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Peter Creedon eager for next big step

This weekend the Tipperary footballers take on Waterford in the Munster championship, having come within a point of an early All-Ireland title in the U21 final. 

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GAA chief Aoghán Ó Fearghail hits out at Joe Brolly for ‘nasty’ attack

GAA President Aoghán Ó Fearghail has taken under-fire pundit Joe Brolly to task over his criticism of Cavan, claiming it was ‘upsetting’ and ‘nasty’.

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Jamie O’Sullivan free to play as Cork face Clare

Cork footballer Jamie O’Sullivan has been cleared to play against Clare in the Munster SFC semi-final on June 14 after GAA authorities deemed he had no case to answer arising from an incident in last month’s Division 1 final.

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Marty Clarke targeting 2016 return to Down as treatment for disease takes effect

Former All Star Marty Clarke is targeting his Down return in 2016 with a tunnel vision despite struggling to climb his own stairs just months ago.

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Cian O’Callaghan says Mattie Kenny not divulging any Galway secrets

Mattie Kenny may have missed out on the Galway job at the end of last year but the Cuala manager hasn’t been passing on any secrets to Cian O’Callaghan or any of the club’s other Dublin players.

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Kelly set to miss Kerry duty as club comes first

Kerry must do without Clare native Patrick Kelly for Saturday’s Christy Ring Cup semi-final as the game clashes with his club Clarecastle’s championship game against Clonlara.

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Progressive Longford in positive frame of mind despite missing stars

Before we consider what Dublin will face in their opening Leinster football championship tie, consider for a moment what they won’t.

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O’Carroll: Dublin ready to embrace blanket task

It will forever be known as the game that led Jarlath Burns to declare the death of football, but Rory O’Carroll fully expects Dublin to be faced with the same defensive dilemmas this summer as that employed by Derry at the end of March.

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Galway’s biggest troubles are all in the mind, reckons veteran skipper David Collins

Galway captain David Collins isn’t afraid to say it — his team have suffered a collective mental hang-up in recent years.

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Waterford star Pauric Mahony facing tough road back, says brother Philip

Philip Mahony admits his brother Pauric faces a more arduous road to recovery than he did last year when he suffered a double leg fracture and a broken ankle.

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Dublin don’t have any hidden gems, says Liam Rushe

Liam Rushe has revealed he took Dónal Óg Cusack to task about his claim last year that Dublin have failed to find new players.

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Micheál Quirke: The importance of the GAA sub

It wasn’t all that long ago that Gaelic football was told to contact its solicitor, get its affairs in order. 

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Clare must address key areas as qualifiers loom

When Davy Fitzgerald and his backroom team sit down this week to analyse where things went wrong for Clare on Sunday in Thurles, they should identify three key areas which need major improvement: Use of possession, discipline, and the need to be more competitive in the vital midfield battleground.

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Shane McNamara was not on 26-man Clare panel

Clare’s defeat to Limerick in Sunday’s Munster quarter-final makes it irrelevant, but they risked forfeiture after togging out a player not on their 26-man registered panel.

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London boss Paul Coggins bites back at former Roscommon star Shane Curran

London manager Paul Coggins has called for fellow Roscommon native Shane Curran to retract his scathing remarks about the Exiles made on The Sunday Game.

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Kerry disadvantaged by lack of action, claims James O’Donoghue

James O’Donoghue claims Kerry would prefer more games if they had the opportunity to change the All-Ireland senior football championship structure.

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Conor McManus the best I’ve played with, declares Farney’s Dick Clerkin

Dick Clerkin has been knocking about Monaghan’s senior panel for 16 years and the veteran midfielder has little doubt that Conor McManus is the best player he has soldiered with in all that time.

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Gavin O’Mahony: Consistency key to Limerick revival

Gavin O’Mahony spent four years toiling in the green shirt before a Munster hurling championship victory landed on his doorstep. Near-misses, and not so near a miss against Cork in 2010 — the Treaty men simply could not catch a break.

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Davy Fitzgerald: ‘Do you think we’re a dirty team?

Davy Fitzgerald was oh so careful with his words.

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Limerick prove spring form counts for little in May

The criticism in the wake of Limerick’s most disappointing league campaign wasn’t for the faint-hearted.

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Nerveless Cian Lynch Limerick’s X Factor

When the guns fell silent yesterday in Thurles, TJ Ryan hit the fourth estate with the perfect exit line: “I’d say ye’ll be writing deep into the night, lads.”

