Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey and Brian Fenton tackle Callum McCormack of Westmeath during the 2015 Leinster final. Photograph: James Crombie

Laois are optimistic but could find it difficult to bounce back from Leinster SFC final defeat

Ronan McCarthy: Cork have a more organised structure under his stewardship. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Kerry, Donegal and Dublin all strong favourites to capture silverware

Laois players  Finbarr Crowley and Kieran Lillis celebrating   their Leinster Championship semi-final win over Carlow in Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Laois the first side from Division Four in a Leinster final since 1997

The Sam Maguire, modelled on the Ardagh chalice,  was first presented to Bill Gannon of Kildare in 1928

Speakers will address aspects of Maguire’s life and legacy, and the role of Protestants in the GAA

Waterford manager Derek McGrath after his side’s Munster championship Round Five defeat to Cork at Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Outgoing manager has been a dynamic presence and knew when it was time to go

Tony Kelly: Clare will be looking to the former Hurler of the Year to help inspire a victory over Limerick at Cusack Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Weekend previews: Connacht football final and Munster hurling championship

Limerick’s Ciaran Carey in action against beats Clare’s Ger O’Loughlin at the Gaelic Grounds in 1996. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ciarán Carey’s winning point 22 years ago dethroned All-Ireland champions Clare

‘Guardians of the GAA’ charts the history of the force’s involvement in Gaelic Games

 Patrick O’Connor of Clare and Seamus Callanan of Tipperary after the match at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile via Getty Images

All-Ireland winners from two years ago will play no further part in 2018 championship

It’s a big weekend for Waterford. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

We’re set for another pulsating weekend of hurling action as the round-robins get closer

A GAA strategic plan steering group will conduct a formal review of the All-Ireland and provincial championships. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Currently, inter-county championships in both football and hurling are being played under an experimental format

Meath manager Andy McEntee during the Leinster football championship quarter-final against Longford at  Pearse Park,  Longford. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Two sides meeting in Navan on Saturday for what should be an exciting All-Ireland qualifier

Clare’s John Conlon and Barry Coughlan of Waterford at the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round 2 in   Ennis, Co Clare in May.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

PwC GAA-GPA Hurler of the Month award winner is playing a blinder in this championship

The Club Players Association will have an input into Croke Park’s master fixture plan for 2019. Photo: Inpho

The invitation followed a meeting with GAA director general Tom Ryan

Hawkeye is costly enough already for the GAA and is more important than goal-line technology in the long run. Photo: Inpho

It must be realised that installing high-tech systems is subject to cost-benefit analysis

Brendan Maher of Tipperary:  “I wouldn’t like to use it as an excuse  . . .It was poor decision-making; it wasn’t a physical thing that was the poor part of our game [against Waterford]. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No team playing for a third weekend in a row has won a match in new championship format

Waterford’s Noel Connors and goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe argue with the umpire after a goal was incorrectly awarded to Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘At the end of the day mistakes happen. It was a bad mistake and there’s little doubt about that’

Waterford selector Dan Shanahan confronts the umpires after the game. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jason Forde’s goal for Tipperary was clearly not over the line but little can be done now

Players pile up in the Dublin goal during the Leinster SHC clash with Offaly. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Dublin confirmed MacCarthy Cup status while Offaly will fall down a tier next year

Joe Canning: was in impressive form as he contributed a total of 1-12 in Galway’s win over Kilkenny at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Galway braced for difficult assignment in Wexford

Current Offaly manager Kevin Martin in action against Kilkenny’s DJ Carey during the 2000 All-Ireland final – Offaly’s last appearance on hurling’s biggest stage. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Offaly must win key clash with Dublin or they face relegation to the McDonagh Cup

Lee Keegan at Croke Park for the launch of SuperValu’s #BehindTheBall Campaign:  “Second-best doesn’t get you anywhere, unfortunately. We know that all too well over the past six or seven years.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘We need to get that in order because it is costing us dearly in big games,’ says defender

Bernard Brogan: “If it keeps going the way it’s going, I’m still aiming for August. That’s my carrot, that’s my goal.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Brogan hoping to be fully recovered from cruciate injury by August

Semple Stadium last Sunday for the clash between Tipperary and Cork. Attendances are well on the way to proving a bonanza for the respective provincial councils. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Round-robin games making professional demands of amateur players and panels

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell and Barry Coughlan of Waterford compete for the ball. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The visitors were swept away by more misfortune and their improving opponents

