2011 final : John O’Keeffe and Shane McGrath get up close and personal  – Hard work had certainly brought out a formidable talent but Henry Shefflin had what all great players possess – the confidence and nerve to execute his skills under excruciating pressure

Although it appears obvious now that it’s about to happen, there was uncertainty about Henry Shefflin’s intentions since the end of last week’s All-Ir(...)

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara: is the third of Jim Gavin’s football panel in little over 12 months to sustain ACL rupture. Photograph: Inpho

The Dublin footballers must come to terms with another cruciate injury setback, as news emerged last night that forward Eoghan O’Gara will miss the r(...)

Derry manager Brian McIver: his side must beat Dublin and Cork and hope the teams immediately above them draw their match and lose their final fixtures on Sunday week.  Photograph: Inpho

Derry manager Brian McIver heads for Croke Park on Saturday needing long-odds combination of results to avoid relegation just a year after reaching th(...)

Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan tussles with Matthew O’Hanlon of Wexford during Waterford’s Allianz League Division 1A win. Photograph: Inpho

WEXFORD 0-16WATERFORD 0-22Everything was in place in Innovate Wexford Park yesterday. The spring sun beamed down the venue, as a crowd of 8,500 turned(...)

Galway’s  Joe Canning: his recent return strengthens the side  but the balance of motivation – for Dublin, a possible return to Nowlan Park for a relegation play-off – favours a Dublin win. Photograph: Inpho

Allianz Football League Division Two Galway v Laois, Tuam Stadium, 2.0 – Two teams going in different directions over the past couple of weeks: Laois’(...)

Feargal McGill, the GAA’s head of games administration: “The problem was that five games weren’t enough so we had to look at more fixtures and the quarter-finals worked.” Photograph: Inpho

As the Allianz Hurling League reaches the final regulation weekend of the season, the GAA has confirmed the current format will be reviewed at the end(...)

Richie Hogan and Cillian Buckley will be rested for Kilkenny this weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Holders Kilkenny will be significantly under-strength for Sunday’s Division 1A match against Clare in Nowlan Park. Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan, wh(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Henry Shefflin and  Eoin Reid go for a high ball in the All-Ireland club final against Kilmallock. They scored five points between them. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-18 Kilmallock 1-06Ballyhale don’t always win Kilkenny and when they do, don’t always win Leinster. Play them in Croke Park how(...)

Ballyhale captain TJ Reid and teammates celebrate their All-Ireland club success over Kilmallock at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Up until yesterday the current Ballyhale Shamrocks with their two All-Irelands weren’t even the most successful team in the parish. That honour reste(...)

Gary Sice: one of several Corofin players with county experience. Photograph: Gerry McManus/Inpho.

Corofin have been making waves since streaking away with a Galway championship they dominated to an almost worrying degree. The hype has proved presc(...)