Ireland’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring a goal in the International Rules Test. The Mayo man was superb against Australia. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The hybrid game has staged a miraculous recovery from its death bed since 2013

Australia coach Alastair Clarkson is  keen on playing in US. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ireland and Australia exploring possibility of competing in neutral country every third year

Ireland’s John O’Loughlin tries to tackle Luke Breust of Australia during the International Rules match at Croke Park. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ireland learn lesson from last year’s defeat in Perth as they sprint out of the traps

Shane Dowling of Na Piarsaigh celebrates at the final whistle Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Third Munster title in five years for Limerick club as battling Ballygunner are left behind

A melee between Ireland and Australia players during the third Test.

The GAA’s 1984 experiment with the AFL didn’t have the most auspicious of starts

Joe Kernan: “They blew us out of the water last year, they will be wanting to do the same here again, and that’s what we have to be ready for.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach wants to avoid what happened in last year’s International Rules Test

Ireland captain Bernard Brogan with his Australia counterpart  Luke Hodge ahead of the International Rules Test at Croke Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Captain knows handling Australia’s early intensity will be key to outcome

Australian captain Luke Hodge at a media conference ahead of the International Rules Test  against Ireland at Croke Park. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One-Test format has its limitations but visitors keen to put on a show

Anthony Cunningham had little choice but to resign after the Galway players passed a vote of no confidence in his stewardship. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A manager does need player support but it’s hard to avoid feeling he was badly treated

 Ballygunner’s Pauric Mahony with Na Piarsaigh’s Shane Dowling ahead of the Munster senior hurling club championship final. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

All-Ireland favourites prepare to face Ballygunnar in Munster club hurling final

“I consider this a kangaroo court decision, led by a core group of players orchestrated with the help of others outside Galway, motivated by a desire to unjustly extend their lifespan as inter-county players, placing personal agendas above the greater good of Galway hurling.”

Resigning Galway manager describes vote against him as ‘kangaro court’ decision

Darragh O’Connell of Cuala with Jack Langton of Clara during their Leinster semi-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Goals the difference as Dublin champions see off Kilkenny rivals in semi-final

GAA director of games Pat Daly: Photograph: Inpho

Director of Games says that AFL players’ ability to catch and kick has been more consistent

Ireland captain Padraig Joyce with the Cormac McAnallen cupin 2004. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland selector says better kicking and avoiding Gaelic football tactics will be vital

Killarney Legion’s James O’Donoghue in action against South Kerry’s Killian Young in the Kerry senior club football final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry club’s nomination to join provincial competition accepted by Munster Council

Galway hurling manager  Anthony Cunningham. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Monday’s county committee meeting will decide next move in impasse

Kilkenny’s Nowlan Park: Dublin will play the winners of Wicklow v Laois there in the 2016 football championship. Photograph: Inpho.

Nowlan Park chosen for Dublin match ‘because it had more seats’

Referee David Coldrick: the All-Ireland Day documentary showed just what it’s like to be charged with refereeing a hectic All-Ireland final. Referee: James Crombie/Inpho

RTÉ documentary also a revealing insight into the onerous job of a big match referee

Coolderry’s Joe Brady challenges Colm Cronin of Cuala during the Leinster Senior Hurling Club  Championship Quarter-Final at O’Connor Park, Tullamore yesterday Photograph: Inpho

Dublin side ease to 14-point victory to secure home tie against Clara in semi-final

 David Cunningham of Glen Rovers attempts to gather possession in yesterday’s AIB Munster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship Quarter-Final against Ballgunner in  Walsh Park, Waterford. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Déise champions performance after half-time leaves Rovers gasping for air

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey is presented with GAA GPA Player of the Year award by Dermot Earley, president  GPA, at the  Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Seven of the All-Ireland-winning side picked; TJ Reid named Hurler of the Year

Waterford football manager Tom McGlinchey: “It’s still not an excuse that it was all crammed into the last few weeks.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stradbally face Ballinacourty in county final 24 hours before winners play Nemo Rangers

Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner has threatened to walk away from the game. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Ulster Council statement 'could have been stronger' over verbal abuse allegations

The GAA’s uniqueness is in its community bases and vast voluntary network of families and administrators encouraging the playing of the games at local level. The big days in Croke Park are celebrations of that reality but not an end in themselves. Photograph: Inpho

Páraic Duffy’s discussion document shows glimpses of a very different world for GAA

