Cian O’Sullivan ensured that Dublin did not miss Rory O’Carroll in the Allianz Football League final against Kerry. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s always worthwhile not to get carried away in the heat of the moment and in the past caution was always advisable in the wake of football league f(...)

The Tyrone team line up for a Division Two league match against Armagh. The county have not won an Ulster title for six year. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

One of the sensibilities hardest to kick when it comes down to championship reform in football is the idea that a team can spring a shock. The narcoti(...)

Dublin’s Barney Rock tackles Kerry’s Tom Spillane in the 1987 National Football League final: the Dubs beat a much-fancied Kingdom team. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It is curious that Dublin and Kerry who hold the record for GAA All-Ireland championship meetings with 28 have such a sparse history in league finals:(...)

 Andriú Mac Lochlainn finished with Kildare in 2012 at the age of 29. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The revolving door of intercounty stars is spinning off its hinges. Exiting this week was Kilkenny hurling forward Richie Power. Power is one of the l(...)

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(...)