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

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

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

The Club Players Association proposed the motion which was heavily defeated

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outgoing GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail presented a good image both within the association and at home and abroad. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Outgoing president was most happy when engaged in ambassadorial duties

Martin Farragher:  referee Derek O’Mahony judged that Farragher  struck Moorefield’s Liam  Healy with his knee and issued a red card. Photograph: Inpho

Corofin forward controversial sent off in first minute of semi-final against Moorefield

Waterford Manager Derek McGrath said his side’s next league game (against Cork) wasn’t a “must-win” but that he wanted to see them produced a performance. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

All managers have one eye on the new championship format – so who’ll get it right?

John Divilly:  “I want them to be able to say, ‘John, I don’t want to play Sigerson. I want to concentrate on the county’. Or vice versa – ‘I want to play with the college for a few weeks and I’ll commit to the county for the rest of the year.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

UCD manager calls on GAA to protect right of third-level players to opt for county or college

Kilkenny’s manger Brian Cody on the sideline during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match against Waterford at  Walsh Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Kilkenny’s meeting with Tipperary next weekend clashes with colleges finals

Conor Delaney of Kilkenny and Waterford’s Patrick Curran battle for possession during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game at Walsh Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Brian Cody happy with high-energy performance in difficult conditions

Liam Silke: will miss the Sigerson Cup final with UCD due to his All-Ireland SFC club commitments with Galway kingpins Corofin.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wexford go to Thurles attempting to maintain their 100 per cent league record

NUIG’s Damien Comer celebrates  his side’s  second goal during the Sigerson Cup victory over DIT at St Loman’s GAA club in Mullingar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ex-player hoping Corofin and NUIG can add to the current positive vibe in Galway

Ephie Fitzgerald: “Nemo always believe they can win it and I’d say Crossmaglen are the same. Dublin football in general has got an awful lot stronger in the last 15 years.”

Galway and Derry champs in All-Ireland semi-finals for the third time in four years

Tempers flare in the closing stages of Galway and  Mayo’s match at Pearse Stadium, Galway. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Flashpoints between players and opposing team officials need to be discouraged

Tipperary football selector Shane Stapleton spent Sunday night in hospital after he banged his head on concrete at Cusack Park in Ennis following an incident involving Clare player   Jamie Malone. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary selector Shane Stapleton detained in hospital for observation after suffering concussion

Tempers flare in the closing stages of the Allianz Football League Division One game between Galway and Mayo at   Pearse Stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Seán Moran takes a look back at the big talking points from the weekend

Mark Schutte:  Cuala are expected to welcome the Dublin forward back  for the semi-final against Liam Mellowes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin bid to maintain 100 per cent Allianz League record at Donegal’s expense

GAA Finance Director, Tom Ryan. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Organisation argue their ‘key management personnel’ are a body of volunteers

The absence of the Slaughtneil players has had a marked impact on the Derry senior side. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

Opening two defeats in Division Three is a sign of the times for the Oak Leaf county

Mickey Harte:  has been trying to retame the wilderness for 10 years at this stage but   his conviction that he is capable of doing so has not wavered. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Long-serving managers can make Monty Python's Black Knight appear faint-hearted

 Tempers flare between the Dublin and Tyrone players at Healy Park on Saturday night. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Seán Moran reviews the second round of the football and hurling leagues

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara scores their second goal against Tyrone. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Wasteful Tyrone unable to capitalise on good start and extra man against champions

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara scores their second goal. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Tyrone pay the price for wayward shooting as Dublin launch an impressive raid

Clare’s Ian Galvin, Shane O’Donnell and John Conlon with Ronan Maher of Tipperary in last week’s Allianz Hurling League match at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

AHL will begin to take shape after this weekend's second round of matches

Former GAA president Liam O’Neill: “Gaelic games in Dublin is now a middle-class pursuit. Soccer still holds the traditional working-class areas. We haven’t cracked the city as well as people think.” Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Former president cautions about lack of impact in working-class urban areas

 GAA commercial director Peter McKenna speaking at the launch of the association’s annual financial report at Croke Park on Wednesday. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Accounts for stadium holding company show operating profit of almost €11m

