Billy Morgan at the Sigerson Cup final between St Mary’s and UCC in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. He is a passionate believer in the Sigerson Cup as a pathway to county teams. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork college having such a beneficial influence on the county’s great rival Kerry

Kilkenny’s Michael Rice and Shane McGrath of Tipperary contesting a loose ball during the  League Division One final in 2009. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ten years ago their rivalry ignited in two league meetings, memorable for different reasons

Conor Boylan in action for Limerick against Kilkenny  at Nowlan Park. The  average age of a young Limerick side augurs well for the county’s future prospects. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Maybe it is too early to speculate about an All-Ireland defence but these are different times

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody reacts during the  defeat to Limerick at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Convincing away win over league holders Kilkenny a good sign for All-Ireland champions

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates scoring the first goal of the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Scoring blitz before half-time the difference, as John Kiely’s team maintain perfect start

Fionn Fitzgerald of Dr Crokes, Shane Mulligan of Mullinalaghta, Kieran Fitzgerald of Corofin and Kevin Cassidy of Gaoth Dobhair ahead of this weekend’s All-Ireland club smei-finals. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Seán Moran looks ahead to the All-Ireland club semis and the Allianz League hurling

Gaoth Dobhair’s Kevin Cassidy: ‘We had a long campaign with county and Ulster, so we rested the bodies and then we were mad to get back’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Former Donegal All Star relishing his club Gaoth Dobhair’s march on the big time

January All-Ireland semi-finals and finals could be organised by Croke Park and that would substantially  reduce the interval between them and the provincial finals. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Croke Park fixtures review believed to favour compromise on calendar-year completion

DCU’s Thomas Galligan with Liam Silke of UCD in the Sigerson Cup quarter-final at Belfield on February 6th. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Inaction is endangering the benefits Gaelic games enjoy in the third-level institutions

John Morrison pictured in June 2005 when he was coaching Derry. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Armagh man’s genial personality was always directed at banishing negativity

Corofin’s Kieran Fitzgerald is  getting ready for his and the club’s sixth semi-final in 11 years – this time against Donegal champions Gaoth Dobhair. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘It is crazy and I think it has to change,’ says Corofin veteran of current club calendar

Longford manager Padraig Davis: “It’s a matter of getting the balance right. You can’t defend your way to victory.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Pádraic Davis took over with injury and club commitments thinning resources

Galway’s Johnny Heaney scores the only oal of the match against Monaghan on Sunday. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

Kevin Walsh’s team win in Inniskeen despite slow start and their extensive injury list

Meath All-Ireland winner Frankie Byrne has died aged 94. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Byrne was the last surviving member of side who beat Cavan to win 1949 All-Ireland

David Burke: his team St Thomas’s  of Galway take on Antrim’s  Cushendall in   a club championships  semi-final in Parnell Park on Saturday

Ian O’Riordan & Seán Moran look ahead to all the weekend's GAA action

Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty has avoided sanction for a challenge of Tipperary’s Barry Heffernan in the recent Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Tipperary’s Barry Heffernan was left concussed after incident in 70th minute of game

Kieran Molloy will get a chance to play in both the All-Ireland  club semi-final for Corofin  and Sigerson Cup semi-final for NUI Galway. Photograph:    Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kieran Molloy will get the chance to play for club and college in semi-finals

Kieran Molloy (right) in action for Corofin, who will  face Donegal’s Gaoth Dobhair in the All-Ireland club semi-finals next Saturday, the same day his college, NUIG, is due to take on UCC in the last four of the Sigerson Cup. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Molloy and Silke’s match with Corofin overlaps with colleges ties on same weekend

Nathan Breen of Beaufort. “When you’re further out the field you can have a bit more of an influence on the game, and you can kind of be involved a bit more.” Photograph:  Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Player who lived in Wales until he was 13 will lead out the Kerry club in the junior football club final

Clare and Galway in the All-Ireland hurling semi-final replay last year. Overall attendances were down 14 per cent on last year. Photograph: Inpho

GAA director of finance says 2019 will clarify impact of round-robins on attendances

Neil McManus in action for Antrim during the Joe McDonagh/Christy Ring Cup relegation/promotion play-off last summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Antrim club and Neil McManus focusing on task at hand against St Thomas

Peter McKenna: “That’s the outline of the scheme but until we get a green light from the Vatican, the Archbishop and Ard Comhairle it is still a dream.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Project still requires Vatican and Central Council approval

The GAA missed out on revenue from an All-Ireland semi-final replay between Cork and Limerick in 2018. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Drop in revenue largely down to decreased attendance figures in football championship

Cormac Costello in action against Galway’s Cein D’Arcy. The Dublin forward took the opportunity to showcase his undoubted talent during the league clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Likes of Kerry’s O’Shea and Dublin’s Costello lay down a marker for later in the year

