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

Dublin celebrate winning the Allianz National Football League last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Allianz National Football League now very good indicator of county’s overall status

Kerry’s Colm Cooper with James McCarthy and Philly McMahon of Dublin during last September’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kingdom’s Tommy Walsh will not lack for motivation back on the big stage

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail and director general Páraic Duffy at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Statistically better to get a red card later in the season rather than earlier

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly leaves the pitch after being sent off in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. GAA Director Páraic Duffy has said that Connolly sometimes gets “a bad press”. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Duffy believes Diarmuid Connolly gets a bad press after 2015 controversy

Dublin’s Davy Byrne was left hospitalised after an incident during his side’s clash with Armagh last year. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The GAA Director criticised the lack of action taken by Dublin and Armagh last year

Stephen Rochford: will bring his Mayo team to Cork for the opening Allianz League clash at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday.  Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Corofin supremo plans to experiment as he seeks to build a winning formula

Kevin McManamon: believes Dublin’s successes in the league in recent years have helped the team go on to secure championship glory. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Starting role for Dublin in September remains a key goal for inspirational forward

Meath captain Donal Keogan lifts the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup after the final at  Páirc Tailteann, Navan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Graham Reilly leads the way as tiredLongford unable to repeat last week’s heroics

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: his changes in the panel and backroom personnel  has raised optimism in the county. Photograph: Inpho

Meath, Roscommon and Clare look best placed to win respective tournaments

GAA director of games research and development Pat Daly. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Pat Daly wants to take emphasis away from elite competitive activity in underage games

Paul Kinnerk rejoins the Clare hurling management team after a year’s absence. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Limerick native joining up with 2013 All-Ireland winners shows David Fitzgerald’s intent for coming season

Former Republic of Ireland soccer player Niall Quinn: his father, the hurler Billy Quinn, has died aged 80. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tipperary player made huge impact in 1954 final, scoring three goals from full forward

Louth’s Barry Flanagan and Barry Tormey of Meath tussle for the ball during the O’Byrne Cup semi-final at Drogheda. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Real battle for Mick O’Dowd’s men as unexpected Louth comeback falls just short

The GAA will propose the introduction of an under-20 inter-county football championship at next month’s congress. Photograph: Inpho

Compromise on the proposal to abolish the under-21 championship

GAA Central Council has endorsed the motion proposing an All-Ireland B football championship. This will go forward to next month’s annual congress. Photograph: Inpho

The winners will be allowed participate in the following year’s All-Ireland qualifiers

Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor at Croke Park: “It’s a new panel this year again, new management – everyone has a clean slate.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Talented forward looking forward to working under new managerial regime

University of Limerick manager Brian Lohan: “Munster colleges have no access to their players during a month that used to be the most useful for Fitzgibbon preparation.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

UL boss criticises decision to exclude third level teams from pre-season tournaments

All-Ireland champions Dublin have won 10 of the last 11 Leinster football championships. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday’s meeting unlikely to bring reforms but the lack of of competitiveness remain

Back on May 15th, 2003, just after the removal of Rule 21, a large crowd showed up at the Curragh to watch an historic game between the Irish and British defence forces. Photograph: David Sleator.

GAA intervene to withdraw motion seeking to expel British army team from association

Conor McManus and the Monaghan team celebrate with the Anglo Celt cup in the dressing room after they won the championship. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Format of the senior intercounty football championship to be discussed on Saturday

Noel Connors at the launch of the Club Leadership Development Programme at  Croke Park. “Change is inevitable, if you don’t change you’re lost.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All Star corner back knows they need to evolve from last year’s defensive set-up

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring against Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin attacker once more the main man as Mayo’s challenge is eventually brushed aside

Dublin and Tipperary stand together before the game as they observe a minute’s silence for the late Dave Billings. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Under-21 players pay fitting tribute following the GAA stalwart’s sudden passing last summer

Paul Cribbin’s performances were a big positive of Kildare’s championship year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Kildare centrefielder looking forward to redeeming two bad days out in 2015

