Tyrone’s Justin McMahon and Peter Harte get up close and personal with Donegal’s Michael Murphy in Ballybofey last week. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘Unfortunately nobody hits each other anymore,” sighed Colm O’Rourke on Sunday last, seconds after the Tyrone and Donegal players had finished their o(...)

The RTE panel of Colm O’Rourke, Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane were back this weekend. Photo: Inpho

Summer might actually have been 17 days old by the time The Sunday Game kicked off yesterday, but, as we know, it doesn’t officially start until we he(...)

Dublin and Tipperary’s under-21 footballers stand together before their All-Ireland semi-final clash as they observe a minute’s silence for the late Dave Billings. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Commemorating him with a minute’s silence felt like a slightly paradoxical way to mark the passing of the sometimes voluble Dave Billings. On another (...)

Joe Kernan won an All-Ireland football title in his first year in charge of Armagh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If the first requirement was availability and the second was experience then Joe Kernan certainly satisfied both counts when approached to take over (...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor and  Kerry’s Paul Murphy with (back row) Ger Brennan (Dublin), Armagh’s Ciaran McKeever, Derry’s Chris Haigue, Limerick’s Seamus Hickey, Wexford’s Ursula Jacob and Mayo’s Fiona McHale at  the launch of GPA Madden Leadership Programme at Croke Park.  Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

To criticise the GPA for working too closely with the GAA is “ridiculous” according to GAA director general Páraic Duffy, because initiatives such as (...)

Donal Óg Cusack:  “We represent intercounty players. We never, ever claimed to represent club players.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Funny how times change and roles are, seemingly, reversed. Donal Óg Cusack, to so many who witnessed Cork scale hurling’s Everest on three occasion fr(...)

Meanwhile, earlier in Croke Park. The ESPN man: “This place can seat 82,000 for sawker!” As if the hurt wasn’t deep enough, like. Photograph: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Well, good heavens.As if Saturday wasn’t gobsmacking enough (prompting an English man on the Twitter machine to instruct his friends: “Get yourself on(...)

Kerry’s Declan O’Sullivan and Donal Vaughan of Mayo compete for possession during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph:  Inpho

When you’re explaining, you’re losing. Which, these days, basically means the GAA is losing all the time. It appears that no decision coming out of Cr(...)

Kerry supporters celebrate the equalizing point: “Breathless was the only word, really, for that second half”. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Well, after that second half, you can only be grateful there’ll be a sequel, although the venue for Kerry and Mayo’s re-match didn’t have Colm O’Rourk(...)

Ciarán Kilkenny with some of the pupils from the Changa Changa primary school in Mazabuka

The Dubs are flying high again in this year’s GAA football championship but one man missing out on what could well be another path of glory is Ciarán (...)