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Red card decisions by Colm Lyons were correct

The two live TV games yesterday were boosted by impressive performances by both referees who applied the rules consistently.

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Monaghan pip battling Cavan

Monaghan 0-16 Cavan 0-15: LOGIC and basic biology tell us that there will come a time when Cavan’s burgeoning youth will overtake Monaghan’s grizzled vets, but that was postponed yesterday thanks to the nous and experience of Malachy O’Rourke’s wily old soldiers.

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Clare survive gut-check as Cork date looms

Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13: THERE were but fleeting mentions of Cork.

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Malachy O’Rourke hails stylish Conor McManus performance

Malachy O’Rourke has no doubt but that Conor McManus is among Gaelic football’s most lethal marksman and no-one who saw the Clontibret attacker perform in Cavan yesterday would be of a mind to disagree.

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London bid farewell to Ruislip with lacklustre loss to Roscommon

Roscommon 1-14 London 0-10: Ruislip hosted its final championship match before redevelopment yesterday but the dilapidated old ground went out with a whimper as Roscommon coasted past their London hosts and into a Connacht semi-final.

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Conor Neville: Joe Brolly steals Henry Shefflin’s  thunder

THE punditry boom in the GAA keeps getting boomier.

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Kildare reel in Meath to set up clash with Kerry

Kildare found themselves away from home and eight points down for the second Saturday in a row at Trim two days ago, but yet again the Christy Ring Cup champions dug themselves out of a hole to record a 3-23 to 2-18 win over Meath and set up a semi-final meeting with Kerry at Newbridge on Saturday.

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13-man Carlow retain Liam MacCarthy status

Carlow 2-18 Antrim 1-11: Carlow’s 10-point victory over visitors Antrim at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday in this final round robin Leinster SHC tie saw the Barrowsiders retain their Liam MacCarthy Cup status while condemning the Saffrons to the Christy Ring Cup for 2016.

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Cheddar Plunkett joy as Cha Dwyer goal turns tide for Laois

Laois 1-20 Westmeath 1-17: A second half goal from Cha Dwyer sparked a stirring Laois comeback as they ran out three-point winners over Westmeath in O’Moore Park.

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Clare can beef up options for Cork

Selection headaches aplenty for the Clare management ahead of their Munster semi-final date with Cork on June 14, and you certainly won’t hear coach Ephie Fitzgerald complaining.

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Willie Griffin plays captain’s part as Limerick march on

Limerick 3-14 Clare 2-15: Willie Griffin played a captain’s part in Thurles as Limerick’s intermediate hurlers got a memorable day off to a winning start.

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Gavin O’Mahony: Seanie Tobin sending off very harsh

Limerick centre-back Gavin O’Mahony blasted the sending off of team-mate Seanie Tobin, claiming that players expect contact when a substitute is introduced.

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Drab Limerick and Clare encounter finally bursts into life

Clare 2-15 Limerick 1-19: The margins were fine in Thurles even if the hurling wasn’t.

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Clare management confront Munster Council officials over injury-time mix-up

There was a stormy confrontation outside the referees’ room in Semple Stadium yesterday with Clare management confronting Munster Council officials seeking an explanation for the amount of injury time played at the end of yesterday’s Clare-Limerick Munster Championship game.

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RTÉ to take no further action on Joe Brolly

RTÉ won’t be taking any further action after Joe Brolly apologised for his derogatory comment about commentator Marty Morrissey on The Sunday Game Live yesterday.

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Cillian O’Connor makes comeback after injury

Mayo’s chances of Connacht Championship success this summer received a big boost yesterday when All Star forward Cillian O’Connor made his first competitive appearance for 11 weeks.

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Bryan Sheehan’s dead ball accuracy key for South Kerry

South Kerry 0-16 Kilcummin 1-8: The dead ball accuracy of Bryan Sheehan proved crucial as South Kerry secured a winning start in this Kerry Senior Football Championship first round tie in Kilcummin yesterday.

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Conor Keane’s goal gives Legion the extra push

Legion 1-13 Mid Kerry 0-14 (AET): It took extra time to determine the winners of this Kerry SFC first-round tie in Killorglin, with Legion showing admirable pluck after a slow start to edge Mid Kerry.

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John Moynihan fires Rathmore win

Rathmore 2-8 Kerins O’Rahillys 2-5: John Moynihan’s goal two minutes from time was the gamebreaker as Rathmore edged out Kerins O’Rahillys in a high-intensity Kerry SFC first-round clash at Austin Stack Park on Saturday.

