Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

With many players based in cities, organising intercounty teams is a logistical challenge

Mark Nally in action for Roscommon in the 2014 Connacht championship. Photograph: Inpho

Leitrim defender and former captain Paddy Maguire has joined Dublin club St Brigid’s

Sean O’Brien has not played for Leinster since the win over Exeter in Dublin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster backrow had a small procedure on his hip after failing to respond to treatment

The 90/90 position, which Movement 101 coach Brian O’Loughlin recommends all athletes should add to their daily exercise routine. It works in towards the internal rotation of the hip capsule – a problematic area for many GAA athletes. 

The aim is to turn towards the back leg, drive the knee and ankle in towards the floor and try to get the opposing shoulder to the foot (in the case of this photo it is right shoulder to left foot). It should be an "active" position.

James McCarthy and Conor McGregor both practice movement training methods

Nigel Dunne had intended on playing both football and hurling for Offaly in 2018. Photograph: Inpho

Dunne has been training with both the hurling and football panels in recent weeks

Conor Cooney: “It’s a new year coming and it’ll be a fresh start coming back to square one and every team will be going the whole hog to try and win it.” Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

Galway forward already eager to get back into shape for next year’s challenges

Pauric Mahony scored 10 goals as the 2017 All Stars beat their 2016 counterparts in Singapore. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Class of 2016 outgunned as Waterford man scores 10 goals under the city skyline

Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher: “You can be the fittest man in the world coming back but it doesn’t make a bit of difference until you get your eye in.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Premier star admits Army duty overseas last season left him playing catch-up in 2017

Walsh Park: Waterford’s ground is facing redevelopment and it’s unclear whether it will host Munster championship games next summer. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Redevelopment work in Walsh Park unlikely to be completed in time for championship

Wicklow’s James Stafford in action during the 2009 championship. Photograph: Inpho

John Evans says of 35 year-old midfielder; ‘It was an obvious decision to ask him back’

Alan Dillon captained Mayo to the Connacht title in 2011. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dillon made only three substitute appearances this summer and at 35 calls it a day

 Ronan O’Gara will join up with The Crusaders next month. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Racing 92 ‘did not want to deprive one of its faithful servants of a great opportunity’

Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan was one of the game’s finest free takers. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Eamonn Fitzmaurice; ‘His dead ball kicking is second to none, he is the ultimate stylist’

In action for the Republic of Ireland in 2008; Liam Miller. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

John Hartson among former teammates to give their support to 36 year-old Cork native

Derek McGrath will lead the Waterford hurlers into the 2018 season. Photograph: Inpho

McGrath’s management team - which includes Dan Shanahan - has also stayed on

Galway will hope to have Fiontán Ó Curraoin back fit to feature at some stage in their 2018 season. Photograph: Inpho

Tribesmen will miss the midfielder but Kevin Walsh hopes he will feature next summer

Cathal Cregg during training with the Ireland International rules squad in Melbourne in 2014. Photograph: Inpho

Manager Kevin McStay hopes to build on last year's Connacht title winning campaign

 Louth’s Eoin O’Connor holds off Donal Keogan of Meath during their Leinster championship encounter. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Standout performer this summer is travelling to Asia and leaving Pete McGrath’s side

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford has agreed a two year extension. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

County board say that Rochford’s backroom team will be confirmed in the coming weeks

Republic of  Ireland fans will travel in numbers to Copenhagan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

FAI had requested a 10 per cent allocation and have received additional 445 tickets

Dublin’s Darren Daly tackles Kildare’s Emmet Bolton during the Leinster final. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Kildare’s versatile and attack-minded defender has retired after 10 years of service

Former Kerry midfielder Max Thiemann now plays for the Barcelona Gaels.

