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

Tipperary’s  Seamus Hennessey, Noel McGrath and James Barry celebrate the All-Ireland U-21 hurling final victory over Galway in 2010. But Tipp’s great season  failed to lead on to the expected glory. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sunday represented a seismic change in fortunes since the 2010 All-Ireland U-21 final

 Shane Moloney’s point at the death booked Galway a place in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny lie in wait for Anthony Cunningham’s side after Shane Moloney seals tie

Tipperary  defence, backboned by Pádraic Maher, above, and James Barry has the collective nous and mobility to stay with Galway. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster champions capable of derailing opposition plans to reach final

Tipperary players celebrate beating Waterford to win the 2015 Munster Senior Hurling Championship final at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Hurling’s most iconic provincial title undermined by record in All-Ireland semis

Former Galway great Conor Hayes believes young players like Cathal Mannion (above) will have played six games minimum in this year’s championship, boosting their development. Photograph: James Crombie

Former All-Ireland winning captain believes provincial competition benefits Tribesmen

The attendance for the 1985 All-Ireland football semi-final of   Kerry against Monaghan was just 21,746, showing what a non-event these games could be. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For all the agonising the current structures may be as good as it gets

Galway hurling minor manager Jeffrey Lynskey will oversee the Ireland team which plays Scotland in compromised rules. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Leinster’s decision not to allow underage outsiders into province is hurting hurling’s development

 TJ Reid celebrates scoring his goal against Waterford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán Moran and Malachy Clerkin on Kilkenny’s dominance in semi-finals and Monaghan’s inability to reach the next level

TJ Reid scores Kilkenny’s goal despite the attention of Waterford’s  Barry Coughlan during the  All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Spirited Waterford display falls short as champions dismantle their defensive system

Donegal’s Neil McGee can’t stop Aidan O’Shea of Mayo claim the ball on his way to scoring the opening goal Photo:INPHO/James Crombie

Two superb goals cap a dominant performance from Connacht champions

It will be interesting to see whether Donegal follow Mayo forward Aidan O’Shea or operate a more zonal approach in their defence. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Donegal’s recent success may lead to their downfall

Willie O’Connor of Kilkenny holds possession ahead of Waterford’s Anthony Kirwan during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final of 1998 at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

A year after 1998 the hurling world began to change. That year’s All-Ireland semi-final could have marked a different starting poi(...)

Tyrone’s Peter Harte evades the close attention of Sligo’s Keelan Cawley in the All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round B, which Tyrone won. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Match is the second quarter-final featuring Tyrone and Monaghan in three seasons

Brian Cuthbert: resigned following Cork’s qualifier defeat to Kildare in Thurles. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Statement defending Brian Cuthbert should not have blamed intercounty referee

Brian Cuthbert stepped down as Cork football manager after the county’s defeat to Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

County executive blame Pádraig Hughes for early exit in All-Ireland football championship

A crowd of 58,680 were present for Sunday’s All-Ireland football championship double header. Photograph: Inpho

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

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue lies injured after he was tackled by Kildare goalkeeper Mark Donnellan during yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer

Legion player went down injured after tackle from Kildare goalkeeper Mark Donnellan

Kerry’s Colm Cooper palms home the first of his two goals in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Kildare at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Defending champions score seven second-half goals on return to Croke Park

New Ireland International Rules manager Joe Kernan: Photograph: Inpho.

Ireland manager about ready to name 45-man panel for Australian encounter

Donal Vaughan and Ger Cafferkey are both back in the Mayo line-up. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sligo’s semi-final ambush likely to ensure champions won’t lose concentration

Colm McFadden, seen here in action against Derry in the Ulster semi-final, is playing his best football since Donegal’s All-Ireland win. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Monaghan likely to battle hard but superior firepower will be too much for challengers

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has addressed problem areas but Cork can still ask serious questions

“As a team we’ve forgotten about 2014, all we’re worried about is 2015,” says June’s Hurler of the Month, Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Tipperary forward is not dwelling on last year after winning a first Munster title

Once again there’s no place for Colm Cooper in the Kerry team to face Cork in this weekend’s Munster Senior Football Championship Final replay. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has made a total of four changes to face Cork this weekend

Westmeath’s Kieran Martin picked up the GAA/GPA Opel Footballer of the Month award for June for his performance in Westmeath’s historic defeat of Meath in the Leinster semi-final last month. Photo: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The Westmeath man picked up the Footballer of the Month award for June

Dublin manager Jim Gavin: As is evident from Gavin’s press conference last week, he and McGeeney attempted to keep the lid on the incident.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Are Dublin and Armagh actually content to allow this evasion of the rules in their name?

Clare’s Conor McGrath and Damien Cahalane of Cork clash during their qualifier round two meeting in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Disappointing Clare side victim to a late scoring burst led by Patrick Horgan

Jason Forde in action for Tipperary against Limerick in the Munster senior hurling semi-final.  Making   his first provincial championship start, Forde scored 1-3 from play. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Waterford’s practised defence will be a formidable barrier but it can be breached

Cork’s Mark Ellis in action against Waterford’s Jamie Barron in the Munster hurling semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Darach Honan’s return for Fitzgerald’s side gives forward line added potency

Dublin and Ballymun Kickhams Davey Byrne will not be available for selection this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin manager says Davey Byrne’s injuries not as serious as originally reported

Gaelic Players Association chief executive Dessie Farrell. Photograph: Sportsfile

Radical changes to format of All-Ireland series brought up for players’ discussion

Declan Hannon is in the Limerick side to face Dublin in their All-Ireland SHC qualifier Round 2 match on Saturday at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

All Star corner back Séamus Hickey and the talented Declan Hannon, both return for the match

Referee Pádraig Hughes consults with his umpires before awarding a penalty to Kerry. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Yet again the big talking points centre on the conundrums of hurling and football

Cork’s Colm O’Neill attempts a late free during the Munster final at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

RTÉ would need Sky’s go-ahead to show game as qualifier occupies Saturday evening slot

Séamus “Cheddar” Plunkett: “Is the objective for the next 40 years to have an All-Ireland championship where only three counties can win it? Because we’ve had that for the last 40 years.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Laois manager claimed Association content with just few teams winning All-Irelands

Anthony Cunningham’s Galway produced a loose performance as they lost to Brian Cody’s Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran, Gavin Cummiskey and Ian O’Riordan with the main talking points

TJ Reid scores Kilkenny’s goal during the  Leinster SHC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Brian Cody’s relentless drive brings 16th All-Ireland semi-final in 17 years

Cork defender James Loughrey: “Personally I’ll never forget the Munster final,” he said of last year, “and I’m sure a lot of the boys won’t, but collectively – it was just a game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork will give provincial football title a rattle but Kingdom have attacking potential to win

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 21/6/2015Limerick vs TipperaryLimerick manager TJ RyanMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

TJ Ryan’s displeasure at the humiliation by Tipperary is evident in the swingeing changes

  Top-scorer David Tubridy returns to the  Clare line-up. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Sheedy’s side travel to Ennis seeking second win after Dublin drubbing

Séamus Harnedy: the return of their primary ball-winner will be a significant boost to Jimmy McCarthy’s Cork side. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Home advantage may not be enough to spur Model County on to a crucial victory

Niall McNamee has been the talisman for Offaly since the mid-2000s. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Niall McNamee in race to be fit after missing qualifier victory over Waterford

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 All-Ireland 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

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