Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal past Fermanagh goalkeeper Thomas Treacy during the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph:   Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Despite never threatening to overturn the Leinster champions, Pete McGrath’s side never gave in

Galway manager Kevin Walsh appears to have infused his charges with some backbone, with the team conceding only one goal so far in the championship. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Galway haven’t won in Croke Park since the 2001 All-Ireland despite underage success

Kerry midfielders David Moran and  Anthony Maher in action against Mayo last summer. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Duo have been best pairing in championship – but they took while to find each other

Tyrone’s Peter Harte scores from the penalty spot against Meath in Round 2B of the All-reland SFC last month. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho.

Connacht final beating must got over but Mickey Harte’s side should have too much

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly will be in action for the Leinster champions against Fermanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Only 10 teams remain in the race for Sam Maguire and eight of them play this weekend

Brian Fenton, seen here in possession against Monaghan  in the league, starts at centrefield for Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho. Allianz Football League Division 1, Clones, Monaghan 5/4/2015Monaghan vs DublinMonghan’s Owen Duffy and Brian Fenton of Dublin Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Manager Jim Gavin has the firepower to choose from for quarter-final encounter

Ryan McHugh of Donegal in action against Monaghan’s Darren Hughes during the Ulster SFC Final in Clones. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘It’s not easy, there’s no point lying. We planned at the start of the year that we’d be going to Croke Park as Ulster champions’ (...)

Jim Gavin: “Their Division Three record and promotion speaks for itself and the way that they have dispatched Roscommon and Westmeath was quite impressive.”

Dublin manager praises ‘fantastic achievement’ of Pete McGrath’s team this year

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘At the end of the day we want to win the big one’

Galway’s Danny Cummins celebrates scoring his side’s  goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian McIvor hits out at standard of refereeing before quitting Derry post

Aidan O’Shea scored a hattrick as Mayo thrashed Sligo to in their fifth Connacht title in a row. Photograph: Inpho

O’Shea bags a hattrick to inspire Holmes and Connelly’s side to record win at Dr Hyde Park

Liam Silke tackles Benny Heron during Galway’s victory over Derry in Salthill. Photograph: Inpho

Kevin Walsh’s Tribesmen get past Derry in a miserable Salthill

Colm Cooper has been named on the substitutes’ bench again for the Munster final replay against Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dr Crokes forward needs minutes on pitch after 14 months out with a knee injury

Tipperary’s Colin O’Riordan in action against Limerick during  the Munster U-21 hurling semi-final in midweek. He will line out against Tyrone at Thurles. Photograph: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Loss of George Hannigan and Stepen O’Brien big blows to Premier County’s hopes

Derry manager Brian McIver joins the pre-match team huddle before the win over Wexford. They will likely have to score something like 1-14 to win in Galway. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

Derry’s woes on the road in the qualifiers look likely to continue

Donald Trump visiting Turnberry golf club in Scotland last month after its $10m refurbishment. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Trump has invested heavily in golf for a very specific reason. He got in cheap and is making a fortune as economies recover

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Round 2, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 11/7/2015Dublin vs LimerickDublin's Paul Schutte and Declan Hannon of LimerickMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Paul Ryan’s haul of 1-10 helps keep Ger Cunningham’s side in the Championship

Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal in the Leinster SFC Final against Westmeath at Croke Park. Photograph:  Inpho

Congested nature of game will stand to Jim Gavin’s side in tougher battles

Johnny McCaffrey celebrates at the final whistle after Dublin’s one-point win over Limerick in the round two qualifier at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul Ryan’s haul of 12 points helps keep Ger Cunningham’s side in the Championship

Manager Tom Cribbin believes his own selection errors were the main cause of Westmeath’s league relegation. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Manager believes they can beat Dublin six months after crisis of confidence in county

Ger Cunningham: has reshaped the Dublin team in the wake of the heavy defeat to Galway. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Do-or-die qualifier for two experienced teams inevitably short of confidence

Kildare’s Emmet Bolton feels the pain following the heavy Leinster semi-final defeat by Dublin.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Midlanders haven’t beaten Kildare in the championship since 1967

Seán Quigley: his free-taking provides Fermanagh with a solid foundation. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

John Evans’ talented side still have big ambitions this summer

Liam Dunne: “The blame comes back to me but there has to be consequences for players as well. We will be seeing the start of some fellas’ careers and the end of others’.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny drubbing leaves manager looking for big improvement against Cork

Ger Cunningham: the Dublin manager may be tempted to rejig his side following the heavy defeat by Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ger Cunningham’s side aiming to bounce back after the shock of Galway hiding