Tom Ryan:  welcomed the figures as “arresting the drop of recent years” and said that the average attendance at an All-Ireland championship fixture had grown to 21,723. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Finance officer says new championship formats will not have a major impact on income

Liam Griffin pictured alongside former Wexford captain George O’Connor in 2012. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All-Ireland winning manager Liam Griffin will propose measure if it makes clár

Pitch removal work at Croke Park in 2011. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Association pay around €700k for 50 acres to grow grass for pitches

Increased gates were a big factor in the GAA’s revenues going up in 2017. Photo: Inpho

Increased gates were a contributing factor with All Ireland averages going up to 22,000

Anthony Nash looked to play for both Cork and Kanturk in the space of a few hours. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Anthony Nash looked to double up, but college players need help navigating schedules

Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan in action against Wexford’s Lee Chin during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at Walsh Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Waterford lack fluency as Davy Fitzgerald’s side begin like an express train at Walsh Park

Cathal Dunbar’s sharp eye for goal was evident in his underage years with Wexford. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny look for a spring to their step in the new campaign while Wexford could struggle

Kildare manager Cian O’Neill will bring his charges to Croke Park to take on Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Tough start for Kildare in their return to Division One as they face Dublin at HQ

It’s doubtful if any footballer has had as sustained a trumpet blast heralding his arrival as David Clifford.

The contenders, the young guns, who’s facing the drop - Seán Moran runs the rule

With Pat Gilroy at the helm and players returning, Dublin will be an intriguing prospect

Niall Carew: “The most important competition should be your league campaign.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘In my three years we beat promoted teams every year but still ended up mid-table’

Colm Callanan celebrates victory in the  2017 All-Ireland senior hurling championship final at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

From being an ex-county player to Galway's first All-Ireland winning goalkeeper in 29 years

Páraic Duffy GAA director general with GAA president  Aogán Ó Fearghail at the launch of the former’s   final annual report at Croke Park. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Fact that practice is now widespread at club level too an added concern for outgoing DG

Dublin players celebrate their third All-Ireland victory in a row following the narrow victory over Mayo at Croke Park lasat September. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

GAA Director General’s report questions fairness of breaking up county’s identity

Páraic Duffy: “Clubs have equal rights with the counties – why should the county manager decide ‘no, they won’t play with the clubs’?”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Outgoing GAA director general emphasises rights of clubs vis-a-vis county managers

On the evidence of last year’s championship Cork look to be moving ahead but John Meyler is  not having any of such presumption. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Cork manager has unique insight through Irish international son David

Derek McGrath at the lunch of the Allianz Hurling League. “I had to come to my decision myself in my own gut.”  Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Déise manager set to take charge for a fifth season as he aims to build on progress made

CIT v UCC in the Fitzgibbon Cup last week. Waterford manager Derek McGrath has called for the third level competitions to be ring-fenced. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Derek McGrath says that counties could cope without players for the month of February

Former Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins outlined the levels of preparation a top-level player must put himself through . Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan /Inpho

Dedication to excellence is fine but what sustains those with little hope of achievement?

Paul McGinley at the GAA Games Development Conference at Croke Park. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Stuart Lancaster and Paul McGinley gave insights at a conference with a difference

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick celebrate winning the Fitzgibbon Cup at Pearse Stadium last year. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Third-level competitions now in danger of becoming irreparably undermined

 Michael Fennelly: “2011 was a big year for me in terms of getting Hurler of the Year and a goal in the All-Ireland.”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Stretched his endurance as far as possible, but wonders might it have started earlier

Longford manager Denis Connerton: “We probably could have done without playing Meath.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Longford manager regrets ill-luck of the draw that sends his team to Navan again

An alternative way of viewing Galway’s year is that it was characterised by extraordinary consistency of performance. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Championship promises to zip through the summer landscape like a TGV

The GAA are taking applications for Director General Padraic Duffy’s successor. Photograph: Inpho

Association clarify those without business-related degree will be considered

Paul Clarke: took over managerial duties for Dublin in Jim Gavin’s absence during the O’Byrne Cup games. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Despite Dublin’s limited run, likes of O’Gara, Howard and Basquel still caught the eye

Supporters leaving MacHale Park in Castlebar on Sunday after the Connacht FBD league clash against Galway was called off.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht and Ulster officials confirm rebates allowed in genuine cases

