Jim Gavin: was used in his playing days to curbing his own natural game in order to service the greater  needs of the Dublin team. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There was much in retrospect that looks obvious about Jim Gavin’s playing days when tracing his development into the most successful Dublin football m(...)

Ryan Crowley of Australia and Paul Barden during the second test in 2006. Irish players were attacked before the throw-in and the first quarter was stunningly violent. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It is symptomatic of the stop-start nature of more recent International Rules series that the biggest crowds to attend the games came in the earlier s(...)

Joe McDonagh: his death leaves the GAA bereft of the ease and good humour through which he communicated his passions for Irish  language and   culture. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe McDonagh was laid to rest in Rahoon Cemetery yesterday. His death last Friday came as a shock to many, who weren’t aware that he had been unwell a(...)

Twins Shayna and Orlaith Teggart, pupils at St Hugh’s National School in Dowra,  with a proof of the cover of The Scrapbook of Regrets. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Temper tantrums, racist remarks and missed opportunities on the soccer field, are among the regrets shared by some of the GAA’s best known stars when(...)

Olympic silver medalist Kenny Egan: now an elected city councillor for Fine Gael.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An acquaintance burrowed into the GAA deeper than an All-Ireland winning tick assures me a prominent player will soon be revealed as a Dail election c(...)

Higher Education GAA Senior Championships at Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

This year’s Sigerson Cup draw has scheduled one of the year’s most anticipated third level duels for the very first round, as 2012 champions DCU take (...)

Armagh and Tyrone players confront each other early on in last weekend’s qualifier clash at Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

The authorities must condemn them. Managers can’t condone them. The media has to tut-tut away and decide that they’re the worst thing to happen since (...)

Meath manager Mick O’Dowd: “Players going to Croke Park on big days need to know who they’re doing it for and who is following them. When they get the Meath jersey, it represents a lot. That matters.” Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Ballinacree is a bend in the road between Oldcastle and Lough Sheelin in North Meath. Tucked away tight by the Cavan border, you’d need to drive for t(...)