Dick Clerkin

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Dejected Westmeath players following the heavy Leinster semi-final defeat  to Dublin in Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

At around 5pm last Sunday, we all thought we had a firm idea what would dominate discussion in the GAA world for this coming week. Jim Gavin’s refus(...)

Bernard Brogan sidefoots home a goal against Monaghan in the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

If Monaghan supporters watching Dublin coolly construct the goals that sunk them in Clones last Sunday felt as if they had somehow seen it all before,(...)

Under Malachy O’Rourke Monaghan have perfected a template of organisation and counter-attacking intelligence. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A much bigger deal would be made about the Monaghan football revolution had it not coincided with the dazzling comet of the Dublin football team. You (...)

Bernard Brogan scores a goal against Monaghan. Of the 21 games under Jim Gavin that have been close, Dublin have  won 11, drawn six and lost four. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

With 10 minutes to go in the 2015 Allianz Football League semi-final against Dublin, Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan jogged up to take a pot at a long(...)

Dick Clerkin made his debut for Monaghan in 1999. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Farewell, then, Dick Clerkin. At least you won’t be called a veteran any more. Back in April 2014, my phone pinged with a text from the Monaghan midfi(...)

Dick Clerkin has announced his retirement from inter-county football. Photograph: Inpho

The GAA’s current longest-serving player, Dick Clerkin, has announced his inter-county retirement. The Monaghan stalwart confirmed his decision to br(...)

Dick Clerkin: “The two heads were just dipping in at the same time and it was a fairly severe collision.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Monaghan’s Dick Clerkin, the longest serving intercounty football player, has been forced to delay his return to action this season due to a serious f(...)

Mayo’s Kevin McLoughlin and Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan in action in the All-Ireland semi-final replay. Dublin manager Jim Gavin said: “Cian got cramp at the end of the game.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It looked like Cian O’Sullivan’s hamstring snapped underneath the Cusack Stand last Saturday evening. Mayo had been beaten, the clock had turned red a(...)

 TJ Reid celebrates scoring his goal against Waterford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Semi states Kilkenny’s win over Waterford added to the contrast in the counties’ fortunes at the penultimate stage of the All-Ireland. Since th(...)

Tyrone’s Peter Harte fields the ball against Monaghan at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Not for the first time Tyrone have found themselves in an All-Ireland semi-final with a little dust kicked up in their tracks. As it clears, it doesn(...)

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