Antrim manager Frank Fitzsimons. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Even without Ryan McCluskey they should win all-Ulster battle

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: his charges take on Offaly in the first round of the All-Ireland senior hurling qualifers. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clare set to win first hurling championship match since All-Ireland final replay of 2013

Joe Canning no longer has to carry Galway forward line on his shoulders. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Cody can rely on all his players to hit their marks and it should see them through

Roscommon’s Cathal Shine is an injury doubt for match against Cavan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Terry Hyland’s men can overturn bad run of results against team from Connacht

Kildare manager John Ryan reacts late on in their defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Seán Moran, Malachy Clerkin and Gavin Cummiskey look at the weekend’s action

Westmeath’s Paul Sharry celebrates with John Egan and David Lynch at the final whistle in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Thrilling comeback gives underdogs their first win over neighbours

Donegal’s Colm McFadden tries to evade Niall Holly and Oisin Duffy at Clones. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Monaghan await in final for third year in row, with one win apiece for each county

Martin O’Reilly scores  Donegal’s goal in the Ulster SFC semi-final against Derry at  St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Derry’s failure to take chances leaves McIver wondering what might have been

Andriú MacLochlainn disputes referee Cormac Reilly’s decision to award a free to Bernard Brogan and Dublin in the dying moments of the Leinster semi-final in 2011. Kildare moved on to the qualifiers and did not get a second bite at their rivals that year. photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster champions hot favourites but four years ago only a disputed free separated teams

Down’s Donal O’Harewho looks to be fit again,  battles against Derry’s Dermot McBride and Sean Leo McGoldrick during the Ulster quarter-finalat  Celtic Park, Derry. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: All-Ireland SFC Qualifier Round 1B – Wexford v Down, Wexford Park, 6.30

 Kieran McGeeney’s Armagh side take on Wicklow at the Athletic Grounds with victory likely. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: All-Ireland SFC Qualifier Round 1B – Armagh v Wicklow, Athletic Grounds, 2.30

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho.

Rory Gallagher’s side look too settled, too experienced and too in tune to be stopped

A view of Sunday’s game at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran and Malachy Clerkin reflect on the performances of John O’Dwyer and Dick Clerkin

Malachy O’Rourke spoke for the first time about the two-year ban given to former Monaghan county panellist Thomas Connolly last week. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Malachy O’Rourke calls for more education after Monaghan player’s two-year drugs ban

Monaghan’s Neil McAdam tries to get his shot away despite the attentions of Paul McCusker and Ciaran Flaherty of Fermanagh during the   Ulster SFC semi-final at Breffni Park. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Malachy O’Rourke’s side through to third straight Ulster decider

Cyril Donnellan: will be aiming to cause problems for Laois at Tullamore. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster SHC semi-final, Tullamore, Saturday, 5pm - Live Sky Sports 5

Sligo footballers will be looking to forward Mark Breheny to unlock the Roscommon defence in the Connacht SFC game at Markievicz Park. Photograph: Sportsfile.

Connacht SFC Semi-final, Marrkievicz Park, Saturday, 7pm - Sky Sports 5

Donie Kingston scores a goal for Laois during the county’s defeat to Kildare in the Leinster SFC. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/ Inpho.

Last chance saloon for footballers of four counties

Weeshie Fogarty: the voice of Kerry football on Radio Kerry. “In Kerry I would have no hesitation in saying that people’s priorities go like this – family first, Kerry football second and maybe religion third.” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Commentators across the country have become the voices of the GAA and their communities

Mayo beat rivals Galway in front of a packed Pearse Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran, Malachy Clerkin and Gavin Cummiskey with the weekend’s main talking points

Tipperary’s Michael Quinlivan battles with Mark Griffin during Kerry’s Munster Championship semi-final win. Photograph: Inpho

All-Ireland champions race out of blocks in second half and into the Munster final

Kildare manager Jason Ryan and Laois manager Tomas O’Flatharta shake hands  at the final whistle of last weekend’s draw

Laois could live to regret not closing out last week’s game when they had the advantage

Cork’s Daniel Goulding, Paul Kerrigan and Noel Galvin reflect after the Division One final loss to Dublin in the spring.

