Ballyhale players celebrate at the final whistle. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Kilkenny club become the first club to win the All-Ireland title on eight occasions

Corofin players celebrate victory over Dr Crokes in last year’s All-Ireland senior club football final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Attendance of 20,000 anticipated following move from traditional St Patrick’s Day slot

Brendan Maher has put in some inspired performances to help Borris-Ileigh into Sunday’s All-Ireland club hurling final against Ballyhale Shamrocks. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán Moran looks at the two big club games and Saturday’s provincial competition finals

Cork celebrate their win over Dublin in the EirGrid GAA Football All-Ireland U20 Championship Final at Portlaoise. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Moving the development grade from summer to spring at short notice has caused frustration

The historic Dublin five-in-a-row final against Kerry and the  replay proved  the most-watched sports events of the year in 2019. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

TG4 audience benefits from rise in profile of women's football and extensive GAA schedules

Éamonn Cregan, the Limerick All-Ireland winner and GAA Hall of Famer: ‘The greatness of hurling is its unpredictability.’ Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/©INPHO

In a year made for foresight and hindsight, '20/20 Vision' compares present and past

 Limerick’s Iain Corbett and Donal O’Sullivan with the McGrath Cup after the victory over Cork at the LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Limerick football manager hoping to challenge county’s place in the pecking order

Referee David Gough with Jonny Cooper of Dublin during the All-Ireland final against Kerry. Cooper was sent off. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath referee gave wide-ranging address on rules at weekend’s GAA coaching conference

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton fires the wnning free into the Hill 16 end with the final decisive act of the 2011 All-Ireland final against Kerry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Sportsfile

Cluxton’s match winning-point lays foundation for a decade of Dublin domination

Dessie Farrell has been named as the new Dublin manager. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Compared to his predecessors Farrell has a track record of having to handle adversity

Na Fianna manager Dessie Farrell will take over from Jim Gavin as Dublin boss. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The Na Fianna man will take over the five in a row All-Ireland champions

Croke Park: A decade ago there was a new GAA headquarters, lauded by civic society for its creative ambition and record crowds to fill it.  Photograph: Norman McCloskey/Intro

Pace of change within the association has never been quicker and new directions so hard to find

Eire Og’s Ross Dunphy tackles and Conal Keaney of Ballyboden St Enda’s during the Leinster Senior Football Championship club final at O’Moore Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballyboden St Enda’s veteran also lauds Anthony Rainbow’s ability to galvanise team

Ballyboden St. Enda’s Darren O’Reilly, Tom Hayes and Warren Egan celebrate at the final whistle of the Leinster SFC final against Éire Óg. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin champions leave it late to overcome gallant Éire Óg in awful weather

Éire Óg manager Joe Murphy was part of a remarkable 1990s team. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Dublin champions are favourites to add a second Leinster title in five years

Lee Keegan celebrates Mayo’s victory over Kerry in the  Allianz League Division One  final  at Croke Park last March. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Whole report will be discussed at regional meetings with various stakeholders

Fergal McGill, GAA director of player, club and games administration, GAA president John Horan and Eddie Sullivan, Fixtures Calendar Review Taskforce chairman at Croke park. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Club finals to remain in January for foreseeable under review

The incremental introduction of new players for six of Jim Gavin’s seven years owed nearly everything to his ability to see qualities he could develop on the senior team – and they all paid off. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/©INPHO

Like Kevin Heffernan, outgoing Dublin football manager appreciated county’s distinctive place in GAA

David Gough: “I can see important decisions being made by referees, which will be shown to be incorrect on TV when they take out their arrow and measuring tape.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland final referee believes new rule will be difficult to implement correctly

 Referee David Gough and his dad Eugene in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Eugene Gough was part of his son David’s team of officials in drawn All-Ireland final

Liam Sheedy: “We’re all down at the bottom of the hill now, bursting to get up. It’s going to be another enthralling championship. Standards are very high.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Tipperary boss looking forward to the task of leading Premier County to back-to-back All-Ireland titles

  Jim Gavin has stepped aside as Dublin manager. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin football manager stepped down from his role on Saturday after seven years

Limerick’s Declan Hannon lifts the  trophy after winning the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final against Waterford earlier this year. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

GAA president admits disappointment over Club Players’ Association’s withdrawal from fixture talks

John Horan: “We are in a very difficult position with the negotiations at the moment. I am not going to deny that.”  Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

John Horan acknowledges that money was a factor in talks with players’ body

 Greg Murphy, formerly of Cork and now with Abu Dhabi Na Fianna and a sub on the 2018 All-Stars, is tackled by Cork’s Patrick Horgan  at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Donegal and former Armagh hurler scores 1-6 and is named Man of the Match

