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Division One North looks especially unforgiving, with Tyrone, Donegal, Armagh and Monaghan set to lock each other in a claw grip for a month before really putting the squeeze on come the Ulster Championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

And on the 147th day, football rose again. Well, sort of. While clubs north of the Border have wasted no time in getting games going over the past wee(...)

Dublin’s Dean Rock can demand €1,300 per sponsored Instagram post – he has nearly 37,000 followers on the social media platform.   Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

GAA players may not be getting paid to play the sport they commit so much of their lives to but ‘pay for posts’ is well and truly here. Payment can b(...)

Former Dublin goalkeeper John Leonard now lives in rural New Zealand. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘Lenny, show this lad the ropes, will ya?’ ‘No problem, Ski. Who is he?’ ‘Diarmuid Connolly – the most talented footballer in the country is who h(...)

Dublin’s Sinéad Aherne and Carla Rowe celebrate after winning the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies’ Senior Football Championship final at  Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Máire O’Shaughnessy’s thank-you list was so lengthy during her victory speech after Meath beat Westmeath in Sunday’s All-Ireland Intermediate final, h(...)

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell and his backroom team lifting the Sam Maguire cup in Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In the last search for words, in the vacant stadium, in the still of the wintery night and the city seemingly asleep outside, it at least felt normal (...)

Dublin and Mayo players battle for the ball in the All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 2-14 Mayo 0-15 In the chill of midwinter, the strangeness of the season intensified by the emptiness of the stadium, Dublin’s footballers exte(...)

Dublin celebrate after the victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland Final at Croke Park. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Ah God Mayo, how much more can ye take? Hearts smithereened all over again, still searching for a vaccine for, well, the Dubdemic. RTÉ had started th(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan has his shot blocked by Diarmuid O’Connor of Mayo during the All-Ireland SFC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What now? Dublin and Mayo served up a riveting All-Ireland final for three-quarters of the contest. It was 2-9 to 0-14 at the final water break, 55 m(...)

Aidan O’Shea can play a vital role in Mayo’s kick-out strategy as they look to gain an advantage against Brian Fenton and James McCarthy . Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

What do Mayo need to do? What can James Horan try? I suppose it’s a question that will be going through the minds of thousands of nervous Mayo support(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo contest a high ball during the 2012 semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In a fast crowded decade, it is the game that has somehow fallen through time. Nobody talks about Mayo-Dublin 2012, which is a shame. It was signific(...)

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