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Dara Ó Cinneide: Lamenting artists Michael Murphy and Conor McManus go artisan to survive

One of the most impressive passages of attacking play so far this year came in Round 3 of this year’s Allianz National Football League in Ballybofey in February.

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Meath can’t wait forever for future gains

Mick O’Dowd says players and management in Meath will not fear Dublin, but admits they are playing the best team in the country...

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Will Dublin bring right mentality to Croke Park?

Trevor Giles tells an interesting story about taking on Dublin in the 2014 Leinster football final.

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Dublin’s presence means getting to the Leinster final will do for Westmeath

Trepidation has turned to anticipation in the Westmeath camp.

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Keith Cribbin itching for Kildare victory and a final return

Keith Cribbin hasn’t made it back in time to be involved for Kildare against Westmeath tomorrow but with his injury nightmare finally behind him, he is hoping his teammates do the business to give him a Leinster final to look forward to.

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice: ‘What goes on outside the camp is noise to us’

Eamonn Fitzmaurice believes the strong presence of former Kerry footballers serving as columnists in the national media isn’t favourable towards his squad.

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Monaghan’s Clerkin comes alive in the twilight zone

Dick Clerkin has a growing appreciation of the role of ‘impact sub’ and credits manager Malachy O’Rourke with prolonging his Monaghan career. As the longest-serving inter-county player in the country, Clerkin has clearly done an awful lot right to keep his body up to the abrasive demands of the modern game.

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Westmeath v Kildare preview: Provincial venues preferred to Croker

Croke Park was never going to be a heaving cauldron of noise and fervour on Sunday, certainly not when Kildare and Westmeath ran out from under the Cusack Stand for the first of the two Leinster semi-finals.

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Éire Óg Ennis pull out of championship amid fears over unpaid player insurance

A Clare GAA club has withdrawn from the County Intermediate Football Championship because many of their players are uninsured.

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Paddy Cullen hails Dubs ‘enigma’ Jim Gavin

Paddy Cullen had just departed as Dublin manager in the early 1990s when Jim Gavin joined the senior panel as a player.

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Jim Gavin seeks ‘resilience’ from champions Dublin

Jim Gavin has challenged his Dublin defenders to put some “resilience” into their game after being opened up for two goals by Laois.

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Dubs get all the breaks, says for Laois star Peter O’Leary

Former Laois star Peter O’Leary has accused GAA chiefs of favouring bigger counties, specifically Dublin, after the times for Sunday’s Leinster SFC semi-finals were changed following the Republic of Ireland’s progression to the last 16 of Euro 2016.

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I was regarded as a ‘baddie’, says Meath stalwart Mickey Burke

Strapping Meath defender Mickey Burke reckons he was “made out to be the baddie”’ after the biting saga that followed the Royals’ last clash with Dublin.

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Paul Flynn still loving every minute after decade on duty with Dublin

It’s a young man’s game and in a little over a fortnight Paul Flynn will officially be classified as one of Gaelic football’s old men.

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Little piece of history against Kildare would lift gloom for Westmeath

Former Westmeath All Star John Keane has described Sunday’s Leinster semi-final as the county’s make-or-break fixture for 2016 and believes victory over Kildare would dispel the dark clouds hanging over Tom Cribbin’s side.

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Liam Kearns: Kerry pundits have dismissed Tipperary

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns claims Kerry pundits have written off the Division 3 side’s chances of upsetting the reigning Munster champions in Sunday week’s provincial final.

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Fermanagh boss Pete McGrath stands over ‘gamesmanship’ criticism of Donegal

Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath is standing over claims of Donegal ‘gamesmanship’ in the recent Ulster SFC quarter-final clash between the counties.

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Justin McNulty questions Armagh’s appetite for replay

Former Armagh defender and Laois manager Justin McNulty says “nobody can have any complaints” after the decision to refix the counties’ qualifier after Laois made too many substitutes last Saturday.

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Laois-Armagh replay has ‘big implications’

Clare manager Colm Collins says the decision to refix the Laois-Armagh qualifier has “big implications” for the ‘A’ side of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers.

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Mike Quirke: Mayo leadership isn’t all about talking in dressing rooms

Having stood up and demanded change to the county management last season, Mayo’s senior football team must now take on collective responsibility, writes Mike Quirke.