Cavan goalkeeper  Raymond Galligan challenges  Kerry’s Paul Geaney during the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

Youngster Seán O’Shea kicks 12 points as Peter Keane’s side time things to perfection

Seamus Callanan: looked extremely sharp in Tipperary’s opening league victory over 14-man Clare at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sheedy’s Tipperary aiming to claim notable Limerick scalp

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly in action against Johnny Coen of Galway during  the 2018 hurling senior championship final replay, at  Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ballyhale marksman is keen to get another couple of years in the Kilkenny jersey

Cork All Star Darragh Fitzgibbon: hoping to recover from  injury in time to play for  Charleville against Galway champions Oranmore-Maree in the AIB All-Ireland intermediate club hurling final at Croke Park on February 10th. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork All Star is confident he’ll be fit to join his club Charleville for All-Ireland clash

Tony Kelly leaves the pitch after being sent off in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game against Tipperary at  Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Hurler of the Year set to miss game against Kilkenny

The clamour to move the Liam Miller tribute match from Cork City’s soccer ground to Páirc Uí Chaoimh in order to benefit from the far greater capacity placed the GAA in a difficult situation. Photograph: Inpho

Tom Ryan: GAA were ‘uncomfortable’ bending the rules and so have decided to change them

Casement Park in Belfast: the 38,000-capacity project has been in planning limbo for five years. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Belfast ‘needs’ stadium, says DG Tom Ryan as he launches association’s annual report

The Liam Miller Tribute Match, which saw a Celtic & Ireland Legends side take on a  Manchester United Legends selection, at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh in September. Photograph: Inpho

‘We found a way around our own rules. That is something I am still very uncomfortable with’

John Horan: became the first GAA president to address either house of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Central place of the GAA in Irish life reflected in the historic invitation

Limerick’s Peter Casey shoots under pressure from Liam Ryan of Wexford during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at Innovate Wexford Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

All-Ireland champions survive late charge by Wexford to take the points

Clare captain Tony Kelly lifts the Munster Senior Hurling League cup with Munster Council Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan after beating Tipperary two weeks ago. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Seán Moran takes a look at the first fixtures in this year’s hurling leagues

Mayo’s Brian Reape is one of the fringe players to get a chance on the opening weekend of the Allianz League. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin and Seán Moran take a look at the match-ups across the four divisions

Limerick’s Colin Ryan scores the winning free in last year’s 1B final. Photograph:  Inpho/Oisín Keniry. All photos by Inpho

2019 Allianz leagues preview

 Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley lifts the trophy in 2018. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne. All other photos from Inpho

Clare will have big ambitions this year while Wexford could spring a surprise

Dublin’s Shane Carthy with Gareth Bradshaw and Barry McHugh of Galway during last year’s Allianz League final at Croke Park. Panel strength has allowed Dublin to try out different players and continue to win. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

2019 Allianz Leagues preview: Countdown blighted by low hum of negativity

Cahir Healy has made the switch from Laois hurlers to footballers. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Down and Laois are favourites while Louth will be wary of the slippery slope

Tom Ryan: the GAA’s director general will have to address the various contentious issues  besetting the organisation. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Handpass experiment is gone but association is facing unprecedented widespread uncertainty

Armagh versus Tyrone in the McKenna Cup. Photograph: Philip McGowan/Inpho

After decision to drop rule change, focus shifts to other ‘fundamental issues’

Mayo’s Andy Moran hand-passes during and FBD Connacht Senior Football League match against Galway at Tuam Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Four other proposals get the green light; ticket price rises for league and championship announced

Jamie Clarke: has returned from his travels to add substantial craft and guile to the Armagh forward line for the McKenna Cup decider against Tyrone. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Home advantage could help Wexford to Walsh Cup honours

A player who receives a  black card is punished by  10 minutes in the sin-bin rather than automatic substitution by a replacement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Central Council meet to decide which experimental rules will apply in the league

David Breen: the former Na Piarsaigh and Limerick star worked with the Leinster academy up until the summer of 2016 when he was appointed to his current role with Wasps. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Former Limerick hurling captain in the thick of Sunday’s decision day in European rugby

  Boidu Sayeh: has been in good form in Westmeath’s defence. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin playing a longer game with annual auditions for the big time

Dublin’s Callum Pearson and James McEntee of Meath compete for possession during their O’Byrne Cup semi-final last Saturday. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Seán Moran: There will always be hostility to change but the GAA must act urgently

Dublin vs Meath in the O’Byrne Cup last weekend. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Attendances in Tuam and Parnell Park prove appetite for action after Christmas break

 Provincial secretary Michael Reynolds: ‘The whole question of addressing the problems of club fixtures requires certainty and that means on-the-day finishes in as many matches as possible’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Reducing number of inter-county replays is key strategy for rationalising fixtures