GAA director general Páraic Duffy. “Counties see us as having a responsibility to do what’s in our power to influence”

GAA director general’s document proposes reforms to improve conditions for clubs and welfare of players

Páraic Duffy launched a discussion paper on Player Overtraining and Burnout and the GAA Fixtures Calendar on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Sportsfile

Abolition of U-21 football championship among proposals made to combat issue

Donegal’s Paul Durcan: “I’m 14 years nearly with Donegal It’s time to make a bit of money as the man says. It’s not paying the bills.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Veteran goalkeeper moving to Qatar for the forseeable future after win with Ballyboden

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates victory over Tyrone in 2013 with his selector Rory Gallagher. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Donegal manager defends accuracy of memoir following successor’s comments

Ballyboden St Enda’s players celebrate with the cup after beating St Vincent’s to win the 2015 Dublin senior football championship. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Andrew Kerin’s two goals meant there was no way back for out-of-sorts St Vincent’s

Stephen Melia made a record 179 appearances for Louth during an inter-county career that spanned three decades. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

GPA chief Dessie Farrell leads tributes to footballer who made record 179 appearances for county

Ireland’s Jonny Sexton is tackled and injured by France’s Louis Picamoles during the recent match at the Millennium Stadium. The physical attrition in rugby is considerable. Photo: David Davies/PA

Gaelic games remain strong enough to cope with other sports’ international events

Former Kilkenny All Star hurler Henry Shefflin signs helmets and hurleys for players of Naomh Barróg GAA club at Croke Park on Monday. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile.

Retired Kilkenny star thought the beaten All-Ireland finalists had a very good year

Former Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin and Austin Gleeson of Waterford with children from Patrick’s GAA, Killarney, at Croke Park as part of the ‘Centra’s Live Well initiative’ skills session. Photograph: Sportsfile.

All Star nominee at a loss to what manager Derek McGrath has in store for team

Castlehaven players celebrate after defeating Nemo Ranger in the 2013 Cork county senior club football championship final. The sides face each other again in this year’s final. Photograph: Inpho

This weekend’s Gaelic Games club championship fixtures

Dublin’s Philip McMahon is set to be awarded by the GWA. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Oisín McConville and Brendan Cummins are also set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame

Australia will be looking to come to Ireland and defend the title that they won on home soil last year. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

All 22 players on the panel that will travel to Ireland have won All Australian awards

 Willie Bryan, Golfer Shane Lowry with former Offaly hurling captains Martin Hanamy and Hubert Rigney, were in Croke Park tto announce Offaly GAA’s plans to develop a new centre of excellence. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Of the €2,250,000 cost, €750,000 needs to be raised - the balance coming through grants

Dublin could begin their All-Ireland defence in Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All-Ireland champions play the winners of Laois and Wicklow in the quarter-finals

Munster champions Tipperary open their defence against Cork next summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland champions Kilkenny will face the winner of Wexford or Dublin in Leinster

Cian O’Neill: “After the match . . . it was sad really because I don’t think players of any level, let alone my own county, deserve that.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

New manager taking over Lilywhites with the county’s fortunes at a low ebb

A teacher by  profession, Brian Cody had no track record of success at club level when offered the Kilkenny job 17 years ago. Photograph: Damien Eagers/Sportsfile

Since Kevin Heffernan and Mick O’Dwyer defined the role, certain trends have emerged

Billy Morgan led Cork footballers to two successive All-Ireland titles in 1989 and 1990. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Nemo Rangers club man is county’s most successful ever manager

Galway hurling manager Anthony Cunningham: had been appointed to the job for a fifth year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former manager becomes first county official to comment publicly on controversy

A fan looks on from the terrace during the Round 3B qualifier between Galway and Derry at Pearse Stadium in July. Photograph: Inpho

The GPA proposals carry weight, but round-robin matches tend to prompt misgivings

Anthony Cunningham: battling to hold on to his Galway hurling manager’s job. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Managing GAA county teams is becoming an increasingly tricky business

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham dejected after the All-Ireland final defeat. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Players voted overwhelmingly for a change of management after four years - reports

Dublin star Diarmuid Connolly was sent off in the county final replay while playing for St Vincent’s against Ballymun Kickhams two years ago. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Early doors for either St Vincent’s or Ballymun Kickhams in Dublin football championship

 Kilkenny’s TJ Reid is favourite for the Hurler of the Year award after an exceptional season with club and county. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Both the All-Ireland champions and finalists get 12 apiece on the shortlist

Dublin’s Brian Fenton: the midfielder follows up his man-of-the-match award in the All-Ireland final with a first All Star nomination. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Stephen Cluxton and Paul Flynn miss out as nine counties feature on the short list

In Gaelic games the anthem and flag have become part of the furniture at matches. No matter what, there’s always a Tricolour at the ground.

