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TONY LEEN: Once more with feeling, Dublin figure out the Kerry question

For all of Kerry’s frustration - and much of it must be with themselves - the scale of Dublin’s resilience is truly a thing of wonder.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: All that’s good in the GAA encapsulated by Tony Forristal tournament

Last Saturday, I was in Waterford watching some games in the Tony Forristal tournament: under-14 intercounty hurling.

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DARA O'CINNEIDE: To hurt Dublin, you must play the game without fear

Ésprit de Corps is a term I have heard Jim Gavin use more than once in relation to this Dublin team.

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LIAM MACKEY: Benson racks up a stylish hat-trick for the remarkable Robbies

It’s been a week of hotshots and superlatives to add to the store of good things in Irish football in 2016.

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DARA O'CINNEIDE: Hurt can only carry Kerry so far

We know Kerry are hurting. We know it’s going to take a hell of a team and a strong bench to beat them. We also know that team is Dublin, writes Dara Ó Cinnéide.

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LARRY RYAN: Robbie Keane - A boy wonder out of time

Joe Duffy had just diagnosed Oliver Kahn with “DDD — Damien Duff Dizziness”. After hailing Ireland’s goalkeeper with the unforgettable tribute “Given by name, given by nature”, he thrust a microphone in Robbie Keane’s face.

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PAT KEANE: Churchill developing into a bit of a puzzle

Isn’t Aidan O’Brien’s clearly well regarded Churchill developing into a bit of a puzzle?

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JOHN TYNAN: No rush on managers’ posts

Horse Sport Ireland chairman Pat Wall said the Ireland managerial positions held by Robert Splaine in showjumping and Nick Turner in eventing will not be advertised until an Olympic review by Sport Ireland is completed.

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LIAM MACKEY: OBITUARY: Republic of Ireland player and manager Liam Tuohy

Ireland’s football trendsetter across so many eras, writes Liam Mackey

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PM O'SULLIVAN: Cats’ three-in-a-row chase not even background noise

First off, no referee can get every call correct. The most beautiful game simply moves too fast, writes PM O’Sullivan

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Toyko Olympics not the next move on everyone’s cycle

Whether virtuous or vicious, it’s called an Olympic cycle for a reason.

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JOHN MCHENRY: The three players likely to be selected in Darren Clarke’s wildcard dilemma

No-one should underestimate the importance of next Tuesday in the golfing life of Darren Clarke, because it is then that he will have to reveal his hand.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Marc Ó Sé still ready, winning and able

In the previous decade, both times I was collared for penalty points happened on the way to meeting the Ó Sés. 

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KIERAN SHANNON: Kerry legend Mick O’Connell truly a footballer for all time

The timing was just right. Yesterday when Mick O’Connell was honoured in a Killarney hotel for his contribution to Irish sport, the great man himself stoically pointed out it would be one of the last such events that he’ll be so honoured; as sprightly and as lithe-framed as he remains, Mick O’Connell at 79 has seen too many old team-mates “leave us” to know that even for a footballing immortal like him, there are only so many times even he’ll be feted in his time among us.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Don’t expect Dublin v Kerry to be pretty

Give or take a day, it was July 23, 2014 when Jim McGuinness put the finishing touches to his successful plan to beat Dublin. Having managed to run the gauntlet of Ulster, he couldn’t have afforded to scheme any earlier.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Mayo shake, then move, towards the final September hurdle

Michael Moynihan reflects on the first of the football semi-finals which saw Mayo limp over the line against Tipperary. 

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DERVAL O'ROURKE: I don’t and won’t feel bad for loving and believing in most Olympic performances

The Olympic Games has come to a close and it’s been two weeks sprinkled with jaw-dropping moments. 

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Why do we still bother with paper tickets?

On the basis that citing a certain name here will probably send you into the arms of the business section, or the TV listings, I’ll spare everyone the trauma.

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DECLAN BROWNE: Tipperary's journey over for now but pride still very much intact

The journey is over for now, but if Liam Kearns and his men were told at the start of this difficult year that they would play in front of almost 54,000 people in Croke Park on All-Ireland semi-final day, they would have accepted that scenario with open arms.

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