Cork’s Kevin O’Donovan, Seán White and Liam O’Donovan show their dejection at the final whistle of Saturday’s Munster SFC Final against Kerry at Páirc Ui Chaoimh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork balance regret at losing with vastly improved display as Kerry look to improve

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien and Killian O’Hanlon of Cork battle for the ball at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Superior quality up front brings a seventh successive Munster title but it proves to be a battle

Stephen Bray wheels away after scoring Meath’s first of five goals against the Dubs. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meath’s record win over the Dubs nine years ago marked an unexpected turning point

Meath manager Andy McEntee has surely noted how a slow start by Kildare saw them trailing by 0-1 to 0-7 with less than quarter of an hour up. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Royal County victory unlikely but a strong performance can maintain momentum

Cillian O’Connor is expected to make his Mayo return against Down. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Antrim can make life difficult for Kildare while Armagh could pile misery on Monaghan

James Horan: Mayo manager led  his side to the Allianz Football League title and will expect a sustained championship challenge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Horan’s men bid to get their challenge back on track with a trick assignment in Down

Carlow’s Chris Nolan in action against Dublin’s Sean Treacy and Chris Crummey in the Hurling Championship round-three match in Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Addressing population shift, eternal fixtures issue, making best of hurling championship

Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan leads his side on to the pitch for the clash against Limerick in Thurles. The game drew a bumper 39,115 attendance. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Increase driven by Munster while crowds in Leinster so far slightly down

Tyrone’s Matthew Donnelly is tackled by Donegal’s Hugh McFadden during their Ulster SFC clash. Photo: Evan Logan/Inpho

Armagh All-Ireland winner full or praise for exciting and varied Ulster championship

Marty Morrissey with former RTÉ Gaelic games commentator Michéal O Muircheartaigh   at the opening of the new exhibition in the GAA Museum ‘Tuning In – From Wireless to WiFi’ at Croke Park. Photograph: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

A new exhibition in the GAA Museum celebrates the broadcasting of Gaelic games

Cork’s Alan Cadogan comes under pressure from Clare’s David McInerney during the Munster championship clash at Ennis. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Emulating Saturday’s epic Leinster climax proved impossible in Munster

Limerick’s Kyle Hayes battles with  Tipperary’s Ronan Maher  during the Munster SHC round-robin game at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Tipp will face Limerick again in the Munster final but Barrett and Maher injuries a worry

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher and John O’Dwyer celebrate the comprehensive victory over Clare at Cusack Park  which seemed to derail the Banner’s campaign. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork and Tipperary look on course for a Munster final clash

Galway’s Damien Comer (right) comes under pressure from Kildare’s Fergal Conway in the All-Ireland football championship quarter-final last year.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht champions are playing a record fourth final in a row against Roscommon

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Galway’s Johnny Coen in action during last week’s Leinster championship clash at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kilkenny and Galway have what it takes to make another Leinster final

Dan Morrissey returns to the Limerick side for Sunday’s Munster round-robin hurling match against Tipperary. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

James Barry and Seán O’Brien return to Tipp full-back line

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final Phase 2, St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge, Co. Kildare 22/7/2018Kildare vs GalwayKildare's Fergal Conway with Damien Comer of GalwayMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Injured team captain confined to a watching brief for Connacht final against Roscommon

Tyrone’s Mattie Donnelly and Donegal’s Hugh McFadden in action during the Ulster semi-final at Kingspan Breffni Park.  Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Absorbing Ulster tie provided a watershed moment for this year’s championship

The Mayo senior football team that won the 1951 All-Ireland senior football title against Meath at Croke Park. Pádraig Carney is five in from the right in the front row. Photograph:  The Mayo News

‘The Flying Doctor’ was part of the most recent Mayo team to win Sam Maguire

Kilkenny’s Huw Lawlor tries to block Conor Whelan of Galway. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Five goals, three red cards and a first defeat for Kilkenny leaves Leinster in melting pot

Kildare’s Tommy Moolick shakes hands with Patrick Fox of Longford after the victory in the quarter-final replay at Tullamore. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Lilywhites facing an unenviable assignment as they bid to halt Dublin juggernaut

Tyrone’s Matthew Donnelly will be in action against Donegal in the Ulster SFC semi-final at Clones on Saturday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Leinster and Ulster semi-finals down for decision and the first of qualifiers

Kilkenny’s Adrian Mullen in action against Carlow. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Kilkenny’s 100% record will be tested by Galway at Nowlan Park on Sunday

