Kevin Brady scores a goal for Antrim against Wicklow during the  2008 Tommy Murphy Cup final at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Two options for proposed competition circulated to Division Three and Four counties

Meath’s Cillian O’Sullivan tussles with Tyrone’s Colm Cavanagh during last year’s  All-Ireland qualifier at Páirc Tailteann. Meath came very close to dumping out the eventual All-Ireland finalists.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Promotion back to league's elite and questions about Dublin create sense of possibility

Carlow’s Seán Whelan and Martin Kavanagh celebrate their  win against Offaly in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B relegation play-off at  Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Co Offaly, on March 10th.  Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

After Division One placing, Carlow hurlers will mix it with top championship teams

 It’s hardly surprising that Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien is challenging a stiff suspension of 20  weeks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It's in the general interest that everyone knows rules are being fairly enforced

Cork’s Séamus Harnedy is sent off against Tipp. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kilkenny’s Conor Delaney also cleared for opening round of provincial championship

Wexford goalkeeping coach Mags D’Arcy: ‘I’m a winner, I’m really competitive.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Making it to semi-finals in 2019 All-Ireland is the focus for Wexford goalkeeping coach

Dublin club Clanna Gael Fontenoy will be helping to fund-raise for the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust on Friday evening. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

GAA club will offer Aviva car-parking and donate proceeds to rehabilitation trust

 Down’s Peter Withnell and James  McCartan challenge Mick Lyons of Meath during the Mournemen’s seminal All-Ireland victory in 1991. File photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

Players commemorate famous All-Ireland 28 years on but with an eye on their health

Ger Egan celebrates after scoring Westmeath’s  goal in the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final against Laois   at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Jack Cooney’s team earn second piece of silverware this year

Ronan Wallace: features in a  vigilant and effective Westmeath defence. Photograph: Laszlo Ceczo/Inpho

Division Three final plus schools football finals at Croke Park

Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan: “but any day you go out and don’t win one game out of four you can’t be expected to get through.”   Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Tipperary captain says there were ‘no positives’ to being a spectator in 2018

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Donnell at Croke Park where   it was announced that Bórd Gáis Energy’s sponsorship of the All-Ireland hurling championship has been extended to 2022. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Despite a creditable campaign in Leinster, Dubs are blocking out ‘moral victories’

Corofin’s Gary Sice (centre) and  Odhrán Mac Pháidin Ó Fearraigh of Gaoth Dobhair  (right) are both named on the AIB All-Ireland club team of the year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kieran Molloy and Gary Sice in contention with Gaoth Dobhair’s Kevin Cassidy

The hurling final showed that well handled, Limerick have the makings of a dynasty. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

League finals may only be the table wine but the better stuff is always served last

Mayo’s Andy Moran lifts the Allianz League Division One trophy. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo veteran feels '100 per cent vindicated' in his decision not to retire after last season

Cork GAA area considering  a number of proposals as they seek to revamp their club championship structures. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Resistance to playing some championship matches without inter-county players

Limerick manager John Kiely celebrates with defender Diarmaid Byrnes after the league final victory over Waterford at Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After an impressive league campaign, Kiely’s men now turn focus to bid for Munster title

Limerick All-Ireland winner Richie English with his father Paddy.

Father of Richie English passed away hours after Limerick had won league title

Mayo’s Ciaran Treacy scores a goal. Photo: James Crombie /Inpho

After nine national final losses since last league win, Mayo finally take national title

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Karl O’Connell of Monaghan in their Allianz Football League Division 1 clash at MacHale Park in Castlebar last Sunday.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo and Kerry will be eyeballing each other in the Division One final at Croke Park

Limerick manager John Kiely: Beaten just once in the 11 matches since embarking on last year’s All-Ireland campaign, Limerick have always looked to have something in hand. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The two form sides in the league promise an entertaining match at Croke Park on Sunday

Meath’s Bryan Menton celebrates with Darragh Campion. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Divisional finals are to come but lessons have been learned in the first part of the season

Galway’s Darren Morrissey competes with Shane Barrett of Waterford. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Current format enhanced competitiveness and gave counties a chance to improve

Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick is challenged by Dublin’s Eoghan O’Donnell with during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 semi-final at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

John Kiely ’s side hit 1-5 without reply at the start of the final quarter

Conor Cox: has impressed during the league as the main scoring threat for Roscommon. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

The battle for a place in Division One final is set to go right down to the wire on Sunday

Mike Casey: back in the Galway squad for the league semi-final clash against Dublin at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Formidable Limerick look in good shape at they target a place in decider

The upside of missing so many players is that others get a chance to put their hands up, for example corner forward Antaine Ó Laoi. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy

Despite being under-strength Kevin Walsh's team have quietly improved their prospects

Derek McGrath speaking at The GAA Games Development Conference. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Former Waterford manager believes reduced relegation risk will allow for rotation

Jim Gavin: declared that the performance against Tyrone “just hadn’t been good enough” and that it would “obviously not help the players that were out on the pitch – that’s for sure”.   Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s reaction to a third defeat this year reflected his clear concern

The final day of the regulation league season sees all matches start at the same time and postponements are only approved when the fixture in question can’t affect the division’s promotion and relegation outcomes. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

The CCCC will meet to resolve fixture issues for the closing stages of the two competitions