John Conlon: “They’re a great management team. Brian has done so much for Clare hurling as a player and has a good record as a manager.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Banner stalwart says panel getting down to work under new manager Lohan

John Meyler: “You’re only judged now on winning All-Irelands. Look at Tipperary in 2019, they lost the Munster championship. But it’s forgotten about.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Experienced former Cork boss enthusiastic about new championship structure

Corofin’s Kieran Fitzgerald believes by the time his side’s All-Ireland club semi-final against Gaoth Dhobhair was played last year, the GAA public’s attention had wandered and moved on to the by then up-and-running national leagues. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Heading into their 50th year the All-Ireland club championships take another step towards a calendar season

Dublin and Kerry will meet in the opening night of the Allianz Football League at Croke Park on Saturday January 25th. Our photo shows Jonny Cooper and Paul Geaney squaring up at Croke Park during the  All-Ireland final replay in September. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Master fixture list includes new Tier 2 football championship dates

Corofin celebrate with the Connacht club trophy. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Reigning All-Ireland champions put scrappy game away with minimum fuss

Gary Sice has been in brilliant form for  Corofin on their run to the Connacht final. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

The women’s club final takes place on Saturday before two big club provincial finals on Sunday

David  Clifford celebrates scoring a goal for East Kerry in the county championship final win over Dr Crokes. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Recent controversies about the status of divisional teams have yet to change opinions

Brendan Maher: “Experience is great, but I think the little bit of youth and freedom we have I definitely think is going to work in our favour.” Photograph: Getty Images

‘We’re going down there to win, and that’s the mindset we have,’ says Maher as underdogs Borris-Ileigh face Ballygunner

Limerick’s Paul Browne after the 2018 All-Ireland final. James Crombie/Inpho

He was named vice-captain for the memorable All-Ireland winning 2018 season

 Richard Staveley holding a photo of his grand aunt Jane Boyle, who was shot dead in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday 1920. Photograph: Alan Betson

Victims of Bloody Sunday were swept up by history but they were ordinary people at a match

St Mullin’s James Doyle and Jack Kavanagh celebrate after the Leinster club semi-final victory over Laois side Rathdowney-Errill  at Netwatch Cullen Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Improved health of selector Micheál Ryan the major concern for Carlow kingpins

Ireland’s Aidan O’Shea with Shaun Burgoyne of Australia in 2017. Australia won the last series 2-0. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Series will now switch to biennial cycle after unprecedented two-year hiatus

 Jack Kavanagh and Gary Bennett of St Mullins lead the celebrations  after the AIB  Leinster  club hurling semi-final victory over  Rathdowney-Errill of Laois  at  Netwatch Cullen Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

James Doyle's two injury-time points see off Rathdowney after absorbing semi-final

 Anthony Thompson’s Naomh Conaill side take on Clontibret in the Ulster Club SFC semi-final on Saturday night. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

There’s club action in three provinces and 11-a-side hurling in New York

Kerry’s David Clifford didn’t get to play under-20 after his  exploits at minor. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Switching age grade to earlier in the year may put additional pressure on young players

Laois’s Ryan Mullaney and  Lee Cleere celebrate after their McDonagh Cup final win over Westmeath at Croke Park in June. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Great year for hurling in the county continues with Sunday’s Leinster club semi-final

Mayo team in a huddle earlier this year. The  fall-out from this controversy has seen what originally looked like manna for the financially beleaguered county board turn into something more akin to acid rain. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Failure to apply the correct protocols has created the current fund-raising impasse

Ballygunner’s Dessie Hutchinson gets his shot away during the AIB Munster Club SHC semi-final victory over Patrickswell at Walsh Park. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Dessie Hutchinson in top form as Waterford champions return to final

David Clifford will be in action for East Kerry against Dr Crokes in the Kerry SFC Final  in Tralee on Sunday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There’s action in football and hurling at county and interprovincial levels

Financier Tim O’Leary says the Mayo senior football team did not benefit from the full value of his €150,000 donation last year, which was its intended purpose. File photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Supporters’ foundation spells out stance on €250,000 it is withholding from board

Philip Connors of St Mullins celebrates his side’s win over Cuala in the Leinster SHC  quarter-final at Netwatch Cullen Park in Co Carlow on Sunday.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

St Mullins's win over Cuala was the latest landmark for the game in the county

Ballyboden’s captain Ryan Basquel lifts the cup. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

A third Dublin title in 11 years never really looked in doubt against Thomas Davis

Michael Darragh Macauley: will be aiming  to help Ballyboden to a first Dublin SFC title since 2015. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballyboden favourites to prevail in Dublin in historic year

