Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea share an exchange during the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry manager praises Mayo’s intense game, and says it will benefit both teams in replay

Mayo’s Andy Moran scores his side’s opening goal despite Johnny Buckley’s attempt to block. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Like three years ago the counties must meet again after Patrick Durcan’s injury-time equaliser

Kerry’s David Moran and Séamus O’Shea of Mayo in the side’s last championship meeting in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Greater variety in Kerry’s game can thwart opponents’ great All-Ireland quest

Mayo’s Colm McMenamon celebrates with fans after beating Kerry in the 1996 All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

The 1996 All-Ireland semi-final win over Kerry pointed the way for Connacht

 Tony Keady at Oranmore in May 2015. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Obituary: career featured many high points and a famous controversy

The Club Players Association has criticised the draft agenda for September’s special GAA congress. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Representative body release statement saying draft motions ‘fall far short of what is required’

Stephen O’Brien replaces Donnchadh Walsh in the Kerry side to face Mayo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fit-again Lee Keegan returns to Mayo half-back line while Paddy Durcan makes 100th appearance

Liam Devaney takes to the field for Tipperary behind one of his teammates.

He lined out in different positions in each of the five successful All-Ireland finals in 1960s

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson pulls the helmet off Cork’s Luke Meade in Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland final will be better for star’s presence but GAA must eradicate such behaviour

Austin Gleeson has been cleared to play the All-Ireland final against Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Déise talisman won’t face action for incident with Luke Meade during win over Cork

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson celebrates scoring his side’s third goal, a memorable individual effort, against Cork at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Terrific team display by Derek McGrath’s side marred by disciplinary concerns

Derek McGrath’s Waterford have been much better since losing to Cork in the Munster championship but there are still good reasons to believe that for all they could improve, it might not be enough to close the gap. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Losing their defensive linchpin is a burden Derek McGrath's side didn't need

Waterford’s Dan Shanahan is chased by Séan Óg Ó gAilpín during the National Hurling League final of 1998. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Over the past 20 years Waterford have become a significant championship force

Tony Keady (white helmet) and Ollie Kilkenny put pressure on Tipperary’s Pat Fox during the 1987 All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Conor Hayes and Nicky English pay tribute to former Galway hurling great

One of the benefits of the new format would see Dublin getting out of Croke Park for at least one game in the Super Eights. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Few of the criticisms of the new championship format in any way convincing

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores their fourth goal of the game. Photograph:  INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Stephen Rochford's team rediscovered their essence as top four contenders

Dublin’s James McCarthy and Kieran Hughes of Monaghan in action during the quarter-final  at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Writing on the wall for Monaghan early on as their challenge is quickly snuffed out

Galway’s Johnny Coen tackles  Michael Cahill of Tipperary during the All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Canning’s memorable winning point the defining image of a riveting if fraught encounter

Brendan Maher and his Tipperary team-mates will put their All-Ireland title on the line against Galway at Croke Park. Photgraph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s 52 years since the Premier County managed to retain the All-Ireland crown

 Joe Canning: Galway attack no longer depends on him  to define every match.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

New chapter in long-running rivalry as champions meet the title favourites

Pádraig Hampsey: Tyrone man has impressed both in defence and as an auxiliary forward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s side’s progress is marked by a relentless tempo to their play

Tipperary’s  Pádraic Maher celebrates with Brendan Maher after the All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Seán Moran: Since 1987 the two teams have met 13 times in the championship

Tommy Joyce of Galway and Francie Grehan of Roscommon in the 2011 All-Ireland quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran: Of the 23 re-matches, 14 have been won by the side that lost the first day

Kerry’s Johnny Buckley is tackled by Galway’s Gary O’Donnell during the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Munster champions looked rusty after a four-week lay-off but Galway had chances

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney will face his former side Kildare in Saturday’s qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Armagh boss has enjoyed a remarkably driven career as both player and coach

Former Armagh player Aaron Kernan says Kieran McGeeney has handles his ban perfectly. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Armagh player believes his old county will have benefitted from playing at Semple

