Eamonn Fitzmaurice has not felt beholden to the notion Kerry teams have a moral obligation to play the game in a certain way. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

At the end of November 2011, Mick O’Dwyer and his protege, the late Páidí Ó Sé, sat down together for a radio interview in the RTÉ studio with Miriam (...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has always favoured players who are instinctively going to do the right thing in tight spots, and won’t tolerate players who make handling errors. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All week in Kerry, the conversations have started in the same way. I was at two funerals and the chat was the same at them both. Not just that, the to(...)

Alan O’Connor put in a towering performance in the centre of the pitch  last Sunday and as the game wore on, his self-belief got stronger and stronger. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It gets harder and harder to know who to believe. Never mind that: it gets harder and harder to be believed, full stop. In the run-up to the Munster f(...)

This is where Colm Cooper is used to being, in the Kerry starting XV. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ah, the bench. Is there a more complex or analysed piece of furniture in the entire catalogue of GAA interior and exterior decor? Thursday night’s new(...)

Laois’s Pauric Clancy celebrates their Leinster final  victory over Kildare in 2003. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Twelve years ago Laois and Kildare contested the Leinster football final. On Saturday they’re in the provincial quarter-final, possibly wondering whet(...)

Páidí Ó Sé’s family, Neasa, Siun, Maire and Pádraig Óg with Mick O’Dwyer at the unveiling ceremony at Ard a Bhóthair, Ventry,  on Saturday. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

A bronze statue, larger than life size, of the late Páidí Ó Sé has been unveiled alongside his pub at his home place of Ard a Bhóthar near Ventry in t(...)

An alleged driving offence by former Tyrone footballer and BBC pundit Owen Mulligan has been adjourned at Listowel District Court because the doctor called to take the blood alcohol sample from Mr Mulligan was sick, the court heard. Photograph: Frank Miller

An alleged driving offence by former Tyrone footballer and now BBC pundit Owen Mulligan has been adjourned at Listowel District Court because the doct(...)

Eugene McGee with Mick O’Dwyer at the launch of his book ‘The GAA in My Time’ by Eugene McGee. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

It was Eoin Liston who for me most vividly expressed the enormity of what Eugene McGee had wrought on Kerry. Twenty four years ago this month, the gre(...)

Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring Kerry’s second goal  with team-mate James O’Donoghue during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sunday in the September sunshine at Croke Park and the masters reveal themselves in traditional colours but in brand new ways. Old heads and new tr(...)

 Keith Higgins of Mayo tracks Kerry’s James O’Donoghue at Croke Park last weekend.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

There’s a great story told in Michael Foley’s book “Kings of September” about the moment in the week before the 1982 All-Ireland football final that (...)