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Mike Frank Russell on target as Laune Rangers edge out West Kerry

Laune Rangers 1-14 West Kerry 0-16 (AET): Laune Rangers, inspired by Mike Frank Russell and captain Shane McSweeney, edged out West Kerry in this epic county championship battle at JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin, yesterday.

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Austin Stacks progress but fail to impress

Austin Stacks 1-13 St Michael’s/Foilmore 2-6: Champions Austin Stacks opened their Kerry SFC title defence with a laboured victory over St Michael’s/Foilmore at Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday night.

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Stephen O’Brien shines as Kenmare get act together

Kenmare District 5-15 St Brendan’s District 0-8: This time last year Kenmare’s no-show was making the headlines in the opening round of the Kerry SFC, but yesterday it was their first-half demolition job on a weak St Brendan’s District side that caught the eye.

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Adam Barry fires crucial goal as St Kieran’s overpower Feale Rangers

St Kieran’s 2-10 Feale Rangers 0-8: St Kieran’s blew pitiful Feale Rangers aside in this one-sided Kerry Senior Football Championship tie in Cordal on Saturday night.

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Cracking Dr Crokes outgun tame Shannon Rangers

Shannon Rangers 0-9 Dr Crokes 2-16: It was all so easy for Dr Crokes who had 13 points to spare over last year’s semi-finalists Shannon Rangers in this Kerry SFC first round tie at Tarbert on Saturday evening.

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Paul Geaney grabs extra-time draw for Dingle

Milltown-Castlemaine 1-13 Dingle 1-13 (AET): There was stalemate in Milltown in this Kerry SFC first-round game as the hosts recovered from five points down with 15 minutes left of normal time, to claw themselves back into contention.

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Charleville get into gear in second-half

Charleville 3-14 Argideen Rangers 2-10: After a relatively poor first half performance, hot favourites Charleville finally pulled away to secure a comfortable Cork IHC victory over gutsy Argideen Rangers at Coachford last night.

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Watergrasshill climb back to shock Cloyne

Watergrasshill 1-16 Cloyne 2-11: “We won with pure heart and determination,” was the verdict of Watergrasshill manager John O’Regan after his side battled back from eight points down to snatch victory at the death over a fancied Cloyne in the Cork Premier IHC on Saturday.

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Darren McCarthy inspires Ballymartle to victory over Glen Rovers

Ballymartle 2-19 Glen Rovers 0-23: Ballymartle’s Darren McCarthy sent a “pick me” message to Cork senior hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy on Saturday night as he inspired the Riverstick club during a stunning second-half revival against the famed Glen Rovers in round one of the Cork SHC at Páirc Uí Rinn.

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Ballina stay in contention with Kilruane MacDonaghs scalp

Ballina produced the shock of a busy weekend of Tipp hurling action with a 2-17 to 2-14 win over a very fancied Kilruane MacDonaghs in the North senior hurling championship at Puckane.

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All-Ireland champs Corofin win despite Shane Maughan’s double strike

Two goals from penalties by Salthill/Knocknacarra’s Shane Maughan couldn’t prevent All-Ireland champions Corofin win on their return to the Galway SFC.

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Douglas get there with late rush

Douglas 1-14 St Finbarr’s 0-9: The meeting of these city rivals at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday failed to live up to its pre-match billing as a tantalising first round Cork SHC derby. A contest that lacked any real intensity saw Douglas up the ante in the final quarter with a rush of scores to run out deserving winners.

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Erin’s Own never look back after early goals

Erin’s Own 2-22 Carrigtwohill 0-16: Erin’s Own looked comfortable winners throughout this Cork SHC first-round tie in Lisgoold on Saturday night.

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Blarney’s goals too much for Kilworth

Blarney 2-13 Kilworth 0-15: Two heavyweights every year in the Cork Premier IHC went head to head in the second of the double headers in the Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.

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Shane Crowley joy as rampant O’Donovan Rossa crush Clonakilty

O’Donovan Rossa 2-15 Clonakilty 0-10: A West Cork senior football championship game usually produces plenty of fireworks, but this one at Rosscarbery yesterday fizzled out and faded quickly as O’Donovan Rossa crushed a hugely disappointing Clonakilty.

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Liam Coleman stars as Fermoy stroll to victory

Fermoy 2-15 Valley Rovers 1-9: Fermoy began life in the higher grade with a fully merited nine point win over Valley Rovers in the Cork Premier IHC at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.

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