Max Thiemann left a promising GAA career in Ireland to run a school in Barcelona

Cora Staunton leaves Croke Park after the All-Ireland defeat to Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Her total scoring is 59-483 in her 67 championship games since her debut in 1996

Alex Collins in action for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. Photograph: Getty Images

Alex Collins posted a video of himself practising - the secret to his fast feet he says

Colm Cooper at last month’s press conference for his testimonial dinner. Photograph: Inpho

Páraic Duffy says GAA do not support Colm Cooper’s upcoming testimonial dinner

Pope Francis could be saying a mass at Croke Park on the last weekend of August 2018. Photograph: Getty Images

The final had been brought forward in an attempt to deal with the club fixture chaos

Pat Gilroy is the new Dublin hurling manager. Photograph: Inpho

The man who ended Dublin’s long wait for Sam Maguire handed a three year deal

Patricia Armada and her husband Jordi

Patricia Armada fears for husband’s safety at polling station as police respond to referendum

David Clifford scored 4-4 in the All-Ireland minor final win over Derry. Photograph: Inpho

In the qualifier era only three players have started in senior final one year out of minor

Some believe poll carries on civil war fight but others think it undermines constitution

Kerry’s manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will hope to end Dublin’s dominance in the 2018 season. Photograph: Inpho

County board chairman is proposing that he also be ratified for a further two year term

Dublin’s James McCarthy battles with Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea. Next summer brings the promise of more top-drawer clashes between the country’s top eight sides. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Best teams will face off more often next summer under the new format

Cora Staunton has scored 59-476 in her 66 championship games since her debut in 1996, starting every single championship game for Mayo  in that time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

She's outscored opposition on six occasions since 2010, but Mayo keep leaking goals

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford after the game:  “It’s not any easier. It’s very difficult losing finals by one point, two points.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘There’ll be no victimisation here of anybody’ - manager defends Donal Vaughan

Dublin’s Dean Rock kicks the winning point. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

RTÉ reveal Sunday’s final was most watched show on Irish television so far in 2017

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton, and man of the match James McCarthy. Photographs: Inpho

This year's man of the match, and the favourite for Footballer of the Year turned things around

Jason Doherty of Mayo has his shot saved by Stephen Cluxton. Photograph:  Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Eamon Donoghue selects some of the main turning points in an enthralling contest

  Chris Barrett challenges PAddy Andrews at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Some outstanding performances but Mayo come up just short again

 David Meyler scored off the bench for Hull City on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Shane Long handed a rare start, as Brady and Ward play in Burnley’s Anfield draw

Diarmuid Connolly with Jim Gavin before coming on against Tyrone. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin remain unchanged from the team which hammered Tyrone in the semi-final

Patrick Greene with UFC champion Conor McGregor in 2016. Photograph: Instagram

Wild Geese: Patrick Greene, Greene Room, a PR and events company

Stephen Cluxton takes a short kickout to Michael Fitzsimons against Mayo in 2015. Photograph: Inpho

The Dublin keeper’s timing, cool head and precision kickouts set him as a class apart

On average five players outside of finalists make the XV, three is the least amount

As things stand, Bosnia Herzegovina will not qualify for a playoff, despite being in second place in their group. Photograph: PA

World Cup 2018: Ireland in danger of finishing worst of the nine second place teams

 A dejected Waterford’s manager Derek McGrath and selector Dan Shanahan after the defeat in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Disappointing to see the ball being passed from brush to brush on national television’

Joe McQuillan leaves the field with his assistants and umpires following the 2013 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cavan referee is a controversial appointment given the 2013 post-match criticism of him

Dejected Waterford players and staff after their All-Ireland final defeat. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Déise manager fully aware of how difficult it will be for his young team to go one better

Joe Canning stoops to take a sideline cut during Galway’s win over Waterford. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty

Joe Canning inspired Tribesmen to victory but Austin Gleeson had a day to forget

The 2017 team above the team who played in the 2005 All-Ireland final. Photographs: Inpho

Galway think they’ve solved their fullback and centre back problem as big men prevail

Offaly’s Niall McNamee  in action against Westmeath during this year’s Leinster championship. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

He made his debut in 2003 and led the line for Offaly for 14 years with little success

