Dublin players celebrate their victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The split season looks here to stay after a solution appears to an age-old conundrum

Dublin and Mayo players battle for the ball in the All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

James Horan’s side undone by goals, as Dublin make the closing phases count

Football’s Tier 2 Tailteann Cup will take place in 2021 having been shelved this year because of the abbreviated season. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Season will start in February with league organised on regional and divisional basis

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell has faced numerous challenges in 2020. Photograph: Inpho

No shocks in this All-Ireland season as Dublin’s main challengers slip up

Dublin’s John Small and Cillian O’Connor of Mayo square up during the 2016 All-Ireland SFC Final replay atCroke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

James Horan’s side will match up to Dublin in places, just not all over the pitch

Dublin players have been claiming around 80 per cent of Stephen Cluxton’s kick-outs, a little down on last year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When Mayo froze in 1916 . . . supply issues . . . by the numbers . . . word of mouth

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea in action against Leitrim during the Connacht SFC quarter-final at  Páirc Seán MacDiarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leading a rejuvenated team and his new role in a high-scoring attack has made things interesting

Cillian O’Connor scores Mayo’s fifth goal, and his own fourth, in the semi-final victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Long-serving Mayo forward ready to take the game to vaunted rivals one more time

Referee Joe McQuillan sends off Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly during the 2015 All-Ireland  semi-final against Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo’s Windy City backing . . . Christy Ring’s code switch . . . Lavan’s solo run

Limerick’s Declan Hannon lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup as Limerick are crowned All-Ireland hurling champions. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Championship matches are supposed to be much more but the best team came out on top

Mayo’s Stephen Coen in action during the 2019 All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mayo player says build-up to this year’s final has been easier than in previous years

Taoiseach Jack Lynch, who won six All-Ireland medals in a row, at the Dublin v Kerry All-Ireland final at Croke Park in 1979. Photo: Independent News and Media/Getty Images

Dubs looking to maintain their championship clean sheet, Mayo must reverse trend

James Horan: “We’ve our style of playing football and when we do it well it’s a challenge for anyone. We’ve a lot of threats, a lot of danger in our team.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘We know what we’re about, where we’re strong and we’ll go after that’ vows boss

Cillian O’Connor is set to end the Championship as top scorer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cillian O’Connor well set to top scoring charts but can he land the ultimate prize?

The men’s and women’s Gaelic players’ associations have voted overwhelmingly to amalgamate. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Both organisations held egms on Monday and voted to create one 4,000 member body

Limerick manager John Kiely celebrates after the game at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John Kiely’s side put in a staggering display of power and accuracy to seal victory

Waterford’s Jack Fagan contests an aerial ball with Limerick’s Barry Nash during the Munster final at Semple Stadium, Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Déise have been improving all the time and in this strangest of years can spring a final upset

Neil Montgomery has been named in the Waterford side for Sunday’s All-Ireland final against Limerick. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Limerick manager John Kiely names Aaron Gillane in side despite injury concerns

The 2021 GAA season is set to begin in late February with the intercounty leagues. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

County chairs give proposal their overwhelming support during remote meeting

Waterford captain Conor Prunty in action against Kilkenny during  the All-Ireland semi-final victory victory at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Déise captain and the squad ignoring any hype as they focus on their big final assignment

Mayo’s  Cillian O’Connor receives  his PwC GAA/GPA Football Player of the Month award at Ballintubber GAA Club.  Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Seán Moran takes a look at the build-up to the hurling and football finals

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea with manager James Horan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Aidan O’Shea outlines impact on families having to watch games from home

Waterford’s Dessie Hutchinson celebrates scoring his second goal in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Soccer coach called up the former Brighton player for the Ireland U19s

Dublin county board chief executive John Costello has called for the introduction of the black card in hurling. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

CEO backs split season but believes intercounty game should be played first in 2021

Mayo captain Aidan O’Shea lifts the Nestor Cup after the Connacht SFC Final win over Galway at  Pearse Stadium in  Salthill. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

JJ backs Cody to remain with Kilkenny . . . Waterford sorting out their ratio . . . Coldrick call

