Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald trades some strong words with Derek McGrath of Waterford during the Allianz Hurling League final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Neither side could rack up a decent lead over 90 minutes of fiercely contested action

The Ireland team celebrate in Croke Park after last year’s triumph. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Hawkeye to debut in Thurles for Munster championship clash of Tipperary and Cork

Cork’s Stephen Cronin lifts the provincial title following their win over Kerry in Tralee. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rebels will top the final under-21 roll of honour if they defeat Mayo in Ennis

Waterford’s Shane Bennett, with Patrick Curran, has been playing a more prominent for the county. Photograph: Inpho

Gaelic Games weekend previews: Cork look to have edge in All-Ireland Under-21 FC final

Kilkenny hurler TJ Reid at the launch of Cúl Heroes. Photo: Sportsfile

Current Hurler of the Year slightly favours Clare to win Sunday’s AHL final

Dublin’s James McCarthy in action against Kieran Donaghy of Kerry. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Departures from defence have seen flying wing back step up to fill the void

Cian O’Sullivan ensured that Dublin did not miss Rory O’Carroll in the Allianz Football League final against Kerry. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Despite setbacks Jim Gavin’s team continues to press on while their main rivals stall

Justin McCarthy has managed both Clare and Waterford who clash this Sunday in the Allianz Hurling League final. Photo: Inpho

Despite proximity to Munster clash, Clare and Waterford will go all out in league final

Trevor Giles says Dublin’s dominance is undermining football’s appeal. Photograph: Inpho

All-Ireland winner with Meath says it’s hard to envisage Gavin’s team being beaten

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh in action during his side’s victory over Cavan in the Allianz League Division Two final. Photograph: Inpho

Mickey Harte’s team unbeaten on their way back to the top and are now poised in Ulster

Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony receives a red card for a challenge on Dublin’s Jonny Cooper during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Aidan O’Mahony’s red card saw Dublin’s side pull away in final quarter at Croke Park

All Star defender Paul Murphy is being deployed at centre forward by Kerry for their league final against Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

With Croke Park nearly sold out league finalists will have perfect stage for summer rehearsal

Antrim’s Michael McCann in action against Tyrone’s Padraig McNulty. McCann has been prominent in the county’s unbeaten league run to date. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/Inpho

New sense of unity in the county, as they prepare to take on Louth in Croke Park

The Tyrone team line up for a Division Two league match against Armagh. The county have not won an Ulster title for six year. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Evolution of championship formats is inexorably removing element of surprise

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: “There has to be a sense that everyone can make this team.” Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny have qualified for playoffs for 15th time during Cody’s 18-year tenure

Seán Cavanagh, who will lead Tyrone against Cavan on Sunday week, takes a step back in time in Croke Park. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Tyrone captain and great drops strong hint this could be his last intercounty season

Roscommon and Kerry players leave the pitch in Croke Park. We know  trying to replicate some sort of league format during the summer just won’t attract support. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Truly competitive football season set for its annual break for about three months

Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe bravely stops Anthony Nash’s penalty in the 2014 Munster championship quarter-final replay. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Waterford goalkeeper believes advantage remains firmly with the striker

Dublin’s Barney Rock tackles Kerry’s Tom Spillane in the 1987 National Football League final: the Dubs beat a much-fancied Kingdom team. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barney Rock recalls some very colourful moments from National League 29 years ago

Dublin eased past Donegal at Croke park to reach the Allianz League final. Photograph: Inpho

All-Ireland champions produce accurate and dominant display in Allianz League semi

Kieran Donaghy: has strengthened Kerry’s options around centrefield during the league campaign. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Unbeaten Dublin poised to reach yet another league decider

Former Kerry player Eoin Brosnan is adamant that it’s still better to be involved at the end of the season. Photo: Inpho

Careers in football are short so win what you can says former All-Ireland winner

Roscommon county ground Hyde Park’s surface is badly in need of work. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

A new surface at Hyde Park and developing centre of excellence priorities for county

Jim Gavin’s Dublin are on the trail of a fourth successive league win, a feat achieved only twice before in football. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal have it all to do against Dublin as Kerry will put it up to Roscommon

Clare’s David Reidy tackled by Seamus Callanan of Tipperary during their Allianz League clash. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tipp again fail to make winningposition count in one point loss at Cusack Park

