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We’ll stick to our guns, vows Derek McGrath

Derek McGrath hears them knocking — but they can’t come in.

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I hope we’ve proven ourselves to the players, says Aoife Lane

Aoife Lane has just completed a year as head of the Women’s Gaelic Players Association. Twelve months of lessons learned. How has it been?

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Michelle O’Neill: Maggie Farrelly can whistle her way to the top

One of the world’s elite female assistant soccer referees believes that Maggie Farrelly can fulfil her dream of becoming a leading GAA whistler in a male-dominated arena.

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Ciarán Carey: If Leicester can do it, so can Kerry hurlers

If Leicester City can do it, why not the Kerry hurlers, or so goes Ciarán Carey’s train of thought ahead of the county’s Division 1B opener this weekend.

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Michael Quinlivan: Buzz was great after Nemo Rangers win

Fame wasn’t something Michael Quinlivan was all too familiar with even around his native Clonmel. That was until November 29 last when his last-gasp goal torpedoed Nemo Rangers and annexed a Munster Club SFC title for Commercials.

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Wexford must get over ‘mental block’ of Kilkenny hammering

Lee Chin admits Wexford’s 24-point hammering by Kilkenny last summer has left a few scars and is a “mental block” they must get over.

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Pat Ryan wants to see progress from Cork’s new league campaign

Cork selector Pat Ryan doesn’t believe his side will be purely motivated by revenge in Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1 opener with Galway.

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Liam Watson: I turned down Dublin approach in 2013

Antrim hurler Liam Watson revealed he rejected approaches to join Dublin in 2013. The 33-year-old is back with the Saffrons after being dropped from the panel for four years by previous manager Kevin Ryan, but admitted that during his spell in the wilderness, he was courted by the Dublin hurlers.

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Conal Keaney happy he gave in to Andy McEntee’s persistence

For someone who wasn’t sure his club would see past the second round of the Dublin senior football championship never mind play for them, it’s certainly been a season of welcome surprises for Conal Keaney.

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Bruce Springsteen gig to spark havoc on Dublin club scene

Bruce Springsteen isn’t going to be a popular man in Dublin club football circles this summer.

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Joe Lyng will give AC joint injury plenty of time to heal

For Kilkenny newcomer Joe Lyng, his AC joint injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. The NHL throws in this weekend and the Rower-Inistioge clubman will be looking on from the sidelines.

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National Sports Campus set to be Dublin’s new training base

Dublin’s senior teams could make the National Sports Campus (NSC) their new training home before the start of the Leinster championships.

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Mike Quirke: Kerry running to a standstill

In a football coaching context, the scientific literature suggests that mistakes made in games or training can be used as a powerful tool, and offer the coach the opportunity to promote real learning amongst the players. The inventor of the electric light bulb, Thomas Edison, once said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work”.

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Kilkenny always looking forward, says Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy says Jackie Tyrrell is bursting to get back on the Kilkenny hurling team, but he can’t be 100% sure. That’s because Jackie Tyrrell is always bursting to get on the team...

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LIT’s late show breaks UCC hearts

Limerick IT 2-15 UCC 1-14: The permutations were many heading into this sink-or-swim contest for the hurlers of UCC. In the end, not one of them was relevant; UCC crashing out of the Fitzgibbon Cup at the group stages for a second successive year.

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Cian O’Sullivan: Focused Dublin ‘push reset button’

They’re already two wins closer to an historic four in a row of Allianz League football titles but Cian O’Sullivan insists Dublin are masters of blocking out the hype and hitting the ‘reset button’.

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UUJ boss Barney McAleenan wary of St Mary’s challenge

The Sigerson Cup rolls into Jordanstown the weekend after next, and the university’s sole wish is that the home outfit will still be alive in the competition come the deciding two days of action.

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Brian Lohan’s UL squeeze through as NUI Galway left crestfallen

NUI Galway 0-16 University of Limerick 0-15: University of Limerick’s Fitzgibbon Cup title defence remains on track despite a narrow defeat to NUIG at Rhebogue in Limerick.

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Promotion candidates eager for a slice of €1m action

The battle for promotion from Division 1B has turned into a money race with favourites Clare, Limerick, and Wexford desperate for a more substantial slice of the €1m-plus Allianz League gate receipt cake.

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UCD labour to shake off Maynooth

Fitzgibbon Cup - UCD 1-13 Maynooth University 0-10: Nicky English’s frustration was evident in freezing Belfield last night as his UCD charges made heavy weather of their final Group A fixture against Maynooth before advancing to the quarter-finals.

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‘They think it was a fluke’, says Ballyboden’s Andy McEntee

It’s just as well Ballyboden St Enda’s manager Andy McEntee isn’t one for sitting on his laurels.