Croke Park: GAA officials said privately that the women’s organisations were not as enthusiastic about the integration process and that remains the Croke Park view. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Dublin’s dominance and formal integration of ladies football, camogie issues that won’t go away

Liam Cahill:  “Their skill level was really good and we just needed to match that with fitness and athleticism which thankfully now is starting to come out.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cahill confident Déise squad possess the skill level to compete with any of their rivals

Waterford’s Pauric Mahony in action against Limerick in the Allianz League last March. Photograph: Brian Reilly-troy/Inpho

Top scorer deals with disappointment as county prepares for third final in 12 years

 A camera man in the fogat Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Technology failed in foggy conditions during Mayo’s win over Tipperary

Dublin’s Robbie McDaid celebrates scoring his side’s goal during the semi-final win over Cavan. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin will say margins are close but the sheer scale of population says otherwise

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores their fifth goal past goalkeeper Evan Comerford of Tipperary during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Full forward scored 4-9 in ruthless performance to set up showdown with Dublin

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor and Aidan O’Shea celebrate after beating Galway to win the Connacht SFC final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipp come into this semi-final as Munster champions, unlike in 2016

Michael Dempsey: “The older you get the more you realise a sporting performance is multi-factorial and complex – a mix of the players and technical ability, a mix of game sense and tactics and what cements all of that together is the psychological, that ability to stay focused . . .” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Kilkenny fitness coach happy to look on from a distance as bizarre season nears endgame

Dessie Farrell: bidding to lead Dublin to a sixth consecutive  All-Ireland final    in the first year of his managerial regime. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster champions travel in hope but Farrell’s all-conquering Dubs hold all the aces

Conor Sweeney will captain Tipperary for the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Mayo. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

David Power opts to stay with the same team that won the Munster final

Eddie Brennan is to take over the Cuala hurlers. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Former Kilkenny star will take over from Willie Maher at Dalkey club after leaving Laois post

Cavan’s Stephen King  during a match against Meath in 1987. Photograph:   Ray McManus/ Sportsfile

Stephen King impressed by Cavan’s resilience and style of play under Mickey Graham

Waterford’s Shane Fives has returned from injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cahill says player training well and putting himself in contention for showdown with Limerick

Darragh Lyons celebrates Waterford’s win over Kilkenny. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Resources are still stretched as the CCCC looks to agree on structure for next year

David Power: “I think we have to use the Munster final as a kind of a stepping stone. These lads are certainly not happy with just winning a Munster final.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Premier boss says new Munster kingpins will go into Mayo clash with real confidence

Waterford’s Darragh Lyons scores a goal in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final between Waterford and Kilkenny at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

After a misfiring first half, Déise overpower their traditionally dominant neighbours

Gearoid Hegarty celebrates Limerick’s win over Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A second All-Ireland in three years is on the cards after hard-fought semi-final victory

Limerick’s William O’Donoghue celebrates the Munster SHC final victory over Tipperary at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Kiely’s team has weathered injury setbacks and look favourites to make final

Jack Prendergast of Waterford tries to get clear of the challenge of Kilkenny’s Paddy Deegan  during the  All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Liam Cahill’s team into the All-Ireland final after rare championship win over Kilkenny

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid in action against Dublin’s James Madden during the Leinster SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Omission of Colin Fennelly and Walter Walsh from starting line-up a surprise

Séamus Flanagan comes into the Limerick team for Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Galway. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Team news: John Kiely makes two changes for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final

Cormac Costello successfully appealed the red card he received in the Leinster final against Meath. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin player was sent off in Leinster final victory over Meath

Tony Kelly: “Before it all kicked off I said that whoever beats Kilkenny will be in with a fair shout of winning the All-Ireland. They’ll beat Waterford but it will be tight.” . Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

‘I think it should be a straight penalty and maybe go both, penalty and black card’

 Cork’s Tadhg Corkery and Colin O’Riordan of Tipperary during the Munster final. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Colin O’Riordan given permission by Sydney Swans to continue to line out for Tipperary

Tony Kelly with his player of the month award for November. Photograph: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Clare hurler and Cavan footballer win PwC GAA/GPA awards for November

Brendan Gleeson speaking at the GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration at an eerily silent Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Only once previously in 133 years have Cavan, Dublin, Mayo and Tipp contested semi-finals

