Colm Cooper will be in action for Dr Crokes in the Kerry SFC Final against South Kerry. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Among the highlights are big football finals in Kerry, Mayo and Roscommon plus hurling deciders in Cork, Waterford and Wexford

There will be no representatives from the All-Ireland champions Dublin in the international rules series this year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

First time in the history of the series that the All-Ireland champions won’t be represented

Dermot Earley says there needs to be protocols surrounding GAA player testimonials such as the upcoming one for Colm Cooper. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Earley was responding to the upcoming – and controversial – testimonial of Colm Cooper

Dublin’s Brian Fenton celebrates in front of Hill 16 after winning last year’s All-Ireland SFC final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

While the new systems in both football and hurling cause debate, there is much of the same

The former Polo Grounds in New York.

Influence of the famous Polo Grounds final of more than 50 years ago can still be felt

Ball must now cross 20-metre line under new directive

‘These are experiments, and if in three years’ time there’s a better way, we’ll be all for it’

The Galway under-21 hurlers before this year’s All-Ireland semi-final.

Ulster counties also admitted with championship reduced to Munster and Leinster

GAA Congress, at Croke Park, Dublin, on Saturday morning. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

On three-year trial basis, from next summer there’ll be two provincial groups of five

There have been sufficient signs of life in both Leinster, unusually, and Munster to convince the framers of the Central Council motion that the structure can work. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Can a sceptical public about the merits of being weaned off knock-out competitions?

Stephen Rochford: is expected to confirm he will remain with Mayo for a third year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

After a number of appointment, only Sligo and Wexford still have vacancies at the top

 Paudie O’Neill: “Change doesn’t come easily but I think it will come.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Chair of hurling development committee defends new ‘meritocratic’ proposals

Hurling has always had a shortage of competitive counties compared to football. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Both games can be profitably engaged in the GAA’s latest period of experimentation

Rory Whelan (14) from Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wexford,   with Dublin All-Ireland winning players Lyndsey Davey, Rebecca McDonnell, Lauren Magee, Hannah O’Neill and Emily Flanagan during the champions’ visit to Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Even at lower weighted majority of 60% no hurling reforms can be certain of success

Lenny Harbinson has been appointed as the new Antrim football manager. Photograph:  Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Former county player has been appointed for three years

Darran O’Sullivan argues with the linesman after receiving a black card against Mayo in the All-Irelnad semi-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pacy forward’s semi-final was cut short just nine minutes after his introduction

Con O’Callaghan: “When we started going into the corner we were lucky enough not to get turned over, but we got there in the end.” Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Young forward couldn’t bear to watch the engrossing endgame of titanic final clash

Dublin’s James McCarthy: he has been  nominated for the Footballer of the Year award. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Champions total highest since Tyrone in 2003. Mayo’s 12 record for finalists in qualifier era

Dublin’s Niall Scully, Cormac Costello, Brian Fenton, Con O’Callaghan, Paul Mannion, Paddy Andrews and Diarmuid Connolly celebrate their latest win. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Historic success levels inevitably less riveting for the rest of the country

Galway’s Joe Canning, who is shortlisted for Hurler of the Year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All Ireland winners secure 14 nominations, including Joe Canning for Hurler of the Year

Cillian O’Connor misses a late free for Mayo. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dean Rock’s free kick deep in injury time ensures three-in-a-row and heartache for Mayo

Seán Moran looks at a formidable Dublin line-up as they chase three-in-a-row against Mayo

There  is evidence that both teams have moved on from 12 months ago  but if the choice is between which team has made the more plausible strides, the answer is Dublin.

