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VIDEO: Colm Cooper dropped as Kerry bench stars for clash with Cork

They may very well consider a red carpet for Kerry’s Munster football final dugout following Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s bold decision to leave decorated stars out of his line-up.

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VIDEO: Ronan McCarthy: History no barrier for Cork

Asked if the Cork management have prepared for every eventuality in Sunday’s Munster final against Kerry, Ronan McCarthy is refreshingly honest.

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Diarmuid Murphy: It pays for keepers to go long

It was just last month that Ciaran Whelan highlighted the ‘new’ kick-out phenomenon. Well, not all that new.

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Insiders murmur that Brian Cody gets more animated over Galway than any others

“I’ve never seen my wife so excited!”

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Dermot Earley ‘disappointed’ as duo opt out of Kildare panel

Kildare great Dermot Earley has revealed his frustration with the decision of David Hyland and Darroch Mulhall to walk out on the panel midsummer.

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Tomás Ó Sé taunts have done Kerry no favours, admits Killian Young

The next time Tomás Ó Sé meets Killian Young, he will require an ice-breaker. Should Cork break their 20-year Killarney duck, he needn’t come near his former team-mate at all.

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Conor Counihan: ‘Player independence gone’

All-Ireland winning Cork manager Conor Counihan is concerned that the growing support structures in Gaelic games are stunting the independence of players on the field.

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VIDEO: Second-half onslaught sees Kerry retain title

Nobody saw this coming, holders Kerry totally overwhelming Cork in the second half at Páirc Uí Rinn last evening to win back-to-back Munster junior football titles for the first time since 2002-’03, and record the Kingdom’s first championship win at the venue since their minor success seven years ago.

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VIDEO: Cork must rise to the occasion, says Brian Hurley

Brian Hurley doesn’t share the general view that Cork were caught on the hop by Kerry in last year’s Munster final. The Rebel attacker is more inclined to see that game as a matter of Cork not performing on the day.

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VIDEO: Cork ‘prepared for all eventualities’ in Killarney, says Don Davis

You hit Don Davis with an opening question about what he expects from Kerry on Sunday and he volleys it straight back. "Ye’re long enough writing it and I’m long enough playing football to know that Kerry can come with whatever they want to come with," says the Cork football selector.

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice says pundits to blame for Kerry’s cynical stigma

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has blamed pundits for attempting to paint Kerry as a cynical team.

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Bomber Liston, Tomás Ó Sé and kicking sleeping dogs in the midday sun?

Last year, I was out of the country for the Munster final. 

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice not doing things by half

It might take more than a history lesson to beat Kerry but Brian Cuthbert need only look back on the past four seasons to see where Cork have lost to them: first halves.

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Ulster chiefs in traffic approach to PSNI

The Ulster Council are liaising with the PSNI to ensure supporters attending the three football qualifiers games in the province scheduled for the July 12 weekend don’t have any difficulty getting to and from the venues.

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Danny Culloty says Kerry have experience edge over Cork

Cork junior football selector Danny Culloty believes Kerry have a distinct experience advantage over them in this evening’s Munster final.

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Conor Cusack urges Paddy O’Rourke to call gardaí over ‘knife’ threat troll

Gaelic Players Association official Conor Cusack has advised Meath goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke to consult the gardaí over a threat made on Twitter to ‘knife’ him.

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Changing mindset sees football grow in Kilkenny

There are some words that look out of place sharing the same sentence. Jose Mourinho and modest. Paul O’Connell and ordinary. Kilkenny and football.

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Westmeath hungry for success as doubts lifted, says Ger Egan

Earlier this year, Ger Egan conceded he’d almost questioned himself as a footballer after Westmeath’s horror 2014 campaign yielded 12 defeats in 12 games.

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Kieran McGeeney blasts ‘conspiracy theorists’

Kieran McGeeney has labelled the GAA chiefs who introduced the 26-man registered panels as “conspiracy theorists”.

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Departing Laois boss Tomas Ó Flathárta indicates he had player support

Tomas Ó Flathárta has hinted that he was forced to resign as Laois football manager and indicated that he retained the support of the players whose voice was ‘ignored’.

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Anthony Masterson enjoying return to senior fold

He may have just captained Wexford to a rare Leinster football title but former All Star nominee Anthony Masterson has been forced to shelve his All-Ireland junior title ambitions.

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Jim Gavin unfazed by Darragh Ó Sé remarks

Jim Gavin has played down Darragh Ó Sé’s remarks about Diarmuid Connolly after his forward turned in a man-of-the-match winning performance yesterday.

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Joe Brolly’s Paidi Ó Sé call

GAA pundit Joe Brolly has added to the clamour for a second tier football championship, and wants it to be named after an “inspirational” figure like Paidi Ó Sé.

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John Bannon: Ulster clash tough for referee

Of the three televised games this weekend, the most difficult match to officiate was the Donegal v Derry Ulster semi-final in Clones.

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Conor Neville: Celtic Tiger blamed for fall of Meath softies, naturally

Now that the unthinkable has happened and Meath have lost to Westmeath, is it time to revisit Martin McHugh’s much ridiculed explanation for the decline of Gaelic football in the county?