Eddie Brennan has left his role as Laois hurling manager. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

42-year-old former Kilkenny star leaves role after two successful years in charge

Ciarán Kilkenny and John Small tackle Meath’s Bryan McMahon during the Leinster final at Croke Park.  “Leinster football is, to all intents and purposes, dead. It’s not dying,” wrote Connellan.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Open letter from ex-player Connellan reflects growing sense of frustration

Cavan players celebrate the Ulster final victory over Donegal at the  Athletic Grounds,  Armagh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Breffni star says venue confers a massive advantage to Dublin footballers

Dublin’s Ciaran Kilkenny comes under pressure from Meath’s Matthew Costello  during Dublin’s Leinster final victory at Croke Park. Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dubs’ energetic, constantly probing attack quickly deflated optimistic opponents

Dublin’s Dean Rock scores a goal during the Leinster SFC Final against Meath at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dessie Farrell’s side leave Meath in their slipstream to claim 10th straight Leinster title

Daithí Burke is back in harness with Galway as they take on Tipperary in Saturday’s All-Ireland hurling quarter-final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There are three provincial football finals and two All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals

David Burke starts at wing forward for Galway in Saturday’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Tipperary. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Tipp unchanged for Limerick clash; Waterford bring in Ian Kenny for Shane Fives

Meath’s Trevor Giles Meath and Eamon Heary of Dublin knock referee Brian White out of the way as they battle for a loose ball in the 1996 final. Photo: Matt Browne/Inpho

Trevor Giles says high points and goals tally is a real positive for Andy McEntee’s side

Tipperary’s John McGrath, Ronan Maher and Alan Flynn leave the Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch after the defeat to Limerick in the Munster SHC Final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The new surface at the Cork stadium has stood up to some intense drenchings

Tipperary’s Bloody Sunday commemorative jersey.

Tipperary will wear the Grangemockler jersey in Sunday’s Munster final against Cork


Broad acceptance of merit in the view that we’re lucky to have the championship at all

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 15/11/2020Waterford vs LimerickWaterford’s Jack Fagan with Barry Nash of LimerickMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Hegarty and Hayes among those who stepped up as Limerick made it back-to-back

Mickey Harte lifts Sam Maguire in 2005. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Outgoing manager battled adversity as he turned county into a football heavyweight

Richie English is on the Limerick bench for this weekend’s clash with Waterford. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

2018 All Star Richie English is named on the bench as he returns from cruciate injury

 Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is the longest-serving intercounty football manager in the game. File photograph: Inpho

Three-time All-Ireland winner informs players of decision to leave role on Friday night

Galway are unbeaten against Kilkenny since 2016 with three wins and a draw.

Seán Moran looks ahead to a busy weekend in the hurling championship with two provincial titles up for grabs

Kildare manager Pádraig Nolan and Laois manager Mick O’Dwyer shake hands at the end of the Leinster SFC semi-final between Kildare and Laois on June 19th, 2005. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

Former manager Pádraig Nolan feeling positive ahead of Leinster semi-final clash with Meath

 Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is the longest-serving intercounty football manager in the game. File photograph: Inpho

Local reports claim Tyrone county executive likely to invite applications for the position

Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor scores a goal against Roscommon in the Connacht semi-final  at Dr Hyde Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo and Galway’s horizon now uncluttered by prospect of Kerry in All-Ireland semi-final

Keith Ricken: “If you’re 23 or 24 and on the Cork football team for a couple of years and looking at young fellas coming through, you see there’s hope. There’s plenty of guys with the same commitment, skill and mentality as yourself.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cork under-20 boss well aware of the ample football talent within the county

Offaly’s Johnny Mooney and Seamus Darby celebrate after beating Kerry in the 1982 All-Ireland final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Séan Moran looks back through the years from 1933 to that famous final in 1982

Davy Fitzgerald and Wexford have been drawn to play Clare in the All-Ireland qualifiers. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Defending All-Ireland champions Tipperary drawn to play Cork in the second round

Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny and Ray Connellan of Westmeath in the Leinster GAA SFC quarter-final between Dublin and Westmeath at MW Hire O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions take early control and build impregnable lead at O’Moore Park