Munster SFC semi-final, Sunday, Páirc Uí Rinn, 4pm

Colm Cooper will make his first start since the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final as Kerry face  Tipperary

Éamonn Fitzmaurice has picked team of players who will be out to prove themselves

Wicklow manager Johnny Magee. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Even with such a devastating injury list Royals still look too strong

Lee Chin: player has made the move to Wexford’s hurling side alongside Daithí Waters. The footballers have suffered, no point pretending otherwise.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The loss of Daithí Waters, Lee Chin shows balance of power has shifted to Dunne’s side

German-born band leader James Last conducts his big band during the German TV show “Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel”. Photo: Kerstin Joensson/AP

Malachy Clerkin charts the story of the famous tune

Liam Rushe can’t keep fighting fires for Dublin all over the park. Photo: Cathal Noone/Inpho

Dublin’s hurlers all at sea . . . hurling’s hottest rivalry continues to give . . . Bradley proves his worth to Derry

Waterford scorer-in-chief Maurice Shanahan. Photograph:  Inpho/James Crombie

McGrath says it’s time county abandoned its defeatist attitude

Derek McGrath celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

‘We’re just trying to improve. It sounds monotonous, but that’s where we are’

The scoreboard in Tullamore shows Galway leading Dublin 3-9 to 0-1 in the first half. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Early hat-trick sets tone as Galway leave shell-shocked Dubs with far too much to do

Pauric Mahony: Waterford will have to do without one of the game’s top free-takers when they take on Cork in the Munster senior hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford are without a player who has contributed one third of their scores in the league

Dublin’s Conal Keaney tackles Joe Canning. Galway will be looking for more from the gifted Portumna star in the replay at Tullamore. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

If Joe Canning can deliver, Tribesmen can put up a score Dublin will struggle to match

It has been a mixed eight days for  hurling’s Cunningham clan. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran, Gavin Cummiskey and Malachy Clerkin with the main talking points from the weekend

Johnny Coen of Galway tussles with Dublin’s Mark Schutte during yesterday’s Leinster SHC quarter-final clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Capital’s footballers continue their inevitable march with 27-point hammering of Longford

Dublin’s Paul Flynn scores a goal despite the efforts of Cian Farrelly and Dermot Brady of Longford during the Leinster SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side were 1-5 to no score up after eight minutes in one-sided affair

Longford’s Barry Gilleran and manager Jack Sheedy celebrate the championship victory over Offaly at Tullamore. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tomorrow is their first championship game in Croke Park in a decade

Shane O’Donnell found himself outnumbered too often to hurt Limerick.

Seán Moran and Malachy Clerkin with the main talking points from the weekend

Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke watches  from the sideline of Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Monaghan manager happy to get win after Ulster Championship clash goes down to wire

Conor McManus scored seven points for Monaghan as they pipped rivals Cavan at Breffni Park. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster favourites turn to the bench to help them pass tough examination from rivals

Roscommon manager John Evans has no significant injury concerns ahead of his side’s clash with London at Ruislip. Photograph: Tommy Greally/Inpho.

Expect John Evans’s side to leap Ruislip hurdle with ease

Monaghan’s Dick Clerkin is likely to be given the task of  curbing Gearóid McKiernan’s influence in the Cavan midfield.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Malachy O’Rourke’s side need to get over high expectations to finally live up to favourite’s tag

Cavan’s Eugene Keating locks horns with Kieran Duffy and Drew Wylie of Monaghan in the Ulster Championship two years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For as long as there has been football, there has been enmity between counties

Louth’s Declan Byrne celebrates scoring a point in the first half of the Leinster SFC first-round game against Westmeath at  the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Callum McCormack, Shane Dempsey and Ray Connellan on the mark in Drogheda

Ronan McEntire of Longford competes for the ball with Offaly’s Johnny Moloney during the Leinster SFC first-round match at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Pat Flanagan left frustrated after Jack Sheedy’s side overturn seven-point deficit

Paul Sharry returns at wing forward for Westmeath. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Return of James Dolan and Paul Sharry can tilt the balance for the midlanders

Offaly’s go-to forward Niall McName will line out for his 13th championship this summer. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Offaly forward reached depths of despair – but the toughest road was the one to recovery

Longford’s Brian Kavanagh gets ahead of Johnny Moloney of Offaly during the Leinster Senior Football Championship first round game at Pearse Park on May 18th, 2014. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Visiting side have yet to win a championship match against their hosts in Tullamore and are unlikely to break their duck

Ross Munnelly, who with the Kingston brothers makes up a dependable inside forward line for Laois, who take on Carlow in the Leinster Senior Football Championship first round on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tómas Ó Flatharta’s charges have edge in experience in Leinster championship clash

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan was last year’s Hurler of the Year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2014 Hurler of the Year played a key role in Kilkenny’s All-Ireland success

