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Stephen Cluxton makes a crucial save to deny Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien a goal during the All-Ireland football final replay at Croke Park.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Six-time All-Ireland winning football captain Stephen Cluxton is now in line to receive the one award that has so far eluded him throughout his long a(...)

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final, at Croke Park, Dublin vs Mayo: tax relief could help. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

It seems odd to argue the case for any form of tax relief for GAA intercounty amateurs in a weekend when the Dublin machine may achieve five-in-a-row (...)

 Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly in action against Tyrone last weekend. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly has been named in Dublin’s matchday 26 for Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo. Connolly made his first appearance since(...)

Chris Barrett in action for Mayo during this year’s  All-Ireland championship. Photograph:    ©INPHO/James Crombie

At 5pm on Saturday 30-plus amateurs will play a game of football. They’ll do it in front of over 80,000 at Croke Park, while several hundred thousand (...)

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(...)

Mayo are an older team now than when they last met Dublin in the 2017 final. It would appear as if this is the greatest team of all time they are playing. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

And then there were four. Kerry-Tyrone has its own recent history and edge and I am sure it will produce a worthy finalist on Sunday. But I think it i(...)

  Mayo manager James Horan celebrates at the final  whistle following the victory over Donegal at McHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Minutes after the final whistle, the Mayo clans began to make the usual plans for an August visit to Dublin. Lodgings to secure, vintage Padden and Mc(...)

 Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Chris Barrett celebrate after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo 1-14 Donegal 1-10 Welcome to the bear-pit. If the dream is over, then nobody told Mayo. Not even the summer rain could prevent the Mayo faithfu(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores a goal past Meath’s substitute goalkeeper Marcus Brennan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo 2-17 Meath 0-14 Hard to know how many more of these Mayo have in them. On a different day against a better team, there’s no guarantee they’d hav(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford and Brendan Harrison of Mayo in the Division One league final in Croke Park in March. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Everything comes back to brass tacks eventually. We can come up with structures and formats and tiers and all the rest of it until we’re blue in the f(...)

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