Michael McKernan: The Young Footballer of the Year nominee  is named in the Tyrone team to face Derry this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork footballers eye chance for some early season silverware

David Hassan, chair of the Standing Committee on Playing Rules: “I’d be disappointed if the views of the committee were simply founded on opinion or individual, personal experience.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Chair of rules committee wants to see game evolve but not at the expense of its heritage

The All-Ireland hurling final between Limerick and Galway attracted more viewers than the Dublin v Tyrone football decider. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Croke Park will be disappointed with just three matches in the top 20 sports broadcasts

Cork and Kerry players parade before the Munster football final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork last summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Changing the culture around Cork football will be a major task but action is needed

“While the appointments are important, buy-in is critical,” says Cork county chair Tracey Kennedy. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ambitious new development plan looks to engage the public with football at all levels

Offaly’s Séamus Darby  fires the vital  last -minute goal past Kerry goalkeeper Charlie Nelligan which denied Kerry five  All-Ireland football titles in a row in the 1982 final at Croke Park. Photograph: Colman Doyle

The history of previous attempts at the five-in-a-row record show how difficult it is

Limerick’s Tom Morrissey celebrates scoring his late, elemental  point. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

Kilkenny, unbeaten by Limerick since 1973, had to be overcome to reach the main prize

Longford’s Mullinalaghta celebrate winning the Leinster club championship  in Tullamore. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Even a month ago it was possible to discern the globalisation of club football championship

Mullinalaghta’s Conor and Donal McElligott celebrate after the Leinster club SFC final win over Kilmacud Crokes. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Tiny Longford club have built up the confidence over years to go all the way to the title

Mullinalaghta’s Patrick Fox celebrates after the Leinster club SFC final win over Kilmacud Crokes. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Longford underdogs see off Kilmacud Crokes with late, late penalty from Gary Rogers

Mullinalaghta’s Patrick Fox celebrates after the Leinster club SFC final win over Kilmacud Crokes. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Late penalty scored by Gary Rodgers was enough for underdogs to slay the favourites

John Evans: “You would have thought that if it was being brought forward it would be to a few days after Christmas. Bringing it all the way to the 8th December seems a bit of an overreaction.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Wicklow boss John Evans says provincial schedulers ‘hitting the panic button’

Dublin CEO John Costello congratulates Jonny Cooper after the All-Ireland victory over Tyrone. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Costello also advocates trialling a 13-a-side game to see if it would break the ‘gridlock’

 All Star footballers Conor McManus of Monaghan and Ryan McHugh of Donegal with members of the Philadelphia GAA Club during a coaching session   in Limerick Field, Philadelphia. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Decision to drop exhibition matches may mean US trips will soon be a thing of the past

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan in action at the All-Ireland SFC final against Tyrone in Croke Park  in September. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

On a visit to US, the Cuala hurler and Dublin footballer has time to reflect on five-in-a-row

PwC All Star footballers with members of  Philadelphia GAA Club and the Sam Maguire cup after a coaching session in Limerick Field,  Pottstown, Philadelphia. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Footballers visit club in Pennsylvania to coach youngsters in city where US GAA founded

All Star Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone with five-year-old Dylan O’Kane during a coaching session at Philadelphia GAA Club during the PwC All Stars Football tour. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Tyrone All Star says new rule may lead counties to gravitate towards bigger men

Former Leinster Council chairman Sheamus Howlin has sadly passed away. Photograph: Inpho

‘He showed remarkable courage and grace throughout his battle with illness’

  Donegal’s Ryan McHugh poses for a portrait at the “Rocky Statue” beside the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the GAA GPA PwC All Stars tour of Philadelphia. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Footballer reflects on injury that led to being stood down for eight weeks in September

Ballyboden St  Enda’s Conor Dooley: “This year we just want to give it everything and it’s worked out so far.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Former goalkeeper Conor Dooley says fitness comes into it much more when playing outfield

 Croke Park: Creating a laboratory for the future of football during the spring is clearly a concern for many counties. Photograph: Óisín Keniry/Inpho

Road from reform-resistant to experimentation is arduous

Kilmacud’s David Nestor saves a penalty from Craig Rogers of Portlaoise that would have drawn the game. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The greatest drama in this 37-point-game was saved nearly until the final curtain

Kick-out proposal accepted after modification at GAA Central Council meeting

Corofin are favoured to defeat  Ballintubber in the Connacht SFC by the expected return of new All Star Ian Burke (above) as well as his cousin Daithí. Photograph: Inpho

Preview of this weekend’s senior club football championship fixtures

The GAA Central Council is meeting in Croke Park on Saturday morning to discuss, among other things, playing rules for proposed trialling during next year’s national football league. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Though all agree game has deteriorated, there’s a reluctance to make sweeping changes