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Free-scoring Mary I pile pain on DIT

Dublin IT 0-5 Mary Immaculate College 1-20: Eamonn Cregan’s Mary Immaculate Colleges were clearly conscious of the mathematical implications in Group C of the Fitzgibbon Cup as they racked up a massive 18-point win over Dublin IT yesterday to ensure progress.

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Wexford boss David Power accuses Antrim of ‘thuggery’

Wexford boss David Power has described the approach of Antrim in Sunday’s league clash in Corrigan Park as “thuggery”.

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Recovered from cancer, Noel McGrath is ready to be remembered for his contributions on the field

You know about Noel McGrath the cancer survivor. 

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Eugene McGee cites ‘extraordinary’ cynicism as black cards on rise

The man who convinced the GAA to implement the black card says it’s “extraordinary” Gaelic footballers are continuing to indulge in cynicism in large numbers.

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UCC exit Fitzgibbon Cup

UCC have crashed out of the Fitzgibbon Cup at the group stages for a second successive year.

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Finger injury puts Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan out of action

Ace forward Seamus Callanan is in danger of missing Tipperary’s first two Allianz Hurling League Division 1A fixtures.

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Colm Collins calls for trial abolition of provincials

Clare’s Colm Collins has lashed GAA proposals to introduce an All-Ireland B football competition and called for the abolition of the provincial championships on a trial basis.

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Defender Neil McGee hails Donegal’s squad depth

Neil McGee believes Donegal have more depth than at any other time in the previous five seasons under Jim McGuinness and Rory Gallagher.

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Cool Walter Walsh ready to roll again after enjoying ‘complete’ year for Kilkenny

Truth be told, while Walter Walsh was the darling of Kilkenny’s 2012 All-Ireland success last year’s triumph meant so much more to him.

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Kerry won’t panic amid relegation threat, says Eamonn Fitzmaurice

“We’ve been in this situation before, we are not going to panic,” reasoned Eamonn Fitzmaurice in the wake of Sunday’s one-point defeat at home to Roscommon.

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Ciaran O’Hanlon appeals ban

Armagh and QUB footballer Ciaran O’Hanlon will go before the Central Appeals Committee tonight in an attempt to have a 12-week suspension handed down by the GAA’s higher education committee overturned.

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Leinster begins ‘mark’ in positive Gaelic football rules experiment

The upcoming Leinster MFL will feature three experimental rules as GAA chiefs examine ways of bringing about more positive approaches in football. T

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Noel Walsh blasts ‘unjust’ club fine over Jamie Carragher soccer school

Former Munster Council chairman Noel Walsh has castigated Croke Park hierarchy over their “unjust” treatment of Longford GAA club Dromard.

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GAA tactics truck: What strategies did the top teams employ this weekend?

With the Allianz NFL in its second week, our GAA writers watched some of the tactical patterns unfurl.

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Jim Gavin urges rivals to demand funding from Croke Park

Dublin manager Jim Gavin said it is up to all counties to go to Croke Park in search of their own funding with a business plan in hand like Dublin have done.

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Will somebody give this Cork footballer a car?

Getting to know Daniel Goulding.

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Roscommon perform shock raid in Kerry

Roscommon 0-14 Kerry 1-10: Killian Young threw his arms to the sky in disgust as his crossfield ball to the unmarked Brian Ó Beaglaoich skidded beyond the young corner-back and out over the sideline. It pretty much summed up Kerry’s afternoon; miserable and mistake-ridden.

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Fergal O’Donnell says historic win will bring belief

“It’s a long journey down, but it’ll be a lot shorter going home,” quipped a delighted Fergal O’Donnell.

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Tipperary's sucker punch KOs Clare challenge

Tipperary 2-7 Clare 1-7: Tipperary emerged from a game their manager Liam Kearns aptly described as a “war of attrition” to claim their first victory of the season in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League.

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Rare All-Ireland double for St Mary’s

AIB All-Ireland Club IFC final - St Mary’s (Kerry) 2-10 Hollymount-Carramore (Mayo) 0-10: Maurice Fitzgerald has made Mayo suffer before.

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Templenoe reach promised land

AIB All-Ireland JFC final - Templenoe (Kerry) 4-13 Ardnaree-Sarsfields (Mayo) 1-10: A hat-trick of goals from Stephen O’Sullivan, allied with key contributions from Brian Crowley and the Spillane brothers, secured a famous victory for Templenoe in the AIB All-Ireland junior club final.

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St Benildus claim first Leinster Colleges crown

Leinster Colleges SAFC final - St Benildus College (Dublin) 2-7 Marist College (Westmeath) 1-6: Goals in the first quarter by Paddy Flaherty and Joe Rafferty proved pivotal as St Benildus claimed a first provincial title in Saturday’s Leinster Colleges final at O’Connor Park.

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Monaghan maintain winning run

Monaghan 0-13 Down 0-11: Monaghan just about held out in a frenetic finish to make it two wins from two outings but they were pushed all the way by a resurgent Down who were a transformed side from their opening weekend drubbing by Donegal.

