Cathal McInerney is one of Cratloe’s established county players as they prepare to face Waterford champions Ballygunner. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht Club SFC q-f Tubbercurry (Sligo) v Aughawillan (Leitrim) Markievicz Park, 2.00 Fresh ground for both these sides, neither of whom (...)

Meath goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke holds on tight as Eoghan O’Gara and Diramuid Connolly move in in last year’s Leinster final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wherever and whenever football folk huddle in corners to give out about the Dubs getting to play all their games in Croke Park, it’s rare you’ll ever (...)

Meath’s Michael Newman rounds goalkeeper Pat Coady of Carlow to score his side’s sixth goal in the Leinster quarter-final at Dr Cullen Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath 7-13 Carlow 0-6Not so long ago Anthony Rainbow discovered that Brendan Murphy, by some distance Carlow’s best footballer, so good he was recruit(...)

Carlow 2-7 Longford 1-19Longford made short work of Carlow during a blistering first-half display at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.Jack Sheedy’s side domin(...)

CIT has issued a statement in which its president, Dr Brendan Murphy, extended his sympathy and that of CIT staff and students to the late roofer’s family on their loss.

Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have begun separate investigations after a man died in hospital last night following an incident duri(...)

Ireland manager Paul Earley

No representatives from counties such as Kerry, Down, or indeed Cavan, hosts for the first Test, and no more than eight survivors from the last Int(...)

Laois’s Padraig Clancy will attempt to fill a huge void in midfield in the absence of Brendan Quigley. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

GAVIN CUMMISKEYThe luck of the draw means either Carlow or Laois will stay afloat for a while yet. On the evidence of both counties opening round coll(...)

 Dessie Dolan, seen here  with manager Pat Flanagan, is now back to full fitness for Westmeath. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One thing guaranteed that every county manager will tell you about the championship is the importance of not looking beyond your first game, a(...)