Joe Canning: “Like we’ve played five or six games for the last couple of years. Even if we got one game per year.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Triple All Star says hurling in county is suffering while Connacht rugby thrives

Cork’s Patrick Horgan at Croke Park for the announcement of  Bord Gáis Energy’s sponsorship of the All-Ireland Hurling Championship.    Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Multi-sponsor model continues to work well for GAA as Etihad finish partnership

Patrick Horgan in action for Cork against Limerick’s Stephen Cahill  in the Munster Senior Hurling League at the  Gaelic Grounds. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Forward believes progress has been made in bid to get back among top tier

Dublin hurler Liam Rushe. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘It would be nice to have a place to put our own stamp on’

The Dublin team gather in a huddle in front of Hill 16 ahead of the Leinster football final against Westmeath last July. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dublin’s continued dominance in football and Euro 2016 match contributed to fall off

Gaelic Players Association new chief executive  Dermot Earley: has held senior command positions in his military career and is focused and articulate. Photograph: Sportsfile

Seán Moran: New GPA chief executive Dermot Earley faces immediate challenges

Niamh McCoy: “You can’t get a more authentic experience than coming here to the museum and going to a match.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The museum has become both a major tourist attraction and resource for research

Tempers flare between Wexford and Dublin at Enniscorthy. Photograph: Inpho

Experimental side will continue in O’Byrne Cup competion after Wexford battle

Jack McCaffrey: played a big role in UCD’s defeat of Dublin at Parnell Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Picture in the GAA’s pre-season competitions will become clearer this weekend

Currently, goalkeepers or whoever is taking the kick-out are permitted to kick the ball the requisite 13 metres but to the side of the goal, allowing an unmarked defender to take uncontested possession. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Committee on playing rules looking into different ways of speeding up game of football

Con O’Callaghan: the UCD student has been in impressive form for Cuala on their march to the All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

College have a number of Cuala players due to play on same day as Fitzgibbon Cup final

Championship  blueprint drawn up by GAA director general Páraic Duffy is only game in town for significant  reform. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This year may well see significant progress on the association’s most troublesome issue

 Kevin Nolan, secretary Declan Brennan, chairman Michael Briody and Aaron Kernan at the launch of the Club Players Association at Ballyboden St Enda’s in Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New club players association needs to convince GAA that fixture reform is essential

Declan Brennan: the secretary of the Club Players Association at the launch at  Ballyboden St Enda’s GAA club in Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Declan Brennan wants All-Ireland finals brought forward to the beginning of August

Kerry’s Colm Cooper and Kieran Donaghy can only look on at the Dublin celebrations after the game. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sports review of 2016: On a day of commemoration the champions overwhelmed Kerry in what was their most dominant display of the ye(...)

The big achievement of the year belongs to All-Ireland champions Dublin. Jim Gavin’s team managed to go through the entire season of league and championship unbeaten. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary hurlers had their thunder shadowed by an unusual agency – the footballers

St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly celebrates with Tomás Quinn after the Leinster club final win over Rhode. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Veteran forward pays tribute to Diarmuid Connolly’s total commitment to the cause

RTÉ’s Brian Carthy at work in his radio broadcasting capacity. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Brian Carthy's labour of love has been chronicling GAA championships since 1995

The GAA are responding cautiously to the gender quotas proposal, advanced by the Minister of State for Sport, Patrick O’Donovan. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Organisation ‘welcomes efforts to increase the participation of women and girls ’

St Vincent’s captain Diarmuid Connolly lifts the trophy after the win over Rhode in the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship Final at  O’Moore Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rhode’s Leinster club final heartache continues with fifth loss in 11 years

The RDS has become associated in the public mind with the  Leinster rugby team. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Decision to stop Dublin sharing a double bill with soccer tie exposed sharp divisions

RTÉ will continue to have the lion’s share of the GAA’s television rights.

Most partnerships have been renewed with Newstalk hit the hardest by change

Cuala’s Oisin Gough, David Treacy and Paul Schutte hold the cup aloft following the club’s victory in the  Leinster senior hurling club championship final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hurling club’s success stands out as Dublin GAA stands firm on funding issue

Diarmuid Connolly with Mayo’s Lee Keegan during the All-Ireland final. “It’s a testament to your own skills that somebody needs to step out of line to curtail you. That’s a compliment really.”Photograph: NPHO/Morgan Treacy

Dublin All-Star speaks his mind before he captains St Vincent’s in Leinster Club final

Niall McNamee ahead of the Leinster club final on Sunday. He says while confirmation that Sullivan and Kavanagh would not be back was disappointing, it was not unexpected. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Niall McNamee says Anton Sullivan and Jake Kavanagh will not be back for the Leinster club final

John Costello has questioned the fairness of the black card. Photograph: Inpho

In his annual report Dublin CEO John Costello questioned fairness of current sanction

“Diarmuid Connolly, was struck about six times before the ball was even thrown in to commence the game.”

