David Clifford

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Dublin’s goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton should be picking up another All Star after a fine season. Photograph: Inpho

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin) Still the best around. Rory Beggan had a fine year but would Cluxton have tried that mad shot against Tyrone? No chance. (...)

Kerry minors celebrate their All-Ireland final win over Galway. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kerry 0-21 Galway 1-14 Peter Keane has left the door open for an approach from Kerry officials regarding the senior vacancy after managing their mino(...)

 David Clifford  squeezes the ball past the Monaghan defence and goalkeeper Rory Beggan in Clones. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

The football final appears in front of us like a grubby-faced child that nobody has the heart to go at with a wipe. A foregone conclusion at the end o(...)

Declan Darcy with Jim Gavin: “You have to evolve because if you stand still, if you look behind for one minute, you will be caught.”

And the Lord turned to Peter and said, “We are all involved absolutely”. Really, that was Jim Gavin, politely refusing to specify his coaching role (...)

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey gets to the bounce of the ball ahead of Galway’s Johnny Heaney during  the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The view from upper Hogan has Jack McCaffrey all hockey smiles in the parade, plucking familiar faces from the 54,716 audience. Two Palestinian flags (...)

Rory Beggan at Pearse Stadium: “We’re going in for the win – we’re not just happy to be going into a semi-final.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rory Beggan was last man standing out on the Pearse Stadium turf. Well, the last player as Monaghan’s goalkeeper was surrounded by a few thousand fam(...)

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice at Fitzgerald Stadium during Saturday’s match against Kildare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry 3-25 Kildare 2-16 Those closest to Éamonn Fitzmaurice sensed something wasn’t right. The season now played out before him, the Kerry manager wa(...)

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(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus in action during the All-Ireland quarter-final Super 8s game against Kerry in Clones. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

SATURDAY All-Ireland SFC Super 8s – Group 1, phase 3 Galway v Monaghan, Pearse Stadium, Galway, 6.0 (Live on Sky Sports Action) Dark comparisons b(...)

Monaghan’s Rory Beggan in action against Kerry. “You need to be confident that you will hit the spaces when they eventually do come. You just have to be aware of what kick-out is right at the right time.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The story of Rory Beggan is the story of Gaelic football goalkeeping. When he was 19-years-old, he owed his place on the Monaghan U-21 team to his kic(...)

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