Dublin’s Brian Howard competes in the air with Mayo’s Paddy Durcan  during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin are a team in decline, this season providing slow and then sudden evidence of as much? Stephen Cluxton’s absence was a crippling distraction a(...)

Frank Burns shunted Kerry’s Dara Moynihan over the sideline early on. Tyrone have brilliant footballers but they also have smart footballers and they knew what their game plan was all about. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We’re hurting in Kerry this week. It’s one thing to lose an All-Ireland semi-final when you’re outclassed or when winning it wasn’t really on the car(...)

Tyrone joint managers Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher oversee the proceedings during the All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

They weren’t supposed to win. That was the great unspoken all the way through the build-up to Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final. The two-week exten(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford passes to set up the fifth goal during their meeting against Tyrone in the league in June. File Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There was such anticipation before Mayo and Dublin that today’s All-Ireland semi-final seems muted in comparison. The prelude was slightly farcical, (...)

Peter Keane: “I’m certainly not getting carried away with that [league semi-final] result and neither are the team.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stripped of its obvious controversies, Saturday’s Kerry-Tyrone All-Ireland semi-final carries the baggage of a fierce rivalry that spans the century. (...)

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell in the semi final against Mayo.  In two difficult years he has  won an All-Ireland and lost a semi final in extra time, but there is a lot of talking to be done. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Impho

On August 7th, 1974, Philippe Petit, a French high-wire performer, walked across a cable secured between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre. T(...)

Ciarán Kilkenny with Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor and Oisín Mullen: while some team-mates have struggled for their best form, Kilkenny remains reliable and still takes a lot of stopping on the big day in Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The championship has raced by. Suddenly we are in mid-August and the contest has been a straightforward sideshow to establish the usual suspects. Most(...)

Shane Kingson: his  introduction worked wonders for Cork in the second half against Kilkenny as he produced an outstanding personal display, firing a string of points from play. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

After Saturday, there was a temptation to wonder whether it was worth Kilkenny’s and Cork’s while turning up for this semi-final given the awesome nat(...)

Cork’s Patrick Horgan in action against Dublin in the GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium on July 31st. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

A few weeks back, on a Friday night, John Meyler took himself down to watch Sarsfields play Glen Rovers in a county league game. It was in the middle (...)

Waterford manager Liam Cahill with Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy after their teams’ All-Ireland quarter-final clash. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Waterford’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat of Tipperary on Saturday in Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh may have marked a turning point in relations between(...)

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