Leinster  chairman John Horan with Dublin  captain Stephen Cluxton as he lifted the Delaney Cup last July. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

John Horan launches provincial strategic plan and says major new venue is a priority

Éanna Martin: ’You want to play Kilkenny; you want to play the best teams so there’s never a negativity towards it or a psychological thing.’ Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Last summer’s setbacks are filed away as ambition takes hold again

 Leinster  chairman John Horan and vice-chairman Jim Bolger with  Wexford hurler Eanna Martin and Kildare footballer Paul Cribbin at the launch of the Leinster GAA Strategic Vision and Action Plan at Croke Park. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Offaly, Westmeath, Carlow and Laois will benefit under new provincial plan

Leinster’s Eoghan O’Gara and Michael Murphy of Ulster in action during last year’s semi-final at Páirc Tailteann. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fans have voted with their feet while top players put holidays before the competition

Dublin county board secretary John Costello says TMO should be trialled in GAA. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Costello rejects ideas on player burnout put forward by director general Páraic Duffy

Conal Keaney holds possession during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final against Waterford at Semple Stadium in July. That may turn out to be his last championship appearance for the county. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Former intercounty dual player to make decision on future within next fortnight

Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin leaves the field after being sent off against Mayo. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘Some of the content was mean-spirited, the choice of language somewhat inflammatory’

St Enda’s manager Andy McEntee and Stephen O’Connor celebrate after the game. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Manager Andy McEntee credits Paul Durcan with the critical intervention

Ballyboden St Enda’s manager Andy McEntee and Stephen O’Connor celebrate after the game. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Late drama in Tullamore saw Paul Cahillane miss a routine free to level the scores up

Tadhg Kennelly at the  recent International Rules Test in Croke Park. “Gaelic players are fitter and stronger and what do you do? You don’t give the ball back so you run with it.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The AFL talent co-ordinator is in Dublin for weekend trials of 22 hopefuls at DCU

GAA Hurling Gold 2: features All-Ireland hurling final highlights from the period 1960-68

Release of ‘GAA Hurling Gold 2’ likely to prove as popular as its predecessors

If you think hurling goes into 2016 with just Kilkenny’s 12th All-Ireland in 17 years on the horizon you haven’t seen the half of it. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For the first time young hurlers nationwide can compete in the same competition

Ballyboden’s Michael Darragh Macauley: “Portlaoise are very experienced when it comes to Leinster. They are the Kiltschko, we’re like the Fury coming into this.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Midfielder excited by Leinster club final after being confined to supersub role with Dublin

Nemo’s Aidan O’Reilly and Michael Quinlivan of Clonmel. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The victory represents Tipperary’s first big football achievement at senior level since the 1930s

Stephen Rochford: the Ballinrobe native won an All-Ireland club medal with Crossmolina in 2001 and managed Galway club Corofin to the same title last March. Photograph: Inpho

Management team - Donie Buckley, former Armagh footballer Tony McEntee and Barry Carey

Oulart-The Ballagh captain Barry Kehoe celebrates with his team-mates after beating Cuala. Photograph: Inpho

Tomas Dunne and Garrett Sinnott goals either side of half-time prove crucial

Clonmel Commericals beat Dr Croke’s to reach the Munster final. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Clonmel Commericals take on Nemo Rangers in the pick of the matches

Anthony Cunningham resigned from his role as Galway hurling manager after players put forward a vote of no confidence in him. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

CEO Dessie Farrell proposes a solution regarding appointment of management teams

Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe: “They beat us in the final but I honestly hope they go on and go all the way. It would be great for Dublin hurling.” Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Sutcliffe dismisses perception that county’s champions are in some way soft

Ireland’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring a goal in the International Rules Test. The Mayo man was superb against Australia. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The hybrid game has staged a miraculous recovery from its death bed since 2013

Australia coach Alastair Clarkson is  keen on playing in US. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ireland and Australia exploring possibility of competing in neutral country every third year

Ireland’s John O’Loughlin tries to tackle Luke Breust of Australia during the International Rules match at Croke Park. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ireland learn lesson from last year’s defeat in Perth as they sprint out of the traps

Shane Dowling of Na Piarsaigh celebrates at the final whistle Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Third Munster title in five years for Limerick club as battling Ballygunner are left behind

A melee between Ireland and Australia players during the third Test.