Roscommon host the reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin this Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sean Moran looks at the final round of games as the battle for promotion and safety hots up

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan and Darragh Ó Connell of Dublin in action during their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match  Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

Allianz Hurling League previews: Galway have the edge over Cork in relegation play-off

Dublin’s Chris Sallier scores a goal against Laois in the Under-21 Leinster football championship semi-final in March. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

County target sixth Leinster title in last eight years

 Joe Canning cuts a dejected figure after Galway’s loss to Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former manager stresses team can only be judged on performance during summer

Crossmaglen Rangers’ and Armagh’s Joe Kernan plays a major role in the club’s story. Photograph: Eric Luke

Crossmaglen Rangers documentary highlights difficulties club faced during The Troubles

lThe Dublin before their Allianz Football League Division One match against Donegal at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Champions aiming to become first team to do so in top flight in eight years

Dublin’s James McCarthy clashes with Donegal’s Martin McElhinney at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Move by disciplinary body would mean player is being charged with intent to gouge

Tempers flare during the second half of the Dublin v Donegal game at Croke Park  that led to to both Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Dublin’s James McCarthy to be sent off for  receiving second yellow cards. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Champions finally wear the visitors defensive set-up down in the second half

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Cathal Barrett, Conor Loftus and Evan Regan to start on Sunday

Roscommon’s Ultan Harney in action against Monaghan’s Drew Wylie on the opening day of the league season – the Connacht side’s only defeat. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Allianz League meeting offers McStay’s men the chance to deepen Mayo’s troubles

‘He hasn’t just picked names; he’s picked a great squad of players and a balance’

Cork’s Stephen Cronin tackles Kerry’s Barry John Keane during last year’s Munster senior football championship. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rebels can end any relegation fears with a home victory over struggling Down

Goalkeeper Niall Morgan replaces Mickey O’Neill in the Tyrone team to play Armagh. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

A win over Monaghan in Clones will see Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s side advance

 The GAA is calling on members of all its clubs and members of the public to join them in Croke Park on Sunday April 24th for the 1916 Rising commemorative event. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Significant detail ought to be included in Croke Park’s 1916 commemorative event

Clare’s David McInerney and Tom Morrissey of Limerick in action during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B match at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

TJ Ryan’s side condemned to a seventh season in Division 1B after defeat in Ennis

John McGrath: has caught the eye in Tipperary’s attack during the league. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Seán Moran

John Power starts for Kilkenny in their Allianz Hurling League clash against Dublin at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork make just one change for Tipperary game; James Barry named full back for Premier County

Ballyboden St Enda’s manager Andrew McEntee celebrates with Conal Keaney after their victory over Castlebar Mitchels in the AIB Club Football Final at Croke Park. Phoograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All-Ireland winning manager critical of GAA’s decision not to lift Declan O’Mahoney’s ban

Ballyboden St Enda’s celebrate their AIB All-Ireland Club SFC win over Castlebar Mitchels at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A comprehensive display from Dublin side leaves outclassed Castlebar deflated

Stephen Rochford is the latest to take up Mayo’s  quest, which at times makes the pursuit of the Holy Grail appear half-hearted. Photograph: Andrew Paton/inpho

Stephen Rochford has struggled in first league but path to recovery isn’t always linear

“There are a lot of similarities in some of the stuff from a strength and conditioning and preparation point of view. Things that jumped out of me compared to our own game is obviously the stop-start nature of the game, but [also] the complete and utter explosiveness of the game, and there’s no wasted energy.”

At the launch of the ‘Toughest Trade’, Mayo star makes case against new move

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: his team will renew their big rivalry with Limerick. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Home side must win in Ennis as Limerick have edge in scoring difference

Kieran Donaghy of Kerry gets away from Cathal Carolan and Colm Boyle in Castlebar. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Connacht champions punished for wide tally and missed goal chances by the Kingdom

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton will start against Down in Newry.

