Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly and Lee Keegan of Mayo shake hands following Dublin’s win in the replayed semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin footballer Diarmuid Connolly was controversially cleared by the DRA of a one-match suspension in the early hours of the morning before the coun(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. In pursuit ofsuccess he had to recast Dublin as ateam that could embrace a more formidable defensive approach while  still posing a threat at the other end. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It wasn’t just the sight of Dublin and Kerry contesting an All-Ireland final that gave Sunday a back-to-the-future atmosphere. The incessant ra(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly and Mayo’s Lee Keegan shake hands after the semi-final replay: Keegan was named Opel GAA/GPA Footballer of the Month for August. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The latest advocate of improved respect for referees is somewhat unexpected. Lee Keegan has tangled with authority over the past 12 months. A year ago(...)

Diarmuid Connolly in the pre-match parade before Dublin’s replayed All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly might this week have been facing suspension for the All-Ireland football final, had his late-night hearing at the weekend (...)

Jim Gavin: the Dublin manager does not believe that Diarmuid Connolly’s appeal process was in any way distracting.  Photograph: Dublin

At least that ends the debate about not being tested. Practically everything about this Dublin football team was tested in the two games it took to be(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly leaves the field after being sent off during the semi-final against Mayo on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin footballer Diarmuid Connolly has been cleared to play in this evening’s All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo at Croke Park. The shock dec(...)

Marching on Croke Park: Mayo will be hoping to exploit the lack of self-confidence which seems to have affected Dublin’s players this year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The biggest weekend in the history of the GAA gets under way this evening with the GAA football All-Ireland semi-final replay between Dublin and Ma(...)

“I think for the sake of the player, I don’t think that’s good enough . . . to get a call from Croke Park on a Wednesday – ‘Oh, Jamie O’Sullivan is suspended’ – that is not good enough,” said Cork manager Brian Cuthbert. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With so much happening in the world of sport, news that Cork footballers wouldn’t have the services of Jamie O’Sullivan for their first championship m(...)

GAA director general Paraic Duffy, outgoing president Liam O’Neill and new president Aogán Ó Fearghail. Photo: Inpho/Andrew Paton

GAA officials expressed themselves happy with the weekend’s annual congress, held in the Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan. The most sig(...)

The issue raises an ethical point about the responsibility of teams to keep track of their own players and their delinquencies when reacting to an incident such as happened in the Donegal semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Comments by Donegal club Naomh Conaill that they’re not interested in collapsing the Ulster football championship will have taken the heat out of the (...)