The GAA’s 1984 experiment with the AFL didn’t have the most auspicious of starts

Joe Kernan: “They blew us out of the water last year, they will be wanting to do the same here again, and that’s what we have to be ready for.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach wants to avoid what happened in last year’s International Rules Test

Ireland captain Bernard Brogan with his Australia counterpart  Luke Hodge ahead of the International Rules Test at Croke Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Captain knows handling Australia’s early intensity will be key to outcome

Australian captain Luke Hodge at a media conference ahead of the International Rules Test  against Ireland at Croke Park. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One-Test format has its limitations but visitors keen to put on a show

Anthony Cunningham had little choice but to resign after the Galway players passed a vote of no confidence in his stewardship. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A manager does need player support but it’s hard to avoid feeling he was badly treated

 Ballygunner’s Pauric Mahony with Na Piarsaigh’s Shane Dowling ahead of the Munster senior hurling club championship final. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

All-Ireland favourites prepare to face Ballygunnar in Munster club hurling final

“I consider this a kangaroo court decision, led by a core group of players orchestrated with the help of others outside Galway, motivated by a desire to unjustly extend their lifespan as inter-county players, placing personal agendas above the greater good of Galway hurling.”

Resigning Galway manager describes vote against him as ‘kangaro court’ decision

Darragh O’Connell of Cuala with Jack Langton of Clara during their Leinster semi-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Goals the difference as Dublin champions see off Kilkenny rivals in semi-final

GAA director of games Pat Daly: Photograph: Inpho

Director of Games says that AFL players’ ability to catch and kick has been more consistent

Ireland captain Padraig Joyce with the Cormac McAnallen cupin 2004. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland selector says better kicking and avoiding Gaelic football tactics will be vital

Killarney Legion’s James O’Donoghue in action against South Kerry’s Killian Young in the Kerry senior club football final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry club’s nomination to join provincial competition accepted by Munster Council

Galway hurling manager  Anthony Cunningham. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Monday’s county committee meeting will decide next move in impasse

Kilkenny’s Nowlan Park: Dublin will play the winners of Wicklow v Laois there in the 2016 football championship. Photograph: Inpho.

Nowlan Park chosen for Dublin match ‘because it had more seats’

Referee David Coldrick: the All-Ireland Day documentary showed just what it’s like to be charged with refereeing a hectic All-Ireland final. Referee: James Crombie/Inpho

RTÉ documentary also a revealing insight into the onerous job of a big match referee

Coolderry’s Joe Brady challenges Colm Cronin of Cuala during the Leinster Senior Hurling Club  Championship Quarter-Final at O’Connor Park, Tullamore yesterday Photograph: Inpho

Dublin side ease to 14-point victory to secure home tie against Clara in semi-final

 David Cunningham of Glen Rovers attempts to gather possession in yesterday’s AIB Munster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship Quarter-Final against Ballgunner in  Walsh Park, Waterford. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Déise champions performance after half-time leaves Rovers gasping for air

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey is presented with GAA GPA Player of the Year award by Dermot Earley, president  GPA, at the  Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Seven of the All-Ireland-winning side picked; TJ Reid named Hurler of the Year

Waterford football manager Tom McGlinchey: “It’s still not an excuse that it was all crammed into the last few weeks.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stradbally face Ballinacourty in county final 24 hours before winners play Nemo Rangers

Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner has threatened to walk away from the game. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Ulster Council statement 'could have been stronger' over verbal abuse allegations

