Joe Canning scores a point from a sideline ball against Clare at Croke Park. There are some doubts about his fitness in advance of the replay at Semple Stadium in Thurles.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gradually, and then all at once. Hemingway’s line about how you go bankrupt feels on the money here. Nine games left in the GAA summer and five of th(...)

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice celebrates his side’s late goal against Monaghan which preserved their hopes in this year’s championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kerry will be out of the championship if Monaghan and Galway are level after Saturday’s final Group One meeting in the inaugural Super 8s. In the eve(...)

The ball goes past Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan, scored by David Clifford of Kerry (out of picture) for Kerry’s late goal at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

And on the fourth day, the Super-8s rose again. When the GAA came up with the new format for the championship, afternoons like this in Clones and Newb(...)

Éamonn Fitzmaurice reacts to Kerry’s  late goal in their  All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final match against Monaghan, at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, Co Monaghan. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Kerry should be vanquished from this unusual football championship, but in David Clifford we see a comet capable of the unbelievable. It needed two p(...)

Éamonn Fitzmaurice: When Kerry fans are nit-picking at the energy he’s showing, it’s obviously a symptom of something much bigger. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After just four minutes last Sunday, the loudest voice in Croke Park belonged to Liam Hassett. No matter where you were in the morgue/stadium, you cou(...)

Kerry’s Micheál Burns and Johnny Heaney, Cathal Sweeney and Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh of Galway at last Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ominous sounds emanating from the Kingdom. When ex-Kerry footballers scribble grave warnings and “Nudie” Hughes reappears to fan Farney flames, a Clon(...)

Kerry’s David Moran and Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh of Galway at Croke Park last Sunday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

I’ve seen this movie before. I’ve been in the cast myself. I’ve heard all the lines. When things go wrong in Kerry football, they really go wrong. Nob(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford and Paul Geaney with Declan Kyne and Johnny Heaney of Galway all contesting a high ball. Photpgraph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Galway 1-13 Kerry 1-10 When you’re bad you may as well be super bad. In a game where nothing appeared worthwhile other than the end result, Galway ro(...)

Michael Murphy: play a pivotal role for Donegal, he’s totally selfless, the controller in the middle of the park, the leader, incredibly disciplined and focused.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This was the most significant weekend of the championship so far. The bigger teams all made their move and it was interesting to see the impact of top(...)

Stephen O’Brien celebrates scoring Kerry’s first goal at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

At times in the second half of this Munster final, as Kerry chipped the ball around among themselves trying to look interested, you could hear a low t(...)

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