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Tom Cribbin: ‘Once we clicked there was no stopping us’

Tom Cribbin admitted it was a little ‘miracle’ to emerge from the depths of despair grasping a Leinster final place, but the man who actually conjured it, Kieran Martin, could only shrug.

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Louth make strides with Leitrim win

Louth 1-16 Leitrim 0-11: They may not be All-Ireland contenders any time soon but Louth continue to show an uncanny knack for churning out talented young forwards.

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Conor Glass the class act as Derry knock out favourites

Derry 0-11 Donegal 0-10: All-Ireland favourites Donegal were sent crashing out of the Ulster minor football championship by Derry in Saturday’s semi-final in Clones.

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Austin Stacks have that bit extra in Féile decider

Austin Stacks became the first Kerry team since 1991, and only the second club from the county, to be crowned All- Ireland U14 Féile Peil na nÓg champions after a dramatic final yesterday.

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Tomás Quinn: Westmeath evidently saw this one coming

Talk is cheap. It’s the actions that follow from teams that determine whether they really believe or whether they were trotting out a party line — and in some cases trying to convince themselves.

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Mick O’Dowd offers no excuses

Mick O’Dowd entered the press room with the glazed expression of a soldier who has just witnessed terrible things at war.

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Westmeath write history, and make it memorable too

Westmeath 3-19 Meath 2-18: To put all the madness in its proper context, consider where Westmeath were exactly a year ago to the day.

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The Dublin juggernaut rumbles on

Dublin 5-18 Kildare 0-14: With pins the size of swords, Dublin popped Westmeath’s party balloons less than an hour after they had been blown up yesterday.

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Sweet revenge as Kildare finally get edge on Dublin

Kildare 3-16 Dublin 3-13: A devastating scoring blitz before half-time paved the way for Kildare’s victory over Paddy Christie’s Dublin in yesterday’s Electric Ireland Leinster minor football semi-final at Croke Park.

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‘Disjointed’ Tyrone in search of their mojo

Tyrone 1-14 Limerick 0-8: Tyrone may well travel far through the Qualifiers, but they have a longer road to negotiate before they can be considered the force they were in the glorious noughties.

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Seamus Hickey to lead Cork challenge

The main prize is Sunday in Killarney, but the junior footballers of Cork and Kerry will be striving for their own bit of provincial glory on Wednesday night when the counties meet in the Munster final at Páirc Uí Rinn.

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Derry left ‘sick’ as Donegal book fifth final in a row

Donegal 1-9 Derry 0-10: If it was hardly intriguing, it was tight. Mercifully. Because in truth, Saturday’s Ulster SFC semi final in Clones had little else going for it as a spectacle.

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Michael Murphy: Donegal don’t do complacency

Michael Murphy mightn’t have been happy with the performance but he was at least content in the knowledge last Saturday has dispelled some of the perceptions that Donegal were going to stroll to another Ulster championship.

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Romp for Armagh despite misses

Armagh 2-17 Wicklow 2-7: Shooting practice will be taking centre stage at Armagh training sessions over the next two weeks, with Kieran McGeeney labelling some of their misses in the Athletic Grounds on Saturday as "criminal".

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Wexford Power to win

Wexford 2-16 Down 2-11: As the Wexford fans celebrated on the pitch, manager David Power took to the sanctuary of a spare dressing room to explain the emergence of his new look young charges while just down the corridor his Down counterpart Jim McCorry struggled with the bitter disappointment of defeat.

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Majestic James Murphy the driver for Clyda Rovers

Clyda Rovers 0-12 Aghada 0-7: James Murphy gave an exhibition of point scoring for Clyda Rovers as they defeated Aghada in the third round of the Cork senior football championship at Watergrasshill on Saturday night.

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Jack O’Connor warns wrong to write off Cork

Jack O’Connor is busy preparing the Kerry minor squad for a Munster final meeting with Tipperary on July 5, but while he fancies Kerry to win the senior final against Cork, he believes that it will be a lot closer than some pundits think.

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Are Dublin married to success?

Keeping in line with the most predictable provincial championships in recent times, tomorrow is shaping up to be a nice day for a white wedding. An arranged marriage, that is, at Dublin’s behest. Appropriately, apart from wearing blue they have something old, something new and something borrowed.

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Memory of ‘dark days’ drives Eamon McGee

The night they returned to Donegal Town having reclaimed the Anglo-Celt Cup last July, Eamon McGee was content on the peripheries.

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Mick O’Dowd puts no stock in Meath’s historical dominance

Those who partitioned Meath from Westmeath around 500 years ago didn’t do the Lake County any favours, not in Gaelic football terms at least.

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Nemo rangers put Na Piarsaigh in dread of drop

Nemo Rangers 2-14 Na Piarsaigh 3-6: Na Piarsaigh are a game from possibly falling through the trapdoor of Premier Intermediate football after succumbing to city rivals, Nemo Rangers last night.

