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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Killian Spillane relishing Croker trip

It is said of Seán Kelly his greatest achievement as GAA president was opening the doors of Croke Park to the soccer and rugby fraternities of this country.

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Aogán Ó Fearghail backs Cork plan for unlimited subs during senior league competitions

The initiative of the Cork County Board to allow “unlimited” substitutions during this year’s senior league competitions has been welcomed by GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail.

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Ó Fearghaíl agrees Dubs funding needs review

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghaíl believes there is a “compelling” case to address the imbalance in games development funding which currently sees Dublin receive €1.4m more than nearly every other county.

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Brendan O’Connell starts for Cork in Donegal

Goalkeeper Brendan O’Connell will make his league debut as one of four changes to the Cork side for Sunday’s Allianz FL Division 1 clash with Donegal in Ballyshannon (throw-in 2pm).

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Joe McMahon reckons Tyrone are on rise again

Veteran defender Joe McMahon believes Tyrone are on the verge of a second golden era with another talented young team.

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Galways star Annette Clarke’s difficult call on county

Galway’s 2004 senior All-Ireland winning captain Annette Clarke has admitted that her decision to retire from inter-county football was a difficult one.

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John Heslin inspires UCD victory

Sigerson Cup - UCD 0-11 NUIG 1-6: UCD may have a string of Dublin All-Ireland winners in their ranks but it was the accuracy of Westmeath’s John Heslin that saw them over the line in a good contest in Dangan yesterday.

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Barry Moran warns against rash judgment on Mayo’s season

Barry Moran has cautioned against people making rash judgments about Mayo’s 2016 season so early in the year.

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Michael Quinlivan: B championship would be ‘catastrophic’ for Tipperary

Michael Quinlivan says it would be “catastrophic” for Tipperary football were the senior team consigned to a “B” championship next season.

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Mike Quirke: Diarmuid Connolly repertoire easy on the eye

I was in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght early on Saturday morning to watch St Brendan’s from Tralee win their first ever senior national title, beating Leixlip Nemunas in the intermediate cup final. 

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Tom Clancy confident medical staff put players first

Tom Clancy is certain the Cork medical team would act in his best interests were if to suffer suspected concussion.

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UCC progress but Billy Morgan left with plenty to ponder

UCC 2-13 GMIT 2-8: The footballers of UCC are up and running in the latest edition of the Sigerson Cup, although yesterday’s opening effort was a touch underwhelming.

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VIDEO: Future is looking bright for Kilmurry

Cork’s first ‘double’ in 1890 was achieved by the hurlers of Aghabullogue and the footballers of Midleton, but in Kilmurry there has always been an element of ‘what if’ attached. 

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Coach Brian Carson delighted as UL shake off brave IT Tralee challenge

University of Limerick 2-15 IT Tralee 2-8: IT Tralee manager PJ Reidy said they were disappointed not to advance to the quarter-finals of the Sigerson Cup after coming up short on the 4G pitch at UL.

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Resurgent St Mary’s dump out Dublin IT

St Mary’s 1-11 Dublin IT 2-6 (AET): St Mary’s set up a Belfast derby quarter-final with 2016 Sigerson Cup hosts UUJ as they fought back to beat DIT in extra-time on Garvaghey’s 3G pitch.

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Patrick McBrearty inspires 14-man UUJ to victory over Garda College

UUJ 2-14 Garda College 0-11: Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty scored 1-4 in the opening 10 minutes to make life comfortable for 2016 Sigerson Cup hosts Jordanstown against Garda College yesterday.

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A chastening start but Kerry and Mayo can recover

The difference between Kerry and Mayo’s defeats this past weekend was three points but let there be no equivocation that both were tanked.

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Damian Barton: Brendan Rogers needs time to get over facial injury ‘shock’

Damian Barton claims Derry midfielder Brendan Rogers needs time to get over the mental and physical scars from the “shocking” facial injury he suffered against Tyrone.

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Conor Dorman misses Cork’s league campaign

Cork footballer Conor Dorman will miss the county’s entire Allianz league Division 1 campaign after undergoing surgery on his ankle yesterday.

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Gaelic Football games to get longer as refs told stop clock during substitutions

The common “at least two minutes of additional time” refrain may well be at an end in top level Gaelic football going by the amount of injury-time played in the first round of the Allianz League.

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Death of Mayo All-Ireland hero Fr Peter Quinn

Fr Peter Quinn, a hero of Mayo’s All-Ireland SFC victories in 1950 and 1951, has died.

