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

Sligo’s Charlie Harrison and Anton Sullivan of Offaly. “I’ll miss playing at the highest level, being the best you can be against the best.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of county’s most decorated players says he wanted to win second Connacht medal

John Horan: “We cannot allow people to believe that they can behave differently than they would on the street just because they are wearing a jersey or a team tracksuit.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

‘An act of violence is an act of violence regardless of where it takes place.'

Kerry’s David Clifford: the highly rated forward was red-carded during the match.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After brawl in Tralee, many are questioning adequacy of rules and their enforcement

Former Armagh All-Ireland winner was expected to be ratified at a meeting on Monday

Ballyboden St Enda’s manager Joe Fortune embraces Anthony Daly of Kilmacud Crokes after the final whistle. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Imprecision on both sides was a problem, the replay will take place next Sunday at 3.30

Daniel Kearney at Dublin Airport helping to launch the Aer Lingus-sponsored Fenway Hurling Classic. “The ultimate goal is the All-Ireland every year but it’s important for the All-Ireland not to be the only metric of success.”  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sarsfields man expects Rebels to learn lessons from another All-Ireland semi-final loss

Podge Collins: “He’ll [Kelly] need watching on Sunday but, if you go through their team, nearly all of them have played inter-county in either hurling or football.”  Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Cratloe bidding to reclaim the Clare senior hurling title they last won four years ago

A new rule at restarts means  players will have to line up in their respective sectors of the field, three by six in the 18-man Australian game. Photograph: Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images

Last week new rules were introduced with a familiar purpose to Gaelic football proposals

Art McRory: captained Tyrone to the All-Ireland junior football title in 1968 and  managed the Tyrone senior teams that  reached the 1986 and 1995 All-Ireland  finals. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

There are familiar themes – and names – in a 1968 edition of ‘Gaelic Weekly News’

All eyes will be on St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly in Sunday’s Dublin football semi-final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dublin football semi-finals, finals in Meath and Roscommon, and Cork hurling decider

Dublin’s Philip McMahon celebrates in front of Hill 16 after Dublin’s victory over Tyrone. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Football’s declining competitiveness and new hurling format keep thrills in short supply

 Brian Fenton in the new Dublin jersey: “From a management point of view they never address twos-in-a-row, threes-in-a-rows, fours-in-a-rows.” Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Footballer of the Year nominee helps to launch new Dublin jersey

Proposed changes to  the black card sanction would mean a player just has to sit out the action for ten minutes. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Not the best time for new rule proposals intended to soften disciplinary sanctions

Limerick hurler Cian Lynch with hockey international Nikki Evans and and fitness instructor, Roz Purcell and an event to promote World Egg Day on Monday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One of hurling’s great talents graduated to a central role in Limerick’s historic achievement

Peter Keane has been confirmed as the new Kerry manager on a three-year term. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Former Mayo coach Donie Buckley among backroom team named

Galway’s Joe Canning in action during last month’s All-Ireland hurling final defeat to Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Coming so close to retaining title made this year’s final defeat probably the hardest

Stephen Coen of Mayo, Seamus Hickey of the GPA, GAA president John Horan and Shane Flanagan of Limerick at the launch of the report. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

ESRI report confirms demands on county players no longer even remotely recreational

Elish Kelly and  Alan Barrett of the ESRI, GAA president John Horan and GPA chief Séamus Hickey at the launch of the ESRI report at Croke Park on Tuesday. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Nucifora-type figure would combat pressure on players, says GAA president

An ESRI report indicates that most football players are glad they became involved with their county teams. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Players give up to 31 hours a week, compromising sleep and personal relationships

Padraic  Fanning, left, during his days as a selector with Waterford, with Stephen Molumphy and Eoin Kelly. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Experienced Mount Sion man to succeed Derek McGrath for a two-year period

Next year’s Munster hurling championship will start a week earlier to allow a weekend’s break in the schedule. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Next year’s championship will start a week earlier to allow a break weekend

Kilkenny and Fenton at the Dublin homecoming in Smithfield. Photo: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Stats continue to add up for top scorer from play in this year’s championship

Dublin line up against Tyrone. Lack of competition has long been a reality in the GAA. Three counties have won 75 per cent of the hurling All-Irelands whereas two share an entire half of the football titles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Quinn’s endorsement of the idea of a graded championship a timely intervention

Paul Earley: was a key member of the Football Review Committee as well as managing Ireland’s International Rules team in 2013 and 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ex-Roscommon star favours 45-metre kick-outs and tweaks to black card

Tom Ryan: “On the training side of things it’s a little more difficult because you may have different counties taking different approaches.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

DG Ryan thinks there may be better ways of addressing funding than Roscommon’s proposal

 Kerry’s Denis Moran   outnumbered by Dublin’s Sean Doherty, Tommy Drumm, Brian Mullins and Robbie Kelleher (formerly Scoil Uí Chonail) during the All-Ireland final of 1976. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Scoil Uí Chonaill gala dinner to be addressed by former taoiseach Enda Kenny

Dublin manager Jim Gavin:  now the county’s most successful manager with five All-Irelands. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Disproportionate success of the capital right now need not compromise competitiveness

