Paul Murphy in action, August 2014

How the Kingdom puts its senior citizens first

Allianz FL Division 1
Kerry v Mayo
Tomorrow: Fitzgerald Stadium, 2pm
Referee: M Deegan
TV: TG4 (live)

Mayo joint manager Pat Holmes and selector Michael Collins

John Healy says Mayo not cynical enough

If Mayo hoped the GAA would do them a favour after last year’s All-Ireland semi-final replay staging in Limerick, the message came back loud and clear when they were drawn away to Kerry first day out in this year’s league.

Donal Óg Hodnett

Donal Óg Hodnett says Cork not dwelling on Déise defeat

Allianz FL Division 1
Cork v Dublin
Tomorrow: Páirc Ui Rinn, 2pm
Referee: R Hickey
TV: TG4 (delayed)

Seanie McGrath

Rising Rebels, Cork, have chance to impress in Mallow tonight

Waterford Crystal Cup final
Cork v Limerick
Tonight: Mallow, 7pm


Reconnecting with the GAA

Larry Ryan checked his web cache to go on a loose solo run around some online destinations that will keep you informed and entertained.

Kieran Donaghy squares up to Joe Brolly at an Austin Stacks fundraiser. Picture: Sportsfile

Joe Brolly on hand to answer Kieran Donaghy jibe

Four months after asking, Kieran Donaghy finally found out in person what Joe Brolly thought of Kerry yesterday afternoon as the outspoken Gaelic football pundit made a surprise appearance at an Austin Stacks fundraiser.


Colm Collins: ‘Having ‘free January’ was right way to go

Colm Collins has no fears Clare’s decision to not participate in the McGrath Cup will come back to haunt them as they begin their Division 3 campaign against Wexford on Sunday.


WIT open title defence in style

WIT 3-13 IT Carlow 0-9: WIT’s first defence of the Fitzgibbon Cup was a winning one as, despite being reduced to 14 men for almost the entire second-half, the holders were never seriously troubled in seeing off IT Carlow in this first round clash in bitterly cold conditions at the IT Carlow grounds last evening.


Tommy Walsh all set to spring into action

Tommy Walsh is likely to make his return to competitive football for All-Ireland champions Kerry off the substitutes’ bench, after he was kept in reserve for Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 1 opener against Mayo at Fitzgerald Stadium (2pm).


Boland: Huge year ahead for Dublin

As a physiotherapist, Joey Boland is well-placed to judge the physical conditioning of the young players joining the Dublin hurling panel.


UCD storm to victory over St Pat’s

UCD 1-23 St Pat’s 1-6: UCD coach Nicky English said the conditions at Belfield were some of the worst he’d seen for hurling after watching his side record a 17-point win against St Pat’s.


Limerick IT cruise past 14-man UUJ

Limerick IT 1-21 UUJ 0-12:


UL always in control against NUIG

UL 2-24 NUI Galway 0-9: UL manager Brian Lohan was delighted with his side’s display in their big Fitzgibbon Cup win over NUI Galway at Dangan yesterday.

UL were dominant throughout and, after going in 0-9 to 0-5 up at half-time, having played against the wind, there would only be one winner.

MAKING A POINT: DCU manager Nick Weir remonstrates with referee Brian Gavin during the Fitzgibbon Cup, Group A, first-round game. Below: CIT's John O'Dwyer, who  rattled over eight points for the Cork side.

O’Dwyer gives CIT the edge

CIT 0-17 DCU 1-6: CIT manager Pat Mulcahy praised Tipperary star John O’Dwyer’s big-game character after inspiring his team to an opening-day Fitzgibbon Cup success. The All Star forward shot four important points in the final quarter, and 0-8 in total, to settle a tie that hung in the balance.

UCC's Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr) looks for a scoring opportunity in the Fitzgibbon Cup game against GMIT at the Mardyke, Cork. Picture: Larry Cummins.

