Dublin joint captain Con O’Callaghan (right) celebrates with Stephen Smith after their victory over Galway in the EirGrid  All-Ireland U21 Football Final at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Former Dublin star to step away from football ‘and drive on with other stuff that’s important’

Cillian O’Shea and Con O’Callaghan lift the trophy in Tullamore. Photograph: Inpho

Favourites Galway mount late rally but are unable to claw back big deficit

Con O’Callaghan: will pose a big threat to Galway’s defence as Dublin bid for U-21 All-Ireland crown at Tullamore.   Photograph: Philip Magowan/Presseye/Inpho

Dublin can give U21 championship an unexpected finale

Roscommon manager Donie Shine in 1995. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

In the mid-1990s he took the reins of the county team and in later years was a popular pundit

Wexford’s Lee Chin  at the launch of the John West Féile competitions in Croke Park  yesterday.  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Model County men determined to push on despite the ban on manager Davy Fitzgerald

Philly McMahon in action for Dublin in the Allianz Football League Division One Final against Kerry at  Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Defender acknowledges ‘more aggressive’ approach from league final opponents

Galway’s Daithí Burke loses his hurl as he battles for possession with Tipperary’s John McGrath in the league final in Limerick. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sean Moran: Competition that creates incentive not to play at top level must be reviewed

Galway’s Jason Flynn and Michael Cahill of Tipperary in action at the Gaelic Grounds: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kilkenny’s domination has created unreasonable expectations of All-Ireland winners

 Galway’s Jason Flynn scores the first goal of the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Title decider sees All-Ireland champions suffer worst day under Michael Ryan

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan: defeat will “hurt nobody more than our players, but it’s done, that’s all we can say about it now”. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue believes championship is what really defines a team

John McGrath: showed his predatory instincts and patience as he plundered 2-2 for Tipperary in the semi-final win over  Wexford  at Nowlan Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland champions can pass another searching test set by old rivals Galway

Jason Forde starts for Tipperary as expected after being proposed a two-game ban. Photo: Inpho

Jason Forde starts for Tipperary after being handed a proposed two-game ban

Westmeath hurling manager Michael Ryan. Photograph: Dylan McIlwaine/Presseye/Inpho

Leinster SHC preliminary group: Home advantage to give Laois the edge

Davy Fitzgerald: faces an eight-week ban proposed by the GAA unless the suspension is appealed.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Player facing a two-week ban for the incident involving Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly and Jonathan Lyne of Kerry in action in the Allianz Football League Division One final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Star Dublin forward restates belief sanction ‘is not a part of the game that we need’

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Aidan Nolan clash with Tipperary’s Jason Forde  during the league semi-final at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Deliberately flouting rules to enhance your own team’s chances demands firm response

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald confronts Tipperary’s  Jason Forde during the semi-final at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Eight-week suspension would see Wexford boss play no role in run up to Kilkenny clash

Michael Ryan: “We set it out really early in the year that we wanted to have a real go at this league and try and win it. That story hasn’t changed.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Counties have met set six times in last 30 years – with the spoils evenly-shared

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Tipperary’s Michael Ryan shake hands after the Allianz Hurling League semi-final at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“It’s just feeding that competition that we crave inside in Thurles, all the time.”

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates scoring his side’s  third goal of the game against Wexford at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Model County were competitive for most of the semi-final but were then put to the sword

Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

All-Ireland champions likely to progress to league final and unpredictable Galway can join them

Colm Bonnar: “There’s a huge passion in Wexford hurling to get back to those years when they were competing so well.” Photograph: John McIlwaine/Inpho/Presseye

All-Ireland champions to prove the ultimate test for Model County says Colm Bonnar

Limerick’s Richie English in action against Cork’s  Séamus Harnedy during the AHL quarter-final.  Photograph: Conor Wyse/Inpho

John Kiely’s side eager to avenge recent defeat to Galway and reach league decider

Wexford’s Lee Chin in action during the  Allianz Hurling League quarter-final against Kilkenny at  Nowlan Park. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Down 15 points at half-time, the Model County mounted an extraordinary revival

Dublin’s Dean Rock looks on as he misses a late free to bring the league final against Kerry into extra time. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jim Gavin worked to different prescription but the side effects might be a problem

 Jonathan Lyne and Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly were both shown black cards during Kerry’s win at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Kingdom are crowned Division One champions as Gavin’s side finally beaten