Dublin’s Cormac Costello celebrates after their victory over Tyrone to win the All-Ireland SFC for the fourth time in a row. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side once again showed their ruthless efficiency to see off Tyrone

Brian Fenton: Dublin have the game’s pre-eminent centrefielder in the Raheny man who is yet to lose a championship game with Gavin’s team. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tyrone are developing but defending champions should have too much for challengers

 Pat O’Neill and Tony Hanahoe: both won All-Ireland titles as players for Dublin and also managed the county to Sam Maguire success – Hanahoe as player-manager in 1976, O’Neill in 1995.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Tony Hanahoe and Pat O’Neill chat about the past, the present and the future of the Dubs

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has named his team for the All-Ireland final. Photo: Declan Roughan/Inpho

Mickey Harte has named the 15 men who will hope to stop Dublin’s four-in-a-row

In the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final Tyrone defeated Kerry in a high-energy display of swarm tackling but also superior kicking. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tyrone’s three All-Ireland wins have all been achieved against the defending champions

Leonard Enright (left) and Joe Kernan (right) have been inducted into the GAA Hall of Fame.

This year’s hurling and football inductees have been announced

Stephen Rochford has resigned as Mayo manager after three years in charge. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 39-year-old has left his post as men’s senior team manager after three years

Cork’s senior star Mark Coleman in action against Tipperary during the Munster U-21 final win over the Premier County at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

2016 All-Ireland minor winners needed the additional year they won’t be getting

Limerick’s Cian Lynch and Pat Ryan celebrate after the game. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kiely stopped players getting carried away while letting them savour run-up to final

Galway’s Daithi Burke is unable to stop Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick scoring a goal. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Had Galway completed great escape it would have been an injustice to new champions

Eamon Cregan on the sideline as Limerick manager in 2000-. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Cregan has been a central figure in three of Limerick's five All-Ireland finals since 1973

David Burke: Galway’s captain will be aiming to bring all his considerable experience to bear against Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kiely’s young team look destined for glory at some stage but they may have to wait

John Kiely: bids to lead Limerick to their first All-Ireland senior hurling title since 1973 when they take on holders Galway at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Another All-Ireland final without powerhouses Kilkenny, Cork or Tipperary

A view of Hill 16 during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final between Dublin and Galway. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Third-lowest football crowds in last 10 years could be down to a number of reasons

Tyrone’s Niall Sludden scores past Rory Beggan in the Monaghan goal. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s team score vital late goal to nudge into first All-Ireland final in 10 years

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey celebrates with Brian Howard during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sean Moran reflects upon Dublin's semi-final win over Galway and where it leaves both

Tyrone’s Ronan O’Neill with Ryan Wylie and goalkeeper Rory Beggan of Monaghan in the Ulster SFC  quarter-final at Healy Park in May. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Monaghan evolved over Super 8s into formidable opponents, but it may not be enough

Dublin’s Brian Howard, David Byrne and Jonny Cooper with Eamonn Brannigan of Galway at the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final at Croke Park in April. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht champions come to Croke Park after a poor show last week and with a lot to prove

Dublin and Galway in action in the Allianz Football League Division One Final. The teams meet again in the All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Seven of All-Ireland champions since 2008 finished in top two Division One slots

Kerry’s manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his daughter Faye after his final game in charge against Kildare in Killarney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fitzmaurice’s parting comments show a dark side to the passions in Gaelic games

Tempers flare between Clare’s Jack Browne and Joe Canning of Galway. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

The champions yet again squandered a big lead but held on to keep Clare at arm's length

Michael Murphy: wherever he plays, he’s likely to be pivotal to Donegal’s hopes of beating Tyrone to book a place in the All-Ireland semi-final.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Donegal face an ongoing challenge in making the most of their versatile captain’s rare talent

Monaghan’s Conor McManus in action during the All-Ireland quarter-final Super 8s game against Kerry in Clones. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The denouement of the inaugural Super 8s and the All-Ireland SHC semi-final replay

Referee Paud O’Dwyer throws the ball in for extra-time. Photograph:  Inpho/Oisín Keniry

Fears that the new Super 8s would overshadow hurling have been gloriously confounded

Clare’s Jason McCarthy scores the final equalising point in an incident-packed semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

McCarthy’s late point earns Banner a replay in Thurles after after a pulsating stalemate at HQ

Cork’s Bill Cooper blocks Peter Casey of Limerick during the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho-

Breathtaking comeback catches Cork to turn around a riveting semi-final

Can Clare contain Galway’s Joe Canning? Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

All Ireland hurling semi-final throws-in at Croke Park at 5pm (Live, RTÉ2 and Sky Arena)

Senior GAA officials are today expected to recommend that a tribute soccer match for the late Liam Miller (pictured) can go ahead at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO.

Association had said it was prohibited in rule from hosting soccer game in Cork stadium

Shane O’Donnell in action for Clare against Wexford’s Damien Reck. He scored four points from play in the Banner’s quarter-final victory at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Injuries and his academic career have complicated the journey of one-time teenage superstar

Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Holding the Liam Miller tribute match at the 45,000-capacity stadium would allow thousands more fans to attend

Plan for GAA challenge game to raise funds for injured players to take place before soccer match

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