Hurler of the Year Séamus Callanan, left, of Tipperary and PwC GAA GPA Footballer of the Year Stephen Cluxton of Dublin with their awards at the PwC All-Stars 2019 at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Tipp's Séamus Callanan named Hurler of the Year; Séan O'Shea takes young player award

I Brian Lohan: he is Clare’s  new hurling manager for a two-year term, with the option of a third. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Decorated former county full back names Ken Ralph and James Moran as selectors

The Mayo team in a huddle in MacHale Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Financier Tim O’Leary  disclosed in September that he was interested in securing the naming rights for  MacHale Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Money raised ‘in the name of Mayo GAA must remain in control of county board’

Brian Lohan will take over as manager of the Clare hurlers. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Former intercounty full back handed two-year term with an option on a third

 Ballyhale manager Henry Shefflin during the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship final against James Stephens.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Art Foley’s passing among the recent bereavements to leave a mark on the GAA

Former Wexford goalkeeper Art Foley has died aged 90. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Foley was last remaining player from the sides that won All-Ireland in 1955 and ‘56

Ballyhale’s Colin Fennelly celebrates after the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Club celebrates a 17th county title in the shadow of recent loss

Paul Kerrigan’s Nemo Rangers take on Duhallow in the Cork SFC county final at Páorc Uí Rinn. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork football final and Kilkenny hurling decider top the bill and there’s some interesting replays

Brendan Maher lifting the Liam MacCarthy cup after Tipperary beat Kilkenny in the 2019 All-Ireland final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Honours for Kernan and Griffin, managers of Armagh and Wexford All-Ireland winning teams

Bernard Brogan: ticked all the boxes as a top class forward during a spectacularly successful  career with Dublin. Photograph: Donall  Farmer/Inpho

After a glittering career he further honoured Dublin by his perseverance to the cause

Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey at the launch of the  Asian Gaelic Games, sponsored this year by  CurrencyFair. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Dublin’s flying doctor gets a few things off his chest, starting with football rule changes

Bernard Brogan with Dublin manager Jim Gavin and Brogan’s sons  Keadan and Donagh after the five-in-a-row was completed in the All-Ireland final replay against Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Our GAA correspondent looks back on the career of a player whose spectacular career ran in tandem with Dublin’s re-emergence

GAA president John Horan: “I thought the debate on that would have been far more comprehensive, probably a little more divisive than it actually was.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Is this the best way to make permanent changes to the rules of a sporting body?

“Elvery’s have been great partners for Mayo GAA since the mid-1990s and continue to be so and we are most grateful for the support they give to our teams and clubs,” said the county board. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Board refutes allegation they would provide Elvery's with 100 free final tickets

Delegates attending GAA special congress at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Ballintemple, Co Cork. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Attacking mark and change to a sin-bin punishment for black card also accepted

GAA president John Horan at Saturday’s GAA special congress at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Association president hopes semis and final of new competition can be staged at Croke Park

A view of the GAA special congress at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Motion passed as over three-quarters of delegates vote in favour of proposal

Expectation is the Tier 2 proposals and the rule changes will gain the necessary 60 per cent support at special congress in Cork. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Playing rule changes trialled in national league also likely to garner sufficient support

Con O’Callaghan will be part of the Cuala side looking to win a fourth straight Dublin SHC title when they take on St Brigids at Parnell Park on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Séan Moran looks through a busy weekend of action in both football and hurling

Niamh Collins of Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

All-Ireland-winning Dublin defender says move down under not on her radar for now

Davy Byrne in action for Dublin in the All-Ireland final against Kerry. He played all but one of the county’s  championship games this season.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Dublin minor captain staked his claim as a first-choice defender in 2019

Joe Canning: “I don’t know when and I don’t know how or who’s going to sort it but hopefully from our players’ perspective, it gets sorted sooner rather than later.” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Former Hurler of the Year says team was very happy with departed management

Derry captain Christopher McKaigue lifts the Division Four league trophy at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Proposed Tier 2 football championship would require genuine enthusiasm from counties

Jake Dillon: Waterford sharpshooter will be in action for De La Salle in the county final.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sixmilebridge bid to reclaim Clare title

Pádraic Joyce is to take over as Galway football manager. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

John Concannon, John Divilly and Micheál Ó Domhnaill to make up management team

Former Cork manager John Meyler doesn’t see the Munster format, which rotates the teams having to play three successive weekends, as being a problem in the modern game. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ex-Cork manager believes the round-robin format is manageable as well as successful

Down All-Ireland winner Eamonn Burns  died on Wednesday at the age of 56. Photograph:  John McVitty/Inpho

