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(...)

Will  Mayo players spend the next few weeks mourning the loss of Tom Parsons to injury? That’s not how it works. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tom Parsons will be hearing a lot of soothing words this week, so many of them that he’ll be nearly wishing someone would give out to him. Best wishes(...)

Dublin warm up in front their fans in Portlaoise. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We were in the television studio in Portlaoise early on Saturday so I got a perfect view of Dublin as they pulled into the ground. Everything about th(...)

Colm Cooper celebrates scoring a goal against Cork in the closing minutes of the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final replay at Croke Park.

In Colm Cooper’s first game for Kerry, we were playing Laois in a Division Two league final in Limerick. He was still only 18 and jerseys were a lot b(...)

Outdoing Gaelic Players Association chief executive Dessie Farrell: “The organisation is in a really good place and 14 years is a long time to be in the position.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Dessie Farrell removes his glasses and waves from across the lounge in the Croke Park Hotel. We were supposed to meet across the road in Croke Park bu(...)

A despondent Liam McHale leaves the pitch after being sent  off in the 1996 All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

00 The 2000 final replay was the first to be played on a Saturday. Although the tradition is well established now so as to minimise the effect on c(...)

Mayo’s age profile is a huge help to them. You look around that Mayo team and it’s very hard to pick out a selfish player. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Like all washed-up former players, I look forward to All-Ireland finals far more now than I did when I was playing. During my career, if I wasn’t invo(...)

Dublin manager Tommy Carr argues with referee Mick Curley during the 2001 All-Ireland quarter-final against Kerry in Thurles.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

2001: A Thurles Odyssey The Point. First meeting since the 1985 All-Ireland final. Semple Stadium has seen plenty days like it, just not these col(...)

Cork’s defeat to Kildare last summer should have been the first and last reason that Tipperary wouldn’t catch them on the hop. Photograph:Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The thing that really sticks out for me after Cork’s defeat to Tipperary is the number of ways people have been trying to find excuses for the players(...)

Tyrone’s Justin McMahon puts the shackles on  Monaghan’s Owen Duffy at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tyrone, Ulster’s sole survivors in the football championship, yet again, have journeyed into Sunday week’s All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry the u(...)

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