Joe Brolly

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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(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire after the win over Mayo in the All-Ireland SFC Final  replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Spillane spoke for 31 counties. “Ah Jesus, I don’t know what to say to Mayo, honestly.” And what could you say? 1989, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, (...)

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice puts it all on the line on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Only in Kerry. Éamonn Fitzmaurice goes into this All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin knowing that he kind of has to win or else he kind of has to go(...)

Kerry’s Tommy Walsh with Michael Fitzsimons and Cian O’Sullivan of Dublin. Stopping O’Sullivan will be key to Kerry’s chances of victory. Photograph: Inpho

Beating Dublin, how can it be done? Neutrals are sniggering at the old Kerry trick in the face of the most daunting adversity they have perhaps ever (...)

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford during the All-Ireland football semi-final against Tipperary on Sunday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

They look different. Less like Mayo. Liam Kearns, manager of the vanquished Tipperary, says they were better in 2014. That cursed All-Ireland semi-fi(...)

Clare’s Podge Collins is surrounded by Kerry players during the  All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A warning should flash up on the screen prior to a programme to warn those of a nervous disposition not to be alarmed, that television sports punditry(...)

Dublin hurler Gary Maguire,  footballers Denis Bastick,  Jonny Cooper and fellow Dublin hurler Mark Schutte. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Monday morning following a terrible beating by Kilkenny is not the ideal interview for Gary Maguire to have to give. The Dublin goalkeeper is current(...)

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney with his players after the defeat to Cavan at Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The brilliant BBC satire The Thick of It bequeathed us the phrase “omnishambles”, and, after it was appropriated by real-life politicians almost imme(...)

Derry were easily brushed aside by Tyrone at Celtic Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Joe forgets breaches of Derry’s ‘citadel’ While the erudite Joe Brolly has his critics, September Road feels that he makes a lot of salient points, l(...)

Derry’s  Chrissy McKaigue remonstrates with referee David Goldrick after being shown a red card at Celtic Park. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho.

Tyrone 3-14, Derry 0-12: Flayed on their own grass. Mournful pre-game utterances from members of their only All-Ireland-winning team, Tony Scullion an(...)

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