The GAA Congress voted for a mark in football for high catches, but proposals to bring All-Ireland finals forward didn’t fly. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Although the GAA director general Páraic Duffy said that he was disappointed with the outcomes of a number of Saturday’s debates, the weekend’s annual(...)

In the league, St Tiernach’s Park in Clones  is different. The house is open . . . the stewards are so chilled that they all but affect a Jamaican patois in their welcome. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

And here it comes, bless its tattered soul: the league, the league, the league. Across the Atlantic, they are under the delusion that the NFL is a the(...)

 Andriú Mac Lochlainn finished with Kildare in 2012 at the age of 29. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The revolving door of intercounty stars is spinning off its hinges. Exiting this week was Kilkenny hurling forward Richie Power. Power is one of the l(...)

Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath: Keen to produce a winning mentality. Photograph: Inpho

“Why should we in Fermanagh sit in a dark corner and talk about winning Ulster among ourselves but feel you can’t let anybody hear you?” asks Pete McG(...)

If you think hurling goes into 2016 with just Kilkenny’s 12th All-Ireland in 17 years on the horizon you haven’t seen the half of it. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was Galway’s Cyril Farrell who described the crucial barriers in hurling as ‘history and geography’. History is obvious because of the power of tra(...)

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(...)

Philly McMahon held the best forward of his generation, Kerry’s Colm Cooper, scoreless in the All-Ireland football final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Philly McMahon is right: the conversation this week should have been about his success in keeping the most celebrated forward of his generation sco(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody on his future: “I was able to obviously marry both all along, and it won’t have any influence on what I decide to do or not to do.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Typical of Brian Cody to keep staring straight ahead even when looking back, because when reflecting on All-Ireland hurling title number 11, the Kilke(...)

The Dublin team in Croke Park last Sunday. Imagine the agony of Dublin fans watching it all dissolve. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

And what about Dublin’s football ghosts? Let us not suppose here, as the world and the circling planets warms hands on the fire that will emanate from(...)

Dublin’s Denis Bastick scores the first goal of Dublin’s demolition of Mayo in Castlebar in March. Photograph: NPHO/Donall Farmer

It took just four minutes for Mayo’s worst fears to come to fruition last Sunday. The ease with which Paul Flynn hot-knifed it through their defence t(...)

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