John Costello says in annual report Dublin forward was targeted before throw-in

Cuala’s Darragh O’Connell and Paddy Deegan of O’Loughlin Gaels at O’Moore Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

His side were deserved nine-point winners over O’Loughlin Gaels at O’Moore Park

 Sarah Brophy,  captain of Foxrock Cabinteely, and Amanda Casey, captain of Donaghmoyne ahead of the All-Ireland club final at Parnell Park,  Dublin. Photograph: Sportsfile

Preview: All-Ireland women’s club SFC final, Donaghmoyne (Monaghan) v Foxrock-Cabinteely (Dublin), Parnell Park, 2.45pm, TG4 defer(...)

The in-form Seán Treacy in action for Cual during the Leinster senior club championship semi-final at  Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, last month. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: Leinster SHC club final – Cuala (Dublin) v O’Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny), O’Moore Park, 2.0 

Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin in action during this year’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The 2008 Hurler of the Year retires after 12 years with the Kilkenny senior hurlers

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail:  stressed need for the GAA never to “have closed minds about things that we always thought were precious and sacred”. Photograph: Inpho

GAA president spoke on issue even though he'd been questioned in different context

 Ballymun Kickhams clubman Dean Rock was a hugely significant part of Dublin’s All-Ireland success this season. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All Star forward has obsessive attention to detail, just like his rugby counterparts

In the context of an “agreed Ireland”, the GAA would consider curbing the widespread use of the Irish flag and national anthem. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Gaelic games to be introduced to schools in Emirates with 4,000 Irish teachers in UAE

Galway and Kilkenny in action during this year’s Leinster senior hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: John Byrne/Inpho

Association president stresses fairness and raises idea of a Rest of Ireland championship

Michael Murphy of the 2016 All Stars sees his shot  punched over the bar by 2015 All Stars goalkeeper David Clarke at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

GAA-GPA football All Stars beat 2015 team 14-11 to 10-11 in Abu Dhabi in the Emirates

Conor McManus, Monaghan, of the 2016 All Stars kicks a point during the GAA GPA All-Stars football tour sponsored by Opel at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Michael Murpy and Ciaran Kilkenny both top score as this year’s All Stars win out

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns led the county’s historic advance  to an All-Ireland football semi-final for the first time in 81 years. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manager believes GAA should stop US-bound players from representing their counties

Mickey Harte: “We had a lot of our players without an Ulster championship medal and until you achieve that, that’s still to be done.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tyrone manager pleased with side’s campaign in 2016 but not a fan of the new ‘mark’

Down footballing great Joe Lennon has died. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Lennon helped county to three All-Irelands and lifted Sam Maguire as captain in 1968

Dr Crokes’ Colm Cooper is pursued by Loughmore-Castleiney’s Noel McGrath in the Munster club football championship semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry great despairs of a solution but help could be closer at hand than he imagines

Dr Crokes’ Colm Cooper in action against Noel McGrath of Loughmore-Castleiney in the Munster senior  championship semi-final earlier this month. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Player believes return of Pat O’Shea will boost Dr Crokes’ chances of All-Ireland glory

St. Brigid’s Darragh Sheehy and Karol Mannion celebrate after winning the Roscommon Senior Football Championship. Photo: Inpho

St Brigid’s and Corofin will play in Carrick-on-Shannon after unsavoury scenes five years ago

International Rules: the anticipated series this year was cancelled in May.  Photograph: Eric Luke

GAA cites difficulties in guaranteeing a strong team every year for biennial schedule

Glen Rovers’ David Dooling and David Noonan tackle Tony Kelly of Ballyea. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Glen Rovers left with too much to do as Tony Kelly spearheads strong team performance

Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan fires home one of his four goals in the victory over  Laois champions Borris-Kilcotton at Parnell Park. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Munster hurling final and Leinster semi-final action tops bill in Club Championships:

Kilkenny hurler Cillian Buckley during the launch of the Top Oil sponsorship of the Leinster GAA Schools Senior Championships at Croke Park. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Kilkenny hurler believes Leinster championship matches should stay in the province

 Eoghan O’Gara in action against Chris Barrett of Mayo in the All-Ireland final. The Dublin forward had to contend with limited playing time this year.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Forward looks back on a year of collective achievement and individual frustration