CPA executive members  Michael Higgins,  Anthony Moyles,  Michéal Briody, chairman, and Aaron Kernan at the organisation’s press conference at the , National Sports Campus, Abbotstown. Photograph:  Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Little separates their respective views on the vital matter of ‘fixing the fixtures’

CPA chairman  Michéal Briody. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Players’ body also want All-Ireland club competitions completed in calendar year

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell after the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champions back in the All-Ireland semi-finals after an historic afternoon in Cork

Wexford’s Shaun Murphy with Stephen Bennett of Waterford. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Prospect of Tadhg de Búrca being suspended for semi-final a big worry for the Déise

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan celebrates the win over Cork with selectors John Madden and Conor Stakelum. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manager Michael Ryan admits Clare’s goals rattled his side at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan is hooked by Clare’s Patrick O’Connor during the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Star forward suffered knock to elbow during quarter-final win over Clare

John McGrath celebrates scoring a late point in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Clare  at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Michael Ryan knows his side have work to do for semis after conceding three goals

Cork and Limerick in action in the Munster senior hurling final of 2014 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh opens with two fixtures echoing its colourful past

 Sean Cavanagh  lifts the cup after Tyrone win the Ulster championship. Of the four provincial champions, only Tyrone had  to play a Division One team along the way. Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

None of the four provincial football championship winners have really been tested

Kevin Feely:  has been the most eye-catching centrefielder in the country this season. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kildare centrefielder can dispute any of the three black cards he has received this season

The construction at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last year – the renovated stadium will open this weekend. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

GAA claim demand justifies the decision to stage matches as stand-alone fixtures

 Kevin McManamon with his seven-month-old  nephew Liam after Dublin won their seventh straight Leinster football title at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dubs have now lost just one match in the province since 2004

Dublin’s Eric Lowndes takes possession under pressure from Kildare’s  Paddy Brophy. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Manager pays tribute to his ‘selfless’ captain Stephen Cluxton

 Harry Edwards: teaches sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He also works to place minorities into the front offices of professional football teams. Photograph: by Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

Ex-Black Panther turned sociologist addressed GAA Summer School on Sport and Politics

Armagh’s Jamie Clarke attempts to pass Tipperary’s  Alan Campbell and Josh Keane. Photograph: Presseye/Philip Magowan

All-Ireland qualifier previews: round 3B

Dublin’s Brian Fenton: he will be well tested by the Kildare pairing. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kildare looked well-conditioned against Meath, and used their athleticism to dominate

Tyrone’s Darren McCurry and manager Mickey Harte celebrate their semifinal win. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Down’s attacking verve has gained many fans but Tyrone will have their number

Former player and manager James McCartan remembers the days against Tyrone

Even before the Sky deal, the number of live broadcasts was reduced by 10 because of the impact they were having on attendances at local club fixtures.  Photographer: Simon Bellis/Bloomberg

Broadcasting rights is seen as an instrument by the GAA rather than an end

Cork’s Alan Cadogan scores the opening goal in Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kieran Kingston’s team race to victory in Thurles, for 52nd Munster championship

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

Cork  forward Conor Lehane: county has the pace to cope with Clare’s movement. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Young Waterford side may struggle to wear down Kilkenny’s sturdy defence

Seánie McGrath: “The Cork public are realistic that it is an outside bet they will win the All-Ireland.” Photograph: Inpho

The current Cork team has evoked comparisons with the former selector’s successful side of 1999

Dublin manager Jim Gavin’s comments on the unfairness of the broadcast coverage on Diarmuid Connolly revived the matter just after the player and county appeared content to accept the 12-week suspension – and in the process started a spat in the Sunday Game. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Suspensions to Diarmuid Connolly and Davy Fitzgerald haven't been fully enforced

Cork’s  Páirc Uí Chaoimh: stadium  has already had to defer its official opening and it’s unknown whether it will  host the All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals in two weeks’ time

Keys to be handed over on Friday but CCCC will meet next week for final decision

Dublin CEO John Costello expressed his content over the selected venue for the All Ireland qualifier. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ger Cunningham’s side to play Tipperary in Thurles rather than at a neutral venue