Ned Wheeler receiving his lifetime achievement award from the GPA

Member of the legendary team that broke through in 1955

Laois native became a key part of the celebrated Wexford sides of the 1950s and ’60s

Dublin’s Paul Mannion after being sent off against Louth. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The All Star forward was sent off in the 26th minute of the quarter-final against Louth

Waterford’s Jack Prendergast with William O’Donoghue of Limerick during the clash at Walsh Park. Limerick finished third in Munster last year but went on to win the All-Ireland for the first time in 45 years. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

A less absorbing second season doesn't mean round-robin format hasn't long-term value

Limerick manager John Kiely shakes hands with Waterford manager Paraic Fanning after the game at Walsh Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Former coach says recent setbacks won’t undo two decades of Déise progress

John Kiely: “Overall, the whole attitude of what we were about today was much better.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Limerick boss Kiely pleased to see a return to better form by All-Ireland champions

Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty is tackled by Mikey Kearney during the Munster senior hurling championship clash at Walsh Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

All-Ireland champions won as they pleased in a one-sided second half at Walsh Park

Mickey Graham celebrates Cavan’s win over Monaghan. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork and Kerry can advance to the Munster final while Longford and Kildare go again

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan and Sean O’Donoghue with Limerick’s Aaron Gillane  during the recent Munster championship clash when Cork  tuned the tables on their All-Ireland semi-final conquerors in emphatic fashion. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Champions will need to clear their head quickly to prevail in Waterford

 Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh returns to the starting Waterford line-up for the key home clash with All-Ireland champions Limerick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Limerick to bounce back against Déise while Dublin can overcome Carlow threat

Mayo’s Andy Moran during their Connacht SFC semi-final loss to Roscommon at McHale Park last Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo player agrees to keep going at 35 and bring county back to All-Ireland contention

Bernard Brogan: “For me, it’s a very personal journey now and trying to see can I get back up to the level, to add value.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Now 35, the 2010 Footballer of the Year says he is in the best shape of his career

Damien Comer is set to miss the Connacht SFC final against Roscommon. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Provincial showdown with Roscommon on June 16th had been Comer’s return date

Paul Taylor: the Sligo manager,  after a grim year on the field,  succeeded  at the ballot box, getting returned for Fianna Fáil and securing the biggest vote on the incoming council.  Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Some familiar concerns and other coincidences from May 1969

Dublin’s Ciaran Kilkenny with Louth’s Fergal Donohue during the Leinster championship clash at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Louth overwhelmed as champions’ attack clicks and O’Carroll makes his comeback

Dublin’s Paddy Small celebrates a goal with Brian Fenton. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Champions reduced to 14 after early Paul Mannion red as Rory O’Carroll returns

Brian Fenton celebrates after Dublin’s victory over Tyrone last September which sealed the four-in-a-row for the reigning All-Ireland champions.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Player of the Year has had a massive impact and is yet to lose a championship game

Wexford full back Liam Ryan. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Davy Fitzgerald’s side face tough trip to Salthill to face Leinster champions

Tyrone’s Stephen O’Neill and Antrim’s Tony Scullion during the Ulster  Championship final in 2009. Photograph: Presseye/Russell Pritchard

‘In the North the soccer stadium’s been built, the rugby stadium’s been built, but the GAA hasn’t’

Offaly manager Kevin Martin with his team at Bord na Mona O’Connor Park, Tullamore,  earlier this year. Martin has handled all of the adversity visited on the team with admirable poise. Photograph: James Crombie/©INPHO

Kevin Martin may have reached the end of the road but he was treading an impossible path

Aidan Walsh celebrates Cork’s win over Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland champions haven’t beaten Rebels in normal time in their last four meetings

 Kevin Martin: his  term as Offaly manager  began  positively with a big win over Dublin in Croke Park at the start of the 2018 hurling league,  but deteriorated from then. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Concerns over the county's ability to stay in the McDonagh Cup prompted decision

Cork’s Aidan Walsh and Shane Kingston contest for the ball with Richie English and Dan Morrissey of Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster champions made big improvements in unexpected raid on Gaelic Grounds

Carlow’s Martin Kavanagh was impressive against Galway in Salthill. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Carlow take on Kilkenny for first time in 26 years while Cork need something from Limerick

Former Dublin footballer Anton O’Toole has died aged 68. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Templeogue Synge Street man won four All-Irelands during a 14-year career

Conor Counihan as Cork manager in 2013. He has been appointed project co-ordinator which sees him implementing the highly aspirational #2024 – A Five-Year Plan for Cork Football. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Making county competitive again at all levels target of 2010 All-Ireland winning manager

Tipperary’s James Barry and Declan Dalton of Cork. Tipperary were the story of the weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/inpho

Only two teams last year in either province managed to win a match a week after losing one

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan celebrates scoring his side’s first goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Liam Sheedy's team ransack Páirc Uí Chaoimh and stun Munster champions

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane will be operating as a lone-wolf again.

