Cian O’Sullivan returns to the Dublin backline for game against Roscommon at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Extending unbeaten run a real possibility but champions need to be more clinical

The implications of Brexit may affect GAA county teams in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

‘Tyrone talks’ series will discuss issues on the eve of Article 50 being triggered

Dave McIntyre, eir Sport commentator, Brian Quinn, marketing and operations director, and Ger Gilroy,  eir Sport presenter at the announcement of the company’s five year deal to broadcast live club football and hurling championship games. Photograph: Inpho

Subscription channel will have exclusive rights to up to 30 club matches

Eric Lowndes gets away from Kerry’s Adrian Spillane in Tralee. Dublin emerged from a feral atmosphere with their record intact. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

With county chasing a three-in-a-row, might Jim Gavin have preferred to lose in league?

On Saturday in Tralee Tyrone referee Seán Hurson showed 13 yellow cards plus the red for Ciarán Kilkenny’s second. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former FRC committee member also favours introduction of a second referee

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton poses from photographs with supporters after their draw with Kerry which saw them equal the Kingdom’s unbeaten record. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meanwhile, the intriguing championship storylines in Ulster are starting to take shape

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny during Friday’s All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny says he is most pleased by his team’s development into champions

Cuala’s players and management celebrate their All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final win over Ballyea at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dalkey club had all the answers as Ballyea struggled to find their best form at Croke Park

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly alongside Cuala’s Cian O’Callaghan  ahead of their meeting in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Preview: AIB All-Ireland senior club hurling final: Ballyea (Clare) v Cuala (Dublin)

Dr Crokes’ Colm Cooper: plays very deep, assisting in defence but always with a view to reading the game. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: All-Ireland club football final – Dr Crokes (Kerry) v Slaughtneil (Derry), 5.0, Croke Park

Colm Cooper will be hoping to win an elusive All-Ireland senior club football medal with Dr Crokes from Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was 1987 when Croke Park on St Patrick's Day was finally closed to the Railway Cup

Referee James Owens during the match between Tipperary and Kilkenny at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Passages of Saturday’s draw between Kilkenny and Tipp were hurling at its best

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly faces off with Tipperary’s Michael Cahill in yesterday’s Allianz League hurling clash. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Neither side emerges with bragging rights after floodlit reprise of All-Ireland hurling final

Kilkenny’s Alan Murphy and Colin Fennelly with Michael Cahill and Pádraic Maher of Tipperary during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All-Ireland champions received a vivid reminder that old rivals haven’t gone away

Neil McManus is determined to help Antrim hurling kick on to the next level. Photo: Inpho

Hurler is determined to kick on with Antrim after missing Christy Ring final replay

Cork’s Brian Hurley: “I’d love to play against Meath but that’s down to management and hopefully I’ll be going well enough for it.” Photograph: Inpho

Cork forward feels he can be in contention for upcoming Division Two clash with Meath

 Shane Horgan scores a try from a chip from Ronan O’Gara’s boot against England  at Croke Park in 2007. South Africa later invited Mickey Ned O’Sullivan over to coach their players how to catch the ball higher in the air. Photograph: Alan Betson

Code ‘competition’ helps from Shane Horgan’s try to Kieran Donaghy’s basketball skills

Colm Collins: “When you get wins against teams that are perceived to be better than you that’s really good for confidence.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Landmark victory over Cork another big milestone for Colm Collins’ charges

 Jim Gavin’s team maintained their unbeaten run against Mayo on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John McGrath and Tipp continue to impress with focus and quality of performances

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher with a big hit on Cathal Malone of Clare as the sliotar goes out of play during their Allianz NHL Division 1A clash. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A battling performance by Clare wasn’t enough to derail the All-Ireland champions

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates scoring  a goal against Waterford recently.  Michael Ryan’s team is humming along nicely for this time of the year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Allianz Hurling League weekend previews

Tipperary’s Michael Cleary breaks through the challenges of Clare brothers Frank and Brian Lohan in the All-Ireland final of 1997. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Michael Cleary recalls league fixture that taught Ger Loughnane a valuable lesson

Tipperary’s Cian Darcy with Brian Nash and Ciaran O’Connor of Limerick during last year’s All-Ireland minor hurling final at Croke Park: Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Hurling Development Committee chair Paudie O’Neill says change is inevitable

Martin Clarke was a key factor in Down reaching the All-Ireland senior football final in 2010. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Sean Moran: Illness compels former Australian rules star to curtail career

Gaelic Players Association chief executive Dermot Earley. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Expect players and administrators to make progress on salient issues in Gaelic games

The GAA Congress at Croke Park on Saturday: although the opinions ranged against the proposals were shrill, they lacked the consistency to act as a rallying point for any potential opposition campaign. Photograph: James Crombie

Historical failure to address club fixtures issue is still clearly a source of anger

Páraic Duffy: the director general of the GAA has been a primary advocate for the changes proposed at Congress. Photo:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Momentum may be running against All-Ireland quarter-final round-robin motion

Incoming GAA president John Horan speaks at the 2017 GAA Congress in Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The 58-year-old from Na Fianna emerged as the overwhelming victor in Friday election

Oulart-the-Ballagh manager Frank Flannery is well aware of the pitfalls of being first-time All-Ireland club semi-finalists. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

Frank Flannery managed the last team to eliminate the Dubliners from the championship

Dublin celebrating their All-Ireland win last September. Soon the hurling and football finals could be taking place in August. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Reshaped season comes with no guarantees but isn’t it worth trying for three years?