Kildare’s Eddie Heavey and Barry McHugh of Galway in the sides’ Allianz league game last Sunday. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Tipperary should be too strong for Louth while Westmeath have enough for Wexford

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly is red-carded by Joe McQuillan during the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Outgoing secretary Professor Jack Anderson is moving to the University of Melbourne

Shane Walsh: the forward is happy with the Galway’s campaign this season, which finally got them out of Division Two. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

County haven’t won there since 2001 but have eye on Allianz League Division Two title

 Part of Colm Cooper’s genius was turning what might have been competitive matches into emphatic triumphs. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dr Crokes man served Kerry with extraordinary talent and deserves an ordinary life

Colm Cooper celebrates Kerry’s goal against Mayo in the 2004 All-Ireland senior football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

His club career continues but here are some magical memories of Gooch at Croke Park

File photo from 15/09/2015 of former Dublin captain Denis Mahony. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Mahony captained Dublin in 1955 All Ireland final and was chair of the county board

Colm Cooper celebrates Darran O’Sullivan scoring the first goal of the game during the 2016 All Ireland semi final against Dublin. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Kerry corner forward spoke at length about life on and off the field last November

Kerry’s Donnchadh Walsh and Conall McCann of Tyrone in action on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘We want to pit ourselves against the best and Dublin are the best at the moment’

Kildare’s Eoin Doyle is excited to be back in Division One next year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare captain says ‘the biggest thing that gave us confidence was those first two games’

 Conor McDonald says that manager Davy Fitzgerald  has liberated the Wexford  players. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Conor McDonald aware of significance of beating Kilkenny in Allianz League knockouts

Dublin’s Philly McMahon: “We know that we can’t stop; we’re going to play right until the end”. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Cornerback puts streak down to toughness ahead of facing Kerry in Allianz League final

Monaghan’s Gavin Doogan, Darren Hughes and Neil McAdam with Paul Flynn and Brian Fenton of Dublin during Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 1 semi-final at Clones, Co Monaghan.  Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kerry’s win over Tyrone means a bankable pairing for Allianz league final in Croke Park

Monaghan’s Gavin Doogan, Darren Hughes and Neil Mc Adam with Paul Flynn and Brian Fenton of Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Holders recover from a six-point deficit to reach a fifth successive league final

Clare’s Tony Kelly attempts a point against Waterford during last year’s NHL final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Current format has been successful in drawing the crowds but there are misgivings

Jim Gavin’s Dublin side will face Monaghan who have run them to the tightest of finishes in their last two Croke Park meetings. Photograph: Inpho

Monaghan, Donegal and Tyrone are Dublin’s main rivals to take campaign to its last day

Dublin players Denis Bastick, Cormac Costello, Diarmuid Connolly and Paul Flynn celebrate winning the NFL title last year Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

On the final day of the league, 21 of the 32 counties still have something to play for

Stephen Coen lifts the cup for Mayo’s victorious under-21 footballers last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Competition leaves great memories but the decision to replace it was correct

Tom Devine celebrates scoring Waterford’s second goal during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match against Clare at  Cusack Park in  Ennis. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Home side overcame slow start to control match until final minutes but now face relegation playoff

Waterford’s Tom Devine celebrates after scoring his side’s second and crucial goal in Sunday’s clash against  Clare. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

League quarter-finals take shape, as Dublin and Clare end up in relegation play-off

Cian O’Sullivan returns to the Dublin backline for game against Roscommon at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Extending unbeaten run a real possibility but champions need to be more clinical

The implications of Brexit may affect GAA county teams in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

‘Tyrone talks’ series will discuss issues on the eve of Article 50 being triggered

Dave McIntyre, eir Sport commentator, Brian Quinn, marketing and operations director, and Ger Gilroy,  eir Sport presenter at the announcement of the company’s five year deal to broadcast live club football and hurling championship games. Photograph: Inpho

Subscription channel will have exclusive rights to up to 30 club matches

Eric Lowndes gets away from Kerry’s Adrian Spillane in Tralee. Dublin emerged from a feral atmosphere with their record intact. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

With county chasing a three-in-a-row, might Jim Gavin have preferred to lose in league?