Dublin ahead of their game against in the Leinster Championship quarter-final last summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Wexford, Portlaoise and Tullamore possible venues for champions in the years ahead

 Ballyea talisman Tony Kelly with  Glen Rovers star  Patrick Horgan ahead of the AIB  Munster senior hurling club championship final on Sunday. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

There’s no harm in Gaelic games going local while other sports revel in their big days

Liam Rushe: Peter Kelly “didn’t see eye-to-eye with Ger and pulled out and that’s his prerogative”. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Managers pick panels and things move on – people have different opinions, says All-Star

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly: will meet old rival Patrick Horgan when the Clare champions take on  Cork kingpins Glen Rovers in  the Munster Senior Hurling Club Championship final on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Players were on opposite sides when Clare pipped Cork in classic 2013 All-Ireland final

Dr Crokes’ Colm Cooper in action against  Kilmurry-Ibrickane in the Munster quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht semis, Leinster quarters, Munster club semis and Ulster club semis

Dublin’s Brian Fenton and Westmeath’s James Dolan are both nominated for a Pearse medal for Leinster football. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Westmeath player nominated in both football and hurling

GAA director of funding Tom Ryan. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Emphasis will be placed on providing more effective support for struggling counties

Rudy Giuliani: “He left Cavan and Kerry to it before half-time. This was longer than he had been expected to stay.”  Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

New York, home to Gaelic games in the USA for 100 years, will provide the next US president

Lee Keegan: Footballer of the Year led his club Westport to victory over Monivea-Abbey in  the Connacht intermediate football semi-final on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Lee Keegan’s award a first for county while Castlebar prepare to defend Connacht title

Former All Star Danny Sutcliffe has ruled himself out of the Dublin senior hurling squad. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dublin hurling manager will draw up a development squad as back-up to senior side

Oulart-the-Ballagh manager Frank Flannery: “We really focused on the county championship and feel we’re kind of in bonus territory at this stage.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/InphoI

Wexford champions host St Rynagh’s as they prepare to defend their provincial crown

Dean Rock (Dublin) – 1st award

David Clarke one of four Mayo picks; Michael Quinlivan becomes second Tipp footballer to win All Star

Kilkenny’s Eddie Keher featured on the inaugural team in 1971. Photograph: Inpho

Over the years the Gaelic games’ awards scheme became the most iconic in Irish sport

Mayo’s Seamus O’Shea and Alan Campbell of Tipperary. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Liam Kearns’s men must find stride quickly with westerners unlikely to be complacent

Kevin McLaughlin has been allocated the role of sweeper by Mayo manager Stephen Rochford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

County’s former trainer Cian O’Neill believes the perennial nearly men now have a cutting edge to them

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara is free to play the All-Ireland semis against Kerry after the red card he picked up during the quarter-final win over Donegal was rescinded. Photograph: Inpho

Forward has red card cleared after he was sent off during All-Ireland win over Donegal

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail with GAA Museum Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Galway hurler John Connolly, Wexford hurler Tony Doran and Kerry footballer John O’Keeffe. Dermot Earley junior represented his late father and   Roscommon footballer Dermot. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

John Connolly, Tony Doran, Dermot Earley and John O’Keeffe bring group up to 42

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson in action at Thurles. It was noticeable on Saturday how much more comfortably Semple Stadium can stage big games with smaller attendances.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Using provincial venues and playing big games on Saturday nights worth a try

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates scoring his  goal. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipp set up another showdown with Kilkenny as Galway rue Joe Canning injury

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly scores his first goal during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final replay against Waterford at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Colin Fennelly grabs two goals for champions as they book final spot

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Semple Stadium, Tipperary 24/7/2016Clare vs GalwayJoe Canning of Galway scores a goalMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Munster champions know the potent threat Galway pose and can avenge last year’s defeat

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh attempts to win possession from  Pauric Mahony of Waterford during last week’s match at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Kilkenny haven't shown any evidence this season that their time is up and they can improve sufficiently to reach another final

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue has words with Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Thurles.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Galway manager was a mentor alongside former Tipperary boss Eamon O’Shea last year

Brian Cody: keeps Eoin Larkin among the substitutes for Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final replay against Waterford. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Brian Cody keeps faith with the same starting XV that were held to draw by Waterford

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan tussles with  Barry Coughlan of Waterford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Brian Cody’s side never accept outcome of a bad day has inevitably to be defeat

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly is sent off as 13-man Dublin beat Donegal. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Superior scoring threat and a diligent defence ensures victory for Jim Gavin’s men

