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Mayo parade before the 2016 All-Ireland final against Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The curse on Mayo football, allegedly laid on the 1950s team, has found plenty of corroboration in the past 30 years. Since last winning the Sam Magui(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford after he was  sent off against Tyrone. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There is a certain breed of Kerryman who can politely divert controversy by answering a question with a question, and Peter Keane is chief among them.(...)

Dublin’s David Byrne and David Clifford of Kerry in action in their Allianz Football League Division 1 game at  Croke Park on Saturday.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Allianz football league returned this weekend and brought with it the competition’s flair for voodoo and the unexpected. On Saturday night in Cro(...)

Dessie Farrell: his trickiest task will lie in assessing what changes to make and how to make them and how to bring a strident, self-possessed dressing room along with him. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Among his many and various accomplishments down the years, Dessie Farrell is responsible for one of the great hangdog one-liners ever to fall from a f(...)

Saturday evening and Ciarán Whelan, stationed at the edge of the Croke Park pitch, was reminiscing on RTÉ about the days when the National League was (...)

Tommy Walsh knows that ultimately Kerry will be judged on what they do this summer. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Another year in the Kerry jersey is upon Tommy Walsh, as his third stint moves into added time. Next month he’ll turn 32 and, for a man who has endure(...)

Kerry’s Paul Geaney:   “Just get a mark now, and you have a shot at goal.” Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Paul Geaney is the latest high-profile football player to express misgivings about the introduction of the advanced mark. Despite expectations that th(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan with Tom O’Sullivan of Kerry during the All-Ireland  final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

After 135 years of waiting, an extra 13 days to complete football’s first five-in-a-row probably should not have bothered Con O’Callaghan. He’s not (...)

Stephen Cluxton lifts Sam Maguire after Dublin’s win over Kerry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson /Inpho

The best team won the All-Ireland. This All-Ireland, last year’s All-Ireland, the last five-in-a-row, and seven since I started writing this column. A(...)

Brian Fenton, Ciaran Kilkenny and Cian O’Sullivan of Dublin celebrate beating Kerry in the All-Ireland football final. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

News comes this hairy Monday morning of a last-minute change to the GAA’s proposals around a tiered football championship. After looking at it every w(...)

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