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(...)

Dublin’s John Small feels the force of the challenge from Roscommon’s  Diarmuid Murtagh during the All-Ireland under-21 football final at O’Connor Park, in Tullamore. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin 1-21 Roscommon 3-6: There is simply no stopping Dublin football these days, their latest prize being a third All-Ireland under-21 title in five(...)

Dublin’s Cormac Costello celebrates after scoring the winning point from a free   during the All-Ireland under-21 football semi-final against Cavan at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin and Roscommon will meet in the final of the All-Ireland under-21 football championship for the second time in three years as they both s(...)

Cavan’s Dara McVesty is tackled during the Ulster U-21 final victory over Donegal when the county completed a four-in-a-row. photograph: russell pritchard/inpho

Cavan, for all their provincial success at under-21 level, could well go the way of Gaelic football’s underage dodo. Galway’s (...)

Dublin’s Cormac Costello lined out for the senior team against Mayo on Saturday at Croke Park. photograph: Inpho

After all of the squabbling over the venue for the final, Dublin and Meath make their way to Portlaoise for this (...)