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David Burke: his team St Thomas’s  of Galway take on Antrim’s  Cushendall in   a club championships  semi-final in Parnell Park on Saturday

SATURDAY AIB ALL-IRELAND CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS SHC semi-finals – St Thomas’s (Galway) v Cushendall (Antrim), Parnell Park, 3.0 [Live, TG4] – Former cha(...)

A Tuesday tea-time in Ballaghaderreen and the blinds are drawn on the windows of Seánie Mac’s, the barbers on Pound Street. Inside, Seán McDermott is(...)

Mayo senior football manager James Horan. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

James Horan and Terry Hyland will return to the sideline and to familiar game day routines when they convene in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday for a low(...)

John Evans: “You would have thought that if it was being brought forward it would be to a few days after Christmas. Bringing it all the way to the 8th December seems a bit of an overreaction.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

For everyone accustomed to a fairly quiet December on the inter-county front, this weekend comes as a bit of a shock. On Saturday and Sunday, the 20(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford celebrates scoring the dramatic late equalising goal against Monaghan in Clones. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Maurice Fitzgerald strolled past David Clifford moments before Sunday’s tumultuous affair in Clones, just as the 19-year-old seemed to balloon a shot(...)

St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge. Croke Park decreed it wasn’t suitable to host the Kildare versus Mayo game citing ‘health and safety’ concerns. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Whatever the outcome, as of last night unknown, of the current fixture imbroglio concerning where – or if at all – Kildare get to play Mayo, the GAA h(...)

Dublin’s Brian Fenton scores a goal in the Leinster SFC quarter-final at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin 4-25 Wicklow 1-11 Blessed are the merciful, for theirs is a 23-point victory while sparing their opponents a more crushing blow. As the openin(...)

If Dublin as expected win Leinster they will  they will have two home matches in the football round-robin, as opposed to one for the other counties

The marketing element of the GAA’s championship structure has become increasingly important. It was at the heart of the original idea over 20 years ag(...)

Wicklow are frustrated that they can’t play their home quarter-final against Dublin in Aughrim. Photograph: Inpho

New faces, same old outcome Maybe it was Parnell Park asserting its value to Dublin but the close-run thing against Kilkenny came a bit out of the bl(...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan. Manager Jim Gavin eyes up becoming only the fourth team to win four-in-a-row. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

Carlow  Manager: Turlough O’Brien (4th year) Odds: All-Ireland 1000/1; Leinster 300/1 Next up: v Louth, O’Moore Park, 13th May, 2.0 Does Bren(...)

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