Matty Forde: “It wasn’t the most attractive option at the time, that’s being honest about it.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It was the spring of 2003 and Seán Kelly was keen to get to work even before he’d gone on the payroll. In the week leading up to the Congress at whic(...)

Richie Power: celebrates one of his many goals on big days in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hurler of the Year TJ Reid has said that Kilkenny colleague Richie Power’s retirement came as no surprise and revealed how his career was celebrated b(...)

All-Ireland champions Dublin have won 10 of the last 11 Leinster football championships. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By rights this should be a week of intrigue and speculation. For its first business of 2016 the GAA’s Central Council is going to determine no less we(...)

A fan looks on from the terrace during the Round 3B qualifier between Galway and Derry at Pearse Stadium in July. Photograph: Inpho

When we look at the intercounty championship structures, the idea of natural selection rather than intelligent design suggests itself, but there we(...)

A view of the match programme. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The end being near, the final curtain being faced, it brings an air of melancholy about the place. Not just that, it brings a stack of programmes a(...)

The attendance for the 1985 All-Ireland football semi-final of   Kerry against Monaghan was just 21,746, showing what a non-event these games could be. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The casual utterance of sweeping assertions has always held a special place within the GAA – damning verdicts like “the worst centre forward in Europe(...)

Bernard Brogan celebrates a goal for Dublin in the 27-pt defeat of Longford. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

With the politics of the last atrocity now in full flow, it’s as well to remind ourselves of the central realities about the GAA and its championships(...)

Paddy Keenan: “Due to work commitments and the need to clear up some long-standing injuries, I feel I would be unable to devote the necessary time to the team and I believe now is the right time to call it a day.”

Paddy Keenan, Louth’s best known player of recent years, has announced his retirement from senior inter-county football due to work commitments and in(...)

 Limerick’s Seamus Hickey is dejected after losing this year’s Division 1B final to Dublin.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leaving aside the existential angst of the national league – who really wants to win it, what does it mean, how best to approach the season etc(...)