Donegal’s All Star centrefielder Neil Gallagher has announced his retirement from inter-county football due to injury. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Motions to bring forward dates of finals and replays will need more support to be passed

 Tipperary’s Steven O’Brien and Waterford’s Noel Connors battle for possession at Walsh Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Pádraic Maher aware that team cannot stand still if they want to reach summit again

Neil Gallagher has announced his retirement from intercounty action with Donegal. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Two-time All Star was one of the stars of 2012 All-Ireland winning side

Ger Cunningham’s Dublin beat Cork on Saturday night, a result which shows the unpredictability of the top flight. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wins over Limerick and Galway mean Wexford look destined for Division One A

Waterford’s Pauric Mahony and Gavin O’Brien get confronted by Tomás Hamill and Joe O’Dwyer of Tipperary at Walsh Park. Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

All-Ireland champions Tipperary have gone clear at the top of the league table

Tipperary’s John McGrath scores a goal in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match against Waterford at  Walsh Park. Photograph: Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All-Ireland champions continue excellent start to league campaign

Waterford’s Patrick Curran scores a goal in their victory over Kilkenny in the Allianz League Division 1A clash at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

GAA previews: Allianz Hurling League and All-Ireland club championships

The Spawell site comprises  just under 35 acres and located within 700 metres of the J11 exit on the M50.

Initial plan will be to develop a centre of excellence with a number of pitches

UCD’s Cian O’Callaghan  in action against Maynooth’s Niall Kenny. The Fitzgibbon Cup final  has been set for the same day as the All-Ireland club semi-final between Cuala and Slaughtneil.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The compromising of UCD’s Fitzgibbon Cup bid another result of current fixture chaos

Chairing the debate will be Minister Katherine Zappone, civil rights advocate and the current Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Motion before house will be ‘This House believes the women of Ireland should strike to repeal the eighth amendment’

Waterford’s corner-back Noel Connors: “I think it’s more about performance than results”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford defender says league will be about performance and integrating young talent

Waterford manager Derek McGrath has questioned the current hurling league structure. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

All-Ireland glory days a distant memory for Offaly’s hurlers and Down’s footballers

 Michael Walsh breaks away from a tackle in Sunday’s win over Kilkenny. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Kilkenny lose league game to neighbours in Nowlan Park for the first time since 2004

  Michael Murphy leads out his team last week: After the Kerry defeat, Donegal will be eager to get off the mark against Roscommon on Sunday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty

The AIB All-Ireland club semi-finals and second weekend of Allianz leagues

Dublin  had always been challenging territory for the GAA and the decision over 15 years to pump sustained funds into the county has been a success. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Yes, the GAA created a monster in Dublin, but did they have any other choice?

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton with supporters at the end of the game at Breffni Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the first of a new series, Seán Moran looks at some of weekend's main talking points

Cavan’s Gearoid McKiernan with Dean Rock and Jack McCaffrey of Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Big crowd in Cavan for home side’s return to Division One against All-Ireland champions

Jack McCaffrey will be back in the mix for Dublin after a year out. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Can Dublin win a fifth league title in succession? Seán Moran runs the rule over the top flight

Peadar Healy could struggle to keep Cork in Division Two. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Meath and Galway best placed to push for promotion

Frank Murphy: the one person who knows every clause and comma of the GAA rule book. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Rules Advisory Committee plans to submit a motion at this year’s annual congress

The All-Ireland football quarter-finals may follow a round-robin format if a proposal is passed. Photograph: Inpho

Proposal is to re-organise All-Ireland football quarter-finals into two groups of four

The 2016 All-Ireland final replay between Dublin and Mayo at  Croke Park: Croke Park showed increased revenue, up €5 million to €41.5 million, and operating profit, up €500,000 to €10.6 million. Photograph: Inpho

Crowds at All-Ireland series fell by 40,000 – mostly in qualifiers and quarter-finals

The Kilkenny and Waterford semi-final replay in Thurles had been worth €1 million to Central Council. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Central Council accounts show that the association took in €60 million in 2016

To deepen the gloom around Leinster, experimental Dublin convincingly won last Sunday’s final against a reasonably well-stacked Louth side. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having rested the stars and fired up the understudies, Jim Gavin is spoilt for choice

Killian O’Gara scores Dublin’s second goal against Louth in the O’Byrne Cup final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Football’s provincial champions emphasise status by claiming early-season silverware

Louth’s Derek Maguire and Conor Mullaly of Dublin in action during the O’Byrne Cup final. Phtoograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Louth fail to make the most of their first-half opportunities in Leinster pre-season decider

Davy Fitzgerald: the Wexford manager’s charges face a difficult task against Brian Cody’s Kilkenny at New Ross. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Tyrone aiming to complete six-in-a-row of McKenna Cup triumphs

Páraic Duffy: the GAA director general said at Tuesday’s launch of his annual report that the motions down for discussionat Annual Congress should benefit club players. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Fixtures committee chairman Eamonn O’Sullivan says CPA input will prove useful

Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Páraic Duffy defends punishment saying it has increased scoring and reduced fouling

 Director general Páraic Duffy at the launch of his annual report  with  president Aogán Ó Fearghaíl.  Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Motions on the topic at next month's GAA Annual Congress will be taken separately

The the CPA’s decision to make public their opposition to Páraic Duffy’s championship reform proposals on the day that he launches his annual report might be seen as either unfortunate or aggressive timing. Photograph: Sportsfile

Club association hasn’t been taking any prisoners since it was set up a fortnight ago

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

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