Love bombing begins ahead of ‘dream final’

As football game plans go for underdogs, this was almost utopian.


Dubs helpless as Donegal move in for kill

Dublin 3-14 Donegal 0-17
When Neil Lennon left Celtic in May, Jim McGuinness was 40/1 to move a few rungs up the ladder in Glasgow.


Horan at end of road as Kerry drive on

Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (aet)
Where do you want to start?


Rice: Shefflin good for a starting role

Injured Kilkenny star Michael Rice has echoed his manager’s assertion that Henry Shefflin is capable of starting the All-Ireland final and lasting the 70 minutes against Tipperary next Sunday.


GAA chiefs to probe unsavoury scenes

GAA chiefs and Gardaí are likely to review footage of the unsavoury scenes which marred the end of the epic All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening.


Impact subs living up to their name for Kingdom

Some of the hits on Saturday were breathtaking.


O’Donoghue savours titanic tussle with Higgins

He’s had a long innings in the Kerry jersey, but Aidan O’Mahony still felt Saturday evening in Limerick was special.


Reilly’s officiating lacked consistency

Every referee has his own style and interpretation but the first duty in the GAA’s Official Guide is to control the game in accordance with the playing rules.


Duffy admits Dublin may not be alone in facing cuts

GAA director general Páraic Duffy has revealed Dublin will not be the only county hit with a reduction in central funding.


Moran: You have to enjoy good days

Happiest man in Limerick on Saturday evening?


No early return for Gooch

For the second time in the space of three weeks, Eamonn Fitzmaurice has denied Colm Cooper is a live contender for action this year.


O’Shea refused blood-sub entry

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea was not permitted back onto the pitch at the start of Saturday’s second half as a blood substitute.


One for the ages, one for all ages

In a restaurant on the outskirts of Limerick Saturday night, we happened upon a man who knows a thing or three about the unforgiving crucible that is the business end of the football championship.


Horan’s loss to Mayo football hard to convey

An admission first.


McGee: It was like Ali v Foreman

Jim McGuinness was worried, damn worried, midway through that first half when Dublin were motoring through Donegal and popping over points at will from distance.


Lack of killer instinct back to haunt Dublin

It seemed almost ludicrous to question the killer instinct of a side that had amassed 9-88 in four games this summer, but the suspicion that Dublin lacked a killer instinct was only confirmed at Croke Park yesterday.


Defensive frailties prove fatal for Dubs

"There’s no right or wrong way to play Gaelic football and that’s the beauty about the sport"
— Dublin manager Jim Gavin in the build up to his teams’ semi-final against Donegal.


Dublin and the rest of the country underestimated us, says Reid

Donegal backroom member Donal Reid claimed Dublin underestimated them in their shock All-Ireland semi-final victory over the champions.


Tenacious Douglas turn it around

Douglas 2-21 Midleton 2-16
Dublin, you know, weren’t the only champions to fall yesterday afternoon.


Hurley’s ’Haven absence gets Carbery ‘out of jail’

Castlehaven 1-11 Carbery Rangers 1-11
The enforced absence of star full-forward Brian Hurley for a ten-minute period early in the second half proved costly for Castlehaven in a riveting Cork SFC fourth round clash at Clonakilty on Saturday.


Champs Rathnew remain in hunt

Defending champions Rathnew have booked their place in Wicklow’s SFC semi-finals following a three points win (2-15 to 3-9) in a five goal shoot-out with Blessington at Aughrim on Saturday.


Casey and Cantwell power De La Salle into quarter-finals

2013 intermediate champions De La Salle have reached the Waterford SFC quarter-finals after a tense 2-8 to 1-10 win over Ballinameela in Fraher Field last night.


Carrickmore reach final

Carrickmore qualified for a second successive Tyrone SFC final with a 2-7 to 0-11 win over Ardboe at Pomeroy last night.


Battle lines drawn in Banner

Clarecastle, Cratloe, Clonlara and Crusheen will be in the pot for thesemi-final draw after quarter-final victories at the weekend over Ballyea, Éire Óg, O’Callaghan’s Mills and Newmarket-on-Fergus respectively.