Offaly and Wexford do battle at O’Connor Park on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

The round-robin series continues this weekend in both Munster and Leinster

Lee Chin: the Wexford hurler  wants to devote himself full-time to the game, says Owens. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ted Owens is chair of the new fund-raising body for all Cork GAA teams

TJ Reid: “Eoghan O’Donnell [Dublin] did a fabulous job and hurled very well but his concentration was on TJ . . .it is very difficult to play against that,” said Shefflin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny record-holder suggests playing his club-mate at full forward if necessary

Cork’s Alan Cadogan: his injury news  has been confirmed by sources in the county. Photograph: Inpho

Corner forward ruled out for foreseeable future with knee tendon injury

Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty is challenged by Tipperary’s Ronan Maher during the Munster championship clash at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster championship’s new format rewards method and consistency

Rena Buckley lifts the O’Duffy Cup in 2017. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dual-star won a record 18 All-Ireland titles and 10 All Stars during a glittering career

Kilkenny beat Offaly by nine points in Nowlan Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Offaly improvement could cause problems, McGeeney happier on the national stage

Tipperary’s Donagh Maher goes up with Limerick’s Aaron Gillane at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Limerick and Cork get off to winning start while Monaghan dethrone Tyrone in Omagh

Tipperary’s Dan McCormack claims a high ball during their Munster SHC clash. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

John Kiely’s improving side blitz favourites in the last 10 minutes at the Gaelic Grounds

Tipperary’s defensive limitations ensure Ronan Maher isn’t going anywhere beyond centre back. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork, Wexford and Kilkenny favourites to register victories at home

If Dublin as expected win Leinster they will  they will have two home matches in the football round-robin, as opposed to one for the other counties

The GAA are prioritising attendances over competitive fairness – why does it continue?

  Tom Flynn of Galway and Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea during Sunday’s  Connacht  Football Championship quarter-final in  MacHale Park, Castlebar. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo waiting on further scan results to evaluate injury sustained by Tom Parsons

Wicklow are frustrated that they can’t play their home quarter-final against Dublin in Aughrim. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran and Ian O’Riordan take a look back at the weekend’s big talking points

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts Sam Maguire after beating Mayo in the All Ireland senior football championship final at Croke Park, Dublin, last year. Photograph:   Dara Mac Donaill

All you need to know about new format that begins three-year trial this summer

Clare’s Podge Collins and Shane Enright of Kerry. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Seán Moran’s guide to the challenge from the south

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan. Manager Jim Gavin eyes up becoming only the fourth team to win four-in-a-row. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

Can anyone threaten Dublin? Seán Moran’s guide to the challenge from the east

Mayo’s Aiden O’Shea  with Johnny Heaney, Sean Kelly, Declan Kyne and Barry McHugh of Galway during their   Division One clash at Pearse Stadium, Galway, in February. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mayo are traditional slow starters, and will be without talisman Lee Keegan

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: Kilkenny will be looking to do a professional job against Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

GAA previews: Laois won’t let their chance slip; Carlow’s morale will see them through

Meath’s James McEntee and  Longford’s Dessie Reynolds during an  O’Byrne Cup semi-final in Navan in January. The teams were eventually separated by  a shoot-out. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

All-Ireland qualifiers must be decided on the day

James Horan of Mayo is tackled by Ray Silke of Galway as the two counties meet in May 1998. File photograph: Keith Heneghan/Inpho

Sunday's Connacht tie between Mayo and Galway brings back echoes of 20 years ago

PJ Delaney of Kilkenny chased by Ruairi Boland of Dublin in the 1998 Leinster Hurling Championship. Photograph: Vesna Djilas/Inpho

Dublin didn’t live up to the hype at Parnell Park in 1998, but they’re bullish about Sunday

Galway’s David Burke is at the heart of everything they do. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sean Moran breaks down each county ahead of the Munster and Leinster round-robins

Brian Cody: Kilkenny’s long-serving manager will be expecting to see his league-winning team back in the provincial final. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Prospect of automatic relegation for one of the Leinster counties could cause unease

Michael Ryan:  the Tipperary boss has one-third of a team to come back and the forwards will be far stronger with Séamus Callanan, Noel McGrath and Dan McCormack. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

All teams will look forward to more matches as last year’s Top Four look to have slipped back

New York take to the field ahead of their  Connacht  championship match with   Sligo last year. Photograph: Andy Marlin/Inpho

