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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Limerick IT cruise past 14-man UUJ

Limerick IT 1-21 UUJ 0-12:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fitzgibbon Cup previews

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

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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.

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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.

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Late blitz seals Sligo IT victory

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

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O’Dea’s joy as GMIT progress

GMIT 0-14 Dublin IT 1-9

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Martin’s unlikely goal inspires Athlone IT past Trinity challenge

Athlone IT 3-10 Trinity College Dublin 0-10

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sigerson Signs: Three things we learned at The Mardyke

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Paul Geaney in action in June 2014.

Paul Geaney focused on retaining starting spot in hot company

Just getting to face Mayo on Sunday will be something of an achievement for Paul Geaney.

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File photo of Darren McCurry (Tyrone)

Five gaelic footballers to focus on this season

Eoghan Cormican marks out five young players that could take the gaelic football season by storm. 

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Leinster official laments huge gulf in standard

One of the top ranking officials in Leinster GAA has bemoaned the "poor level of competition" in the provincial senior championship in the wake of Dublin’s comfortable route to a ninth title in 10 seasons last year.

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STILL GOING STRONG: Liam Hodnett is now in his 22nd year serving at the coalface at CIT. Picture: Richard Mills.

Hodnett: CIT have never feared skull and crossbones

The poor relation as far as third-level football on Leeside is concerned? Liam Hodnett isn’t biting.

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Gearóid McKiernan

Punishment inadequate, says O’Neill

The Ulster Council have been defended for their handling of the recent sectarian abuse case — but the punishment as per rule was inadequate, says GAA president Liam O’Neill.

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LOOKING AHEAD: GAA president Liam O'Neill yesterday revealed some All-Ireland semi-finals will be played over the same weekend while Sunday, November 20 will be the date set for the end of the provincial club championships in 2016.

O’Neill dismisses Brolly claims

GAA president Liam O’Neill has hit back at Joe Brolly’s claims that inter-county players are treated like "indentured slaves", writes John Fogarty.

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Tommy Walsh during his AFL days

Fans will have to give Walsh time to adjust, says O’Shea

Expecting Tommy Walsh to hit the ground running for All-Ireland champions Kerry this year is unrealistic, believes his club manager at Kerins O’Rahillys, Barry O’Shea.

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Kevin McManamon: Played in three of Dublin's five O'Byrne Cup games.

McManamon ready for Rebel battle

Kevin McManamon has played down the significance of Dublin potentially ending their 25-year run without a league victory in Cork this weekend.

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PERFECTING HIS SKILLS: Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey enjoys a kick around ahead of the O'Byrne Cup final against Kildare at St Conleth's Park, Newbridge at the weekend. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

League is all most counties can aspire to winning

Success with all its advantages is quickly becoming the preserve of the few, and all too often the rich.

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Donncha O'Connor: The Rebels forward feels that, for the moment at least, his side are no longer a top-four outfit.

O’Connor: Three wins from seven will do us just fine

Before you go drawing parallels between now and the last time Cork ventured so much into Ulster for league action, Donncha O’Connor will stop you in your tracks, writes John Fogarty.

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ON THE BALL: Kieran McGeeney. Picture: InPho.

McGeeney in ‘lies’ claim over critics

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has taken GAA commentators, including Joe Brolly, to task about their "lies" concerning the extent of his panel’s training schedule, writes John Fogarty.

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League gives opportunity to breed winning habits

The Allianz League will always suffer when compared to the championship but it is different things to different protagonists.

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