Offaly’s Michael Duignan is tackled by Clare full back Brian Lohan during the 1995 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Brian Lohan and Eamonn Cregan reflect on the final showdown of 1995

Fintan Goold returns to the Cork football team for Sunday’s Munster SFC final against Kerry in Killarney. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

All-Ireland champions make five changes in total for Munster final

Kildare’s manager Jason Ryan reacts as his side concede a late free to Dublin during Sunday’s Leinster senior football semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Declining competition levels in the province affect winners as well as losers

Kildare manager John Ryan reacts late on in their defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Seán Moran, Malachy Clerkin and Gavin Cummiskey look at the weekend’s action

Managers Jason Ryan and Jim Gavin shake hands at the end of the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jim Gavin says players have feet on ground and don’t look beyond next game

Tyrone’s Ronan O’Neill in action against Donegal. The side will benefit from the introduction of him at centre forward, assuming the team starts as selected. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: All-Ireland SF qualifier Round 1B –Tyrone v Limerick, Healy Park, 4.0

The Meath side is considerably stronger with Kevin Reilly (above) and Michael Newman back along with Mickey Burke, Bryan Menton and Cormac McGill made a strong impact during the league at full back. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: Leinster SFC semi-final – Meath v Westmeath, Croke Park, 2.0

Kildare will have their hands full trying to prevent Diarmuid Connolly (left) and Paul Flynn from spraying kick passes into the danger zone and keeping tabs on the full forwards. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: Leinster SFC semi-final – Dublin v Kildare, Croke Park, 4.0

Louth players warm-up before their defeat to Westmeath in the first round of the Leinster championship  at the  Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: All-Ireland SF qualifier Round 1B – Louth v Leitrim, Drogheda, 7.0

Kieran Fitzgerald and Martin Farragher celebrate Corofin beating Slaughtneil in the All-Ireland club football championship final in March. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Proposed new timing of championships to be delayed for year until further talks

Former All-Ireland winning Dublin captain John O’Leary:  “What you’re trying to do is bring a style of football through the development squads.” Photograph: Sportsfile

Former Dublin All-Ireland winning captain from 20 years ago is not surprised by success of Jim Gavin

Derry have named Cailean O’Boyle in their side to face Limerick in an All-Ireland qualifier at Healy Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tyrone make two changes for qualifier clash against Limerick

Tipperary  legend Jimmy Doyle was once the top marksman in the history of championship hurling and also the game’s most marked player. Photograph: Inpho

In the week Jimmy Doyle passed away there were other reminders that hurling mastery isn’t given to all

Darren Dalay: “You have to keep on improving. Longford had a spell there in the first half where they kicked five points in a row I think. That’s something we can improve on.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Senior and junior All-Ireland winner Darren Daly says he’s still learning, still improving

Cork and Tipperary players follow the ball during the 1987 Munster hurling final replay played at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Lack of suitable grounds in province should make Thurles best option

Tipperary great  Jimmy Doyle pictured in June 2005  at  Thurles Sarsfields  at Semple Stadium.  Photo: Bryan O’Brien/Irish Times

Wing forward who won six All-Ireland titles was named on Team of the Millennium

A view of Sunday’s game at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran and Malachy Clerkin reflect on the performances of John O’Dwyer and Dick Clerkin

Limerick manager TJ Ryan: “He didn’t say anything to me. He called the referee. I thought he was calling the referee to tell him it was a point but he didn’t say anything to me.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary captain praises opposition fightback as game on precipice in third quarter

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea at the Gaelic Grounds: “I thought we held our nerve when they came back at us and showed a lot of resilience.  The experience gained over the last couple of years has been really good for us.”  Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho Treacy

Disappointing Limerick stumble to biggest defeat to their rivals – 16 points – since 1962

Séamus Hickey blocks the  shot from Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan during the Munster SHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Eamon O’Shea’s side run out 16-point winners at the Gaelic Grounds

Only two of Brian Cody’s 10 All-Irelands were won in seasons when the league final wasn’t contested by Kilkenny. Photograph: Eric Luke

Leinster SHC semi-final, Nowlan Park, Sunday, 2pm - Live RTÉ2

Tipperary mangager Eamon O’Shea: has yet to win a title of any sort in his three years at the helm with the county. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Victory at the Gaelic Grounds would lay down a significant marker for the season

