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

  Croke Park, Dublin. Neither of the senior finalists are reporting any impact on demand of the price increase of tickets from €80 to €90 this year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All-Ireland final ticket price increase to €90 this year has not impacted on demand

Tomas O’Se of Kerry with Bryan Cullen of Dublin in the  All-Ireland SFC final in 2011. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry face a huge challenge on Sunday, but Dublin, in a way, face an even greater task

Andy Moran: has called a halt to his long and distinguished career with Mayo. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John O’Mahony pays tribute to a ‘brilliant servant of club and county’

Cork captain James Keating and Tipperary captain Craig Morgan. Cork and Tipperary will face off in the first ever final at the U-20 grade at the LIT Gaelic Grounds this Saturday. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Cork are the opposition for what should be an intriguing encounter in Limerick

Hawk-Eye: the technology was called upon in the All-Ireland semi-final and during last weekend’s hurling final.

Situation in other sports being monitored but view is GAA would suffer from stop-start demands

Galway hurling manager Micheal Donoghue has stepped down from the role. Photograph: Inpho

The Tribesmen aim to have a new manager in place by the beginning of October

Séamus Callanan: once again a contender for Hurler of the Year. The Tipperay captain’s  leadership and goal-a-game record over eight fixtures speaks eloquently for itself.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New championship format makes it harder for teams to go through the summer unbeaten

Tipp goalkeeper Brian Hogan has twice been caught for points after ball crossed the bar

Kilkenny’s Huw Lawlor and Tipperary’s  John McGrath grappling  during the All-Ireland final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The 33rd-minute red card for Richie Hogan meant the match was played on Tipp's terms

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh comes under pressure from Tipperary’s Séamus Kennedy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rejuvenated Kilkenny present the usual challenge in a contest set to go the distance

Cillian Buckley starts for Kilkenny against Tipp on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Cody makes one change while Liam Sheedy retains starting XV for Croke Park

This weekend marks 21 years since TJ Reid’s first appearance in an All-Ireland programme.

The Kilkenny captain’s first All-Ireland final day appearance was 21 years ago aged 10

Colin Fennelly: the  four-time All-Ireland winner’s extended family is steeped in the proud successful tradition of Kilkenny hurling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

"There's hurling everywhere," says Ned Quinn of county that leads the roll of honour

Kilkenny’s goalkeeper Eoin Murphy in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final between Kilkenny and Limerick at Croke Park on July 27th. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

In both hurling and football, the ’keeper is now a lightning rod for storms of disapproval

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody celebrates at the final whistle in 2006. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

This year's semi-final wasn't the first time the game's most successful manager upset the odds

Kilkenny’s goalkeeper Eoin Murphy in their  All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final against Limerick at  Croke Park on July 27th. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

By consensus the best goalkeeper in hurling, his highlights reel is now feature-length

Tyrone’s goalkeeper Niall Morgan is unable to stop Stephen O’Brien of Kerry scoring a goal during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The champions’ drive for five will find a familiar obstacle in the road in the final

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan scores his side’s second goal against Mayo. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Kerry also won their 1982 semi-final by 10 points. It ain’t over till it’s over

Dublin’s Brian Fenton clashes with Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor during the 2017 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Curbing Fenton’s influence will be one of Mayo’s key priorities. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mayo will as usual complicate things for champions but have too many questions to answer

Dublin manager Jim Gavin with selector Declan D’Arcy. The partnership with Jim Gavin began with the Dublin under-21s in 2002l Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s right-hand man still loves coaching – and not just at county level

Peter Canavan: retained an unshakeable belief that he would win an All-Ireland for Tyrone. He led the county to success in 2003 and won a second medal in 2005. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

First All-Ireland finals and Canavan’s seminal influence drove the county to success

Mayo’s goalkeeper David Clarke saves from Bernard Brogan of Dublin in the All Ireland SFC semi-final in September 2012, the last time Mayo beat Dublin in championship.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The one victory over Dublin this decade came in the only goalless encounter

 Tyrone’s Michael McKernan with Cian O’Connor and Robert McDaid of Dublin during Sunday’s Super 8s encounter. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

No modern championship format will be problem-free. What are the priorities?

Sean O’Shea: has been prominent in Kerry’s attack this summer. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Defending champions Dubs top report cards as counties absorb lessons of the Super 8s

James Horan:  will be in a position to field a selection closer to full strength than at any stage since losing the Connacht semi-final when Mayo host Donegal in Castlebar. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Never mind round robins. The most crucial match in the last round will be winner-takes-all

Diarmuid O’Connor is back in contention for Mayo as they take on Donegal in Saturday’s crucial Super 8s clash in Castlebar. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry, Dublin and Cork look poised for success in final round of games

Páraic Fanning has stepped down as Waterford hurling manager after one year. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Former selector brought Déise to league final but his side struggled this summer in Munster

Referee Seán Cleere looks on as Wexford and Tipperary players clash during  the All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The rapidly changing game has intensified pressure on match officials

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh in action against Limerick’s  Dan Morrissey at Croke Park. “Limerick are such a physical team and they have huge work-rate so we knew the effort was going to have to be massive.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kilkenny forward relieved to be injury-free as All-Ireland final looms on the horizon

The Hawkeye system was used for the first time at Croke Park in 2013. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former referee Dickie Murphy recalls another incident in Thurles earlier this year

 Séamus Callanan scores Tipperary’s goal during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final victory over Wexford at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Liam Sheedy’s men had to overcome three disallowed goals and loss of John McGrath to red card

