O’Shea: Pay for play and franchises will happen

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea believes the inter-county GAA landscape is destined for seismic changes with smaller and weaker counties amalgamating and franchises emerging where players are paid for their services.


Duffy: Sky deal benefits emigrants

GAA director general Páraic Duffy says the world has changed completely since 2010 when the organisation told the government selling their media rights to a “foreign channel” was out of the question.

Michael Walsh and Wayne Hutchinson

Hutchinson stance on depression supported by Déise’s Brick

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh has praised Waterford colleague Wayne Hutchinson for going public on his battle with depression.


GPA: Missed tests purely logistical

The reasons behind last year’s seven missed drugs tests in inter-county Gaelic games should be considered nothing more than logistical, says GPA head of communications Sean Potts.


Young Rebels determined to make an impact, says O’Sullivan

With summer fare not quite yet in view, Cork’s football interests once again centre on the county’s U21 outfit, Donal O’Sullivan’s minors a distant afterthought.


Tipperary player row rumbles on

Tipperary ladies football board officials have backed John Leahy after the manager dropped five leading players from his county squad.


O’Neill looks to future after fortnight of Sky soul-searching

GAA president Liam O’Neill is convinced people will have a deeper understanding of the Sky Sports media rights deal after yesterday’s Oireachtas committee on transport and communications debate.


Bugler claims Tipperary are jealous of Banner’s achievements

Brendan Bugler believes the Tipperary players are “very, very jealous” of what Clare achieved in winning last year’s All-Ireland title.


Canning back as Galway skipper

Joe Canning will lead Galway out for the first time in his career on Sunday when he captains the Tribesmen in their bid to topple Kilkenny in the Allianz Hurling League semi-final.


Cork’s O’Sullivan sees ‘light at end of tunnel’

Cork defender Conor O’Sullivan is confident of being fit in time for the Munster SHC opener with Waterford on May 25.


Kerry want end to Rules Series and Railway Cup

Kerry club delegates want to abandon the International Rules Series and the Railway Cup.

Tracey Kennedy

Kennedy fears for Imokilly’s football future

The Imokilly board secretary has admitted the division will have to seriously consider withdrawing from the Cork senior football championship.

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council, in attendance at the Irish Sports Council's Anti-Doping Review for 2013. Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin.

Banner and Cork explain missed drug tests

All-Ireland champions Clare were among five top hurling counties who were absent for mandatory drugs tests last year.


Whelan: Dubs won’t get carried away despite depth of talent

Mickey Whelan has no problem talking Dublin up, but the 2011 All-Ireland winning selector draws the line at the suggestion that the reigning champions are operating at a higher level than any other county.

Conor McManus, Monaghan, is tackled by Sean Cavanagh, Tyrone.

Mc Manussays jury still out on black card

He was held aloft as the poster boy for those advocating the introduction of the black card after being infamously hauled down by Sean Cavanagh in last summer’s All-Ireland quarter-final, but Monaghan’s Conor McManus remains unconvinced about its merits.


Sexuality no issue as Brennan bemused at feedback to speech

Dublin defender Ger Brennan can’t understand why so much was made of his “boyfriends” reference in his All-Ireland senior club final acceptance speech last month.


O’Connor says Kerry must appoint Director of Football

Kerry minor manager Jack O’Connor believes county board bosses must appoint a Director of Football to ensure the Kingdom’s finest underage talents are not lost before transition to senior ranks.

Tipperary ladies football manager John Leahy

New Tipp boss Leahy faces player axing row

Tipperary hurling hero John Leahy has created a massive storm by axing five leading players from the county’s ladies football panel.


McStay predicts ‘mayhem’ over black card inconsistency

The All-Ireland SFC will descend into mayhem unless referees achieve consistency in their policing of the black card, Kevin McStay has warned.


Cork feel pain of operation transformation

Dublin 2-20 Cork 2-13
It won’t be until June that this pair begin their championships. Even at that, it won’t be in earnest. Yet you already get the feeling the crown doesn’t weigh as heavy on Dublin as it did in 2012.


Water Cooler: The weekend's league semi-finals

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Dublin’s inconsistency a worry for Gavin

It can be difficult to grumble with most seven-point wins but Jim Gavin had a few bugbears yesterday evening.

NETT BALL: Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly can only watch as Derry's Kevin Johnson, far right, blasts to the net in the Allianz FL Division 1 semi-final at Croke Park. Picture: Sportsfile

Derry impress on day to forget for Mayo

Derry 2-15 Mayo 1-16
It’s the curse of league football that any result — good, bad or ugly — can be easily digested and regurgitated as either critical or irrelevant depending on the subsequent course a team’s season takes.


Derry chief blasts ‘Mayo fouling’

A tweet sent from Derry GAA’s official account yesterday afternoon questioning what it termed to be “Mayo’s systematic fouling” and the absence of black cards caused something of a mini-stir on Twitter. This story is enriched with multi-media content


McIver claims Doherty dismissal ‘very harsh’

It wasn’t surprising that Paul McIver was ebullient at the final whistle. Seeing his players overcome a top side when reduced to 14 men is inclined to put any backroom team in good humour.


Whelahan happy to survive by rules

Offaly 3-19 Kerry 0-14
It hardly seems fair that a Kerry hurling side with six straight wins behind them didn’t earn promotion from Division 2A, while Offaly, with one win from six, were saved from the drop.


Ryan’s positive approach to safety

When Paul Galvin mentioned the discomfort of being made to wear a gum shield in his first significant interview following retirement, it could easily have been interpreted as a primary reason in his decision-making.


Glory day for Coláiste Choilm

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 1-11 Scoil Aodháin 1-10
When Declan Hyland stepped onto the Croke Park turf, his sole aim — indeed his sole directive — was to impact, however possible, upon proceedings.


Dingle reach Promised Land

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-8 St Patrick’s, Maghera 1-6
Line crossed, tape broken, summit conquered; phrase it whichever way you please but the bottom line remains unchanged — Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne are Hogan Cup champions, at last.


Nemo connect four

Nemo Rangers 2-19 Douglas 0-17(after extra-time)
Nemo Rangers were forced to dig deep for their fourth successive Seandún U21A football championship title in Ballinlough on Saturday.


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