The GAA’s uniqueness is in its community bases and vast voluntary network of families and administrators encouraging the playing of the games at local level. The big days in Croke Park are celebrations of that reality but not an end in themselves. Photograph: Inpho

Páraic Duffy’s discussion document shows glimpses of a very different world for GAA

GAA director general Páraic Duffy. “Counties see us as having a responsibility to do what’s in our power to influence”

GAA director general’s document proposes reforms to improve conditions for clubs and welfare of players

Páraic Duffy launched a discussion paper on Player Overtraining and Burnout and the GAA Fixtures Calendar on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Sportsfile

Abolition of U-21 football championship among proposals made to combat issue

Donegal’s Paul Durcan: “I’m 14 years nearly with Donegal It’s time to make a bit of money as the man says. It’s not paying the bills.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Veteran goalkeeper moving to Qatar for the forseeable future after win with Ballyboden

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates victory over Tyrone in 2013 with his selector Rory Gallagher. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Donegal manager defends accuracy of memoir following successor’s comments

Ballyboden St Enda’s players celebrate with the cup after beating St Vincent’s to win the 2015 Dublin senior football championship. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Andrew Kerin’s two goals meant there was no way back for out-of-sorts St Vincent’s

Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner believed matter had to be addressed. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

County board issue statement claiming two players exonerated by Ulster Council

Stephen Melia made a record 179 appearances for Louth during an inter-county career that spanned three decades. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

GPA chief Dessie Farrell leads tributes to footballer who made record 179 appearances for county

Ireland’s Jonny Sexton is tackled and injured by France’s Louis Picamoles during the recent match at the Millennium Stadium. The physical attrition in rugby is considerable. Photo: David Davies/PA

Gaelic games remain strong enough to cope with other sports’ international events

Former Kilkenny All Star hurler Henry Shefflin signs helmets and hurleys for players of Naomh Barróg GAA club at Croke Park on Monday. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile.

Retired Kilkenny star thought the beaten All-Ireland finalists had a very good year

Former Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin and Austin Gleeson of Waterford with children from Patrick’s GAA, Killarney, at Croke Park as part of the ‘Centra’s Live Well initiative’ skills session. Photograph: Sportsfile.

All Star nominee at a loss to what manager Derek McGrath has in store for team

Castlehaven players celebrate after defeating Nemo Ranger in the 2013 Cork county senior club football championship final. The sides face each other again in this year’s final. Photograph: Inpho

This weekend’s Gaelic Games club championship fixtures

Dublin’s Philip McMahon is set to be awarded by the GWA. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Oisín McConville and Brendan Cummins are also set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame

Australia will be looking to come to Ireland and defend the title that they won on home soil last year. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

All 22 players on the panel that will travel to Ireland have won All Australian awards

 Willie Bryan, Golfer Shane Lowry with former Offaly hurling captains Martin Hanamy and Hubert Rigney, were in Croke Park tto announce Offaly GAA’s plans to develop a new centre of excellence. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Of the €2,250,000 cost, €750,000 needs to be raised - the balance coming through grants

Dublin could begin their All-Ireland defence in Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All-Ireland champions play the winners of Laois and Wicklow in the quarter-finals

Munster champions Tipperary open their defence against Cork next summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland champions Kilkenny will face the winner of Wexford or Dublin in Leinster

Cian O’Neill: “After the match . . . it was sad really because I don’t think players of any level, let alone my own county, deserve that.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

New manager taking over Lilywhites with the county’s fortunes at a low ebb

A teacher by  profession, Brian Cody had no track record of success at club level when offered the Kilkenny job 17 years ago. Photograph: Damien Eagers/Sportsfile

Since Kevin Heffernan and Mick O’Dwyer defined the role, certain trends have emerged

Billy Morgan led Cork footballers to two successive All-Ireland titles in 1989 and 1990. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Nemo Rangers club man is county’s most successful ever manager

Galway hurling manager Anthony Cunningham: had been appointed to the job for a fifth year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former manager becomes first county official to comment publicly on controversy

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

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