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Euros qualification won’t prompt GAA fixture rethink

The GAA are highly unlikely to change the throw-in times of the televised Leinster SFC semi-finals this Sunday in the event the Republic of Ireland qualify for the second round of Euro 2016 that same afternoon.

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Six GAA substitute sagas

Six times that extra substitutes were the cause of controversy after a week in which Laois were penalised for a seventh sub...

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GAA chiefs seek answers over Ulster replay controversy

The GAA has asked the Ulster Council to play the semi-final replay between Tyrone and Cavan this Sunday to avoid mayhem in the All-Ireland qualifier series.

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Laois may avoid being kicked out of the championship

The role of the sideline official in permitting Laois’ use of seven subs against Armagh in Saturday’s qualifier may see them avoid being dumped out of the championship.

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Mayo bid to escape the Hurt Locker

Aidan O’Shea concedes Mayo face their greatest challenge in rescuing their season through the qualifiers.

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Mickey Conlan bridges 13-year Championship gap for Derry

Veteran Derry goalkeeper Mickey Conlan bridged a 13-year gap between championship appearances last Saturday, but insists his return to the big-time was a one-off.

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Tyrone almost come a cropper against Cavan

Cavan 3-7 Tyrone 0-16: It took a winter’s day in Clones to herald the start of summer, but finally, we got a game worthy of the name.

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Kevin Walsh: Galway have nothing won, but we’ve got pride back

Galway 1-12 Mayo 0-12: As Galway players and supporters celebrated on the MacHale Park pitch like it was 1998, Mayo’s shellshocked footballers and fans slipped away quietly into the wet and windy night.

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Leitrim cut the summer short for Waterford

Leitrim 0-12 Waterford 0-8: There wasn’t quite the same fanfare that greeted Leitrim’s first qualifier win against Wicklow back in 2012, but Shane Ward’s side were far more convincing yesterday as they picked up their second backdoor victory in Carrick-on-Shannon.

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Louth boss says GAA don’t understand player welfare

Derry 1-18 Louth 2-10: Louth manager Colin Kelly accused GAA chiefs of “disgraceful” fixture-scheduling after his team’s speedy exit from the All-Ireland SFC series.

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Kieran McGeeney laments woeful shooting stats in Laois loss

Laois 1-10 Armagh 0-10: Laois improved a very tidy qualifier record by coming out the right side of a tense and cagey affair with Armagh at O’Moore Park.

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Could Tyrone v Cavan be the game to ignite the Ulster championship?

It’s been six years since the Anglo-Celt Cup last visited Tyrone, and the hurt that drives Mickey Harte’s men has become an obsession.

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Oisín McConville: The questions Mayo players have still to answer

Mayo find the cupboards bare this summer when it comes to sympathy. So why has the annual goodwill evaporated? Nothing erodes goodwill more than a player revolt. Just ask the Cork hurlers, some of whom are still vilified for their role in the demise of the county’s fortunes.

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GPA’s Paul Flynn sees merit in body for club players

Gaelic Players’ Association (GPA) secretary Paul Flynn admits that a new organisation specifically designed to cater for club players could be worth pursuing.

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Tyrone tyro Niall Sludden looks an old hand

He has played just one championship game, but Niall Sludden looks like he’s made for the big time.

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Harry O’Reilly content as Éire Óg march on

Éire Óg 0-12 St Michael’s 0-6: Éire Óg marched on to the quarter-final of the Cork PIFC with a deserved victory over St Michael’s in difficult conditions at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.

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Cork decline comes back into focus at County Board meeting

The issue of clubs’ access to inter-county players took up much of the discussion at last night’s Cork County Board meeting, but county coaching officer Kevin O’Donovan once again issued a plea to clubs to have a debate on the county’s decline at senior level.

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Brian McGuigan says fun is gone from the game

Tyrone legend Brian McGuigan has hailed the present team’s remarkable athleticism but claimed they’ve sacrificed much of the joy that used to be associated with the game.

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Galway must plan without midfielder Fiontán Ó Curraoin

Midfielder Fiontán Ó Curraoin is unlikely to feature for Galway this summer in the championship as he bids to overcome a series of injury problems.

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Mike Quirke: Cork has a huge natural oil reserve... they just don’t know how to drill for it

There was very little to raise the collective pulse of the 11,000-plus spectators at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney last Sunday… well, besides when the stadium announcer called out the half-time score from Semple Stadium.

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