Colin Fennelly of Ballyhale Shamrocks at a promotional event for the forthcoming  AIB Leinster club hurling final against Ballyboden St Enda’s. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny fell short over the summer but Ballyhale sharpshooter is back in a provincial club final

Jim Bolger: “We would be mindful of counties who have legacy issues with the All-Ireland B and the Tommy Murphy.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Graded All-Ireland part of a busy agenda for this weekend’s Central Council meeting

Weeshie Fogarty at Fitzgerald Stadium: his great love of football was evident in his career as a player, a referee and later as a broadcaster. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Weeshie Fogarty and Paddy Clarke knew the importance of preserving the history of the GAA

 Ballygunner celebrate winning the Munster senior hurling championship final against Na Piarsaigh. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ballygunner defender’s leadership key to club’s success, says manager Fergal Hartley

Ballygunner’s Wayne Hutchinson celebrates the final whistle with Barry O’Sullivan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Waterford champions concede 1-1 from play as they beat Na Piarsaigh to Munster title

Pauric Mahony: the Waterford star has been in prolific scoring form for county champions Ballygunner. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Na Piarsaigh aiming to preserve their proud provincial record

Niall Scully fires past Donegal’s Shaun Patton to score a goal  for Dublin during the All-Ireland Super 8s clash at Croke Park last July. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

GAA’s CCCC advocates continuation of the arrangements first introduced this year

St Peters Dunboyne’s Shane McEntee shakes hands with Mark Vaughan of Kilmacud Crokes after their Leinster Senior Club Football Championship quarter-final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fewer teams with prospects of success, as local game more influenced by county form

Paddy Clarke (right) pictured with Brian McEniff from the International Rules Series in 2001. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

Popular Drogheda man coached at club, county and international level

Séamus Lavin of  St Peter’s Dunboyne   fouls Paul Mannion of Kilmacud Crokes to concede a penalty during the AIB  Leinster Club SFC quarter-final at  Páirc Taliteann in Navan. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All Star racks up 2-6 for Dublin champions in trouble-free progress to Leinster semi-finals

 Portlaoise have an experienced side and the late-blooming Ricky Maher fired in a couple of goals in the county final against O’Dempsey’s to underline his threat.  Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Dunboyne unlikely to stop the progress of new Dublin champions Kilmacud Crokes

Podge Collins: featured prominently during the summer as Clare enjoyed their best season since 2013.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Banner heading for Boston along with Limerick, Cork and Wexford

Michael Lundy: classy forward is a danger man for All-Ireland champions  Corofin.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Roscommon club impressed in county final win over 2013 All-Ireland kingpins St Brigid’s

This year’s Big Idea (actually, last year’s as well) was that Stephen Cluxton was being overlooked because he wasn’t media-friendly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Outrage over the award selections as much part of Old Moran’s miserable winters as his leaking roof

Tom Morriessey: “U-21 is still a very high standard but nothing – nothing – I’ve ever played before compares to senior inter-county championship hurling.” All-Ireland succes. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Classy wing forward’s superb late point against Kilkenny so crucial to Limerick’s success

Cathal Dunbar: avoided suspension and played a key role in Naomh Éanna’s Wexford county final win. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dunbar played in the Wexford final before serving one-game suspension in Leinster tie

Ballygunner’s JJ Hutchinson celebrates at the final whistle of the AIB Munster Club SHC semi-final against Ballyea at Walsh Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Ballyea hauled back from brink of success and go down after two periods of extra time

Leonard Enright dominated the number three jersey on the All Stars in the early 1980s.

Patrickswell hurlers pay tribute to hall of famer during RTÉ All Stars ceremony

 Limerick’s Cian Lynch is the 2018 Hurler of the Year.

The county’s historic breakthrough is recognised with six first-time award winners while Galway and Cork take three each

 Dublin’s Brian Fenton has yet to lose a championship match.

Dublin centrefielder and Kerry forward voted players of the year by their peers

 Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy is among the subs for Saturday’s Tipperary v Kilkenny: The Legends Return — a benefit match for Amanda Stapleton.  Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Past and current players from Tipperary and Kilkenny have committed to the match in Borrisoleigh

Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan has won his first All Star. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Dubs goalkeeper misses out once again despite a fourth All-Ireland title in a row

St Patrick’s players celebrate after defeating Rathnew in the Wicklow senior final Replay at Joule Park, Aughrim, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Inpho

Fact Wicklow champions had to play twice in 24 hours doesn’t prove the new calendar is failing

Ballyboden celebrate with the trophy after beating Kilmacud Crokes. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Veteran Conal Keaney to the fore as title returns to Firhouse Road after five years

Limerick’s Cian Lynch has been named the Gaelic Writers’ Association Hurling Personality of the Year. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ciarán Carey and Mickey Linden enter Hall of Fame

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