Jim O’Brien at work in his Tipperary workshop on hurleys that will be used by some of the Tipperary players in the All-Ireland final. Photo: Bryan O’Brien

Hurley makers Jim O’Brien (Tipperary) and Brian Dowling (Kilkenny) maintain a noble tradition

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon attempts to block a shot from Donegal’s  Odhrán Mac Niallais. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘We were fully prepared and our focus was always on Donegal and not beyond it,’ adds disappointed Dublin boss

Colm McFadden celebrates scoring Donegal’s  third goal in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Champions of 2012 stun favourites to book final date against Kerry

Paddy Andrews and Bernard Brogan following Dublin’s victory over Monaghan in the quarter-final at Croke Park. “There are so many guys there to take your place. . . I’d say it’s a very good thing because it makes the team perform better.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Sometimes he’s confined to a bit-part role but St Brigid’s man will contribute in any way he can to Dublin’s cause

While impressed by Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final opponents Donegal, Dublin manager Jim Gavin (right) notes: “Most of our work over the past two weeks has been on how we’re going to play our game”. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘Each county has their own culture – there is no right or wrong way to set up a team’

 Paddy Andrews, manager Jim Gavin and Phil McMahon. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ger Brennan’s ankle injury suffers minor setback but he hasn’t played for the Dubs since last year’s final

 Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against Cork in the All-Ireland hurling semi-final on August 17th last in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Squad came through last weekend’s round of club championship matches unscathed

Kerry’s Kieran O’Leary scores the equalising point despite the efforts of Mayo’s Colm Boyle at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo boss James Horan objects but replay looks set for Gaelic Grounds

Declan O’Sullivan: Kerry have put legs before experience and are keeping the long-serving forward in reserve for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SFC semi-fnal against Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Eamonn Fitzmaurice will keep the three-time All Star as an option in All-Ireland clash

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