Champions have kicked on in league but Cork's pace and firepower could outlast them

 Kilkenny’s TJ Reid will look to claim scores from distance against Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Injury-hit Kilkenny take on Dublin to fire the starting gun on this year’s round robins

Cork and Limerick parade around Páirc Uí Chaoimh  before round three of the 2018 Munster Hurling Championship. Photograph: Inpho

The county’s old fortress has been refurbished and it’s all to play for as rivals visit

Carlow’s Martin Kavanagh. Photograph: Inpho/Laszlo Geczo

From Carlow to Cork, who has what it takes on the long journey to lift Liam MacCarthy?

Páirc Uí Chaoimh: will host  Cork’s home Munster championship fixtures in football and hurling. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Complete relaying of the Cork pitch to take place following the Munster championship

Dublin’s Philip McMahon celebrates   with the Sam Maguire after beating Tyrone in the All-Ireland   Football Championship final in  Croke Park last year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin's quest for five-in-a-row may not be history's defining feature of this year

Mayo celebrate their league final win in Croke Park. It was a deserved success and long-time observers were impressed by the game management that conclusively saw off Kerry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Horan’s second coming has already produced a league title and a strengthened squad

Can anyone stop Stephen Cluxton and Dublin and the drive for five? All photographs: Inpho

The 33 teams on the starting line in the race for Sam Maguire

Declan Browne, Tipperary captain before receiving cup after beating Wexford, in the Tommy Murphy Cup Final at Croke Park in 2005, Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Implementing a successful Tier 2 football competition has proved difficult in the past

Kevin Brady scores a goal for Antrim against Wicklow during the  2008 Tommy Murphy Cup final at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Two options for proposed competition circulated to Division Three and Four counties

Meath’s Cillian O’Sullivan tussles with Tyrone’s Colm Cavanagh during last year’s  All-Ireland qualifier at Páirc Tailteann. Meath came very close to dumping out the eventual All-Ireland finalists.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Promotion back to league's elite and questions about Dublin create sense of possibility

Carlow’s Seán Whelan and Martin Kavanagh celebrate their  win against Offaly in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B relegation play-off at  Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Co Offaly, on March 10th.  Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

After Division One placing, Carlow hurlers will mix it with top championship teams

 It’s hardly surprising that Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien is challenging a stiff suspension of 20  weeks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It's in the general interest that everyone knows rules are being fairly enforced

Cork’s Séamus Harnedy is sent off against Tipp. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kilkenny’s Conor Delaney also cleared for opening round of provincial championship

Wexford goalkeeping coach Mags D’Arcy: ‘I’m a winner, I’m really competitive.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Making it to semi-finals in 2019 All-Ireland is the focus for Wexford goalkeeping coach

Dublin club Clanna Gael Fontenoy will be helping to fund-raise for the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust on Friday evening. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

GAA club will offer Aviva car-parking and donate proceeds to rehabilitation trust

 Down’s Peter Withnell and James  McCartan challenge Mick Lyons of Meath during the Mournemen’s seminal All-Ireland victory in 1991. File photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

Players commemorate famous All-Ireland 28 years on but with an eye on their health

Ger Egan celebrates after scoring Westmeath’s  goal in the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final against Laois   at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Jack Cooney’s team earn second piece of silverware this year

Ronan Wallace: features in a  vigilant and effective Westmeath defence. Photograph: Laszlo Ceczo/Inpho

Division Three final plus schools football finals at Croke Park

Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan: “but any day you go out and don’t win one game out of four you can’t be expected to get through.”   Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Tipperary captain says there were ‘no positives’ to being a spectator in 2018

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Donnell at Croke Park where   it was announced that Bórd Gáis Energy’s sponsorship of the All-Ireland hurling championship has been extended to 2022. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Despite a creditable campaign in Leinster, Dubs are blocking out ‘moral victories’

Corofin’s Gary Sice (centre) and  Odhrán Mac Pháidin Ó Fearraigh of Gaoth Dobhair  (right) are both named on the AIB All-Ireland club team of the year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kieran Molloy and Gary Sice in contention with Gaoth Dobhair’s Kevin Cassidy