Jim Gavin makes six changes, Colm Cooper will make his first start of the season for Kerry

As Monaghan’s most potent attacking player, Conor McManus has been targetted by opponents. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Down unlikely to be capable of halting Dublin’s winning ways

Kerry’s Alan Fitzgerald and Neil McGee of Donegal clash last weekend. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

McGee could still face Roscommon this weekend despite proposed ban

Niall Kelly: “Ah, there definitely was a bit of lull after the Kerry defeat.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Lilywhites are unbeaten after four games as they look to rebuild

 Tony Kelly at Croke Park flanked by ‘Irish Volunteers’ William Nortley and Adam Cahill as the GAA announced plans for the 1916 Rising event at Croke Park. Photo:  Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Clare’s 2013 Hurler of the Year says he is unlikely to return in time for the league

‘Irish Volunteers’ Adam Cahill and William Northey with Kildare’s Niall Kelly and Clare’s Tony Kelly at the announcement of the 1916 commemorative event at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Major event to coincide with Allianz football finals at Croke Park on April 24th

“What we wanted to do was encapsulate that spirit so from the beginning to the end everybody sitting in the stadium will be part of the show” Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

“It will be very much about celebrating the Irish flag and celebrating GAA history”

One of several unseemly incidents between Kerry and Donegal players during last weekend’s clash at Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

As Tralee last weekend proved, Seán Ó Síocháin’s plea of 50 years ago is still relevant

Waterford’s Barry Coughlan in action against Dan McCormack and John McGrath of Tipperary during their Allianz League Division One A match. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Tipperary caught at the end for a second consecutive match after thrilling finish

 Michael Collins  throwing in the sliotar  to start a hurling game at Croke Park in 1921.  Photograph: Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

While members were involved in the Rising, the association was a ‘broad church’

Liam Rushe returned to the Dublin side after suspension  against Galway in the Allianz Hurling League Division One A game at  Parnell Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Cork travel to Croke Park to play Dublin with high hopes and sound record

Bernard Brogan makes his first start of the campaign in Dublin’s Allianz League game with Cork at Croke park on Saturday night. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rebel County make four changes after heavy defeat to Roscommon

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham was formally a selector with native county Cork. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Manager Ger Cunningham anticipates a fighting performance from Kieran Kingston’s side

Séamus Harnedy is one of six changes for Cork’s game against dublin at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tyrone make seven changes for match against Derry

Footballer of the Year plans to work overseas as part of his medical studies

GAA  president Aogán Ó Fearghaíl with director general Páraic Duffy at the associations’s annual congress at the   Mount Wolseley Hotel in Tullow, Co Carlow. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It took nearly 10 years to address player burnout and now it’s the club players’ turn to wait

Mary Immaculate coach Éamonn Cregan celebrates with Sean Linnane at the end of the game in which they beat UL to claim the Fitzgibbon Cup. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Success in Fitzgibbon Cup means veteran Mary Immaculate coach leaves on a high

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Bryan Sheehan display their high-fielding skills during their Football League Division One game against Down at Páirc Esler, Newry, on Sunday. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho.

Proponent of reform says next January the better option for bringing in change

The GAA Congress voted for a mark in football for high catches, but proposals to bring All-Ireland finals forward didn’t fly. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Disappointing debates end with several proposals failing to make two-thirds majority

Congress has strongly backed the GAA subscription deal with Sky Sports. Photograph: Clive O’Donohoe/Inpho

Delegates reject motion by margin of 85% to 15%

 Paraic Duffy, Director General, GAA speaks at the 2016 GAA Annual Congress, Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Co. Carlow. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The proposal to create second tier in senior football was shelved by Central Council

The 2016 GAA Annual Congress continues on Saturday at the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Co. Carlow. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Meanwhile there will be no reduction in the number of replays during the championship

There will be no All-Ireland B championship next year after the proposal was dropped at congress. Photograph: Inpho

Players’ body, the GPA, also re-iterated its opposition to the motion - last of 18 received

Rory O’Carroll at the launch of the Adidas and Life Style Sports Boost Run yesterday. The run will take place on Friday, March 4th. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Dublin’s All-Star full back does not known how long he will be away in New Zealand

 UCD manager Nicky English: His side  are the outsiders of the semi-final quartet largely because they lack   well-known players but as a collective they have been extraordinarily strong. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Three semi-finalists arrive from Limerick as UCD seek rare double after Sigerson success

The GPA believe that the financial benefits of the Sky Sports association with the GAA will benefit their members. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Association will support proposed switch of the under-21 football grade to under-20

Brian Cody: “In the 17 seasons of Cody’s management Kilkenny have won eight titles and reached two further finals.”   Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Extraordinary consistency in the league has been a key part of the successful Cody era