Stroll in the park for top class UCC

UCC 3-19 GMIT 0-8: The sight of Conor Lehane, Alan Cadogan and Shane O’Donnell being clapped off the field midway through the second-half painted a most accurate picture of this stroll in the park for UCC.


Crowley: Hard to pick this UCC team

While reflecting on Tuesday’s first round Sigerson Cup rout of Cork IT, Billy Morgan revealed the UCC management had spent several hours the night previous deliberating over a starting XV.


GAA chiefs on red alert for player betting against their own county

A top GAA official has admitted the association is looking out for the ‘ultimate red flag’ of a player or manager betting against their own team.


Fitzgibbon Cup previews

Group A: DCU v Cork IT, DCU Sportsgrounds (B Gavin), 2pm.


Mayo’s O’Connor sounds warning on players quitting jobs to play

Cillian O’Connor has expressed concern that GAA stars who quit their jobs to focus on playing football or hurling is setting "a dangerous precedent" for younger players.


Top GAA official seeks fast-track coaching award system

A leading provincial official has warned the deadline for county and club team coaches to attain GAA-recognised requirements is too ambitious.


Late blitz seals Sligo IT victory

Queen’s 0-8 Sligo IT 1-9 (after extra-time)


O’Dea’s joy as GMIT progress

GMIT 0-14 Dublin IT 1-9


Martin’s unlikely goal inspires Athlone IT past Trinity challenge

Athlone IT 3-10 Trinity College Dublin 0-10


Molloy leaves Donegal panel to ‘find spark’

Dermot Molloy has left the Donegal panel and will concentrate on his club football as tries to "find the spark again".


Sligo star O’Hara tips Walsh for Galway success

Former Sligo star Eamonn O’Hara has tipped Kevin Walsh to return Galway to the top flight of the Allianz Football League.


Cluxton behind my injury, jokes Walshe

He is able to make a joke of it now, and Colin Walshe was full of smiles yesterday as he "blamed" Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton for his cruciate knee injury last August.

Páraic Duffy

Páraic Duffy bites back at detractors over ‘corporate GAA’ jibes

GAA director general Páraic Duffy has hit out at the "corporate GAA" characterisation of the organisation.


Family ties no issue as Seamus O’Shea focused on making positive start for Mayo

From Killorglin to Killarney, Seamus O’Shea’s uncles and aunts will travel on Sunday in the hope he plays well but is ultimately beaten.

Páraic Duffy

We’ve too many unfilled stadiums, admits Páraic Duffy

The GAA has an excess of stadiums with capacities that are rarely or hardly ever reached, concedes its chief Páraic Duffy.


Sigerson Signs: Three things we learned at The Mardyke

A few pointers after a powerful showing from the skull and crossbones against Cork IT.

Frank Murphy, Cork County Board secretary.

Cork County Board secretary criticises GAA calendar season plan

Cork County Board secretary Frank Murphy believes moving the All-Ireland Club senior finals from their current St Patrick’s Day slot would be a retrograde step. 

Darran O'Sullivan

Darran O’Sullivan admits he quit bank job to focus on getting fit for Kerry

Kerry’s Darran O’Sullivan admits he quit his job so he could concentrate on saving his football career.

Kieran Donaghy with Kerry Football Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice

Kingdom ace Kieran Donaghy advocates calendar year club season

Kieran Donaghy has backed calls to implement the club season into the calendar year, expressing concern Austin Stacks’ involvement in the All-Ireland series could cost him a place on the Kerry team.

CLOSE CALL: CIT's Stephen Cahill and David Hanrahan try to win possession under pressure  from UCC's Conor Cox in yesterday's Sigerson Cup match at The Mardyke.

Classy UCC ace Conor Cox torments CIT

Sigerson Cup First Round
UCC 3-15 CIT 1-6
Eamonn Fitzmaurice, sit up and take note.

Referee Eugene O'Hara in coversation with Armagh manager James Daly, July 2014.

League action a welcome distraction after James Daly’s painful year

It’s days like Sunday that James Daly is relishing — the start of a new season and a chance to banish memories of a painful year.