Champions poised to dash Mayo’s dream and complete their first three-in-a-row since 1923

 Former Dublin selector Mickey Whelan (78): ‘Our forwards defend and not just by running back. They can tackle without conceding many frees and there’s been a lot done on that by Jim Gavin and his management.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former selector for Pat Gilroy believes forwards’ work-rate key to current side’s success

Colm Cooper’s testimonial dinner raises questions for the GAA. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Kerry legend’s fund-raising dinner raises a number of sensitive questions for the GAA

Pat Gilroy: saw Dublin swept aside by a rampant Kerry in 2009 quarter-final but within two years led his county to victory over Kerry in the final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry may have been the measure of Dublin's new world but Mayo won't leave it

Tom Morrissey of Limerick with Pat Lyng of Kilkenny prior to this weekend’s U-21 hurling final. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Munster champions have survived the tougher passage than rivals Kilkenny

 Cork’s Rena Buckley and Anna Farrell of Kilkenny will face off in Sunday’s All-Ireland senior camogie final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Champions have attacking edge with absence of Gemma O’Connor too much of a challenge

Former Armagh  star Tony McEntee giving some words of advice to the Mayo team. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Crossmaglen man part of the management team that reignited the All-Ireland finalists

Offaly have struggled in recent years to make an impression either at senior level or at underage. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Brendan Murphy says it would be disastrous for his county to lose their status

Joe Canning celebrates Galway’s triumph and his long-awaited senior All-Ireland medal at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Would Galway have won the All-Ireland without the Portumna dynamo?

Galway’s Jason Flynn  celebrates with the Liam McCarthy Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Men from the west show brilliant composure to outstay Waterford and win All-Ireland

Three gold GAA All-Ireland hurling winners’ medals, crafted by hand  in Bluebell, Dublin, are held by  MMI employee Paul Fox. The company, established in 1939, makes medals, government seals, military insignia and sporting awards and trophies.   While the Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire cups are returned every year, the members of the winning hurling and football panels get to keep the medals.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Both have waited long enough but western power can trump Waterford promise

Mac Dara Mac Donncha: ‘If Waterford are playing anybody I shout for them, and if Galway are playing anybody I shout for them.’

Mac Dara Mac Donncha has divided loyalties after moving from one county to the other

Damian McErlain has been appointed as Derry senior football manager.

McErlain has guided the county to this year’s All-Ireland minor final

Karl Lacey has retired after a 13 year inter-county career with Donegal. Photo: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

The Four Masters clubman won four All Stars and an All-Ireland in a 13 year career

Waterford’s manager, Derek McGrath, celebrates with Philip Mahony after defeating Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

The big three have won 17 of the last 18 All-Ireland titles. Time for something new

Mayo’s Brendan Harrison in action against Donnchadh Walsh and Paul Geaney of Kerry during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Although Dublin gave an awesome display there are positive echoes for a resilient Mayo

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan is beaten by Eoghan O’Gara for Dublin’s second goal in the All-Ireland semi-Final at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph by  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Champions were too fast and accurate from the start of an unexpectedly one-sided game

Dublin’s Tommy Drumm shakes hands with Tyrone’s Frank McGuigan after the 1984 All-Ireland semi-final.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This weekend sees the counties meet for the eighth time in championship

 Kieran Donaghy strikes Aidan O’Shea which resulted in a red card for the Kerry full-forward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Stephen Rochford’s side set up All-Ireland final meeting with Dublin or Tyrone

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates at the final whistle after beating Kerry in their All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

High-energy assault through the middle helped them dominate Kerry in semi-final win

Tyrone Dublin’s Niall Sludden with Jack McCaffrey  in their drawn league game earlier this year. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

Match preview: Tyrone’s attitude and defensive system will make the champions uneasy

Former Offaly footballer Matt Connor with ex-Kerry star  Jack O’Shea at the inductees event at the GAA Museum Hall of Fame in Croke Park. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Kingdom legend believes Mayo may stick with Aidan O’Shea at full back on Donaghy

Cormac McAnallen: moved from centrefield to full back after the drawn Ulster final of 2003. Tyrone went on to win their first All-Ireland title. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Necessity has often been the mother of reinvention for All-Ireland-winning teams

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

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