On Saturday in Tralee Tyrone referee Seán Hurson showed 13 yellow cards plus the red for Ciarán Kilkenny’s second. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former FRC committee member also favours introduction of a second referee

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton poses from photographs with supporters after their draw with Kerry which saw them equal the Kingdom’s unbeaten record. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meanwhile, the intriguing championship storylines in Ulster are starting to take shape

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny during Friday’s All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny says he is most pleased by his team’s development into champions

Cuala’s players and management celebrate their All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final win over Ballyea at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dalkey club had all the answers as Ballyea struggled to find their best form at Croke Park

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly alongside Cuala’s Cian O’Callaghan  ahead of their meeting in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Preview: AIB All-Ireland senior club hurling final: Ballyea (Clare) v Cuala (Dublin)

Dr Crokes’ Colm Cooper: plays very deep, assisting in defence but always with a view to reading the game. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: All-Ireland club football final – Dr Crokes (Kerry) v Slaughtneil (Derry), 5.0, Croke Park

Colm Cooper will be hoping to win an elusive All-Ireland senior club football medal with Dr Crokes from Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was 1987 when Croke Park on St Patrick's Day was finally closed to the Railway Cup

Referee James Owens during the match between Tipperary and Kilkenny at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Passages of Saturday’s draw between Kilkenny and Tipp were hurling at its best

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly faces off with Tipperary’s Michael Cahill in yesterday’s Allianz League hurling clash. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Neither side emerges with bragging rights after floodlit reprise of All-Ireland hurling final

Kilkenny’s Alan Murphy and Colin Fennelly with Michael Cahill and Pádraic Maher of Tipperary during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All-Ireland champions received a vivid reminder that old rivals haven’t gone away

Neil McManus is determined to help Antrim hurling kick on to the next level. Photo: Inpho

Hurler is determined to kick on with Antrim after missing Christy Ring final replay

Cork’s Brian Hurley: “I’d love to play against Meath but that’s down to management and hopefully I’ll be going well enough for it.” Photograph: Inpho

Cork forward feels he can be in contention for upcoming Division Two clash with Meath

 Shane Horgan scores a try from a chip from Ronan O’Gara’s boot against England  at Croke Park in 2007. South Africa later invited Mickey Ned O’Sullivan over to coach their players how to catch the ball higher in the air. Photograph: Alan Betson

Code ‘competition’ helps from Shane Horgan’s try to Kieran Donaghy’s basketball skills

Colm Collins: “When you get wins against teams that are perceived to be better than you that’s really good for confidence.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Landmark victory over Cork another big milestone for Colm Collins’ charges

 Jim Gavin’s team maintained their unbeaten run against Mayo on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John McGrath and Tipp continue to impress with focus and quality of performances

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher with a big hit on Cathal Malone of Clare as the sliotar goes out of play during their Allianz NHL Division 1A clash. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A battling performance by Clare wasn’t enough to derail the All-Ireland champions

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates scoring  a goal against Waterford recently.  Michael Ryan’s team is humming along nicely for this time of the year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Allianz Hurling League weekend previews

Tipperary’s Michael Cleary breaks through the challenges of Clare brothers Frank and Brian Lohan in the All-Ireland final of 1997. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Michael Cleary recalls league fixture that taught Ger Loughnane a valuable lesson

Tipperary’s Cian Darcy with Brian Nash and Ciaran O’Connor of Limerick during last year’s All-Ireland minor hurling final at Croke Park: Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Hurling Development Committee chair Paudie O’Neill says change is inevitable

Martin Clarke was a key factor in Down reaching the All-Ireland senior football final in 2010. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Sean Moran: Illness compels former Australian rules star to curtail career

Gaelic Players Association chief executive Dermot Earley. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Expect players and administrators to make progress on salient issues in Gaelic games

The GAA Congress at Croke Park on Saturday: although the opinions ranged against the proposals were shrill, they lacked the consistency to act as a rallying point for any potential opposition campaign. Photograph: James Crombie

Historical failure to address club fixtures issue is still clearly a source of anger

Páraic Duffy: the director general of the GAA has been a primary advocate for the changes proposed at Congress. Photo:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Momentum may be running against All-Ireland quarter-final round-robin motion

Incoming GAA president John Horan speaks at the 2017 GAA Congress in Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The 58-year-old from Na Fianna emerged as the overwhelming victor in Friday election

Oulart-the-Ballagh manager Frank Flannery is well aware of the pitfalls of being first-time All-Ireland club semi-finalists. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

Frank Flannery managed the last team to eliminate the Dubliners from the championship

Dublin celebrating their All-Ireland win last September. Soon the hurling and football finals could be taking place in August. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Reshaped season comes with no guarantees but isn’t it worth trying for three years?