Malachy O’Rourke: Monaghan manager was in charge of Fermanagh when they last defeated Monaghan seven years ago. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ulster SFC semi-final, Breffni Park, Sunday, 4pm

Colin Walshe comes in for his first championship start for Monaghan. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Roscommon manager makes two changes for Connacht semi-final against Sligo

“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

Jamie O’Sullivan’s suspension last weekend illustrates lack of transparency in the system

Mayo beat rivals Galway in front of a packed Pearse Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran, Malachy Clerkin and Gavin Cummiskey with the weekend’s main talking points

Mayo joint manager Pat Holmes patrols the sideline at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo manager Pat Holmes relieved to get off to winning start at Pearse Stadium

Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring Mayo’s opener during their Connacht Championship win over Galway in Salthill. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht champions on course for five-in-a-row after outplaying rivals in Salthill

Face-off: Galway captain Gary O’Donnell and Mayo captain Andy Moran will be hoping the Connacht title will lead to Croke Park glory. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All-Ireland glory is the target, but local rivalry means the derby is as fierce as ever

Donegal’s Karl Lacey with Aaron Findon and Aidan Forker of Armagh: their clash at the Athletics Grounds promises to be a hard-fought encounter. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Armagh lack the same range of attacking options and control as Ulster champions

Galway have not beaten Mayo in the championship since 2008.

Mayo can maintain their supremacy in this fixture but it’s likely to be more competitive

Waterford’s Shane Bennett tackles Conor Lehane of Cork during the Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford and Laois show historical power relationships are fading

Dublin midfielder Denis Bastick has been in good for this season after an injury-plagued 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin midfielder says he should be okay as comeback season hits the high road

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham was critical of the decision to go ahead with the Leinster under-21 match against Kilkenny in the week between the draw against Galway and replay. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Manager Ger Cunningham and Michael Carton turn minds to the last-chance saloon

Waterford manager Derek McGrath celebrates the Munster semi-final victory over Cork in Thurles last Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Underage success and a blossoming Fitzgibbon cohort show development work is paying off

Liam Rushe can’t keep fighting fires for Dublin all over the park. Photo: Cathal Noone/Inpho

Dublin’s hurlers all at sea . . . hurling’s hottest rivalry continues to give . . . Bradley proves his worth to Derry

Maurice Shanahan celebrates after scoring a goal for Waterford in the Munster SHC semi-final against Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Maurice Shanahan scores 1-9 as Déise book their place in the Munster final

 Laois manager Seamus Plunkett.

Sean Moran previews Laois v Offaly and Westmeath v Wexford

Laois midfielder Brendan Quigley is likely to prove a handful for Kildare.

Injuries have left struggling Lilywhites understrength and forced to shuffle the deck

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

Twelve years ago they faced Laois in a Leinster final but since then both counties’ fortunes have waned

Waterford’s Noel Connors and Patrick Horgan of Cork battle for a high ball during the National Hurling League final last month. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster SHC semi-final preview: Cork v Waterford, Semple Stadium, Sunday, 4.0

Fergal Doherty in action here against Jason Gibbons for Mayo, is back in midfield for Derry this weekend. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Fergal Doherty’s return to midfield alongside Niall Holly will be welcomed by home side

Bernard Brogan celebrates a goal for Dublin in the 27-pt defeat of Longford. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The counties most adversely affected by current structures refuse to accept need for change

It has been a mixed eight days for  hurling’s Cunningham clan. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran, Gavin Cummiskey and Malachy Clerkin with the main talking points from the weekend

Dublin’s Ryan O’Dwyer is tackled by Galway’s Joe Canning, Jonathan Glynn and Cathal Mannion. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin and Galway must lock horns again next Saturday in Tullamore

Dublin senior hurling manager Ger Cunningham has shaken up his line-up since his appointment. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Ger Cunningham’s side may have a habit of finishing matches poorly but they should have enough to hold out

Cian O’Sullivan: valuable for his dynamism and mobility around midfield for Dublin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Longford captain Dermot Brady says players looking forward to appearing at Croke Park

Colin O’Riordan is one of the many talented young players brought through by Tipperary. Photograph: Cathatal Noonan/Inpho.

