Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea holds offf Cian O’Sullivan of Dublin during last year’s All-Irealand senior football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo midfielder feels championship doesn’t start until it reaches headquarters

Limerick’s Tom Condon shows Paul Morris and Lee Chin of Wexford a clean pair of heels in yesterday’s quarter-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Model County’s magical quest grinds to a halt at the hands of a ruthless machine

It’s thumbs up for Limerick and their manager TJ Ryan at  Semple Stadium, Thurles, yesterday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Liam Dunne feels playing four weeks on the trot was asking too much of his players

Then Middlesbrough manager Bryan Robson introduces new signing Fabrizio Ravanelli of Italy at the Riverside Stadium in July 1996. Photograph: Allsport.

Despite the fee Liverpool received for Luis Saurez, they may struggle to reach heights of last season

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher comes under pressure from Dublin’s  Ryan O’Dwyer. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Thurles the perfect venue as four counties vie for two coveted semi-final places

Tipperary’s Barry Grogan celebrates with manager Peter Creedon after the victory over Laois at O’Moore Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Peter Creedon says a quarter-final would represent major progress for his young side

Limerick’s manager TJ Ryan celebrates with selector Paul Beary at the final whistle of their Munster semi-final triumph over Tipperary at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Few would have expected last year’s Munster champions to shine but they face Wexford on an upward curve

The Limerick management will be hoping the likes of Kevin Downes  will help to   take  the scoring burden off  Shane Dowling, right, in tomorrow’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Wexford in Semple Stadium. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Treaty County look poised to emerge victorious from tomorrow’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final in Semple Stadium

 Sligo manager Pat Flanagan: well aware Cork are the overwhelming favourites in Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC Qualifier, but ready to meet the challenge. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Manager Pat Flanagan knows side are up against it but side have a sense of purpose

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