Cian O Neill

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 James McCarthy scores Dublin’s second goal despite the efforts of Kildare’s  David Hyland during the Leinster football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Bite by bite, the championship’s bigger beasts range into view, picking the also-rans from their teeth as they go. Leinster and Ulster saw just und(...)

 Paul Cribbin  during a Collingwood AFL training session  in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012: he was  approached by AFL scouts at the end of the Hogan Cup final in 2009. Photograph:  Robert Prezioso/Getty Images

They would have been a lot to go without. Kevin Feely, Paddy Brophy, Daniel Flynn and Paul Cribbin. It wouldn’t have taken much, either. If the wind h(...)

Dublin’s Brian Fenton: he will be well tested by the Kildare pairing. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Leinster SFC final: Dublin v Kildare, Croke Park, 4pm Sunday – live on RTÉ2 An eagerly awaited football final – in Leinster! – is testimony to the im(...)

Brian Cody: He was like a bear on the sideline, striding up and down it looking for war. And he didn’t care who gave it to him . . . he was in lawless form. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A few years ago, I found myself in the company of Mick O’Dwyer and we were watching a game on television. Pat Spillane was on the screen and he was be(...)

 Galway manager Kevin Walsh celebrates with Gareth Bradshaw after winning the Connacht Senior Football Championship final replay against Roscommon last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is one of the more surreal juxtapositions in GAA history, the sort of thing you wouldn’t swear on a stack of bibles actually took place except the (...)

Cork fans celebrate a point during Sunday’s win over Waterford. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

What a month June has been for the previously unheeded early rounds of the championship. Matches of genuine significance to counties have been played (...)

 Kildare’s Chris Healy and Fionn Dowling celebrate after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare 2-16 Meath 0-13 Dangerous times for Kildare, if Kildare they be. Through to a Leinster final for the first time since 2009, they were so domi(...)

Kevin Feely in action against Laois in the Leinster quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

When the mark came in this year many said it would have little to no impact on the game. But one man who has certainly been enjoying its benefits is K(...)

 Kildare’s Kevin Feely takes on John O’Loughlin of Laois in Tullamore. Photograph: Inpho

Reasons to be cheerful There may have been downsides to the weekend – a second successive year with fewer than 20,000 at a Munster hurling semi-final(...)

Daniel Flynn in action for Kildare against Laois on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Kildare 1-21 Laois 1-7 Kildare eased past Laois in Tullamore on Sunday, to set up a Leinster semi-final clash with Meath, and send out a signal of in(...)

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