New York brace for 20th crack at championship against a nervous Leitrim side

Jim Gavin: was used in his playing days to curbing his own natural game in order to service the greater  needs of the Dublin team. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The ultimate team player in his playing days, Dublin’s manager knows what winning takes

GAA director general Tom Ryan with GAA president John Horan at the media briefing in Croke Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Director general Tom Ryan says there will still be 45 live championship games on TV

GAA director general Tom Ryan: knows from his financial background the immense importance of getting the All-Ireland championships right. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ryan’s emphasis on the imminent championship trial reflects reality of the challenge

Harry Ladd scores a goal for Lucan Sarsfields against Na Fianna in the Dublin SFC group stage last week.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Suggestions that distinct calendars would benefit club activities seen as impractical

Monaghan’s Jack McCarron with Ryan McCluskey of Fermanagh during last year’s Ulster SFC preliminary round. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Counties finding themselves in province’s preliminary round will be exempt for following two years

Former GAA presidents  Seán McCague and Joe Mc Donagh.  Photograph: David Sleator

Sean Moran: The association just couldn’t bring itself to make the first move on Rule 21

Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley lifts the league trophy at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Defeat in Nowlan Park means Tipperary have now lost their last five league finals

 Tipperary’s Ger Browne and Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley during the Division 1A  league clash at Nowlan Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ryan’s team need to lay down a marker to an improving Kilkenny in Nowlan Park

Andy Moran: “I’m 35 in November and I know my time is limited playing for Mayo and I’m going to try and use every second of it.”

Footballer of the Year looking ahead to another eventful summer campaign

Danny Sutcliffe: “The only thing we can do is prepare ourselves as best we can to give a good performance in May.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former All Star says proper structure is in place for hurlers to make progress

The GAA  has nothing to fear from discussion amongst its members of proposals, however radical they may be.

Not much point in people producing a report if members can’t analyse or debate its content

Dublin’s Brian Fenton is tackled by Galway’s Ciarán Duggan during the Allianz Football League Division One final at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Pleasing consistency for Dublin and encouragement and caveats for Galway

Dublin manager Jim Gavin at the Allianz Football League Division One final in Croke Park. Photograph: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Manager’s Dublin team overcame an undaunted Galway to secure Division One trophy

Galway’s Damien Comer keeps a tight rein on Dublin’s Philly McMahon during the Allianz Football League Division One  Final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Down to 14 men, Jim Gavin’s team needed all its experience to clinch a 13th league title

Dublin’s Philly McMahon tussles for the ball with Galway’s  Eamonn Brannigan at Salthill. The two are set to face each other again at Croke Park in the Division One final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dublin likely to do enough to make final a learning experience for Galway

Jason Forde: has enjoyed an impressive league campaign in Tipperary’s attack. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager Michael Ryan continues to cast his net wide in advance of serious summer tests

The committee was appointed by Aogán Ó Fearghail in 2015 to try to envisage what the GAA should look like in 2034, 150 years after its foundation.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The proposals of the Towards 150 committee are wide-ranging and far-reaching

Cuala players celebrate their  All-Ireland club hurling final win. The report says: “It is imperative  the Association creates separate and distinct playing seasons for intercounty and club championships.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Towards 2034 committee wants GAA to be ‘a beacon of best practice in gender equality’

 Carlow’s Richard Coady and Diarmuid Byrne lift the trophy after winning the Division 2A hurling league final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sean Moran: With new eras on the way, centrality of GAA remained a talking point

Waterford manager Tom McGlinchey claims smaller counties are being disrespected. Photograph: Inpho

Division four football fixtures ‘null and void’ as GAA accused of disrespecting counties

 Monaghan were surprise winners against Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

How relevant is the league in the context of championship? Fixtures gamble pays off

Tom Ryan: has been  involved in the business of the association through the GAA’s management committee and another key body, the joint review committee. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho Dublin

The new director general has spent a decade at the heart of the association’s administration

Dublin’s Conal Keaney and Fergal Whitely fight for possession with Tipperary’s Michael Cahill  during the league quarter final at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Substitute Madden’s late intervention secures promotion back to top flight for Cavan

Tom Ryan is expected to be named as the new director general of the GAA. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Carlow native is current director of finance with the Association

Weekend hurling previews: Tipperary and Wexford set to progress in the Division One quarter-finals

 Gary Kirby: “It’s something that you often see in successful counties – their clubs doing well.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Gary Kirby sees progress of Na Piarsaigh to All-Ireland club final as the latest boost

