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Cork’s John Hayes, Paul Kerrigan, Colm O’Neill and Donncha O’Connor surround referee Cormac Reilly after the final whistle at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Before getting to the fallout from referee Cormac Reilly indicating to Cork’s Colm O’Neill that there was a minute still to play and then blowing u(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea tackled by Tomás Clancy, which resulted in the  Cork player receiving a black card. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15Mayo came through this with gasping room only to spare. A game that took a while to ignite developed into a barn-burner by the end,(...)

There is no easy or deliberate way of peaking for an All-Ireland football final, and for Mayo that’s what this summer is all about. All year I’ve g(...)

’The relocation of Aidan O’Shea to centre-forward has been the big development from the Connacht championship and adds to the sense that if Mayo are to win a title, it will be without a traditional, play-making number 11’. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

There is no surprise that these teams have made it to the quarter-finals but the manner of Cork’s journey has been one of the few unpredictable ele(...)

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan attempts a block on and Paul Geaney of Kerry during this year’s  Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In Tralee, you always know it’s coming close to business time when the Dome starts going up. This is the time of year you live for. Time to get your d(...)

 Sligo’s Stephen Coen and Mark Breheny track Cork’s James Loughrey in Tullamore.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Cork 0-21 Sligo 1-11Cork dominated Sligo from start to finish to set up an intriguing All-Ireland football quarter-final with Mayo next Sunday.Ten poi(...)

Aidan Walsh (left) has retained his place in a much-changed line-up for Cork’s All-Ireland Qualifier against Sligo in Tullamore on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

He had already warned us “everything is on the table for review” and Cork football manager Brian Cuthbert has certainly reflected that in his team to (...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue in action against  Cork’s Thomas Clancy. The Kingdom’s All Star will prove a big threat tho the home team at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Tomorrow afternoon brings down the curtain on the old Páirc Uí Chaoimh’s history as a football venue. The same fixture packed out the then new ground(...)

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan consoles Steven O’Brien of Tipperary after the final whistle of the Munster SFC semi-final at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11Dual star Aidan Walsh kicked three late points as the Rebels avoided defeat to Tipperary and claim a place in the Munster SFC(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley scores his side’s first goal during yesterday’s Allianz Football League Division One semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

So maybe this is the way it’s going to be: A summer of watching Dublin find new and interesting ways to back themselves into corners, all as me(...)

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