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High School Clonmel manager points to ‘rising tide lifting all boats’

CBS HS Clonmel (Tipperary) 1-10 St Francis College, Rochestown (Cork) 0-7: Football in Clonmel is enjoying something of a golden age, and the prospect of a dream-like spring remains a reality after Saturday’s Corn Uí Mhuirí semi-final in Fermoy.

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James Masters added to Cork ladies football coaching ticket

New Cork ladies senior football team manager Ephie Fitzgerald has added former county player and Nemo Rangers forward James Masters to his backroom team for the 2016 campaign.

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Complacency the biggest test for St Brendan’s after semi-final victory

St Brendan’s College, Killarney 2-14 St Flannan’s College, Ennis 0-5: Gary McGrath is going to have some job guarding against complacency ahead of St Brendans’ latest bid for the Corn Uí Mhuirí.

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Ger Aylward fights back tears on glorious day for Glenmore men

AIB All-Ireland JHC final - Glenmore (Kilkenny) 2-8 Eoghan Rua, Coleraine (Derry) 0-12: Captain and Kilkenny star Ger Aylward fought back tears as he reflected on his native Glenmore’s courageous AIB All-Ireland junior success.

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Cork SFL: Valley Rovers the early pace-setters after win over St Finbarr’s

Valley Rovers are the early leaders in the Rochestown Park Hotel FL Division 1 after securing their second successive win when seeing off St Finbarr’s on Friday night.

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Na Piarsaigh land crucial punches

AIB All-Ireland Club SHC semi-final - Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 1-22 Oulart-The Ballagh (Wexford) 0-20 (AET): Na Piarsaigh will see Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day, the Limerick side casting aside previous semi-final defeats to book their place in the All-Ireland club final on Saturday evening in Thurles.

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Talking tactics: One-on-ones at a premium in Football League

Our reporters explain how the teams set up in four league encounters yesterday...

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Starlet Kyle Cawley inspires Sligo win

Sligo 1-11 Westmeath 1-10: Teenager Kyle Cawley’s cool 54th-minute goal inspired Sligo to a one-point win over Westmeath to kick-start the county’s league campaign.

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Bennettsbridge have wind in their sails

AIB All-Ireland Club IHC final - Bennettsbridge (Kilkenny) 1-17 Abbeyknockmoy (Galway) 1-14: In the end, it all came down to a gust of wind. With 56 minutes on the clock at Croke Park, Sean Morrissey struck a point attempt from out on the right wing that dipped violently and flew to the Abbeyknockmoy net.

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Cushendall prove that if at first you don’t succeed…

AIB All-Ireland Club SHC semi-final - Ruairi Og, Cushendall (Antrim) 3-12 Sarsfields (Galway) 1-6: Earlier this year, when Neil McManus and his girlfriend sat down to book their flights to Asia for the beginning of a six-month round the world trip, they picked May as their travel date.

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Late Ryan Burns brace scalds Waterford

Waterford 1-9 Louth 1-10: Substitute Ryan Burns kept his nerve into the howling wind to convert an injury-time free to squeeze out Waterford, much to the delight of 14-man Louth’s vocal fans.

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Mick O’Dowd blames defeat on ‘low energy’ Meath attack

Fermanagh 0-10 Meath 0-6: Mick O’Dowd blamed a “low energy” in Meath’s attacking play for their failure to get to get to grips with Fermanagh in Brewster Park.

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Absolutely heartbreaking for Sarsfields, says tearful Francis Madden

Amongst the throngs of maroon wearing Cushendall players and supporters on the field after Saturday’s game, Sarsfields selector Francis Madden wiped tears from his eyes.

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Damien Barton says defensive qualities key for Derry

Cavan 1-11 Derry 1-12: Derry boss Damien Barton saw his flair team produce a five-star defensive display to leave hosts Cavan still pointless in the league.

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Cian O’Neill hails Kildare’s resilience

Kildare 1-12 Offaly 1-8: Kildare made it two wins from two as they bid to make a quick return to the second tier of League football.

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Peadar Healy: No excuses, the best team won

Peadar Healy was in no mood for sympathy having seen his team outplayed for the vast majority of yesterday’s round two Division 1 game in Fr Tierney Park.

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Mauled Cork lick wounds on long journey home

Donegal 2-14 Cork 1-7: A chastening afternoon for new Cork manager Peadar Healy would have left him with plenty to ponder on the long coach ride home from Ballyshannon.

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Tyrone forced to sweat as Damien Comer goal lifts Galway

Galway 1-9 Tyrone 1-11: Damien Comer’s goal three minutes from time almost inspired Galway to an unlikely comeback win at Pearse Stadium, but ultimately poor finishing cost the Tribesmen dearly.

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Mayo staring down the barrel after loss to Dublin

Mayo 0-7 Dublin 0-9: After just two rounds of league football, Mayo already look to have a huge fight on their hands to retain their top-flight status.

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