The Na Fianna clubhouse in Glasnevin, Dublin. “I’ve seen Na Fianna grow from a small almost rural club on the outskirts of the city centre in the 1960s to being one of the largest GAA clubs in the country with surging numbers”

Members told of plan to requisition pitches just two days before launch of rail project

Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan in action against Na Piarsaigh’s William O’Donoghue and   Jerome Boylan during the All-Ireland club hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Poor weather and rugby game means fixture woe and smallest club final crowd in 24 years

The Allianz Hurling League quarter-final between  Wexford v Galway at Wexford Park  has been postponed. Photograph: Inpho

Wexford v Galway and Dublin v Tipperary games postponed; other games face morning inspections

Players from both sides compete for the ball in Croke Park during Saturday’s draw. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

‘When you’re playing in an All-Ireland final, you’re expecting a result, one way or the other’

Cuala’s Sean Treacy and Cian Waldron celebrate as their side score a late goal to send the game to extra-time. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

A superb tussle at Croke Park saw the two best teams in country fail to be separated

Cuala’s key player Con O’Callaghan. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Cuala take on Limerick's Na Piarsaigh while there are some intriguing league quarter-finals

Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan in action against Galway’s Liam Mellows in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship semi-final at Semple Stadium in February. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

This will be the first time that champions of the previous two years contest an All-Ireland final

The Dublin team during the National Anthem  before their league encounter with Kerry. There is  the suspicion whereas Dublin are tipping along nicely that their main rivals are slipping slightly. Photograph: Inpho

Jim Gavin’s teams have always had the motivation and panel to evolve and thrive in the league

Current Dublin manager Jim Gavin in action for the county in the 12-point defeat of Kerry in in the  league clash at Parnell Park in March 1998. Gavin scored three points on the day.  Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

The GAA weekend that was: Further signs of the healthy state of Limerick hurling

Tempers flare during the Dublin v Kerry Division One clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Young Kingdom outfit brushed aside as Gavin’s men cruise to a convincing victory

Michael Murphy: will be in action for Donegal against Tyrone. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dublin keen to check the progress of new-look Kerry

Conor Boylan: as it stands the Na Piarsaigh  man will miss the AIB All-Ireland Club SHC final against holders Cuala. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

CHC handed down one-match bans to Tommy Grimes and Conor Boylan

Dublin’s Barry Cahill and Brian Cullen tackle Killian Young during the 2011 All-Ireland final. Cahill says no league match, especially against Kerry, is lightly conceded. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Manager Jim Gavin won’t want to see a repeat of the defeat to the Kingdom in the league final

Ex-GAA director-general Páraic Duffy: “The majority of our club players . . .  are not offered a fair, evenly distributed and planned schedule of club matches throughout the year.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Differences between clubs and counties’ requirements may prove irreconcilable

Parnell Park covered with a blanket of snow Picture: Dublin GAA Twitter

Some counties didn’t get to play a single football league match in the 1946-47 season

There was a nationwide consensus on postponing the two programmes of Allianz league matches due to the weather conditions. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Allianz League fixtures to be played next weekend, hurling league final pushed back

John Horan, newly elected president of the Gaelic Athletic Association,  gives his inaugural  speech to congress as president. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

There wasn't much excitement on offer in Croke Park but a new era is about to begin

Kilkenny’s Richie Leahy in action against Tipperary. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The sun shone down on 10,587 spectators in Nowlan Park as Tipperary came to town

 Ex-president of the Gaelic Athletic Association Aogan Ó Fearghail hands over his president’s medal to incoming president John Horan. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Dublin’s John Horan also to focus on elitism and amateur status during term in charge

 Newly elected GAA president John Horan gives his first speech to congress in the role. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

‘Amateur status is a value and a mind-set and the answer is at club and county level’

The Club Players Association motion to provide greater transparency in voting at GAA congress was heavily defeated. Photo: Inpho

The Club Players Association proposed the motion which was heavily defeated

Slaughtneil’s Karl McKaigue and Nemo Rangers’ Barry O’Driscoll ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland club semi-final. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Fixtures, team news and predictions from the Allianz Leagues and club semi-final

GAA Annual Congress have overwhelmingly passed  a motion to ban sponsorship from betting companies. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Gaelic Players Association have commended the GAA for ‘taking leadership step’

Páraic Duffy: “The best fixtures programme for counties can’t be done by Croke Park. We’ve done what we can do and it’s now up to individual counties.”  Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Outgoing director-general receives standing ovation in his final address to congress

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