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Dublin and Kerry players scuffling at the end  of a Division 1 league match at Croke Park in January 2020. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The national football league will seldom command a bigger welcome. With almost perfect symmetry the campaign begins just as restrictions are lifted an(...)

Kieran Donaghy lines up a shot for  Garveys Tralee Warriors. His  club will play C&S Neptune in the Pat Duffy Men’s National Cup Final at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

If it was the last one – and even Kieran Donaghy doesn’t know if it is so don’t expect any revelations here – but if it was, it ended the way you coul(...)

Kerry’s Conor O’Keeffe is chased down by Limerick’s David Reidy. The latter scored 1-14 on Sunday. Photograph: Evan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick 4-29 Kerry 0-11 Strong performances from David Reidy and Pat Ryan saw Munster Hurling Cup holders Limerick take one step closer to regaining(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford scores a goal despite Luke Murphy of Limerick’s best efforts. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Kerry 2-23 Limerick 0-6 ife under returning Kerry manager Jack O’Connor got off to a flying start as the Kingdom comfortably defeated a depleted Lim(...)

Proposal B is completely bonkers. It is absurd in the extreme, arguably the worst collective idea since the governmental tax on children’s shoes in the early 1980s. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Somewhere in the Billy Connolly comedy archives is a sketch where he claims that Mexican food is always the same dish, just folded differently. “That’(...)

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(...)

The late Páidí Ó Sé  couldn’t withstand the fallout from the 2003 semi-final and those  images of stricken Kerry footballers, like stags at bay, surrounded by snapping Tyrone players  looking like they’d skin them for the ball. .  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jack O’Connor’s been this way before and not just in the obvious sense that he’s about to embark on a third term in charge of Kerry. It’s the environm(...)

Tyrone’s Ulster Championship victory was surely a springboard to All-Ireland success. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We tend to sleepwalk into things in life. If the current All-Ireland football championships proposals are passed, then very soon the big summer jambor(...)

Dermot Flanagan in action for Mayo against Roscommon in the 1989 Connacht final. ‘When I played in the finals in 1989, 1996 and ’97, I had no knowledge of this ‘myth’ as it was never referred to by any of the members of that team or anyone else.’ Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

When Dermot Flanagan dismisses the Mayo ‘curse,’ as having the same basis in reality as “a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow”, he does so with some (...)

 Former Mayo footballer Andy Moran: ‘I don’t think there is any chance Aidan O’Shea doesn’t start, and I expect him to have a big game.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Andy Moran is a fund of interesting observations on All-Ireland finals and more specifically Mayo’s role in them. The now retired former Footballer of(...)

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