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Meath’s Mickey Newman believes second-tier sides can prosper

Mickey Harte has often voiced the opinion that teams simply must be playing Division 1 football to have any chance of claiming All-Ireland honours later in the year, but Meath’s Mickey Newman feels the gap between the top and second tiers may be over-egged.

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Dean Rock not bothered by Dublin sub policy

Dean Rock is philosophical about being substituted and accepts it’s a norm in a panel as strong as Dublin’s.

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Eoin Cadogan sidelined as he recovers from head knock

Eoin Cadogan will not be part of the Cork football panel for Sunday’s league fixture against Donegal as he recovers from the heavy collision with Mayo’s Lee Keegan.

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Confident Cork show they mean business

Cork 1-18 Mayo 0-12: Cork didn’t so much dip their toes in the waters of redemption yesterday. They dived head first with a fairly impressive double front somersault.

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Mayo management admit Lee Keegan concussion mistake

The Mayo management team last night accepted they should have substituted Lee Keegan earlier in the defeat by Cork, after the player suffered concussion symptoms.

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Ambitious Meath hit the ground running

Meath 1-10 Armagh 0-8: On goes Meath’s winter of content.

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Early Kildare blitz puts Westmeath on back foot

Westmeath 0-11 Kildare 2-9: If the bookmakers are to be believed, these teams will renew acquaintances in a Division 3 final in April, but Kildare claimed first blood here courtesy of an impressive first half against a gale.

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Harsh lesson for Roscommon as Monaghan snatch points

Roscommon 1-9 Monaghan 2-10: Three years ago, these sides clashed in Division 3. Monaghan got to the top flight a year ahead of Roscommon so the words of Malachy O’Rourke should be heeded by the disappointed Rossies after they let a winning hand slip from their grasp.

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Peadar Healy pinpoints Daniel Goulding for special praise

Peadar Healy had several players to thank for securing him his first league win as Cork football manager and not surprisingly, Daniel Goulding was among the first to be singled out for praise.

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Lively Clare take Sligo by storm

Clare 1-11 Sligo 0-7: Clare got their Division 3 campaign off to a strong start with a merited win over Sligo at Miltown Malbay yesterday.

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Early Louth goals foil London

Louth 2-9 London 0-9: First-half goals from Declan Byrne and Jim McEneaney proved vital as Louth struggled to shake off London in Darver.

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Kevin Walsh happy as Galway's young guns make step-up

Galway 3-12 Laois 1-10: Kevin Walsh cut a contented figure after the final whistle at O’Moore Park yesterday and he was entitled to do so, as his Galway team proved far too strong for a particularly poor home side in this Division 2 opener.

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Tomás Quinn: Fringe benefits the key for Jim Gavin and Eamonn Fitzmaurice

Already we are faced with a challenge, a familiar one: Weighing up exactly what these early season games mean and how relevant are they?

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Wary Cora Staunton plays down rare Mayo win over Cork

Mayo 2-8 Cork 0-7: Mayo ended a nine year wait for victory over Cork with a seven point victory against the champions in this Lidl NFL Division One opener in Mallow.

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice: "It was a poor performance, simple as that"

Dublin 2-14 Kerry 0-14: The essence of a rivalry is give and take. Right now, in fact, for as long as some care to remember, it is Dublin who have been doing all the taking.

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Jim Gavin: What’s the rush with League kick-off?

Jim Gavin has questioned beginning the league so early in the year. For the second year in succession, Dublin commenced their Division 1 campaign in January much to Gavin’s frustration.

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Derry win but Damian Barton senses ‘hangover’

Derry 3-13 Fermanagh 1-10: Derry boss Damian Barton admitted his side had suffered a McKenna Cup ‘hangover’ in the first half of Sunday’s nine-point Division 2 victory over Fermanagh at Celtic Park.

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Tipperary and Limerick bosses slam football’s ‘B’ plan

Limerick 1-12 Tipperary 2-9: Stalemate in Kilmallock yesterday and agreement from respective managers Liam Kearns and John Brudair that removing Division 4 teams from the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers in 2017 would be a retrograde step.

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Tyrone dig it out but Mickey Harte raises concern

Tyrone 0-10 Cavan 0-8: A dour, defensive battle at Healy Park finally swung in Tyrone’s favour as they edged out Ulster neighbours Cavan to take the opening day points.

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Rory Gallagher wants to develop strength in depth

Down 0-7 Donegal 3-15: Rory Gallagher wants Donegal’s established players to feel the heat from the next generation, and there were loads of positives for him to take from Saturday night’s emphatic league win in Newry.

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