Cian O Neill

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Dublin’s Philip McMahon celebrates in front of Hill 16 after Dublin’s victory over Tyrone. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Much of the steam produced by the annual championship draws has evaporated at this stage because of two influences: the new format in hurling, which m(...)

Mayo players stand for the national anthem before the All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Kildare in Newbridge which ended their season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This week a year ago, Mayo was bubbling. Both the men’s and women’s senior teams were getting ready for All-Ireland finals. The local papers were fel(...)

 David Clifford  squeezes the ball past the Monaghan defence and goalkeeper Rory Beggan in Clones. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

The football final appears in front of us like a grubby-faced child that nobody has the heart to go at with a wipe. A foregone conclusion at the end o(...)

Kildare celebrate winning the All-Ireland U-20 championship final against Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Kildare 1-18 Mayo 1-16 A penny for Cian O’Neill’s thoughts after witnessing Jimmy Hyland light up Croke Park with the one of the great championship d(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus in action during the All-Ireland quarter-final Super 8s game against Kerry in Clones. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

SATURDAY All-Ireland SFC Super 8s – Group 1, phase 3 Galway v Monaghan, Pearse Stadium, Galway, 6.0 (Live on Sky Sports Action) Dark comparisons b(...)

David Clifford celebrates his crucial late goal for Kerry against Monaghan at Clones, a goal which threw the Kingdom a crucial lifeline. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s amazing what a single kick of a ball can do. All it took was David Clifford’s goal in injury-time against Monaghan and you could feel a switch fl(...)

Kevin McStay: Roscommon  have to go away and come up with a new plan over the winter now. The Super 8s have knocked all the wheels off their wagon. The old phrase ‘Be careful what you wish for’ springs to mind. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Driving home from Clones on Sunday night, I was thinking about the mindset of each team now as they set themselves for the last round of the Super-8s.(...)

 Cork City fans display a banner in  memory of Liam Miller during their Champions League tie against Legia Warsaw earlier this month. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

They have a new wheeze in Croke Park on match days this year. When you go in through the press entrance, they check your bag and put a security tag on(...)

Kildare’s Neil Flynn celebrates scoring a goal against Fermanagh in the All-Ireland qualifier round 4 victory at  Páirc Tailteann. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kildare 3-20 Fermanagh 0-18 Derry, Longford, Mayo and now Fermanagh have all discovered in recent weeks that Kildare football is in rude health, the(...)

Kildare’s David Hyland celebrates with his mother Máire after the victory over Mayo  at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The greatest myth in sport is that one game is the same as the next and that all animals are equal. You hear managers preach ‘one game at a time’ and (...)

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