Galway’s Joe Canning in action during the Leinster Hurling Final against Wexford at Croke Park. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Westerners have used league and Leinster to make themselves front runners for the first time since 1990

 Liam Ryan breaks Galway’s Niall Burke’s hurley during Sunday’s match in Croke Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Although Wexford competed with gusto, their range of options was never sufficient

Jim Gavin:  refused  to do one-on-one interviews in protest at broadcasters’ coverage of the Diarmuid Connolly affair. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Former Westmeath All Star says there are ‘no agendas’ among broadcasters

Lee Chin: “We knew they [Galway] were going to be a team to beat if we wanted to get a Leinster title and it just so happens that we have them in a Leinster final.”

Wexford talisman excited by a novel Leinster final date against impressive Galway

Jim Gavin: took exception to Pat Spillane’s comments about Dermot Connolly on The Sunday Game. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pundit merely addressed the incident, the rule book provision and its attendant ban

Brave decision saw Tom Cribbin’s team leave themselves too open and ship record defeat

Conor McManus has looked sharp and in good fettle with two goals to his name already

The best Down can hope for is a more respectable defeat than in Clones 12 months ago

Having stretched Monaghan, Cavan can go one better against Offaly.

Seán Moran looks ahead to round 1B of the football qualifiers and Carlow’s meeting with Laois in the hurling

  Jim Gavin may choose to partner James McCarthy with Brian Fenton in midfield. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

They have yet to hit their stride but Jim Gavin’s side are 1/100 favourites for a reason

Joe Sheridan and Anthony Moyles of Meath contest a high ball with Dublin’s Niall Corkery during the Leinster SFC semi-final of 2010. It is the only loss Dublin have suffered in Leinster since 2004. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dubs haven’t lost for 19 games in Leinster since Meath put five goals past them

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín bringing the Liam MacCarthy Cup back to Cork. “I went from Seán Óg – ‘oh, isn’t the mother from somewhere exotic?’ – to Seán Óg ‘oh yeah, he lives in Park Dale’ and I became one of the community. That’s what the GAA did for us.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Seán Moran: GAA Summer School on ‘Sport and Politics’ promises to be fascinating

Cork’s Mark Coleman scores a sideline cut against Waterford. He has made a huge impression in his first season as a senior intercounty player. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Former All-Ireland-winning captain wary of a Clare side assisted by Donal Óg Cusack

Wexford’s Jack O’Connor celebrates after the county’s Leinster semi-final  victory over Kilkenny at Wexford Park.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Henry Shefflin says promotional opportunity lost by deferring the draw for a week

Michael Fennelly: has battled serious injury problems in recent years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Inflamed Achilles keeping the powerful midfielder sidelined

Cork fans celebrate a point during Sunday’s win over Waterford. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

There’s been a provincial shake-up, with new patterns emerging and old crises dying out

Cork’s Michael Cahalane and Colm Spillane with Waterford’s Tommy Ryan during the Munster senior hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Comprehensive win sets up first Munster final with Clare since 1999

Central Council also decides hurling quarter-finals to take place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Austin Gleeson: will be expected to prove an influential figure for Waterfrod against Cork at Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork fret over Lehane and will find scores harder to come by than against Tipperary

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

Leitrim selector John O’Mahony with manager Brendan Guckian. “Losing is not inevitable. They’re entitled to win the odd time as well.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Celebrated manager is a selector and helping current boss Brendan Guckian

Diarmuid Connolly has decided not to appeal his 12-week suspension for pushing an official in Dublin’s win over Carlow. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Statement from Dublin county board says forward has accepted ban and won’t appeal

 Diarmuid Connolly walks down the tunnell at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Any appeal by Diarmuid Connolly will have to be on procedural aspects of the challenge

Diarmuid Connolly has been given a 12-week ban after a hearing on Tuesday  night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Forward opted for a hearing after being seen pushing linesman during win over Carlow

Dublin’s Philly McMahon: his one-game ban  in respect of the league final  on 9th April  was announced on Twitter after a hearing on 22nd May – more than seven weeks later. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Seán Moran: Lack of transparency does a disservice to an effective structure