Kilkenny’s Conor Fogarty under pressure from Noel McGrath of Tipperary during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster champions led for most of the game but could never build big enough lead

Rathmore player was regarded as best player in 1969 All-Ireland final

Robert Lennon is one of four changes Kilkenny have made for the Allianz Hurling game against Tipperary at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin make changes as Waterford and Tipperary unchanged for league games

Dublin’s Liam Rushe returns from suspension to face Galway in the NHL at Parnell Park. Photograph: Inpho

Title holders Waterford should have enough firepower to see off Cork

Waterford’s Tom Devine scores a goal against Cork in last year’s league Division One final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Manager of league title holders Waterford, Derek McGrath, in favour of an enlarged top tier

UCD’s Jack McCaffrey won the Footballer of the Year award after his All-Ireland winning displays from wing back for Dublin last year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Final weekend hosts Jordanstown should have the edge in semi-final against DCU

Cork’s Brian Corcoran: played for up to a dozen different teams one year due to his proficiency in two codes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It would be great news if the two proposals on minor and under-21 grades are passed

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson holds onto possession after catching a high ball over Richie Hogan of Kilkenny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Derek McGrath’s team hit 18 wides yet win out low scoring affair by four at Walsh Park

Tipperary’s James Barry is brought out to centre back with Tomás Hamill getting a run at full back against Dublin at Thurles. Photograph: Alan Betson
Weekend GAA previews

Crossmaglen Rangers’ Tony Kernan: “We thought maybe the amount of Ulster clubs and All-Irelands we had, that was going to be our lot.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Ulster and Connacht clubs have won 15 of the past 20 All-Ireland club football titles

Daire Quinn will make his senior debut for Tipperary in the Allianz Hurling League opener against Dublin at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Ryan includes Noel McGrath for first start since recovery from cancer

Ciarán O’Hanlon: The CHC was however unhappy with the non-attendance of some of those suspended, including O’Hanlon and McCartan and imposed 12-week suspensions. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sigerson Cup furore over Armagh player being ruled ineligible to line out for college

Like the GAA with Croke Park, clubs around the country have invested in facilities and would like to be able to earn some return on them. Photograph: 	Inpho

Dromard’s welcome of Jamie Carragher’s soccer school may have clearly broken the rules but are they any longer justified?

Queen’s manager James McCartan was suspended, along with the college’s Armagh forward Ciarán O’Hanlon.  Photograph: Inpho.

Queens manager among those banned after failing to attend CHC meeting

John Tobin: “If they can hold their status in Division One with the age and profile of the team that would a huge achievement for them in a development sense.” Photograph: Inpho

Good coaching of good teams has been allied to careful resource management

Mayo’s defeat to Cork last weekend was overshadowed somewhat by the controversy regarding Lee Keegan’s concussion at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Allianz Football League, Club Championships and College matches

Mikey Sweeney replaces Lee Keegan in the Mayo side to meet Dublin in Castlebar on Saturday night. Photograph: Inpho

Mikey Sweeney replaces Lee Keegan in one of two changes for home side

Gaelic Players Association chief executive Dessie Farrell. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Players’ body calls on GAA to re-open discussion on championship reform

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail.

Ó Fearghail says disruption to Croke Park matches is counter-balanced by the benefits

The Jamie Carragher Soccer School was held at Dromard GAA last August. Photograph: Getty.

Longford club Dromard deemed to have broken GAA’s rules

Dublin footballers celebrate their third All-Ireland victory in five years at Croke Park last September. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Success of GAA investment in the capital causing growing concern in rival counties

GAA Director General Páraic Duffy, GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail, GAA Director of Finance Tom Ryan and Peter McKenna, Commercial Manager of the GAA and Stadium Director of Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Lack of an American football match in 2014 and no hurling replay impacted on revenue

GAA Director of Finance Tom Ryan with Peter McKenna, Commercial Manager of the GAA and Stadium Director of Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Hurling receipts fell significantly while football and commercial revenue rose

Dublin duo Michael Fitzsimons and Cian O’Sullivan keep Kerry’s Tommy Walsh under wraps during the Allianz Football League Division One game at Croke Park. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Eamonn Fitzmaurice disappointed by Kerry’s lack of urgency at Croke Park

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