Dermot Earley

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Kildare’s Shea Ryan  after defeat to Dublin  in the Leinster  final in  Croke Park. Are Kildare   really the dormant giant many think they are? Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In the early days of the professional rugby era in Ireland the jump from the amateur game of club rugby seemed to catch much of the sport by surprise.(...)

 Tipperary’s Jason Forde tries to shake off the challenge of Limerick’s Aaron Costello during last weekend’s league clash at the  LIT Gaelic Grounds. As things stand a goalscoring opportunity can still be ‘advantaged’ and the impact of the new rule is more likely to be felt farther out the pitch. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The latest attack on hurling came by stealth. While everyone was rowing over the effective introduction of black-card infractions into hurling – but n(...)

Kilkenny selector Michael Dempsey and Padraig Walsh celebrate. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Michael Dempsey has had a long involvement with Gaelic games. Along with his siblings, from Milltown in Laois, he won the Dermot Earley family award i(...)

Paul Flynn has been a member of the executive since 2012.

Paul Flynn is to step down as CEO of the Gaelic Players Association later this year, it was announced on Friday afternoon. Flynn, a six-time All-Irela(...)

Kildare manager Mick O’Dwyer and captain Glen Ryan celebrate Kildare’s Leinster final replay win over Dublin in 2000. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster SFC final, July 30th, 2000: Kildare 0-14, Dublin 0-14 Replay, August 12th, 2000: Kildare 2-11, Dublin 0-12 If and when this year’s football (...)

 Sean Lowry and Mick Lowry lift the Sam Maguire for Offaly after they avenged the 1981  final defeat a year later to dash Kerry’s dream of five-in-a-row of All-Ireland triumphs. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

TG4’s new series, All-Ireland Gold moved on to its second instalment at the weekend. Clearly indebted to BBC’s Rock and Roll Years and RTÉ’s immense(...)

Former Offaly star Sean Lowry in action for Mayo: “Mayo always had that doubt. Behind that swagger there was doubt all the time.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some blame the ‘curse’; others say it’s simply misfortune; many claim it’s a concoction of both, blended together through decades of heartbreak. It’s(...)

Kildare fans after the 2018 All-Ireland SFC qualifier win over Mayo at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

The temperature was holding and the fever still hot and especially around the ice cream vans. Those first in headed straight for the shade, the rest (...)

Roscommon defender Conor Daly in action against Galway during the league. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Five Dalys will start Sunday’s Connacht final, from two different families and five sets of brothers across the two teams. They are among 165 bro(...)

In 1994, at the Irish senior championships, they were pulling runners out of the mud for hours afterwards. There must be dozens of spikes still buried in those fields, lost souvenirs of a running war.

We were already ankle deep in mud and soon to be destroyed by the madness, starving, hysterical, naked. There are some things that young and innocent (...)

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