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Kerry must dictate tempo

It’s a mark of Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s leadership that, at least up until the team was released on Thursday night, nobody made a big deal of their being so many final debutants in his group.

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Neil Lennon: McGuinness has Donegal a step from Paradise

When we took Jim over to Celtic, there was a lot of pressure on him writes Neil Lennon

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(Family) court of King James

HE still spins around Killarney on his bike at 55, looking as fresh as paint, uncreased by the stresses of life and Kerry’s roller-coaster ride to Croke Park.

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Kerry-born schoolteacher Fiona Farry gets the thumbs down from pupils Hannah, Barry, Jamie and Rhiley at their Donegal school. Picture: Joe Boland

County fleets to relive final offshore

No matter what happens on Sunday, mackerel season in October will see every moment relived across the radio waves when the fishing fleets from Donegal and Kerry meet off the north-west coast.

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Moynihan: Spy saga proves importance of closed training sessions

Kerry legend Seamus Moynihan believes the attempts of an individual to spy on the county’s training proves the importance of closed door sessions.

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Lacey: Players devoted to their cause

It was from O’Neill’s pub in Vilamoura harbour on this weekend last year that Karl Lacey watched the All-Ireland final.

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Dogged Donaghy gets off the ropes for final round

In America, basketball’s big men are separated into two distinct categories; guys like Kieran Donaghy who play ‘above the rim’, and guys like me, ‘space-eaters’.

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Meet Donegal’s Mr Consistency

It’s a Wednesday evening and the main street in Ardara is quiet.

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Mahony in mood for more games

Waterford’s Philip Mahony is honest about his return to action.

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Versatile Ryan adapted well to changing role of ’keeper

Razor-sharp with the placed ball and a keen eye for raising the green flag, Shane Ryan stands as Rathmore’s top-scorer in this season’s club championship.

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Kerry’s powerful forward unit can beat blanket defence

The very fact the Kerry forward unit carries a most potent look despite the decision of management to omit top-scorer Jordan Kiely from the starting team speaks volumes of the talent coursing through this side.

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Strong backing for McStay to be next Mayo manager

Kevin McStay has received strong backing from several Mayo clubs in his bid to become the county’s senior football manager.

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Jimmy delays team amid selection dilemmas

Donegal boss Jim McGuinness has opted against publicly naming his starting side for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SFC against Kerry at Croke Park.

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Will Donegal be the ones that play — or get played?

It’s been just over two weeks since Donegal turned the bookies odds on their head and delivered their finest display of the Jim McGuinness era, seeing off heavily-favoured Dublin with a pulsating semi-final performance that few outside the set-up saw coming.

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Special branch cracks to reveal spy in Kerry camp

GAA espionage reached a new level in Fitzgerald Stadium on Tuesday evening when a man scarpered having been spotted attempting to watch Kerry’s behind-closed-doors training session — from a tree!

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McGeeney critical of ‘bad rap’ for Donegal

Kieran McGeeney has hit out at what he claims to be the "bad rap" afforded to Jim McGuinness’s Donegal and compared criticisms of perceived defensiveness by some pundits to those shipped by his own Armagh side during their Noughties heydays.

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Way clear for Walsh to take Galway job

Kevin Walsh’s ascension to the position of Galway football manager is a foregone conclusion after Pete Warren withdrew his candidacy.

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Small margins have put Dohenys in peril

Dohenys find themselves in tomorrow evening’s Cork SFC relegation play-off against St Vincent’s in Kilmurry (5pm) having lost their three games to date by a total of 24 points.

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Ryan unhappy as club games go on

Cork ladies football manager Eamonn Ryan has bemoaned the fact that 28 members of his panel were involved in club action less than a fortnight before their All-Ireland final contest against Dublin on Sunday week.

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No opposition as Kiely replaces Carey as Limerick U21 manager

Limerick GAA chiefs last night rubber-stamped the controversial appointment of John Kiely as U21 hurling manager.

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Absent friends from ’89 remembered

TOO OFTEN, the Cork team which won the 1989 All-Ireland has had to gather together in sorrow rather than joy.

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Murphy: We may never enjoy semi-final experience again

"Those lads may play with Kerry for another dozen years, and they will never experience something like that again," says Kerry keeper-turned-selector Diarmuid Murphy.

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Fans out in the cold, but Fitzmaurice’s concern well-placed

At the time, it was that serious Eamonn Fitzmaurice felt the decision necessitated an open letter to Kerry supporters.

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Declan on bench for final clash

No Declan O’Sullivan in the team, no Colm Cooper in the squad and two changes to the side that beat Mayo.

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Walsh can’t wait for return to Kingdom colours

Former Kerry All-Ireland winning footballer Tommy Walsh has revealed it is a case of "when, not if" he returns to the green and gold.

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McIntyre: Tackling team’s mental health too much for McGuinness

Jim McGuinness has created a welcome precedent, but specific sports psychologists are required by county teams, according to the University of Limerick’s Dr Tadhg McIntyre.

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Galvin says Kerry paid price for underage neglect

Kerry minor selector John Galvin believes the county’s underage structures were neglected during the Kingdom’s senior glory run of the ’00s.

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PRIDE IN THE JERSEY: Donegal manager and Glasgow Celtic reserve team coach Jim McGuinness  at Celtic Park, ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry. Picture: Sportsfile

Kingdom’s keys waiting on wings

Get the ball up the field fast. Shoot accurately from long range. These are the traditional and clichéd answers to the blanket defence. They have had their merits on different days but both are now limited in effectiveness. Donegal’s mass defence system is an evolved one and can deal with both.

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Sigerson Cup and UCC synonymous with Kerry footballers

Of the Kerry team which began the drawn All-Ireland semi-final with Mayo, eight had played Sigerson Cup football for UCC.

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Fitzmaurice has absolute belief in Kerry squad

When news broke of Colm Cooper’s torn cruciate last February, Dara Ó Cinnéide still managed to find some positives.

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Ulster champs go into overdrive

In the 48 hours after Donegal beat Cork in the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final, county secretary Aodh Mairtín Ó Fearraigh’s phone stopped working. It had melted under pressure from incoming calls, texts and emails.

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Training camp focuses Donegal

Jim McGuinness admitted he used the training camp at Lough Erne last week to try prepare his side for every eventuality Kerry could throw at them in Sunday’s All-Ireland final.

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Kavanagh needed push to return

Rory Kavanagh had his doubts. He needed his arm twisting. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to; it was whether he was able to.

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Fitzgerald reshuffles Banner backroom line-up for 2015

Clare senior hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald has announced changes to his backroom team for next year as well as seeking to clarify the dual-player issue in the county.

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Barr’s hold off Nemo in thrilling finish to complete junior double

St. Finbarr’s 3-11 Nemo Rangers 2-11
St. Finbarr’s completed the Cork City Junior double at Páirc Uí Rinn last evening but it was heartbreak for Nemo Rangers as they lost a second successive Sports Turf Solutions JHC final.

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McGlynn: Donegal have buzz and belief after beating Dubs

"It’s great to see the county starting to believe 100% in the team," says Frank as he contemplates the buzz since beating Dublin.

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McGee relief as Donegal take road to Croker

Corner-back Eamon McGee may have a fear of flying but that’s not the reason Donegal will be taking the bus to Croke Park this weekend.

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Pádraig Lucey: Earned a deal with Geelong.

Lucey chases AFL dream

While most Kerry people are dreaming of All-Ireland glory this weekend, Pádraig Lucey is targeting a shot at an AFL career earned by a stint on reality TV.

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