The hurling final showed that well handled, Limerick have the makings of a dynasty. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

League finals may only be the table wine but the better stuff is always served last

Mayo’s Andy Moran lifts the Allianz League Division One trophy. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo veteran feels '100 per cent vindicated' in his decision not to retire after last season

Cork GAA area considering  a number of proposals as they seek to revamp their club championship structures. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Resistance to playing some championship matches without inter-county players

Limerick manager John Kiely celebrates with defender Diarmaid Byrnes after the league final victory over Waterford at Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After an impressive league campaign, Kiely’s men now turn focus to bid for Munster title

Limerick All-Ireland winner Richie English with his father Paddy.

Father of Richie English passed away hours after Limerick had won league title

Mayo’s Ciaran Treacy scores a goal. Photo: James Crombie /Inpho

After nine national final losses since last league win, Mayo finally take national title

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Karl O’Connell of Monaghan in their Allianz Football League Division 1 clash at MacHale Park in Castlebar last Sunday.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo and Kerry will be eyeballing each other in the Division One final at Croke Park

Limerick manager John Kiely: Beaten just once in the 11 matches since embarking on last year’s All-Ireland campaign, Limerick have always looked to have something in hand. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The two form sides in the league promise an entertaining match at Croke Park on Sunday

Meath’s Bryan Menton celebrates with Darragh Campion. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Divisional finals are to come but lessons have been learned in the first part of the season

Galway’s Darren Morrissey competes with Shane Barrett of Waterford. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Current format enhanced competitiveness and gave counties a chance to improve

Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick is challenged by Dublin’s Eoghan O’Donnell with during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 semi-final at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

John Kiely ’s side hit 1-5 without reply at the start of the final quarter

Conor Cox: has impressed during the league as the main scoring threat for Roscommon. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

The battle for a place in Division One final is set to go right down to the wire on Sunday

Mike Casey: back in the Galway squad for the league semi-final clash against Dublin at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Formidable Limerick look in good shape at they target a place in decider

The upside of missing so many players is that others get a chance to put their hands up, for example corner forward Antaine Ó Laoi. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy

Despite being under-strength Kevin Walsh's team have quietly improved their prospects

Derek McGrath speaking at The GAA Games Development Conference. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Former Waterford manager believes reduced relegation risk will allow for rotation

Jim Gavin: declared that the performance against Tyrone “just hadn’t been good enough” and that it would “obviously not help the players that were out on the pitch – that’s for sure”.   Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s reaction to a third defeat this year reflected his clear concern

The final day of the regulation league season sees all matches start at the same time and postponements are only approved when the fixture in question can’t affect the division’s promotion and relegation outcomes. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

The CCCC will meet to resolve fixture issues for the closing stages of the two competitions

Tyrone’s Ronan McNamee celebrates after beating Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Defender admits beating Dubs was overdue and calls the attacking mark “a pain”

Corofin’s Michael Lundy holds aloft the Andy Merrigan Cup after their victory over Dr Crokes in the All-Ireland senior club football championship final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Corofin captain wants to savour spectacular All-Ireland win over Dr Crokes at Croke Park

The Corofin team celebrate with the the Andy Merrigan Cup. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Corofin took on their predecessors as champions and it wasn't even close

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper is tackled by Niall Sludden of Tyrone during the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Down to 14 players, Mickey Harte’s team still avenge 2018 All-Ireland final defeat

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Colin Fennelly on his way to scoring a goal against Naomh Éanna in the Leinster semi-final at Wexford Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ballyhale and Corofin can extend their proud respective records

A view waterlogged pitch at Pairc Ui Rinn earlier this month.

GAA will re-fix any postponements due to the weather on Sunday or Monday

Wexford’s Tom Dempsey in action against Billy Dooley and Martin Hanamy of Offaly at Croke Park in June 1999. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Wexford All-Ireland winner Tom Dempsey sees venue advantage cutting both ways

Ballygunner’s Stephen O’Keeffe is fouled by Mark Aylward and Patrick Mullen of Ballyhale Shamrocks in the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship semi-final last month. Photograph: Inpho

Ballyhale were founded in 1972 and reached their first All-Ireland final seven years later

Carlow’s Sean Whelan celebrates victory while Offaly’s Pat Camon shows his  dejection after the Division 1B relegation play-off at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

There probably won't be another first-time All-Ireland winner in most of our lifetimes

Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford face Kilkenny on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Seán Moran looks ahead to the action including a relegation battle in Division 1B

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