Wherever you are, get ready for All-Ireland championship

All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

The Banner were like a boulder that landed from a clear blue sky

Tony McCoy is overcome with emotion after coming third on Box Office at Sandown Park Racecourse in  the final race of his career. Photograph:  Sean Dempsey/AFP/Getty Images

Everyone likes to win and most people want to win – but the legendary jockey needed it

Cork and Dublin managers Brian Cuthbert and Jim Gavin shake hands after the Allianz Football League Division One  final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin manager’s thoughts quickly turn to summer goals after defeating Cork in Allianz Football League Division One final

Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny is challenged by Cork’s  Eoin Cadogan  in yesterday’s Allianz National League Division One football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Champions miss hatful of chances and still cruise home, while Cork begin postmortem

Waterford manager Derek McGrath at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photo: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Post-match reaction: Waterford v Tipperary

Dublin Manager Dessie Farrell has a  formidable looking side as they prepare to take on Tipperary in Tullamore. Photograph: Inpho

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Rob O’Shea has been the league’s main discovery for Cork during the  Allianz Hurling League. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: Allianz Hurling League semi-final – Cork v Dublin, Nowlan Park, 2pm , TG4

Michael “Brick” Walsh, seen here during the league match against Galway, is one of Waterford’s more mature players. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

Manager is maturing in his roll along with his youthful team who are proving their worth

 Donegal manager Rory Gallagher shakes hands with his Cork counterpart Brian Cuthbert at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Rory Gallagher won’t lose too much sleep over Donegal missing out on the final

Michael Murphy tries to block down Mark Collins during Cork’s victory over Donegal in the national league semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Colm O’Neill scores 2-2 as Brian Cuthbert’s team ensure repeat of 2014 final

Jim Gavin: won’t be entirely put out by another game where his side have to test each brick in the wall to find the loose one. Photo: Ryan Moore/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s men to gain more experience of coping against a blanket defence

Kildare manager Jason Ryan: “This is a team of lads who are working hard and we would believe that we have every opportunity to get wins this summer.”

Eyes turning now to a championship clash with either Carlow or Laois

Rory McIlroy – fell 14 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth after bogeying the first hole. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Sky’s holograms no substitute for live coverage of Jordan Speight’s exploits

Jack Nicklaus: Jack dropped in and chewed the fat, benignly allowing Monty and Butch and Paul McGinley kiss his ring.  Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

US Masters care not one jot what the modern sports consumer wants, needs or likes

Paul Geaney: “We showed great character in the games we needed to win or needed to get results in. So that’s a positive to take.”

All-Ireland champions turn thoughts towards preparation for the championship

Kerry’s Colm Cooper: made his first appearance for the Kingdom in 19 months when he came on against Tyrone at Healy Park. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Late Tyrone equaliser against Kerry ensures Donegal pip Kingdom to a semi-final place

Manager Malachy O’Rourke has engineered a dramatic reversal in the fortunes of the county, with Monaghan having lost just eight out of the last 32 league and championship games since he took over. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Malachy O’Rourke’s side need draw to clinch first league semi-final since 1998

Cormac Costello of Dublin gets by Derry’s Oisín Duffy during Saturday’s Allianz Football League Division One clash at Croke Park. Dublin won the game by 0-8 to 0-4. Photograph: Donal Farmer/Inpho.

Still much to play for in all four divisions as league season comes down to wire

  Cork’s  Seamus Harnedy gets away from Wexford’s Daithi Waters and Eoin Conroy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin, Waterford and Tipperary complete semi-final line-up in hurling

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long celebrates scoring the equaliser with Wes Hoolahan and James McClean during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Shane Long joins growing list of vital late goal scorers alongside Aiden McGeady and John O’Shea

Cormac Costello of Dublin with Oisin Duffy of Derry. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The extra bit of attacking class edges the Leinster champions on in final 10 minutes

Séamus Hickey: “For us, there was pressure on to try and get promoted but when you finish the league it’s easy to leave it behind you. I’m not sure that’s the same if you’re after being relegated.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Quarter-final against Dublin at Croke Park an opportunity to gauge where they stand

Henry Shefflin   announcing his retirement: he deserves to know that he meant something beyond the endless titles and medals and glory he brought to Kilkenny and Ballyhale – although that is what he holds dearest. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Retirement of Henry Shefflin followed by overwhelming and lavish praise

Henry Shefflin won 10 All-Ireland hurling titles with Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

36-year-old Kilkenny centre-forward won 10 All-Ireland titles and 13 Leinster medals

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