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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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Recovered Noel McGrath puts focus on pitch battles

You know about Noel McGrath the cancer survivor. 

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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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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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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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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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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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GPA: Scrap All-Ireland ‘B’ championship plan or we’ll walk

The GAA and GPA are on a major collision course after the players’ organisation last night threatened the non- compliance of eight county teams if the ‘B’ championship proposal is approved by Congress later this month.

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Tomás Clancy: ‘We’re not just looking for results, but performances’

A Cork win in Ballyshannon tomorrow, a second in seven days, won’t have anyone not least the players believing again. But a performance?

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Brian Cody hails the man who ‘had everything’ - Richie Power

Brian Cody paid a glowing tribute to recently-retired Richie Power yesterday, describing the forward as a player who “had everything”.

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Brian Cody says nothing cast in stone

All-Ireland winning Kilkenny manager Brian Cody said yesterday he never played with a sweeper, but said nothing was “cast in stone” when it comes to setting up his teams.

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Even on the sidelines, Maurice Fitzgerald is making his mark

He’ll still line out when the need requires, as was evidenced by his cameo appearance during St Marys’ Division 2 league game against Gneeveguilla in early December, but for some time now Maurice Fitzgerald has been swayed by the “natural pull” of management.

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Mikey Sheehy blasts ‘ludicrous’ January start to league

Kerry selector Mikey Sheehy has questioned the logic of commencing the Allianz Football Leagues on the final weekend in January, describing the unnecessarily early start to the competitive season as “ludicrous”.

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Allianz Football League team news: Brian Kelly gets Kerry opportunity

Goalkeeper Brian Kelly, Aidan O’Mahony, and Jonathan Lyne are the three inclusions as Kerry opt against wholesale changes for tomorrow’s visit of Roscommon to Fitzgerald Stadium in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League (2pm).

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Mayo's mighty Fr Peter Quinn helped carry spirit of ‘51

And then there were two. The death of Fr Peter Quinn is the removal of another link to Mayo’s back-to-back All-Ireland winning side of 1950 and ’51. Now only two remain — full-back Paddy Prendergast who lives in Tralee, and centre forward Padraig Carney, a doctor in the US.

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Stephen Rochford needs dig out from Mayo players

It is difficult to tell exactly at what point players start to play for their manager as well as for their team. Players know immediately when everyone is pulling in the same direction, but it is that bit harder to figure it out from outside the group.

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Killarney's St Brendan's and High School Clonmel to contest Corn Uí Mhuirí

St Brendan's, Killarney and High School Clonmel will contest the Corn Uí Mhuirí decider after their respective semi-final wins this afternoon.

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Fear of failure driving Cushendall

Neil McManus knows it’s high time Cushendall’s litany of hard luck stories ended on All-Ireland semi-final day.

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Kerry connection bodes well for Bennettsbridge

The feat which the hurlers of Bennettsbridge are chasing tomorrow – winning back-to-back All-Ireland junior and intermediate club titles – remains exclusive to the Ardfert footballers.

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Post-primary GAA previews

Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster PPS U18½ AFC) semi-finals

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Weekend GAA Previews

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Can Na Piarsaigh learn from past pains?

Shane O’Neill chuckles at the question. His club, Na Piarsaigh, have been here before, at the All-Ireland semi-final stage. Twice in the last five years, in fact. Isn’t there some solace in having that experience to draw on?

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Dublin could make bad week even worse for Mayo

They may only have had a six-day turnaround between matches, but it’s been a long week in many ways for the Mayo footballers and their new manager Stephen Rochford.

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