One quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Wexford will look for positives from Division 1A quarter-final clash against Kilkenny

Nowlan Park in Kilkenny will host the quarter-final meeting of Kilkenny and Wexford on Sunday.

Both the final round of football games and the hurling quarter-finals to take place on Sunday

Roscommon were on the wrong end of a 21-point thrashing at Croke Park on Saturday night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

League suggests there could be a Leinster awakening stirring in Dublin’s shadows

Pádraig Harrington will be part of Sky’s coverage of Masters: there’s a mischievous side to him that likes to stir the pot. Photograph: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

It’s hard to think of a sport less blessed by the quality of its ex-pro punditry than golf

Lee Keegan rises highest to win the ball ahead of Ronan McNamee during Mayo’s one-point win over Tyrone. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Stephen Rochford’s side win Tyrone clash to move towards safety

Munster’s Francis Saili scores his second try against Ospreys in the Guinness PRO12 at Musgrave Park. Taken on Canon EOS-1D X, 100th sec @ f2.8. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Reader competition: The best sporting picture wins a Canon EOS 750D camera

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay on the sideline with  selector Liam McHale  during the league game against Kerry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kevin McStay’s tenure promised so much but the decline has been quick and awful

The Wales team lines up ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Ireland in Dublin. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin runs the rule over the visitors after an aggressive encounter in Dublin

Gareth Bale of Wales shoots from a free kick during the 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

There was a downbeat mood among the Ireland squad as they left the ground

 James McClean reacts after a missed chance during the World Cup Group D qualifier  against Wales at the   Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Malachy Clerkin runs the rule over Martin O’Neill’s side after Aviva Stadium draw in Dublin

Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s Kerry side almost managed to stop Dublin from completing a historic unbeaten run. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry manager was impressed with his side after they managed a draw against Dublin

Punters outside Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening: “They’re just early. Way early. Even the stewards haven’t been let in. And still the diehards are here hours before throw-in.” Photograph: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Boisterous roses are in bloom, but it’s a long way to Tralee if you haven’t got a beer

Cavan manager Mattie McGleenan saw his side take a surprise 1-14 to 0-15 win over Mayo at MacHale Park in Division Two on Sunday. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

With only a straight final between top two sides in Division One this year, it’s cut-throat business

Kerry’s Paul Geaney tackles Michael Darragh Macauley of Dublin during Saturday’s draw in Tralee. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Paul Mannion’s late point denies the Kingdom victory in physical Tralee encounter

Cuala’s red and white colours fly on flags and bunting on Castle Street in Dalkey. The club’s hurlers play Clare’s Ballyea in the final of the AIB club championship  at Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Two Darts have been commandeered to bring the Dalkey club’s supporters - Ultras and all - to Croke Park for the club hurling final

Andrew McNamara on Hi Cloy (red and white) comes up on the outside to beat the race leader Central House ridden by Roger Loughran who appeared to think he had won. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jockey who showed class under pressure over a decade ago one of racing’s good guys

Istabraq and Charlie Swan are led back after winning their third  Champion Hurdle in a row in 2000. Photograph: Healy Racing

The Cheltenham Festival is a busy working week for racing photographer Pat Healy

Jamie Clarke in action against Donegal: “It was being over there and spending time away that made me realise what was at home.” Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/Inpho

Year in New York has merely whetted the appetite of one of Ireland’s top forwards

Conor Murray tried to play through the pain in Cardiff but was removed early in the second half as Wales all but ended Ireland’s Six Nations title hopes. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

After all the hype the tackle count tells the story of a brutally enthralling encounter

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley and Tom Parsons of Mayo clash for the ball during their Allianz League tie at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s now 33 games unbeaten for the All-Ireland champions, stretching over two years

Dublin’s Dean Rock gets in a tussle with Diarmuid O’Connor and Keith Higgins of Mayo during their Allianz League clash at Croke Park. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s now 33 games unbeaten for the All Ireland champions as they brushed aside rivals

Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor scores a point against Roscommon in the last round. Mayo haven’t beaten Dublin in 10 attempts in the Jim Gavin era. No better time to start. Photograph: Inpho

Allianz Football League weekend previews

Wexford football manager Seamus McEnaney: “It fairly shortens the journey when you’re winning games.” Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

With the hurlers and footballers both on top of their league, optimism is running high

Bernard Brogan scores a goal against Monaghan. Of the 21 games under Jim Gavin that have been close, Dublin have  won 11, drawn six and lost four. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mayo return to Croke Park to face a Dublin team they’ve never beaten under Jim Gavin

 GAA Congress: you knew that there was more chance of them turning to face Mecca during Mass that evening than there was of the CPA getting a blessing. Photograph: James McCrombie

Carrying on with Super-8 proposals despite GPA and CPA opposition looks terrible

Director General of the GAA Paraic Duffy speaks to Westmeath county board chairman Sean Sheridan during Annual Congress on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

CPA recognition motion withdrawn, as Congress fail to grasp reality on the ground

GAA Congress has passed a motion to introduce the ‘Super 8’ into the Senior Football Championship. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland finals have also been brought forward three weeks into month of August

Jim Gavin: leads Dublin to Ballybofey as the All-Ireland champions seek to preserve their long unbeaten record. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin runs the rule over this weekend's Allianz League matches

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