Corofin’s Michael Lundy holds aloft the Andy Merrigan Cup after their victory over Dr Crokes in the All-Ireland senior club football championship final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Corofin captain wants to savour spectacular All-Ireland win over Dr Crokes at Croke Park

Tyrone’s Ronan McNamee celebrates after beating Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Defender admits beating Dubs was overdue and calls the attacking mark “a pain”

The Corofin team celebrate with the the Andy Merrigan Cup. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Corofin took on their predecessors as champions and it wasn't even close

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper is tackled by Niall Sludden of Tyrone during the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Down to 14 players, Mickey Harte’s team still avenge 2018 All-Ireland final defeat

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Colin Fennelly on his way to scoring a goal against Naomh Éanna in the Leinster semi-final at Wexford Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ballyhale and Corofin can extend their proud respective records

A view waterlogged pitch at Pairc Ui Rinn earlier this month.

GAA will re-fix any postponements due to the weather on Sunday or Monday

Wexford’s Tom Dempsey in action against Billy Dooley and Martin Hanamy of Offaly at Croke Park in June 1999. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Wexford All-Ireland winner Tom Dempsey sees venue advantage cutting both ways

Ballygunner’s Stephen O’Keeffe is fouled by Mark Aylward and Patrick Mullen of Ballyhale Shamrocks in the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship semi-final last month. Photograph: Inpho

Ballyhale were founded in 1972 and reached their first All-Ireland final seven years later

Carlow’s Sean Whelan celebrates victory while Offaly’s Pat Camon shows his  dejection after the Division 1B relegation play-off at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

There probably won't be another first-time All-Ireland winner in most of our lifetimes

Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford face Kilkenny on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Seán Moran looks ahead to the action including a relegation battle in Division 1B

John Meyler: “There are a couple of objectives in the league: one is to be competitive and win matches and two is to introduce new players.”  Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Cork manager believes next year’s league will facilitate preparation for championship

Pat Daly: “An Englishman from Yorkshire, who encountered Gaelic games in Singapore goes to South Africa, sets up the South Africa Gaels.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Next summer the global reach of the GAA will be celebrated in this year's World Games

Clare’s John Conlon: “If he is just out for the four weeks and back then, that could really stand to John for the summer because he got a nice bit of league time under his belt and looked very sharp,” said Daly. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ex-Clare and Dublin manager says Kilkenny and Waterford could have a big say this summer

Jarlath Burns: his  opinion is more notional  as realistically there is no prospect of a Border poll taking place at present. Photograph: Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Burns’s sincere comments on association support for Irish unity are currently unrealistic

 Meath’s Conor McGill: ‘People are feeding off each other and no one is afraid to put themselves in positions they wouldn’t normally be. It’s starting to pay dividends.’ Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Full back made his presence felt at both ends in Sunday’s key win for Division Two leaders

Brian Howard in action against Galway: “The thing for me making that transition from minor and under-21s was having Brian Fenton there as an icon for me and as a friend.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

He won an All Star last year with his club-mate Brian Fenton but there’s more to be done

 The match between Cork and Tipperary at Pairc Ui Rinn was postponed on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hurling league final will now take place on the same weekend as the football final

Meath goalkeeper Barry Dardis netted the penalty to give them a Division two victory over Kildare. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Andy McEntee’s team come late to maintain push for promotion with a last minute goal

James Horan: the Mayo manager will be looking for a big improvement on last week’s display against Dublin when his side  host Galway at McHale Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tipp hurlers need to beat Cork to have any chance of reaching quarter-finals

Ireland’s Aidan O’Shea in action against Australia during the 2017 International Rules series at the  Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

GAA president optimistic that the game’s medium-term future can be secured

Walsh Park will see Waterford host two championship games this summer. On Sunday the county face Galway in the final round of games in Division 1B.  Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Déise return to Walsh Park on Sunday and will host Munster championship games at the venue

Dr Crokes’ Johnny Buckley after being sent off against Mullinalaghta. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

He was sent off by referee Seán Hurson for allegedly striking a Mullinalaghta player

Donegal’s  queried having to play Dublin in Croke Park in Phase 1 of the quarter-finals last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The champions' effective residency may be unfair but it's an understandable trade-off

Dublin CEO John Costello describes Donegal proposal as “divisive and mean-spirited”

Tipperary’s James Barry and Pádraic Maher challenge for possession with Liam Blanchfield of Kilkenny during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game at  Semple Stadium. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Liam Sheedy’s side stung in injury time by well timed surge from the league holders

Past and present GAA presidents Aogán Ó Fearghail and John Horan at   GAA Congress at the  Clayton Hotel in Wexford. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

John Horan says observer status for women’s football and camogie further evidence of integration

Eoghan O’Gara scores a goal against Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-finals last season. Photograph: Inpho

Motion would have denied any county using Croke Park as a home venue in Super 8s

The origins of today’s decision lie in the controversy caused by the Liam Miller Tribute last September, which was eventually held in Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Congress passes motion to allow use of grounds in ‘exceptional circumstances’

Corofin’s Gary Sice and  Stephen Cronin of Nemo Rangers in action during the   All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Final at Croke Park on St St Patrick’s Day in 2018. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Playing off tournaments in a calendar year is not an option in the short term

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

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