If nationalist symbols were removed, association would be more accessible

Mayo footballers have  voted no confidence in managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly, according to reports. Photograph: Inpho

Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly led county to Connacht win and All-Ireland semi-finals

Ireland international rules manager Joe Kernan has not given up on the prospect of Donegal’s Michael Murphy lining out in November’s Test against Australia. Photograph: Inpho

Donegal man is understood to be planning break from football to recharge batteries

Dublin’s Philly McMahon will learn his fate this weekend after being accused of eye gouging Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin corner back accused of eye gouging during All-Ireland final win over Kerry

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

There is a relentless attrition that comes with being champion

Kerry’s Colm Cooper tries to shoot despite the attentions of  James McCarthy and Philly McMahon of Dublin  during the All-Ireland SFC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Poor conditions take from final as Jim Gavin’s side claim third title in last five years

Kevin McManamon scores Dublin’s second goal against Kerry in the epic 2013 All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry must hold middle of defence, while Dublin need to have all six forwards firing

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan is listed at centre back despite widespread concerns about a hamstring injury he picked up at the very end of the semi-final replay win over Mayo.

Centre back named in side for All-Ireland final despite concerns over hamstring injury

Denis Mahony, who captained the Dublin side that were beaten by Kerry in the 1955 All-Ireland senior football final, with memorabilia from that historic championship run. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Denis Mahony led the county’s first native team to an All-Ireland final 60 years ago

Dublin and Kerry: since 1928 Sam Maguire has gone to Kerry 30 times but to Dublin only 10 times. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While the counties are Ireland’s ‘best two’, the Kingdom have history on their side

Barry Cahill in action during Dublin’s 2011 All-Ireland final triumph against Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Former Dublin half-forward expects Kerry to try something different in final

Dublin’s Dean Rock, son of Barney,  in action against Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Semi-final line-ups included six children of players who played in ’70s and ’80s

Dublin selector Declan Darcy and team manager Jim Gavin: “There’s a little bit too much made of management teams to a degree.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Declan Darcy thinks players are stronger this year as the team prepare to face Kerry

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

Mayo player named the Opel GAA/GPA Footballer of the Month for August

Tipperary’s leading scorer Séamus Callanan was named as the Opel GAA/GPA Hurler of the Month for August. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Tipperary star says team came up short against fierce intensity of the Tribesmen

Clearing Dermot Connolly  to take part in last Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final replay came as a surprise. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

DRA has fulfilled positive role in settling GAA disputes but decision to lift ban causes concern

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

Dublin forward would have faced suspension had late-night hearing followed precedent

Kilkenny captain Joey Holden lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after his side beat Galway in the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Cody’s side produce imperious second half display to see off Galway at Croke Park

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon scoring his side’s third goal in Croke Park on Saturday.  Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

McMahon adds to excellent defensive display on Aidan O’Shea by scoring 1-2

Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly is unable to prevent Philly McMahon of Dublin scoring his side’s second goal during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s men banish a week of controversy and demons with emphatic display

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

Decision made by GAA’s Disputes Resolution Authority in early hours of Saturday morning

Galway’s Joe Canning. He now has an attacking orchestra to lead rather than performing solo. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

The importance of Reid and Hogan to Kilkenny bears the constant repetition it inspires

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

Diarmuid Connolly appeal has distracted players reeling from last week’s comeback

Diarmuid Connolly has lost his appeal against the one game suspension he received following his red card during Dublin’s All-Ireland semi-final draw with Mayo. Photograph: Inpho

Central Appeals Committee rejects Dublin player’s appeal ahead of Mayo semi replay

Galway’s Cathal Mannion. “People are saying ‘he scored five points against Cork; he scored five more the last day against Tipperary. How is he doing that’?” Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Pressure on Anthony Cunningham's side not just to perform but to satisfy a hunger for a win

Brian Cody goes into Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final against Galway looking to win his 11th All-Ireland title. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Former Kilkenny boss Kevin Fennelly feees things changed when Cody came in

Anthony Cunningham: “There is no point in being here if you don’t believe you are good enough to win the All-Ireland.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cunningham believes Tribesmen can follow winning example of Kilkenny in 2012

Mayo’s Donal Vaughan has been named to start against Dublin on Saturday.