 Galway manager Micheál Donoghue  greets his father Miko Donoghue for the first time since winning the All Ireland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Micheál Donoghue finds the winning blend as Galway finally land Liam MacCarthy

Galway’s Joe Canning looks on as his late point wins the All-Ireland SHC semi-final against  Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Canning’s winning point in Galway’s semi-final win over Tipperary will live long in the memory

Éanna O’Connor: posed constant problems for Rathnew while his  marksmanship from placed balls was impeccable. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Moorefield’s missing players tilt the balance towards St Loman’s in Leinster football final

Damien Comer: “It’s time for us to put consistent performances together, that’s what we’re aiming for.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Full-forward claims county showed Kerry too much respect in this year’s quarter-final

Fitzgibbon Cup teams representatives at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The pressure of playing for college and county can be daunting for affected players

Winning All-Irelands, for all that it creates a positive feeling within counties and communities, is essentially a private affair for teams and players. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

At the end of a great year, the achievements of Jim Gavin's team deserve a proper context

Liam Mellows’ Tadgh Haran celebrates scoring a goal against Gort in the county final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

HDC chair Paudie O’Neill says “a savage amount of work” is going on in urban areas

Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan in action against St Martin’s in the  Leinster Senior Hurling Club Championship semi-final at  Parnell Park, Dublin in November. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

With great wins for Cuala and Dublin in 2017, the hurler and footballer has earned a break

Cuala’s Paul Schutte raises the Leinster trophy in Portlaoise. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Offaly champions had conceded 1-8 before they registered their first score of the game

Cuala celebrate their victory over Ballyea  in the All-Ireland club final last March. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Serving a huge catchment area brings its own challenges for South Dublin club

Kilcormac-Killoughey’s Cillian Kiely leaves the pitch after being  sent off during the Leinster championship victory over   Mount Leinster Rangers. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Kilcormac-Killoughey win over Cuala would prove a big boost for Offaly hurling

Aidan Harte: the Gort player is the only member of Galway’s starting All-Ireland winning team to be taking part in the county final. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Football legend Liam Sammon was on the last Mellows team to win the title in 1970

Slaughtneil players celebrate their Ulster club footall final victory over Cavan Gaels at the  Athletic Grounds in Armagh.  Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

The idea of completing club championships within the calendar year is still compelling

Moorefield’s Éanna O’Connor, son of former Kerry manager Jack, scores a point against Rathnew. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Kildare club coped with another red card as Rathnew fail to build on St Vincent’s win

The Railway Cup: it appears like the old interprovincial football competition has finally run out of steam. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Munster, Ulster and Leinster resigned to fact it’s end of the line after Connacht withdrew

Billy Morgan: synonymous with the rise of Nemo Rangers as a football power. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster's leading football counties haven't always ignited the same passions at club level

Clare’s Aron Shanagher. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Impressive 20-year-old will be a big loss for Banner County’s joint managers

 Australia’s Robbie Tarrant spoils the mark for Aidan O’Shea in the second Test of the international rules series, which ended in two defeats for Ireland. Photograph:   Paul Kane/Getty Images

Kernan’s inexperienced side suffer second Test defeat as Aussies’ intensity takes its toll

Joe Kernan has criticised the refereeing in Ireland’s second test defeat to Australia. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland manager says Australia’s Nat Fyfe should have been shown a straight red

The Australian team pose with the Cormac McAnallen trophy after winning game two and the seriesagainst  Ireland at Domain Stadium  in Perth, Australia. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Early goals put visitors ahead but third quarter proves costly again in Perth

Aogán Ó Fearghail during an Ireland International Rules press conference in  Perth, Australia.   Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Championship changes the most radical seen in inter-county football and hurling

Joe Kernan addresses his Ireland International rules squad at training in  Langley Park this week. Photograph: Tommy Dickson

International rules series second test: Australia v Ireland, Domain Stadium, Perth – Throw-in 16.45 [8.45, Irish time] Australia l(...)