Underage success should be good enough fillip for Tipp

Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath: this year has seen an improvement in his team’s defence. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Peter McGrath’s team will be confident despite losing same fixture last year

Séamus Plunkett: worked hard in recent years to improve the situation of the senior hurlers  of his native county. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Maintaining steady progress in second-tier counties never an easy task

Limerick’s Cian Lynch tries to get away from Clare defender David McInerney at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Eamonn Cregan says youngster has “a brilliant hurling brain and is very grounded”

Croke Park says motion passed by congress on the issue has been misunderstood

Shane O’Donnell found himself outnumbered too often to hurt Limerick.

Seán Moran and Malachy Clerkin with the main talking points from the weekend

A dejected Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald during the defeat to Limerick. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There were some precocious interventions by debutant Cian Lynch in one-point win

During the National Hurling League relegation play-off against Kilkenny Clare’s Shane O’Donnell gave notice that, after a litany of injuries, he was finally ready to deliver on the promise of two years ago. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Loss at Semple Stadium would not be the end of the world for either side

Limerick’s Barry Hennessy: will start in goal against Clare at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Minor star Cian Lynch to start at corner forward for TJ Ryan’s side

Tyrone’s Ronan McNabb gets to grips with Donegal’s Michael Murphy during their Ulster clash last Sunday.

Donegal-Tyrone game should have had more black cards but referee had tough job

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Neil McGee with Justin McMahon of Tyrone during the Ulster SFC preliminary round game in  Ballybofey. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s team have not beaten their rivals in provincial competition since 2007

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty: has been in exceptional form. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Retirement has claimed Tyrone legends Conor Gormley and Stephen O’Neill

Galway’s Fiontan O Curraoin forms a formidable midfield partnership with Paul Conroy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leitrim will look to limit damage with half of team’s defence made up of debutants

Former All Star Colm Browne was manager of Laois back in 1995. Photograph: Tom Honan\Inpho

20 years ago this fixture brought huge controversy with a very sporting finish

Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh has been named to start against Donegal this weekend. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Mickey Harte names just one full debutant, Pádraig McNulty at centrefield

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Diarmuid O’Sullivan celebrate winning the 2005 All-Ireland. Cork haven’t won the senior hurling title since. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Diarmuid O’Sullivan celebrate winning the 2005 All-Ireland. Cork haven’t won the senior hurling title since. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

Rebels perform overhaul to reverse decade of falling behind at youth level

Jim McGuinness’s first championship game in charge for Donegal attracted the opprobrium of the Sunday Game, something that turned  McGuinness into a cause celebre  that summer. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

To argue game has a duty to entertain is to misunderstand its enduring appeal

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh and Donegal’s Michael Murphy in action during their Allianz League Division One match at Ballybofey, Co Donegal. Photograph: Inpho

Donegal have taken over the mantle of Ulster’s most successful county

Pauric Mahony (left) scored 1-90 during Waterford’s successful league campaign. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Manager Derek McGrath praises maturity and hard work of his wounded warrior

Aidan O’Mahony had medical reasons for taking Salbutamol. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Only one other case in 14 years of testing – and that was dismissed

Drug testing was agreed with the GAA in 2001 and implemented the following year. Photo:  James Crombie/Inpho

‘Trial panellist’ reportedly tested positive for steroids during out of competition test

Sign at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Inpho.

Association will meet with Irish Sports Council to discuss the introduction of tests

John Meyler: says current structures aren’t serving the development of hurling. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Retired players from successful counties could mentor others, says former boss

Tom Woulfe, who was pivotal in getting the GAA to drop ‘Rule 27’, has died age 99.

Woulfe was pivotal in getting the association to drop ‘Rule 27’ - the ban on foreign games

Tyrone U-21 mentor Peter Canavan: There’s no reason to doubt his  sincerity in rejecting the insinuation that the management schooled the players in cynical practices. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Any mouthing picked up from one player to another should be met with a black card

“I can say from initial meeting with referees that their knowledge of the rules is impeccable” says Walsh

Seán Walsh of Kerry chairs the Referees Development Committee

Waterford’s Michael Walsh and Cormac Murphy of Cork in action during the Allianz Hurling League Division One Final at Semple Stadium. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Derek McGrath’s side stun favourites Cork with comprehensive 10-point win

If Cork can limit their influence, through Aidan Walsh (above), Séamus Harnedy and Mark Ellis in the central area Waterford’s challenge won’t run as smoothly. Photograph: Inpho

Neither side admitting championship encounter will have any impact on their approach

Waterford’s Tony Browne is pursued by Brian Corcoran and Pat Ryan of Cork during the 1998 National Hurling League Final. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho.