Donegal’s All Star centrefielder Neil Gallagher has announced his retirement from inter-county football due to injury. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Motions to bring forward dates of finals and replays will need more support to be passed

 Tipperary’s Steven O’Brien and Waterford’s Noel Connors battle for possession at Walsh Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Pádraic Maher aware that team cannot stand still if they want to reach summit again

Neil Gallagher has announced his retirement from intercounty action with Donegal. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Two-time All Star was one of the stars of 2012 All-Ireland winning side

Ger Cunningham’s Dublin beat Cork on Saturday night, a result which shows the unpredictability of the top flight. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wins over Limerick and Galway mean Wexford look destined for Division One A

Waterford’s Pauric Mahony and Gavin O’Brien get confronted by Tomás Hamill and Joe O’Dwyer of Tipperary at Walsh Park. Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

All-Ireland champions Tipperary have gone clear at the top of the league table

Tipperary’s John McGrath scores a goal in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match against Waterford at  Walsh Park. Photograph: Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All-Ireland champions continue excellent start to league campaign

Waterford’s Patrick Curran scores a goal in their victory over Kilkenny in the Allianz League Division 1A clash at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

GAA previews: Allianz Hurling League and All-Ireland club championships

The Spawell site comprises  just under 35 acres and located within 700 metres of the J11 exit on the M50.

Initial plan will be to develop a centre of excellence with a number of pitches

UCD’s Cian O’Callaghan  in action against Maynooth’s Niall Kenny. The Fitzgibbon Cup final  has been set for the same day as the All-Ireland club semi-final between Cuala and Slaughtneil.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The compromising of UCD’s Fitzgibbon Cup bid another result of current fixture chaos

Chairing the debate will be Minister Katherine Zappone, civil rights advocate and the current Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Motion before house will be ‘This House believes the women of Ireland should strike to repeal the eighth amendment’

Waterford’s corner-back Noel Connors: “I think it’s more about performance than results”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford defender says league will be about performance and integrating young talent

Waterford manager Derek McGrath has questioned the current hurling league structure. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

All-Ireland glory days a distant memory for Offaly’s hurlers and Down’s footballers

 Michael Walsh breaks away from a tackle in Sunday’s win over Kilkenny. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Kilkenny lose league game to neighbours in Nowlan Park for the first time since 2004

  Michael Murphy leads out his team last week: After the Kerry defeat, Donegal will be eager to get off the mark against Roscommon on Sunday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty

The AIB All-Ireland club semi-finals and second weekend of Allianz leagues

Dublin  had always been challenging territory for the GAA and the decision over 15 years to pump sustained funds into the county has been a success. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Yes, the GAA created a monster in Dublin, but did they have any other choice?

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton with supporters at the end of the game at Breffni Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the first of a new series, Seán Moran looks at some of weekend's main talking points

Cavan’s Gearoid McKiernan with Dean Rock and Jack McCaffrey of Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Big crowd in Cavan for home side’s return to Division One against All-Ireland champions

Jack McCaffrey will be back in the mix for Dublin after a year out. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Can Dublin win a fifth league title in succession? Seán Moran runs the rule over the top flight

Peadar Healy could struggle to keep Cork in Division Two. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Meath and Galway best placed to push for promotion

Frank Murphy: the one person who knows every clause and comma of the GAA rule book. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Rules Advisory Committee plans to submit a motion at this year’s annual congress

The All-Ireland football quarter-finals may follow a round-robin format if a proposal is passed. Photograph: Inpho

Proposal is to re-organise All-Ireland football quarter-finals into two groups of four

The 2016 All-Ireland final replay between Dublin and Mayo at  Croke Park: Croke Park showed increased revenue, up €5 million to €41.5 million, and operating profit, up €500,000 to €10.6 million. Photograph: Inpho

Crowds at All-Ireland series fell by 40,000 – mostly in qualifiers and quarter-finals

The Kilkenny and Waterford semi-final replay in Thurles had been worth €1 million to Central Council. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Central Council accounts show that the association took in €60 million in 2016

To deepen the gloom around Leinster, experimental Dublin convincingly won last Sunday’s final against a reasonably well-stacked Louth side. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having rested the stars and fired up the understudies, Jim Gavin is spoilt for choice

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