Aidan O’Shea of Ireland cools down with a wet towel at three quarter time during game one of the International Rules Series between Australia and Ireland at the Adelaide Oval last Saturday. Photo: Mark Brake/Getty Images

There’s a 10 point gap between the sides heading into International Rules second test

Ireland International Rules manager Joe Kernan: he said the biggest disappointment of the first test defeat was the reaction just after half time. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Manager Joe Kernan wants to ensure dimensions are in keeping with the rules

Ireland International Rules players Shane Walsh, Killian Clarke and Niall Sludden on Cottesloe Beach near Perth,  Western Australia. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kernan’s team can improve but opponents are impressive and 10 points is a big gap

  Australians  voted for  laws to be changed to allow same-sex marriage. Photograph: James Alcock/Getty Images

Perth Letter: while the outcome to the same-sex vote was largely similar to Ireland, the process was different with polls staying (...)

Ireland’s Michael Murphy scored 20 points in the first Test in Adelaide despite being hit with a vomiting bug. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gaelic footballers lack kicking and catching skills of AFL players, says Donegal captain

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea gets treatment during the  All-Ireland semi-final replay against Kerry in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leading medical expert says style of play does not allow for high-velocity impacts

The 2023 Rugby World Cup has been awarded to France, ahead of Ireland and South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Director General Páraic Duffy: ‘They haven’t succeeded and I feel sorry for them’

Ireland’s Niall Sludden with Robbie Tarrant of Australia during the first Test in Adelaide. The discipline was genuinely impressive in the game. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland and Australia are on their best behaviour but the series looks to have lost its vibrancy

Shane Walsh in action during Sunday’s firts Test.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Having gone into Adelaide a rookie, Galway forward says the biggest lesson is to relax

 Ciaran Sheehan during the International Rules series in 2013. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Question marks remain over the involvement of Niall Murphy and Enda Smith

Ireland make their way on to the pitch for their first Test against Australia this year in Adelaide. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

GAA director general says future of series is secure as Aussie players ‘have bought into it’

Ireland’s Pearce Hanley in action at Sunday’s  International Rules series first Test against Australia. Hanley is ruled out of the second Test due to injury. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Manager Joe Kernan without Pearce Hanley for second Test as team trail by 10 points

Kerry All Star Paul Geaney in the air with Australia’s Kade Simpson during the first Test between Ireland and Australia at  Adelaide Oval, which the home side won. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Paul Geaney and Killian Clarke keen to put lessons learned to good use in second Test

Ireland players show their dejection after defeat in the first International Rules Test  at the Adelaide Oval. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/inpho

International Rules: on a hot afternoon in Adelaide the home side threw caution to the wind as Joe Kernan’s men stalled

Darren Hughes in action for Ireland in 2015. Photograph: Inpho

No decision as yet on the possibility of drafting in Hawthorn’s Conor Glass

Ireland International Rules squad manager Joe Kernan: “We stopped doing the simple things. In the fourth quarter, we did the simple things again.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Manager Joe Kernan’s team has a mountain to climb after big slippage in first test match

Ireland ’s Pearce Hanley had to leave the pitch in Adelaide because of a suspected fracture in his hand. Photograph: Inpho

Pearce Hanley injury means he will definitely miss the second Test

Ireland’s Aidan O’Shea and manager Joe Kernan after the first Test on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

‘With illness and injuries, I’m very proud of the players and how they finished the game’

Australia’s Nat Fyfe celebrates scoring a goal in Adelaide. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The hosts have 10 points to spare ahead of next week’s second Test, a sellout in Perth

Aidan O’Shea says the Irish players will match up physically. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘We were at dinner with them and there’s no significant difference between both sides’

 Australian coach Chris Scott, Australian captain Shaun Burgoyne, Ireland’s catain Aidan O’Shea with the Cormac McAnnellen Trophy and Ireland coach Joe Kernan. Photograph: Mark Brake/Getty Images

‘The game doesn’t require over-physicality to make it a good spectacle for the fans’

Ireland International Rules squad player Paul Geaney during training at  St Anne’s Park, Adelaide. Photograph: Inpho

Kernan may be without Smith, Murphy and Hanley for first Test against strong AFL team

Seán Powter training for the Ireland International Rules squad at St Anne’s Park, Adelaide. Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Cork star’s Australian grandparents will watch him play for Ireland at Adelaide Park

 Pearse Hanley is a key member of the Irish squad who play in Adelaide on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Joe Kernan: ‘A few boys have a bug - hopefully it will stay at that and no more get it’

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