Paul Galvin: realised he had called time on himself a few seasons too early and decided to return to the Kerry panel. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The news from the Kingdom this week confirmed that Don Henley was right about Kerry football: you can check out any time you like but you can never le(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning in action against Kilkenny’s Conor Fogarty and TJ Reid last summer. He will miss out on the clash  at Pearse Stadium due to injury. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Today Division 1 A Cork v Dublin, Croke Park, 5 pm – Ger Cunningham’s opening chapter as Dublin manager could not be more assured. Crisp, accurat(...)

GAA president  Aogán Ó Feargháil with  Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, minister of culture, youth and community development, after he presented him with a hurley  at the GAA World Games in  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

There has always been a strain of thought within the GAA which leaves its grassroots faintly incredulous about the fact that its games aren’t better k(...)

Neil Gallagher is tackled by Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll and Mark Collins during Donegal’s 0-12 to 1-8 victory. Photograph: Andrew Paton/INPHO/Presseye

What did we learn about the likely destination of the Sam Maguire from this weekend’s Allianz League games? At one stage during Dublin and Kerry’s co(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy of Donegal gets away from Tomás Clancy and Michael Shields of Cork during their national league game at Ballyshannon. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Donegal 0-12 Cork 1-8 Stormy weather along the wild Atlantic way as Cork made their way home from a first Allianz League defeat yesterday even(...)

Kieran Donaghy: This time last year the conventional wisdom suggested he was all but done and dusted. Now he’s captain of the All-Ireland champions.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Around lunchtime on the day of last September’s All-Ireland football final, a rumour travelled via the Croke Park bush telegraph that Kieran Donaghy w(...)

Donegal’s Colm McFadden holds off Cork defenders during the All-Ireland semi-final in 2012. The meetings between the sides have been important staging posts in their respective fortunes over the last six years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

It is easy to forget, now that Dublin seem to be All-Ireland favourites for always and evermore, that not too long ago Cork were regarded as the smart(...)

Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson: “Winning is oinfectious.”

It was appropriate that the closing act in Tipperary’s league win over Galway was Darren Gleeson’s safe and assured handling of a tricky and dangerou(...)

Tipperary’s Padraic Maher, Gearoid McInerney, Gearoid Ryan and Conor O’Brien with James Regan and Joseph Cooney of Galway during their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash in Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipp set the world to rights yesterday but the world of February hurling is too flimsy to pay much heed to. Both sides laboured at times, both sides p(...)

  Jimmy Barry-Murphy gets away from Galway’s Sylvie Linnane in the 1986 All-Ireland Final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“I don’t look back. I don’t believe in it,” confirms Jimmy Barry-Murphy, the reluctant holder of a power to evoke in others that very compulsion: to l(...)