Holders power past Rathnure

Reigning champions Oulart-the-Ballagh powered their way to a comfortable 4-15 to 2-14 victory over Rathnure in their Wexford SHC clash at St. Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy, on Saturday.


McDermott the ace for Ballinagh

County star Niall McDermott showed his class in guiding holders Ballinagh to a gritty 0-19 to 2-11 victory in their Cavan SFC group stage clash with neighbours Denn at Kingspan Breffni Park.


Summerhill in knockout stages

There are nine teams left in the race for the Meath SFC following the concluding round of group games over the weekend when holders Summerhill recovered from two defeats and a draw to advance to the knockout stages.


GAA Results



Tommy draws short straw as Dubs deny Cats a double

Tommy Buggy is on the phone for much of the All-Ireland U16 hurling decider, his wife requiring an update on the state of play with every passing minute.


Kilkenny show plenty of staying power

Kilkenny passed a test of stamina to take back their second Tony Forristal U14 title in three years at Walsh Park on Saturday evening.


Egan keeps Brendan’s alive

St Brendan’s, Ardfert 0-9 Lixnaw 0-9
Even the introduction of former Kerry football star Paul Galvin, failed to ignite this drab SHC semi-final as holders St Brendan’s, Ardfert, were forced to come from behind in the final quarter to force a replay with Lixnaw.


Belmont cut loose in second-half to book St Rynaghs clash

Belmont produced their best performance of the summer on Saturday, beating Drumcullen 3-26 to 2-12 to secure their place in the Offaly SHC quarter-finals.


Wexford blown off feet by Cork’s second wind

Cork 1-15 Wexford 0-08
Cork remain on course for a first All-Ireland senior camogie title since 2009 as they swept Wexford aside with a stunning second-half display in Walsh Park, Waterford on Saturday.


Next Croker gridiron chapter set for 2017

Barely an hour had passed since Sam Ficken kicked the game-winning field goal for Penn State against the University of Central Florida on Saturday, but Croke Park and everyone inside and around the stadium were already moving on.


O’Donnell inspirational as indomitable Donegal see off Dublin to claim historic victory

Donegal 1-12 Dublin 1-11
Donegal manager Declan Bonner hailed history maker Ethan O’Donnell as the Ulster champions secured a first ever All-Ireland minor football final place in dramatic circumstances.


Donaghy ’back to player-of-the-year form’: Fitzmaurice

KERRY 3-16 MAYO 3-13 (after extra-time)

Eamonn Fitzmaurice hailed Kieran Donaghy as back to his 2006 footballer-of-the-year form as he helped guide Kerry to a pulsating extra-time win over Mayo in Limerick.

CLOSE CALL: Mayo's Donal Vaughan battles for the ball with Kerry's James O'Donoghue at Croke Park.  Picture: Stephen McCarthy

Kerry’s case for replay victory is sounder

This evening’s replay will come down to more than who has learned what. The winner will be decided by who puts what has been learned to better use

Picture: Clive Wasson

Cassidy an open book

This weekend three years ago Kevin Cassidy played in the infamous/immortal Donegal-Dublin All-Ireland semi-final. He did not know at the time it would be his last game for the county. But since his fallout with Jim McGuinness life went on, and he moved on.

Paddy Andrews poses next to a mural of Bono at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin. Picture: INPHO

Andrews learnt his lesson the hard way

What would you tell your 20-year-old self? It’s only five years since Paddy Andrews was that age, but he’d have plenty of counsel for his younger version.

Kerry midfielder David Moran bursts past Mayo half-forward  Jason Doherty in Sunday's drawn All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Moran finds something of real value in the darkness

My former midfield partner is at last getting the plaudits his talents and effort deserves

Cillian O'Connor: Took great satisfaction from Mayo's response to losing a man.

Classy Cillian confident Mayo will step up again

If there was one blot in Cillian O’Connor’s copybook last Sunday it was his missed goal chance in the first half. In a period where Kerry dominated, it may have arrested all the good work Mayo’s opponents had been doing.