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Ronan McCarthy says Cork ignoring Tomás Ó Sé comments

Cork football selector Ronan McCarthy responded last night to criticism from former Kerry star Tomás Ó Sé and former Cork footballer James Masters, saying that the Rebel players and management had not allowed recent comments to become a distraction as they prepare for the Munster final against Kerry on Sunday week.

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Mickey Harte has Tyrone on high alert for Limerick test

Tyrone must approach tomorrow’s first round Qualifier clash with Limerick as if they were facing Kerry, Dublin or Donegal, according to manager Mickey Harte.

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Dara Ó Cinnéide: Football’s troika can’t dilute our search for small winners

It was only after Donegal beat Armagh a fortnight ago that we realised the men of Tír Chonaill had never before beaten both Tyrone and the Orchard county in the same championship.

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice: People are expecting a big performance from us.

Fitzmaurice: Cork are the ‘most maligned’ team in the country

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has distanced himself from Tomás Ó Sé’s criticism of Cork but admitted they are the most maligned team across Gaelic football and hurling.

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Armagh simply not up to top teams, admits former star McConville

Oisin McConville believes Armagh may have to acknowledge that they’re not capable of taking on the top teams.

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Derry turn to O’Boyle for Clones clash with Donegal

Cailean O’Boyle comes in for Benny Heron in the only change in the Derry side for tomorrow night’s Ulster SFC semi-final clash with Donegal in St Tiernach’s Park in Clones (7pm).

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Carty’s late heroics stun Royals as Model County secure Leinster crown

Wexford 1-10 Meath 0-12

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Cassidy backs Fermanagh to bounce back

Fermanagh defender Niall Cassidy believes the county can bounce back from their defeat to Monaghan at Breffni Park and make an impact in the Qualifiers.

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John O'Leary: Dubs canonly put 15 on pitch.

O’Leary slams ‘obsession’ with Dubs

Sunday: Croke Park, 4pm
Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)
Bet: Dublin 1/40
Kildare 12/1 Draw 40/1
TV: Live on RTÉ2

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Cooper’s pride as Dublin now developing a mean streak

It wasn’t so long ago that Dublin’s full-back line was regarded as its weakest trio.

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Mallon expects the unexpectedfrom Donegal

Saturday: Clones, 7pm
Referee: R Hickey (Clare)
Bet: Donegal 1/5
Derry 9/2 Draw 12/1
TV: Sky Sports

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Cassidy: McGuinness must have forgot confidentiality clause

Kevin Cassidy has joked Jim McGuinness must not have signed the confidentiality agreement he asked players to put their names to during his time as Donegal manager after learning the 2012 All-Ireland winning boss is bringing out a book later this year.

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The bright side of sport: Time for a Championship change

Steve Neville believes it is time for a change to the GAA Championship structure.

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Ciarán Whelan urges Kildare to ‘make it difficult’ for Dublin

Ciarán Whelan didn’t quite do a Tomás Ó Sé on it, but he is seriously dubious about Kildare’s chances of beating Dublin in Sunday’s Leinster semi-final.

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Laois begin search for fifth boss in nine years

Laois GAA top-brass will meet later this week to begin the search for a fifth county football manager in nine years.

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Ticket frenzy expected as Dr Hyde Park chosen to host Connacht final

Several thousand supporters are to lose out as a result of the Connacht Council’s decision to stage next month’s provincial football decider at Dr Hyde Park.

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Kieran Martin: Tom Cribbin’s angry words brought best out of Westmeath

A cool head from Kieran Martin produced the goal that sent Westmeath into Sunday’s Leinster semi-final against Meath, but it could be a huge moment in the managerial career of Tom Cribbin.

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Hugh McFadden takes scenic route to Donegal set-up

Like many from his hometown of Killybegs, Hugh McFadden was often hop-scotching between soccer and Gaelic games.

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Brendan Devenney: ‘Perfect’ Rory Gallagher has brought Donegal to another level

Rory Gallagher brought an end to the Jim McGuinness era when masterminding Donegal’s nine-point hammering of Armagh in the Ulster quarter-final, according to Brendan Devenney.

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Mike Quirke: I don’t know Thomas Connolly, but this much I do know...

Back in early part of summer 2007, I was suffering with a persistent head cold that I just couldn’t shake. 

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Jim Gavin impressed by attack mode of ‘deep thinker’ Jason Sherlock

When Jim Gavin admits he’s not a defensive coach, it might come across as peculiar that he added Jason Sherlock to his backroom team this season with a brief on improving Dublin’s attack. 

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Martin McHugh’s Meath criticism ‘irrelevant’, declares Mick O’Dowd

Martin McHugh’s infamous ‘two-trick pony’ gibe regarding Colm Cooper has been turned back on him by Meath manager Mick O’Dowd who has labelled the Donegal man a ‘one-trick analyst’.

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Paddy Bradley would love Derry return if Brian McIver quit

Former Derry All-Star footballer Paddy Bradley has lashed out at manager Brian McIver ahead of the county’s crucial Ulster championship semi-final against Donegal on Saturday.

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