The GAA’s uniqueness is in its community bases and vast voluntary network of families and administrators encouraging the playing of the games at local level. The big days in Croke Park are celebrations of that reality but not an end in themselves. Photograph: Inpho

(...)’t even have to playing the same game. Feargal McGill, GAA head of games administration and player welfare(...)

Joe Schmidt has delivered two Six Nations and got us to a World Cup quarter-final. He is ideally placed to bring in structures so the next wave of players are better coached at a younger age. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

(...) national sport in New Zealand and South Africa. It is fourth in Ireland behind soccer, Gaelic football and(...)

Clearing Dermot Connolly  to take part in last Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final replay came as a surprise. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

(...) as the correct decision in keeping with the maxim that justice must be done even though the heavens(...)

Kerry’s Marc Ó Sé is shown a black card by referee Maurice Deegan who had a good match  in filthy conditions in the semi-final at Croke Park. Photogrraph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

(...) but there’s still always the sense that like some Wild West frontier town, Gaelic games are always(...)

 Dennis Bergkamp: found the Italian attitude  to space frustrating  in his years at Inter Milan. Photo:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

(...) spread of the blanket defence through Gaelic games can attest. At least initially, rugby union has now(...)

Fermanagh’s Seán Quigley celebrates scoring a penalty in the Ulster SFC quarter-final game at Brewster Park in Enniskillen. Photo: John McVitty/Inpho/Presseye

(...) was ultimately ruined by the unfortunate, albeit correct, red carding of Seán McVeigh. It was all(...)

The black card: Leinster Council chairman John Horan says there were incidents in the All-Ireland Under-21 final that looked like they should have resulted in black cards. Photograph: Inpho.

Leinster Council chairman John Horan has questioned the implementation of the black card in Gaelic(...)

Tyrone U-21 mentor Peter Canavan: There’s no reason to doubt his  sincerity in rejecting the insinuation that the management schooled the players in cynical practices. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

(...) five years ago. Intended to foster “a new approach of fair play, mutual respect and goodwill to Gaelic(...)

“It is entirely appropriate and is the norm that any case being made for the expenditure of public monies would be subject to rigorous examination.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

(...) confident that the basis of the business case for the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh is correct and will(...)

Henry Shefflin has confirmed his retirement form inter-county hurling. Photograph: Inpho

(...) remember when I started. I think it’s time for myself.“I just felt it was the correct time. My heart was(...)