Galway manager Kevin Walsh is congratulated by supporters after the match. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘We take the two imposters the same, winning and losing,’ the Galway manager said

Galway’s Damien Comer celebrates after winning a free during the final moments in Salthill. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht champions reinforce superiority over the neighbours as Higgins sees red

Andy Moran: the veteran Mayo forward still has the ability to  pose a threat to Galway’s defence in the Connacht SFC semi-final at Salthill. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Stakes unusually high for June as both sides seek to avoid the taxing qualifier route

Wexford’s Conor McDonald celebrates scoring  a goal in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A quarter-final against Kilkenny at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

The meeting of Galway and Mayo tops the bill on Sunday with one other semi-final

 Davy Fitzgerald: led Wexford to a rare away win over  Brian Cody’s Kilkenny in the league quarter-final at Nowlan Park.  Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Brian Cody will have learnt from the league defeat and be intent on turning the tables

Tom Cribbin: “We’ve changed a lot of lads in the panel in the last few years and developed a lot of young lads.” Photograph: Inpho

Manager says proposed suspension for Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly is “not fair”

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly confronts linesman Ciaran Branagan at the Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship quarter-final against Carlow at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, last Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

CCCC should be allowed to act as a citing authority to ease pressure on referees

 Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly walks away from linesman Ciaran Branagan after he exchanged words during the second half in Portlaoise. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Proposed suspension would see Connolly sidelined for rest of Leinster campaign

Clare’s Patrick O’Connor leads the team during the pre-match parade against Limerick in Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

For 20 years they’ve under-achieved in their province and it’s about time that changed

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly speaks to linesman Ciaran Branagan at O’Moore Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Player’s fate expected to hinge on whether referee says he’s already adjudicated

 Kildare’s Kevin Feely takes on John O’Loughlin of Laois in Tullamore. Photograph: Inpho

Optimism may have been mild but the arrival of June was surprisingly upbeat

Limerick’s Declan Hannon tries to block Conor McGrath’s strike during the Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Shane O’Donnell hits 2-2 as Clare book place in Munster final for first time since 2008

Clare’s Aaron Shanagher and Tom Condon of Limerick in action during Clare’s win last year.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Banner and the Treaty hope to kickstart new eras with victory over local rivals

Brendan O’Sullivan:  served a suspension for an inadvertent violation. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Drug testing is necessary in Gaelic games but speculation about players is unfair

Dublin’s Chris Crummey with Gearóid McInerney, Johnny Coen and Joseph Cooney of Galway during the Leinster senior hurling championship quarter-final at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Impressive eague winners far too powerful for Ger Cunningham's 14-men in Tullamore

Ger Cunningham:   nearly 20 players have left since he took over as Dublin manager. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Cunningham has presided over period of change but there is little optimism about team's hopes

Joe Canning’s Galway take on Dublin in O’Connnor Park on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ruislip reopens in London, Galway take on Dublin, and a Shannonside derby in Ennis

Galway manager Michael Donoghue says his squad are a “very committed, diligent bunch and really ambitious”. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager looking forward to Dublin clash as Tribesmen installed as championship favourites

Conor Counihan: “Championship is championship and you’re hoping that things can turn.”

Reaching a Munster final against Kerry now the Rebel County’s primary target

Cork’s Patrick Horgan fends off the attention of Tipperary’s Padraic Maher during last Sunday’s mathc. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipp’s inability to retain an All-Ireland since 1965 inevitably comes into renewed focus

Cork manager Kieran Kingston celebrates with his son Shane Kingston after Cork’s win over Tipperary in the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium on Sunday.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Nearly half of the 52 players listed on Sunday have passed through the Cork college

Carlow celebrate after the beating Wexford in the Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship first round at Cullen Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Unexpected victory over Wexford reignites debate over merits of graded championships

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan and Cork manager Kieran Kingston shake hands after the match. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Once again Tipp are struggling with the demands of being champions

Shane Kingston of Cork celebrates scoring a goal against Tipperary in the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork-Tipp rivalry back with a bang in dramatic Munster championship quarter-final

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