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

Mickey Harte: “We had a lot of our players without an Ulster championship medal and until you achieve that, that’s still to be done.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tyrone manager pleased with side’s campaign in 2016 but not a fan of the new ‘mark’

Down footballing great Joe Lennon has died. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Lennon helped county to three All-Irelands and lifted Sam Maguire as captain in 1968

Dr Crokes’ Colm Cooper is pursued by Loughmore-Castleiney’s Noel McGrath in the Munster club football championship semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry great despairs of a solution but help could be closer at hand than he imagines

Dr Crokes’ Colm Cooper in action against Noel McGrath of Loughmore-Castleiney in the Munster senior  championship semi-final earlier this month. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Player believes return of Pat O’Shea will boost Dr Crokes’ chances of All-Ireland glory

St. Brigid’s Darragh Sheehy and Karol Mannion celebrate after winning the Roscommon Senior Football Championship. Photo: Inpho

St Brigid’s and Corofin will play in Carrick-on-Shannon after unsavoury scenes five years ago

International Rules: the anticipated series this year was cancelled in May.  Photograph: Eric Luke

GAA cites difficulties in guaranteeing a strong team every year for biennial schedule

Glen Rovers’ David Dooling and David Noonan tackle Tony Kelly of Ballyea. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Glen Rovers left with too much to do as Tony Kelly spearheads strong team performance

Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan fires home one of his four goals in the victory over  Laois champions Borris-Kilcotton at Parnell Park. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Munster hurling final and Leinster semi-final action tops bill in Club Championships:

Kilkenny hurler Cillian Buckley during the launch of the Top Oil sponsorship of the Leinster GAA Schools Senior Championships at Croke Park. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Kilkenny hurler believes Leinster championship matches should stay in the province

 Eoghan O’Gara in action against Chris Barrett of Mayo in the All-Ireland final. The Dublin forward had to contend with limited playing time this year.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Forward looks back on a year of collective achievement and individual frustration

Dublin ahead of their game against in the Leinster Championship quarter-final last summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Wexford, Portlaoise and Tullamore possible venues for champions in the years ahead

 Ballyea talisman Tony Kelly with  Glen Rovers star  Patrick Horgan ahead of the AIB  Munster senior hurling club championship final on Sunday. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

There’s no harm in Gaelic games going local while other sports revel in their big days

Liam Rushe: Peter Kelly “didn’t see eye-to-eye with Ger and pulled out and that’s his prerogative”. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Managers pick panels and things move on – people have different opinions, says All-Star

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly: will meet old rival Patrick Horgan when the Clare champions take on  Cork kingpins Glen Rovers in  the Munster Senior Hurling Club Championship final on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Players were on opposite sides when Clare pipped Cork in classic 2013 All-Ireland final

Dr Crokes’ Colm Cooper in action against  Kilmurry-Ibrickane in the Munster quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht semis, Leinster quarters, Munster club semis and Ulster club semis

Dublin’s Brian Fenton and Westmeath’s James Dolan are both nominated for a Pearse medal for Leinster football. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Westmeath player nominated in both football and hurling

GAA director of funding Tom Ryan. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Emphasis will be placed on providing more effective support for struggling counties

Rudy Giuliani: “He left Cavan and Kerry to it before half-time. This was longer than he had been expected to stay.”  Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

New York, home to Gaelic games in the USA for 100 years, will provide the next US president

Lee Keegan: Footballer of the Year led his club Westport to victory over Monivea-Abbey in  the Connacht intermediate football semi-final on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Lee Keegan’s award a first for county while Castlebar prepare to defend Connacht title

Former All Star Danny Sutcliffe has ruled himself out of the Dublin senior hurling squad. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dublin hurling manager will draw up a development squad as back-up to senior side

Oulart-the-Ballagh manager Frank Flannery: “We really focused on the county championship and feel we’re kind of in bonus territory at this stage.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/InphoI

Wexford champions host St Rynagh’s as they prepare to defend their provincial crown

Dean Rock (Dublin) – 1st award

David Clarke one of four Mayo picks; Michael Quinlivan becomes second Tipp footballer to win All Star

Kilkenny’s Eddie Keher featured on the inaugural team in 1971. Photograph: Inpho

Over the years the Gaelic games’ awards scheme became the most iconic in Irish sport

Mayo’s Seamus O’Shea and Alan Campbell of Tipperary. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Liam Kearns’s men must find stride quickly with westerners unlikely to be complacent

Kevin McLaughlin has been allocated the role of sweeper by Mayo manager Stephen Rochford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

County’s former trainer Cian O’Neill believes the perennial nearly men now have a cutting edge to them

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara is free to play the All-Ireland semis against Kerry after the red card he picked up during the quarter-final win over Donegal was rescinded. Photograph: Inpho

Forward has red card cleared after he was sent off during All-Ireland win over Donegal

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail with GAA Museum Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Galway hurler John Connolly, Wexford hurler Tony Doran and Kerry footballer John O’Keeffe. Dermot Earley junior represented his late father and   Roscommon footballer Dermot. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

John Connolly, Tony Doran, Dermot Earley and John O’Keeffe bring group up to 42

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