David Clifford

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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(...)

Kerry and Galway in action at Croke Park. The game got off to such a slow-burning start that the crowd fell quiet and we could hear every ball being called for. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This must have been the strangest weekend in the history of the All-Ireland football championship. On Sunday evening, I was in Dublin with my son Mar(...)

Paul Pogba celebrates with the World Cup trophy in Moscow. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty

And then, the rain came. As the dignitaries filed onto the pitch, shoehorning their way into the post-match celebrations, there was an eruption from t(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford and Paul Geaney with Declan Kyne and Johnny Heaney of Galway all contesting a high ball. Photpgraph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Galway 1-13 Kerry 1-10 When you’re bad you may as well be super bad. In a game where nothing appeared worthwhile other than the end result, Galway ro(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus celebrates scoring a point against Donegal. Prepare for him to do  something outrageous – something that we had all only dreamt of doing in our time playing the game. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

So, Gaelic football. Are you ready for your close-up? Like Norman Bates or Harry Lime, this summer’s movie is half-over and you haven’t shot your firs(...)

Michael Murphy: play a pivotal role for Donegal, he’s totally selfless, the controller in the middle of the park, the leader, incredibly disciplined and focused.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This was the most significant weekend of the championship so far. The bigger teams all made their move and it was interesting to see the impact of top(...)

Stephen O’Brien celebrates scoring Kerry’s first goal at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

At times in the second half of this Munster final, as Kerry chipped the ball around among themselves trying to look interested, you could hear a low t(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy with his daughter Lola Rose after the Munster final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

He’s a bit long in the tooth these days for Beatlemania but judging by the screams coming from the gaggle of young girls around the Kerry bus, Kieran (...)

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien scores their first goal past Mark White. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork 2-4 Kerry 3-18 This Munster Final was a bit of a game for a while and then it was nothing for an age. Kerry got nailed for two early goals and (...)

Kerry’s David Clifford is tackled by Dublin’s  Jonny Cooper. There is a lot of expectation in Kerry su-rrounding Clifford and his young team-mates. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The last time Kerry played Clare in Killarney was two years ago – the crowd was about 11,000 or so that day. Not the worst there’s ever been but nothi(...)

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