Jim Gavin: “Their Division Three record and promotion speaks for itself and the way that they have dispatched Roscommon and Westmeath was quite impressive.”

Thursday morning and Jim Gavin faces maybe his biggest task of the week – talking up Dublin’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Fermanagh. His (...)

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien in action against Cork in the Munster SFC Final replay against Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There is still no room for Colm “Gooch” Cooper in the Kerry football team. Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has made one change from the team which beat Cor(...)

Alan Smith goes past Brian O’Driscoll during Kildare’s victory over Cork in the final round of the football qualifiers. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

“You weren’t expecting that, were yiz?” Alan Smith said to those gathered outside the Kildare changing room on Saturday night. Not many saw it coming(...)

Paul Geaney scores Kerry’s crucial goal despite the efforts of Cork’s Michael Shields at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6 From the inseparable to the indisputable, what now lies ahead for Kerry and Cork couldn’t be more different. Seasons and moods ha(...)

Colm Cooper is battling to regain his place in the Kerry team. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

“I’ve always set high standards of myself,” says Colm Cooper. “Me getting to my expectations is more important than everybody else’s expectations, b(...)

Colm Cooper has been named on the substitutes’ bench again for the Munster final replay against Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The news came and went on Thursday night with all the fanfare of a fógra in the bottom corner of the parish bulletin. Four changes on the Kerry team, (...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

Darragh Ó Sé shadows Graham Canty in the Munster semi-final replay in 2009. It was a game in which Kerry failed to match Cork’s tempo – but they were to regain their momentum in the qualifiers. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Replays are all about the head. Kerry and Cork wouldn’t have been able to do a whole pile of innovation between the drawn game and this weekend. Wi(...)

 Eamonn Fitzmaurice speaks to his Kerry players at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry football manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice has put Paul Galvin back in contention to feature in the Munster final replay against Cork on July 18th. Gal(...)

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(...)