Conal Keaney celebrates his goal during Dublin’s comfortable Round 1 qualifier win over Laois. Photograph: Inpho

Laois 0-19 Dublin 4-17 We’ll keep what happened on the field brief. It’s what was said by Séamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett on the same grass afterwards that(...)

Ger Cunningham: the Dublin manager may be tempted to rejig his side following the heavy defeat by Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The one thing both these sides have going for them is that they only need to look at the other to see how matters could have turned out worse the l(...)

The return of Colm Galvin, Brendan Bugler and Conor McGrath should help Clare prove too strong for Offaly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Saturday July 4th,Independence Day in the United States will be a noteworthy day for a number of counties in this year’s championship. Sunday the 5(...)

Cyril Donnellan: will be aiming to cause problems for Laois at Tullamore. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Funny how people love a good underdog story without ever really respecting it. Laois have very obviously been a coming team for the past few season(...)

Galway’s Greg Higgins and Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea: Mayo beat Galway by 17 points two years ago, but the gap has been narrowing. Photograph: Inpho

For the first time in a long time, I think Mayo really need to win the Connacht championship. In each of the last few years, they arrived at this week(...)

Waterford’s Shane Bennett tackles Conor Lehane of Cork during the Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

To the victors the spoils and to the vanquished, the qualifiers. I was reminded last week of the lead-up to the 1997 Munster semi-final between Clare (...)

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham was critical of the decision to go ahead with the Leinster under-21 match against Kilkenny in the week between the draw against Galway and replay. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The best laid plans: Galway’s blitzkrieg on Dublin in the opening minutes of Saturday’s replayed Leinster quarter-final rendered all of Ger Cunningha(...)

The scoreboard in Tullamore shows Galway leading Dublin 3-9 to 0-1 in the first half. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 5-19 Dublin 1-18 A Saturday night plucked from the bad old days for Dublin. Blowtorched from the start by Galway, charred and scarred before (...)

Galway’s Jonathan Glynn and Joe Canning tackle Dublin’s Conal Keaney at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s unlikely that Saturday’s Leinster hurling championship replay between Dublin and Galway in Tullamore will be televised. RTÉ could broadcast it, s(...)

It has been a mixed eight days for  hurling’s Cunningham clan. Photograph: Inpho

Name of the game It has been a mixed eight days for hurling’s Cunningham clan. At the weekend the Dublin and Galway managers, Ger and Anthony, (...)