Bernard Brogan: “My two gripes are the length of the season, and the need for more games of importance. And I wouldn’t do that by taking away games.”

“For me, is an absolute no-brainer,” says Kevin McManamon, one of three Dublin All-Ireland winners to give his backing to the GPA’s new football compe(...)

GPA chief executive  Dessie Farrell with county footballers, from left, Dermot Malone, Monaghan, Michael Quinlivan, Tipperary, James McCarthy, Dublin, Ronan Sweeney, Kildare and Michael Quinn, Longford, at the presentation of the GPA’s Football Competitions Proposal. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

On paper it all looks attractive and perfectly workable: a condensed intercounty football season, the addition of a new round-robin All-Ireland ser(...)

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has unveiled its proposals to the GAA’s competition structures review. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has unveiled its new “Champions League” type football proposal, which will now go before Croke Park as part of th(...)

Lizzie Lee: “I’m not presuming I’m going, not at all, but I’m in contention, and I’m going to train like I am, until someone tells me I’m not. Because if I do make the start line in Rio I want to be in the best possible condition I can be.”

Not many athletes will confess to a mildly dramatic improvement, late in their career, thanks to a largely undetectable increase in their blood value(...)

Kevin Seaward produced the fastest Irish marathon performance in three years in Berlin. Photograph: Inpho

So already the selection dilemma begins, with four Irish men finishing the Berlin marathon well inside the qualifying standard for next summer’s Rio O(...)

Ireland’s Paul Pollock has already proved he is capable of bettering the Olympic marathon qualification time of 2:17:00. Photograph: Ian McNicol: Inpho.

Only 314 days to go! No one does this cheap and tiresome countdown better than the Olympics. And no one recognises the utter nonsense of it better (...)

Denis Bastick: “Anything is possible with this team. We’ve three All-Irelands, early in the decade, and who knows what can happen.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There are several ways of handling nerves in the week of an All-Ireland football final, although Denis Bastick would rather it didn’t involve having h(...)

Philly McMahon tackles Kieran Donaghy: “It probably did look bad. But there was no intention whatsoever.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The last place Philly McMahon needs to be on the morning after an All-Ireland final is in the lobby of the Dublin team hotel, mingling with a few left(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly waits to take a free during Sunday’s All-Ireland football final win over Kerry. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So Diarmuid Connolly caused only the second ever dissenting decision in the 10-year history of the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) when getting his(...)

A dejected looking Colm Cooper after Kerry’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

In the chilling nightmares that follow every All-Ireland final defeat Kerry will wake up to nothing. No ghosts, no demons. The entire game will keep f(...)