Donal Vaughan named in side to despite injury concern

 Galway manager Cyril Farrell is carried by jubilant supporters after Galway’s victory over Tipperary in the 1988 All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

A previously fitful presence, the county has become a stronghold of the game

The altercation between Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly and Mayo’s Lee Keegan which saw Connolly receive a red card in the All-Ireland semi-final. He is now set to miss the replay with a one-match suspension. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

No other action to be taken after CCCC reviewed incidents from Sunday’s game

Andy Moran celebrates scoring a late equalising point for his side to forace a replay in the All-Ireland senior football championship semi-final between Dublin and Mayo. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Shocked Dublin concede 1-4 without reply during a frantic final 10 minutes

Cork’s Jimmy Barry-Murphy, pictured at his induction to the GAA Museum Hall of Fame, has stepped down as Cork senior hurling manager. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rebels legend ends second stint in charge of senior side after four years

Mayo’s Andy Moran fires past Stephen Cluxton in the  2013 All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Connacht champions are pushing hard to end 64-year All-Ireland drought

Aidan O’Shea’s move from centrefield to full forward has helped facilitate return to last four. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Connacht champions keep bouncing back in their quest for elusive All-Ireland title

Dublin fans create an atmosphere on Hill 16. Tickets for the county’s All-Ireland semi-final clash with Mayo sold out very quickly. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Croke Park feels its promotional and marketing policies have been a success

Jason Ryan has left his post as manager of the Kildare footballers after two years in charge. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Ryan spent two years in charge before suffering a huge defeat to kerry last month

Cork’s Jimmy Barry Murphy (left) and Dublin legend Jimmy Keaveney, who were inducted into the GAA Museum Hall of Fame at Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile.

Cork manager inducted into the GAA Museum Hall of Fame along with Dublin legend Jimmy Keaveney

Westport’s Lee Keegan will start for Mayo in their All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin in Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Chris Barrett has come in to replace the injured Tom Cunniffe for Sunday’s game

Kerry’s Marc Ó Sé is shown a black card by referee Maurice Deegan who had a good match  in filthy conditions in the semi-final at Croke Park. Photogrraph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Last week’s disciplinary decisions by the GAA deeply undermined match officials

Galway’s Peter Murphy, Kilkenny’s Kevin Fennelly, Galway’s Noel Lane, and Kilkenny’s John Henderson, all of whom played in the 1987 All-Ireland hurling final, at the launch of the Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Sevens. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

All-Ireland winner in 1987 and ’88 hoping Cunningham’s men can bring back Liam

Mayo joint-manager Noel Connelly: “We’ll be focusing on the way Dublin have changed their style of play and gone more defensive in the last year.”  Photo: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Mayo joint-manager believes Jim Gavin's side have learned lessons from Donegal defeat

Wexford’s James Owens will referee his first senior All-Ireland hurling final next month. Photograph: Inpho

Askamore clubman gets first senior final after previously officiating at minor and under-21 All-Ireland

Connor McAliskey of Tyrone battles for possession with  Kerry’s Fionn Fitzgerald during the  All-Ireland SFC semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

One third of their scores came from extended periods of possession

Kieran Donaghy clashes with Tiarna McCann during the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone at Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Kingdom book place in All-Ireland final but were made to work by Ulster side

Wexford’s Conor McDonald along with another senior panel player  Liam Ryan were All Star nominees last year. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland Under-21 hurling semi-final: Antrim v Wexford, Semple Stadium, 4pm – TG4

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is up against the fourth All-Ireland-winning Kerry manager of his long management career. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kerry have own questions to answer but have nous to overcome tight defences

Cian Lynch: the senior star has proved an influential figure for Limerick’s U-21s on their march to provincial glory. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

U-21 string bidding to make it a fourth All-Ireland final for the county this summer

Mayo’s Kevin Keane is red-carded by referee David Gough for striking Donegal’s Michael Murphy. The Central Hearings Committee has lifted the Mayo man’s subsequent suspension. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Central Hearing Committee’s decision has possibly opened up a Pandora’s box

James O’Donoghue has been named in Kerry’s full forward line for the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tiernan McCann takes place in Tyrone side after proposed eight-week ban dropped

Jim McCorry, who has stepped down as the manager of Down. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

McCorry led county back to Division One but endured difficult championship campaign

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