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid scores his side’s goal against Waterford during last year’s All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Since 1999 Cats have scored twice as many as their various semi-final opponents

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan with Donegal’s Neil Gallagher  during the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final. The teams meet again this evening  at a sold-out Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Champions need to step it up to erase bad memories against battle-hardened Donegal

Richie Hogan: likely to prove a thorn in the side for Waterford again in the All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Alan Betson

Munster final collapse ensures too many doubts surround Waterford’s real worth

GAA director general Páraic Duffy at the media briefing to announce proposals for change to the football championship format. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

But experience suggests there is no guarantee GAA’s Annual Congress will agree

Tipperary’s Philip Austin and Kevin O’Halloran celebrate their side’s victory over Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Season picking up after Tipperary ambush and full house in Croke Park due on Saturday

Conor Sweeney scores  Tipperary’s third goal in the  All-Ireland SFC quarter-final win over Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Liam Kearns’s free-scoring side full value as they make first football semi-final since 1935

Clare’s David Tubridy in action against Sligo. He has posed a threat in attack along with Eoin Cleary. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Banner County in bonus territory but Croke Park far more the Kingdom’s domain

 Damien Comer  in action against Roscommon. He has proviced a useful fulcrum for Galway’s attack so far this summer.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tipperary have done well to refashion their challenge but Tribesmen hold more aces

Diarmuid O’Connor: has been in outstanding form for Mayo this season – both at senior and U-21 level. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Westmeath’s massed defence could pose some problems for Stephen Rochford’s side

Tyrone’s Niall Sludden and Ronan McNabb tackle Donegal’s Michael Murphy: Murphy has ability to inflict damage on  Cork’s inside line on Saturday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Fragile Cork has struggled to complete threatening counter-attacks so far this year

Thousands of empty seats  at the Leinster football final between Dublin and Westmeath which attracted a crowd of less than 40,000 to Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Lack of competitiveness within Leinster inevitably affecting interest in both codes

Clare’s David Turbidy celebrates scoring the first goal of the game in their clash with Roscommon. Photo: Inpho

Former Mayo manager is impressed by progress of underdog counties so far

GAA and Gaelic Players Association announce their  new agreement in Croke Park. Pictured are GPA CEO Dessie Farrell, GPA chairman Seamus Hickey, GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghaíl and GAA director general Paraic Duffy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Increased professionalism is creating a world where competitiveness is dying

Galway’s Joe Canning with fans at the end of the game in Thurles. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Westerners shut the door on Clare’s hopes of revisiting 2013 in Thurles quarter-final

Liam Hodgins of Galway and Jamsie O’Connor of Clare tussle during the All-Ireland quarter-final in 2002. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Before changes to modern structures the sides rarely ever went head-to-head in the championship

Waterford manager Derek McGrath bows his head in dejection  near the end of his side’s Munster senior hurling final hammering by Tipperary in Limerick two weeks ago.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Déise hurling boss will be hoping to emulate recovery strategies of his predecessors

Wexford’s  Lee Chin  who scored four points in his side’s clash with Cork two weeks ago. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Déise must put Munster hurling final blow-out behind them to see off surging neighbours

Clare’s Podge Collins (centre) is also down to play football on Saturday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

With both sides not showing true potential it comes down to who has improved most

 Roscommon’s Cathal Cregg and Ciaran Murtagh dejected after the Connacht final defeat. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Clare’s strength is midfield, an area where Roscommon have struggled badly this year

Derry’s Mark Lynch will need to deliver a big performance on Saturday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Mark Lynch is the key man for the Ulster county but Tipperary will punish a slow start

Tyrone celebrate their Ulster final win and a first provincial title in six years. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Counties bucked trend by winning provincial honours after a spring spent in Division Two

Galway’s manager Kevin Walsh before the Connacht  senior football championship final replay against Roscommon at  McHale Park, Mayo. Photograph: Inpho

Galway manager reacts to criticism in wake of last week’s draw while Roscommon joint-manager Kevin McStay accepted that it had bee(...)

Champions!  Galway’s Eoghan Kerin celebrates with his team mates after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Roscommon put up little resistance against stronger, sharper Galway in Castlebar

Seán Cavanagh: the last remaing link with the  Tyrone team that won a historic first All-Ireland in 2003. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

But new-look team must face down bogey side Donegal to claim a first Ulster title in six years

Neil McGee: returns from suspension to bolster Donegal’s defence in the Ulster final.  Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

Mickey Harte’s team is on the upswing and can overcome their toughest rivals

Full forward John Heslin is one of Westmeath’s dangermen, if he can get the service required. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Hard to envisage anything other than a record equalling feat for Jim Gavin’s side

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