Kerry’s Jonathon Lyons and Kevin O’Dricoll of Cork at the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final in  Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

It would have been fascinating to hear what Brian Cuthbert and the Cork players might have said in Fitzgerald Stadium had they managed to hold on for (...)

Mark Collins reacts with dismay as referee Pádraig Hughes awards a penalty for Kerry in the Munster final in Killarney. photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry won last year’s All-Ireland title with a late and audacious high-wire act and there was more trapeze artistry to be seen in Killarney as they he(...)

Éamonn Fitzmaurice made the move into management with what appeared to be seamless ease. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In the litany of minor miracles concocted by Kerry last summer, their Munster final win against Cork has been almost forgotten. It takes a singular(...)

Cork defender James Loughrey: “Personally I’ll never forget the Munster final,” he said of last year, “and I’m sure a lot of the boys won’t, but collectively – it was just a game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While this rivalry occasionally produces the unexpected, the trend is clear: Kerry win more often than Cork. That trend hardens in Killarney, where(...)

Fintan Goold returns to the Cork football team for Sunday’s Munster SFC final against Kerry in Killarney. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Colm Cooper is among the five players left out of All-Ireland champions Kerry’s team by manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice for Sunday’s Munster football fi(...)

“I think for the sake of the player, I don’t think that’s good enough . . . to get a call from Croke Park on a Wednesday – ‘Oh, Jamie O’Sullivan is suspended’ – that is not good enough,” said Cork manager Brian Cuthbert. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With so much happening in the world of sport, news that Cork footballers wouldn’t have the services of Jamie O’Sullivan for their first championship m(...)

Tomás Ó Sé: “They just seem like a team if you get on top of them very early they’ve no Plan B and they’ll just lie down.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manna from heaven for Brian Cuthbert. The words of no better man than Tomás Ó Sé could be pinned on the wall of the Cork football changing room. A mo(...)

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

Afterwards, you could have run a decent sweep on which was longer – the length of time Cork could legitimately claim to have had a chance or Stephen C(...)

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

History-making has never seemed so routine. Dublin totted up a three-in-a-row of National Leagues for the first time, and needed no more energy to do (...)

 Brian Hurley scores a goal past Donegal goalkeepr Michael Boyle in the Allianz Football League semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The counties with the biggest boxes to tick after last year meet in tomorrow’s Allianz Football League final in Croke Park. Both Dublin and Cork ha(...)