Team-mate James McCartan remembers an elegant and committed Down man

It was an encouraging year for Cork football with All-Ireland success at minor and U-20 level and a better performance from their seniors in the Munster final against Kerry and the Super 8s against Dublin and Tyrone. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cork could be in trouble if the wrong motion gets through on Saturday week

 Longford manager Denis Connerton with Dublin boss  Jim Gavin  after the Leinster semi-final defeat at Croke Park in 2018.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘You can compete with the Kildares and Meaths but Dublin is a different animal altogether’

Brian Lohan: A former Clare captain, he was also an inspirational  full-back on the team what won three Munster titles and two All-Ireland titles in 1995 and 1997. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Moloney’s withdrawal leaves legendary former Banner full back in strong position

It is commonplace to see Jim Gavin mentioned together with Stephen Cluxton (pictured) and county CEO John Costello as the most influential people in the quest that was completed last Saturday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Climbing population levels in the capital are creating an existential crisis for the GAA

Nicky English (L) and Conor Hayes, pictured in the 1988 All-Ireland final, have been inducted into the GAA Museum Hall Of Fame. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Galway’s Conor Hayes also named as latest induction honours players from 1985-1990

Dublin’s Paul Mannion and James Loughrey of Cork in the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final Phase 1 at  Croke Park on July 13th. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Football rule changes and Tier 2 championship on agenda for October’s GAA congress

Dublin’s James McCarthy and Brian Fenton challenge for the ball with Kerry’s  David Moran during the All-Ireland football final replay at Croke park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry’s brave bid to deny Dublin the five-in-a-row falls short in exhilarating replay

Dublin’s Brian Howard and Eoin Murchan celebrate five in a row. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Statistics won’t convey the ebb-and-flow, crises befallen and resolved that made five

Kerry’s Seán O’Shea and Dublin’s Brian Fenton at the drawn All-Ireland SFC  final in Croke Park on September 1st. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Another close-run contest on the cards as Dublin and Kerry meet again in Croke Park

Tommy Walsh will again start the game on the bench for Kerry. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Killian Spillane, Tommy Walsh and Jack Sherwood will again be on the bench

Kerry’s Peter Crowley has been suspended for eight weeks after he was seen to squirt water at Cormac Costello during the drawn All-Ireland Final. Crowley was acting as a maor uisce for the game. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Injured player seen to direct bottle at Cormac Costello while acting as maor uisce

Seán Moran profiles the unchanged Kerry XV for Saturday's clash with Dublin

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton leads his team in the pre-match parade two weeks ago. Photograph:  Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Seán Moran on how they played the first day and the improvements needed for the replay

Kerry selector Donie Buckley: 'He’d always talk about initial contact – when you go into the tackle you should be turning the player or slowing him down.' Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Kerry coach brings a wealth of experience and is constantly innovating

The Kerry team that won the All-Ireland senior football championship in 1941 after winning a semi-final replay against Dublin – in Tralee. Photograph: Terrace Talk

This year will be only the third replay between the counties, and the first in Croke Park

Dean Rock kicks a free wide at the death during the All-Ireland SFC final. Photo:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

When you’re going for a historic five-in-a-row, time can be your enemy or friend

Kerry’s John O’Keeffe in action in July 1982. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

In a career spanning 50 years, there are enough great memories to offset 1982 defeat

Mickey Harte: set to take charge of Tyrone for the 18th year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Just five appointments remain to be finalised for the 2020 season

Mayo are still repaying a sizeable debt due to the  redevelopment work at  MacHale Park. Photograph: Dave Farrell/Inpho

Relations between Mayo GAA Foundation and county board had become "strained"

Kerry’s impressive Jack O’Shea in action against Brian Fenton who was a subdued figure for once for Dublin in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Repetition of league narrative provides unexpected championship script for Jim Gavin's team

Jack O’Connor will take over as Kildare football manager on a three-year term. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Colm Collins to remain in charge of Clare footballers for a seventh year

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton saves a shot from Kerry’s Paul Murphy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cluxton’s goalkeeping and McCaffrey’s electric performance save Dublin from despair

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts  the Sam Maguire after their win over Kerry in 2015, the first All-Ireland title in the drive for five. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Champions can overcome Kingdom’s best efforts to retain their crown and create history

Diarmuid Connolly scores his side’s first goal past goalkeeper David Clarke during the 2016 final replay. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side are on the brink of history but there has been plenty of drama since 2015

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan receives a yellow card from referee David Gough at the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final phase one match against Cork on July 13th. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Social media and teams looking for ‘an edge’ are modern hazards, as David Gough found

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