Former coach recalls first steps in the county’s return to the big time

Midleton’s Aidan Ryan will line out at full back for Cork in the Allianz Hurling League final against Waterford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Jimmy Barry-Murphy makes three changes from side that beat Dublin in semi-final

Derek McGrath: The current Waterford boss was a vital cog in the machine that  delivered unprecedented underage success in the past 10 years. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ongoing development work helping to ensure a continuous presence at hurling’s top table

Dublin celebrate their Allianz Football League Division One final success over Cork at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Precedent suggests counties with multiple league wins do no better than win one All-Ireland along the way – Jim Gavin’s team ha(...)

 Waterford’s Pauric Mahony and Cork’s Lorcán McLoughlin at Croke Park on Monday in advance of the Allianz Hurling League Division One  final. Photograph: Sportsfile

Cork’s Lorcán McLoughlin is optimistic the team is going in the right direction ahead of league final

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly scores a penalty past Cork goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran during the Allianz Football League division one final at  Croke Park. Photo:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side on top all around the field as defence restricts Rebel raids

Down’s Kevin McKernan is likely to play a sweeping role to provide cover for the defence given the quality of the opposition attack. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clash of styles will make for interesting viewing as Rossies seek to outmuscle rivals

Dublin and Tipperary’s under-21 footballers stand together before their All-Ireland semi-final clash as they observe a minute’s silence for the late Dave Billings. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

GAA was lucky to have a man like St Vincents clubman, who died suddenly last week

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham saw his side lose out on two scorable frees due to new advantage rule in their one-point Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Cork.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jimmy Barry-Murphy accepts Cork were a bit lucky but ‘thrilled’ to survive semi-final

Séamus Callanan has been cleared to play in Tipperary’s league semi-final against Waterford. Photograph: Inpho

All-Star free to take on Waterford after red card picked up against Offaly is rescinded

 Donegal’s Hugh McFadden tries to block down Cork’s John O’Rourke. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dublin and Cork continue the process of putting right what went wrong last year

Cork’s Mark Collins celebrates scoring his side’s first goal against Mayo - one of ten during the league. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Rebels scored 10 goals in the league despite defensive tactics

Clarification comes response to a query as to what would happen if a player was fouled for a penalty in the act of scoring a point. Photograph: Inpho

Interpretation was recommended by the GAA’s Management Committee

Monaghan’s Vinny Corey gets to the ball ahead of Dublin’s Paul Flynn in the Allianz National Football League semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side see out dramatic endgame to remain on trail of third successive title

Dublin manager Jim Gavin during the Allianz Football League Division One  semi-final against Monaghan at  Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke happy with side’s improvement after the previous week’s 11-point beating by Dublin

Cork’s Noel Galvin tackles Aidan O’Shea of Mayo during the Allianz Football League Division One game at Páirc Uí Rinn last week. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Crunch time as league campaigns come to a head in football

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte may be missing from the sideline for  Sunday’s crucial league fixture against All-Ireland champions Kerry. Photograpgh: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

Manager underwent surgical procedure on Monday and is recovering at home

Mickey Harte: has said Tyrone need to be in Division One of the league. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s men must beat Kerry in Omagh to remain in Division One

Kery welcome Colm Cooper back this weekend. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Footballer of the Year winners are both named on bench for vital Tyrone match

Davy Fitzgerald: Clare manager has been in the eye of the storm over the treatment of Davy O’Halloran. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Role of new Player Welfare Mentors could be expanded to address areas of current concern

Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley scores the winning point despite the efforts of Clare’s Cian Dillon during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A relegation play-off at Nowlan Park Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Terrific match goes to the wire in Nowlan Park before Cillian Buckley hits winner

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Four Ballyhale Shamrocks players among seven changes for relegation play-off

Killian Burke: starts for Cork against Wexford.  Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Killian Burke, Anthony Spillane and William Kearney called up by Jimmy Barry-Murphy

Kilkenny trainer Fr Tommy Maher with Ted Carroll, Fr Tommy Murphy and Eddie Keher.

Monsignor helped take game from raw state and made it a sport of supreme skill

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