James Horan: “We don’t see it as young and old at this stage. The guys are training together, whoever does well plays. That is where we are at.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

If the last thing James Horan could have imagined in his second coming as Mayo football manager was the prospect of all All-Ireland semi-final against(...)

David Power: “I think we have to use the Munster final as a kind of a stepping stone. These lads are certainly not happy with just winning a Munster final.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

David Power is, on the face of it, in an excellent position. The week before last his Tipperary football team claimed the county’s first Munster title(...)

Paddy Christie: “What I’ve also seen, and that comes back to the Ballymun connection with me, are a lot of parallels . . . in the core things, under-achievers maybe, not high profile, difficulties in different areas, small pool of players.”  Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Paddy Christie is smiling mischievously as he lists off some parallels between Ballymun Kickhams and Tipperary football. A world apart in the socio-e(...)

Thomas Galligan doesn’t exactly specify which backstreet he’s talking about, but his point is no less crystal clear in intent: Cavan are not particula(...)

Colin Fennelly: Ballyhale forward will be aiming to help his club take another big step towards a second successive All-Ireland club title when they face Slaughtneil. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

There was nothing whatsoever subdued or contained about the way Ballyhale Shamrocks celebrated another AIB Leinster club hurling title on Sunday, only(...)

David Clifford: his accuracy, along with the likes of Seán O’Shea, Paul Geaney and Stephen O’Brien, can help Kerry prevail against Tyrone on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

What a waste of time Sunday’s game in Omagh was. If you were left it in a will, you’d contest it. All-expenses paid, nice hotel, good feeding, all the(...)

Limerick’s Dan Morrissey celebrates at the final whistle with Sean Finn (No 2) after the thrilling quarter-final victory over Kilkenny at Thurles. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The most obvious point about Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final is that if Galway’s display in the Leinster final replay in Thurles represented a stepp(...)

Séamus Harnedy celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Clare during the Munster final victory at Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This has been Séamus Harnedy’s best season so far for the Cork hurlers. Aged 28 he’s one game away from a third All-Ireland final (after the draw and(...)

Mayo’s Colm McMenamon celebrates with fans after beating Kerry in the 1996 All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

It was a different world: before the qualifiers restructured the championship and before the calendar year redefined the season. Yet the 1996 All-Irel(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin: he batted away all questions relating to Diarmuid Connolly. Photograph: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Mickey Harte may have eschewed diplomacy after Tyrone’s All-Ireland quarter-final win over Armagh, admitting they fully expected to win, and comfortab(...)

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