A Croke Park groundsman prepares the pitch for today's  American Football game between Penn State and University of Central Florida. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

McKenna the GAA man with a plan

Today’s American Football game at Croke Park is merely a stepping stone to bigger things

Kieran Donaghy, Kerry, lays off a pass in between Mayo defenders Keith Higgins, left, and Ger Cafferkey in Sunday's drawn semi-final at Croke Park. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Is corporate Croke Park calling shots?

The former GAA president on how the organisation is balancing its commercial responsibilities with its traditional core

KEY MAN: Disrupting Stephen Cluxton's kick-outs will be key to Donegal's hopes of thwarting Dublin.

Pre-mortem can help Jim avoid the ‘ifs and buts’

In business you make decisions which are often measurable as success by a revenue return.

Picture: Sportsfile

I would never question Mayo’s character, spirit or hard work, writes Larry Tompkins.

Reading the article in this newspaper last week, people will think I have something against Mayo, but this is not the case.

Páraic Duffy: This is 'once off'.

Duffy admits gamble backfired

GAA Árd Stiúrthóir Páraic Duffy admits the decision to schedule an American football game at Croke Park during the height of Championship season, removing the availability of HQ for the All-Ireland football semi-final replay, backfired.

Lee Keegan: His availability is a huge boost for Mayo.

Keegan joy for Mayo as Kerry name unchanged team

Kerry v Mayo
Lee Keegan has surprisingly been cleared to play in tomorrow’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay after a hearing last night.

Jim Gavin: It's up to GAA HQ to increase funding for all counties.

Cut funding to Dubs at your peril, Gavin warns GAA chiefs

Donegal v Dublin
Jim Gavin has warned there could be massive repercussions for Gaelic games in Dublin if the county’s central funding for coaching is cut.


Smyth proud as U18 starlets show true Rebel spirit

In today’s success-or-nothing world, filled with soundbytes about how the runners-up are merely the first losers and winners never quit, it’s easy to overlook or belittle achievements.

The Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Croke Park director Peter McKenna says it is a 'terrific venue'. Picture: Donall Farmer

NFL at Croker the next step

Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna says attracting American football, including NFL games, to the stadium is part of a long-term strategy designed to help the GAA to maintain its financial independence.

Eoin Brosnan: Surprised by Kerry's progress this summer.

Kerry players still reaping benefits of the Buckley way, says Brosnan

It wasn’t just Mayo who benefited from Donie Buckley’s expertise last Sunday, according to Eoin Brosnan.

Kieran Donaghy: Played just 10 minutes so his is a different scenario.

How the teams prepared this week will be key

Gerry Fitzpatrick is well versed in managing the six-day turnaround, the Wexford hurling trainer charged with conditioning the Model troops through a most hectic schedule this summer — four games in 24 days they played.

Conor McGregor

McGeeney ‘an animal’, claims fighter McGregor

New Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney is an "animal" who creates an environment in which hard work underpins everything, according to MMA fighter Conor McGregor.

 Mick O'Dwyer: Feels Sam Maguire is now taken for granted in the Kingdom

Players sole amateurs in the game, says Micko

Mick O’Dwyer believes payment to inter-county managers is endangering the GAA’s amateur ethos, claiming "players are about the only amateurs left in the game".


Dubs have no issue with ref McQuillan

Jim Gavin said there is no beef between Dublin and Joe McQuillan as the All-Ireland champions reacquaint themselves with the referee for the first time since last September.

Mattie Kenny: Served under Anthony Cunningham at U21 and senior level in recent years

Kenny wants to be Tribe manager

Former Galway selector Mattie Kenny is to challenge the man he once shared the sideline with for the position of Galway hurling manager.

Declan Bonner: An All-Ireland senior winner with Donegal back in 1992. Picture: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Bonner ‘positive’ as Donegal chase a little piece of history

Donegal v Dublin
Three years of meticulousness will come to a head on Sunday as Donegal attempt to reach a first ever All-Ireland MFC final.

Ross Wherity

Wherity likes the ‘crazy’ odds on Donegal surprising Dublin

Ross Wherity is prepared to put his money where his mouth is and back his native Donegal to deliver a stunning surprise win over Dublin.