Ryan Wylie of UCD with Conor McHugh of DCU in the Sigerson Cup semi-final. McHugh features in Dublin’s U21 squad. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Reigning All-Ireland under-21 football champions Dublin will begin the defence of that title with seven of the team that featured in the final win ov(...)

Dublin’s Conor McHugh: man-of-the-match in last year’s under-21 football championship final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

With new title sponsors EirGrid on board another All-Ireland under-21 football championship gets underway on Wednesday, beginning with three openin(...)

 Conor McHugh of DCU: his side will take on   UCD in the first of Friday’s Sigerson Cup semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

According to some experts Conor McHugh is entering the perfect storm – Sigerson Cup finals, promptly followed by the under-21 championship, with Allia(...)

GPA chief executive officer Dessie Farrell at the launch of the 2014 annual report. “We are a separate entity, but I think there’ll always be a requirement for funding from the GAA.”Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) are facing “serious funding challenges” as demand increases for the player welfare services currently offered to(...)

The players, past and present, who have been awarded scholarships, from left: Rob Lowe (Leitrim), Barry Cahill (Dublin), Tadhg Lowe (Roscommon), Donal Wrynn (Leitrim), Cathal Bellew (Louth), Anne Sinnott, executive dean at DCU Business School, Shane Carthy (St Vincent’s), Coman Goggins (Dublin), James McCarthy (Dublin), Chris Breen (Fermanagh), David O’Shaughnessy (Westmeath)and Eoin O’Connor (Louth). Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The Gaelic Players Association have this year opened their support programmes to inter-county managers as well as players. Dessie Farrell, the associ(...)

GPA chief executive Dessie Farrell: “There needs to be due diligence, especially when it comes to the stakeholders. And that means the issue of compensation is unavoidable.” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has warned against the scheduling of any Friday evening championship matches until the issue of player compensat(...)

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(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan: the dual star has amassed 4-28 in five championship games this summer. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

If Dublin minor manager Cyril Kevlihan was taking his lead from the county’s Blue Wave action plan, he could take a day off tomorrow and spare himself(...)

Dublin’s Paul Flynn  during the team parade before the 2012 Leinster senior football final against Meath at  Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

The drum roll of forbidding statistics accompanying Sunday’s Leinster final is daunting from the point of view of Dublin’s opponents, Meath. The champ(...)

 GPA chief executive Dessie Farrell: “Our games thrive on that parochial nature.  It’ll be a difficult model to break down.”

GAVIN CUMMISKEYThere is a rising belief that by 2054, at the latest, the GAA’s championship landscape will be Americanised. Small counties will amalga(...)