 Ciaran Kilkenny is fouled by Ray Connellan as Kevin Maguire closes in. Photograph: Inpho

Bid for six in a row begins with 11 point win in difficult conditions in Portlaoise

Dublin will make the trip to Semple Stadium to face Cork. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Losing teams from Munster and Leinster face off with campaigns on the line

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea will be at the centre of their attempts to beat Roscommon. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin and Seán Moran look ahead to a weekend of quarter-finals and semi-finals

 Semple Stadium will host the Munster hurling decider between Limerick and Waterford. Photograph: Inpho

Decision ends speculation over whether Thurles or Cork would host the event

Outgoing Louth football manager Wayne Kierans. File photograph: Inpho

Louth’s fractured season ended last weekend with a narrow defeat by Longford

Conor McKenna in action for Tyrone against Mayo in the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Elverys MacHale Park in  Castlebar. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Tyrone player thinks split season could allow a player enter mid-season draft

Kerry manager Jack O’Connor and Mayo manager John Maughan pictured with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and the Sam Maguire trophy  ahead of the 2004 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Alan Dillon looks back on the 2004 All-Ireland final and Mayo’s failure to stop the Kerry juggernaut

PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Month for October, Conor McKenna of Tyrone, with his award at his home club Eglish GAA. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

McKenna made a big impression after returning from Australia but saw championship campaign ended at the first hurdle

The Fixtures Calendar Review Task Force  released their updated report on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Finalised recommendations to go before Central Council in December

Feargal McGill: “I don’t think there’s any question about the integrity of the championship.”

Head of games administration: possibility of such a situation arising was well-flagged

Playing the All-Ireland finals in July will be one of the options considered by the GAA. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Intercounty season would be played out in first half of the year under one proposal

Cian Lynch: his move to centre-forward caused Tipperary plenty of problems last weekend. The power of  Limerick’s middle third left Tipp flailing every bit as much as it did in the previous season’s Munster final.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland holders again found their neighbours unyielding when the stakes get high

Limerick’s Pat Ryan has his shot saved by Brian Hogan of Tipperary. Photograph: Inpho

Greater impact off the bench proves crucial in wet and windy Pairc Uí Chaoimh

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy has named his team for the Munster semi-final. File photograph: Inpho

Daithi Burke misses out for Galway against Wexford, Kilkenny include two debutants

Former Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick: ‘We’re starting off again next year. We’ll be in Division Four and we’ll sit down and look at whether we’re doing things right.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Peter Fitzpatrick wonders what might have been but says county have learned a lot this year

Liam Sheedy: “There should be an adaptability to any particular day or conditions, that is going to be really important. We have that within the squad.” Photograph; Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Tipperary boss doesn’t envy the job of GAA chiefs trying to cope with pandemic pressures

Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Club decide not to contest sanctions that also include suspensions and a fine

Hill 16 in full cry during the All-Ireland final replay defeat of Kerry  last year. Not having the Hill standing sentry in their big matches at the very least disrupts the status quo for champions Dublin. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Practical impact of the absence of fans as yet an unknown factor for contending counties

Kerry’s David Clifford and Brendan McCole of Donegal in their AFL Division One game at  Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Division One will continue to hold secrets to rapidly approaching championship

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan: “It seems so long ago that we won the All-Ireland final. It seems like a lifetime ago now.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The All-Ireland champions face a Limerick side with a game under their belts

 Dublin’s Ronan Hayes and Ronan Broderick of Laois in action during the Leinster championship clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kenny’s men avenge last year’s defeat to Laois to set up big clash with Kilkenny

Games returned to Croke Park on Saturday evening. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Players have been advised to travel to games and training individually and by car

Donal Burke knocks over a free at an empty Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Na Fianna’s Donal Burke shines as Matty Kenny’s side restore natural order at HQ

Dublin’s Seán Moran in action against Wexford during the Allianz Hurling League. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The hurling championship gets underway as the football league comes to a conclusion

Dublin’s Chris Crummey. Photograph: Inpho/Bryan Keane

Seán Moran runs the rule over the 10 squads competing for the Liam MacCarthy

GPA chief executive Paul Flynn. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

All teams can avail of initial saliva test and further PCR test if positives show up

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