Roscommon’s David Murray and Mayo’s Donal Vaughan get to know each other. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Roscommon defender David Murray breaks down what Mayo, and Andy Moran, do well

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is certainly not afraid of making big calls. Photograph: Inpho

Rochford files mixed bag of tactical success and failure over two year rollercoaster

Derek Kavanagh after the Munster Club SFC Final in 2011. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Two thirds of club players have considered quitting, CPA reveal after survey findings

Kerry’s Tadhg Morley has cemented his place in the Kerry team this year. Photograph: Inpho

Templenoe clubman made his name with the club and has gone from strength to strength

Mayo have played seven games already this summer. Photograph: Inpho

Mayo have the age and experience but Kerry have forward options to stretch them

Ciaran McKeever with Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney. Photograph: Inpho

Former captain made debut in 2003 and has been cornerstone of Armagh defence since

Kerry captain Johnny Buckley in action against Aidan O’Shea of Mayo in 2014. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kingdom have played three games this summer – their rivals have played seven

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson, at 22, is his county’s talisman. Photograph: Inpho

If the gifted youngster can improve his decision making Waterford can go all the way

The Cormac McAnallen Cup will be up for grabs in November. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland are looking to defend the Cormac McAnallen Cup they claimed in 2015

Colm Cavanagh: “I don’t think there’s any player at present that is anywhere near him . . . there is his ability to drop back and spot danger and then get forward.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho Ulster

Former Tyrone star Joe McMahon gives a unique insight into Mickey Harte’s team

Mayo’s Lee Keegan: he received a black card in March in the League against Tyrone, and another in the  qualifier win over Cork. Photograph: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Who are the most cynical team in Ireland in 2017? And what have the cards been for?

Donegal have announced manager Rory Gallagher has stepped down. Photograph: Inpho

Fermanagh native brought the county to two Ulster finals in his three seasons at the helm

Roscommon’s Enda Smith celebrates the Connacht final victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Smith has thrived on added responsibility and Roscommon now seeing his full talents

Ger Cunningham’s tenure as Dublin manager has ended. Photograph: Inpho

‘Every decision that was made was always in the best interests of Dublin senior hurling’

Pairc Ui Chaoimh for the Cork Premier Intermediate hurling club championship match on Wednesday. Photograph: Inpho

GAA advise fans to avoid driving as cars won’t be permitted at stadium or around it

Kevin Feely catches a kickout against Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

In-form midfielder had a black card from last March rescinded so he is now free to play

Roscommon’s Enda Smith gets away from Galway’s Thomas Flynn during the Connacht final at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Donegal need to emulate Tipperary and Roscommon's tactics to expose Tribesmen

Tipperary’s Michael Quinlivan has not been named to start against Armagh. Photograph: Inpho

All Star corner forward made his return in the win over Cavan but is not named in XV

Dundalk’s David McMillan celebrates scoring the first goal against Rosenborg. Photograph: Inpho

If both come through second round qualifiers they’ll meet in next round

Down’s Caolan Mooney scored 0-2 against Armagh in the Ulster SFC quarter-final.  Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Caolan Mooney will have a key role to play as Tyrone will ask new questions

Kevin McStay’s Roscommon take on Galway in Sunday’s Connacht SFC final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Rossies need to focus on their defence against Galway before turning to attack

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan runs out onto the pitch for the All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: Inpho

Westmeath and Dublin name their teams for Sunday’s Leinster semi-final in Croke Park

In the last two Leinster SFC finals just four contestable balls were kicked inside to John Heslin. He caught one and was quickly boxed up, winning a free. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Half way there? What have Westmeath learned from last two Leinster final defeats . . .

A security guard on match day at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Smaller bags permitted but may be subject to searches, fans urged not to bring bags at all

Celtic fans during the derby against Rangers in March. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Dundalk and Cork learn their fate in Champions and Europa League draws

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford will hope his team can respond against Derry in the qualifiers. Photograph: Inpho

Donegal look to recover from Tyrone beating with a home clash against Longford

Tadhg Furlong delivered another fine performance in the Lions’ 32-10 win over the New Zealand Maori. Photograph: David Davies/PA

How did the tourists rate individually in their key victory over the NZ Maori in Rotorua

Neil Collins is enjoying life in New York city.