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody celebrates at the final whistle after his side defeated Limerick in the All-Ireland semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Defeated manager dismisses notion four-week gap made a difference

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody celebrates at the final whistle of the All-Ireland hurling semi-final against Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kilkenny manager looks forward to a 16th All-Ireland final after deposing champions

Turloughmore forward scored goals in both the league and All-Ireland finals of 1975

John Kiely and his selectors have tweaked and improved the team by bringing in Na Piarsaigh duo Peter Casey (above) and Will O’Donoghue. Photograph: Inpho

Saturday: All-Ireland SHC semi-final – Limerick v Kilkenny, Croke Park, 6.0 [Live, RTÉ 2 and Sky Arena] 

Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan will do well to emulate his goal-a-game average against Liam Ryan who is a good marker inside the sweeper system. Photograph: Inpho

Doubts surround Tipp but their experience means they can never be written off

Lee Chin and his Wexford team-mates celebrate the Leinster final victory over Kilkenny at Croke Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Former Hurler of the Year feels county are primed for a big display against Tipp

Michael Murphy scores a penalty for Donegal against Kerry. The Croke Park round may be on borrowed time as a result of accumulated unease over Dublin’s advantage in playing there twice and the pressing matter of dwindling box-office appeal and crucially, the mausoleum atmosphere that follows. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There have been successes in the new format but also worrying trends

Attendances for Dublin matches at Croke Park have dipped in this year’s championship. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fixture may be recategorised to avoid Dublin having two ‘home’ matches

Donegal manager Declan Bonner: “I’m not going to talk about injuries, sorry.”   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Modern trends are leading to the non-disclosure of medical data

Donegal’s Jamei Brennan  and Kerry’s Mark Griffin take a tumble during yesterday’s quarter-final phase two clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Both Kerry and Donegal managers take encouragement from drawn Croke Park clash

Donegal’s Michael Murphy kicks a late free to equalise the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal captain Michael Murphy scores an injury time free to end match in a draw

Donegal duo Paddy McBrearty and Jamie Brennan could  prove a potent threat to Kerry’s defence at Croke Park.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry’s attack can give them the edge over Donegal in intriguing Croke Park clash

Mayo’s Keith Higgins with David Bray of Meath during the 2009 All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sunday’s encounter means counties will have met in seven of the past eight decades

Kerry’s Sean Ó Sé and Paul Brennan of Donegal. The counties meet again at Croke Park next Sunday. PhotographCathal Noonan/Inpho

Singapore-based referee will take charge of exhibition match in Croke Park to promote the GAA's Asian Board

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly wins a late free which Dean Rock converted to seal victory in the 2017 All-Ireland final against Mayo. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Different considerations around recalling the player but Jim Gavin did the right thing

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: happy with result and looking forward to the semi-final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Cork manager John Meyler laments his side’s inability to supply key forwards

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Adrian Mullen vie for the ball with Mark Ellis and Stephen McDonnell of Cork during their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final clash at Croke Park. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

After trailing at half time the Cats blitzed their opponents in the second half

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid: his team are extremely reliant on him  to make things happen. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Expect a bounce from Tipperary when they face Laois in All-Ireland quarter-finals

Maria Bailey TD (black dress) arrives at Church of the Assumption in Dalkey for the funeral of her father John who died on Tuesday. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Daughter Maria Bailey TD said father reared her to be a ‘strong, independent woman’

Tyrone’s Peter Harte: his  black-card suspension has been struck down.  Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin look far too strong for Cork in their opening Super 8s match on Saturday evening

Cork’s Sean McGrath and Willie O’Connor of Kilkenny. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

The most revisited All-Ireland rivalry of all is back in the limelight at Croke Park

Mayo Manager James Horan at the All-Ireland SFC round 4 qualifier between Mayo and Galway at LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo manager delighted as county redresses recent bad run against Galway neighbours

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates his team’s win over Galway in Limerick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

James Carr’s brace of goals consigns Galway to a first defeat in this fixture since 2015

Cork’s Aidan Walsh celebrates a goal against Clare. He has worn the senior county jersey with distinction in both football and hurling.   Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Cahalane says football losing out because of earlier specialisation in the modern era

Aidan O’Shea’s Mayo take on Galway on Saturday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork face Laois and Cavan take on Tyrone before Connacht rivals clash in Limerick

 Mark Fanning celebrates scoring Wexford’s crucial goal against Kilkenny during the Leinster senior hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

By the end of next month it's going to be nearly all done. What next?

Wexford players celebrate securing the Leinster championship for the first time in 15 years. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

John Conran, who led team to last title, says manager has brought them to another level

Healy Park, Omagh for the clash of Dublin and Tyrone last summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo and Galway head for Limerick as last qualifier round details confirmed

Wexford’s Mark Fanning celebrates scoring a penalty. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mark Fanning’s late penalty crucial in a first Leinster title win in 15 years for Wexford

Rian O’Neill scores a goal for Armagh in the victory over Monaghan at Clones. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

In 2001 the Ulster county took part in one of the most dramatic of the early qualifiers

Tipperary’s Jason Forde and  Limerick’s Dan Morrissey will be renewing their rivalry in the Munster final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

With Páirc Uí Chaoimh unavailable, GAA looking at possibility of a double bill

Dublin players celebrate another Leinster title – the county’s ninth success in ten years.   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In times of monopoly success GAA tend to wait it out until some new team emerges

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

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