Conquering the fashion industry in New York, and what’s gone wrong for the Rossies?

 Conor McGregor at The Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York for Michael Conlon’s pro debut last March. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s happening. Both fighters have confirmed that the fight is set for August 26th in Vegas

Kevin Feely in action against Laois in the Leinster quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Ronan Jones has all of Meath talking, but can he stop Feely and keep bombing in behind?

Tyrone’s Joe McMahon has announced his retirement. Photograph: Inpho

Comfortable lining out anywhere on the field, ‘Big Joe’ epitomised the Tyrone way

Dublin manager Jim Gavin watches his team take on the Dubs Blue Stars earlier this year. Photograph: Inpho

Round Towers club man has overseen Dublin’s domination of football in recent years

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan has been named in the starting team to play Kerry on Sunday in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inphp

Kieran Donaghy on the bench as Kingdom prepare to end Dublin’s unbeaten run

Dublin’s Niall Scully made his mark in the O’Byrne Cup competition. He is cool and clever in his use of possession, hardworking and with pace to burn. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Both have given fresh talent its chance and that could prove pivotal come September

The iconic Hogan Bridge at Augusta National for the 2017 Masters tournament. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Masters in Augusta, Grand National at Aintree, and Dublin v Kerry take centre stage

Donegal’s Mark Anthony McGinley concedes a penalty for a foul on Cillian O’Connor of Mayo. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Next Saturday there’s the Division Three and Four finals, before D1 and Two on Sunday

Con O’Callaghan scored 2-5 against Longford. Photograph: Inpho

Cork and Offaly contest Munster and Leinster finals, Donegal looking good in Ulster

 Dave McIntyre (eir Sport commentator), Brian Quinn (Marketing and operations director), and Ger Gilroy (eir Sport presenter) at eir Sport’s launch of their new five year deal to broadcast live club championship games. Photograph: Inpho

There will be up to 30 additional games shown live, on top of existing TG4 coverage

New Zealand and England players after losing their winning records to Ireland. Photographs: Inpho

New Zealand Herald and the English press react to Ireland’s record-crushing victory

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones applauds supporters after the game at the Principality Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Wales have their say on all things from ordinary Ireland, to Wayne Barnes and Lions

Lee Chin swapped his boots for a pair of ice skates to join NHL team the Vancouver Canucks for a week. Photograph: Inpho

‘Enough beer to shock an Irishman. Now, that’s something’ - Ice Hockey pundits

The Western Mail headline after Wales’ win over Ireland in the 2015 Six Nations.

From the ‘terrible eight’, to Gatland’s big omission, to Western Mail’s flora front page

The German press reaction to Bayern Munich’s humiliation of Arsenal. Photograph: Getty Images

German press address Arsène Wenger’s future and Wikipedia reference

Kieran Donaghy has been included in the Irish basketball 20-man squad. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former Footballer of the Year has been a standout performer for Tralee Warriors

Dublin and Mayo meet again in Saturday’s double header at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin/Mayo renew rivalries, Liverpool need three points and Katie Taylor is in action

GAA Congress have voted in favour of the ‘Super 8’. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘So out of touch, just shows championship isn’t only structural issue within the GAA’

Neither club or county players are backin the GAA’s ‘Super 8’ proposals. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Player view: Huge club calender problems not being addressed by ‘Super 8’ proposals

Kilkenny CBS will meet St Kieran’s College in this year’s senior schools final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have won 10 of last 12 Leinster senior titles - schools’ dominance is reflective

Donegal and Roscommon was a lively first game for the new Dr Hyde Park playing surface. Photograph: Inpho

Honours even as Monaghan host near neighbours Cavan in low-scoring encounter

James White of the New England Patriots scores the game winning touchdown in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Patriots turned around a 25 point deficit, here’s five other great sporting comebacks

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