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Mike Quirke: Cork must banish crutches and excuses

Legendary American college football coach Nick Saban once said: “Championship teams have to be resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity”.

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James O’Donoghue accepts added responsibilities for Kerry

James O’Donoghue is learning to adjust. Truth be told, he’s been left with little option.

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Cork seek new leader as Brian Cuthbert to step down

Cork football manager Brian Cuthbert will not seek re-appointment for a third year at the helm following last weekend’s championship exit at the hands of Kildare.

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Louth’s Darren Clarke ‘a lucky man’ after horror head injury

Former Louth star Darren Clarke believes he was fortunate to avoid serious brain injury following a horror blow in a club game.

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Laois targeting former Longford boss Jack Sheedy to succeed Ó Flatharta

Jack Sheedy is among the leading candidates to succeed Tomás Ó Flatharta as the next Laois senior football manager.

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Old scores don’t faze Bernard Brogan

Bernard Brogan could be forgiven for reminiscing wistfully about the old days.

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Jack O’Connor: Kerry must watch white-hot Paul Cribbin

From second-level colleges glory to All-Ireland minor and senior titles with Kerry, Jack O’Connor has seen it, done it and written the book.

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Dublin don’t intimidate us, warns Pete McGrath

He can’t promise a victory, but Pete McGrath is promising that his young Fermanagh team won’t be intimidated by Dublin on Sunday.

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It’s tough at the top, says Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice

Eamonn Fitzmaurice last night offered words of consolation to his Cork football counterpart, Brian Cuthbert, in the wake of the Rebels’ shock exit from the Championship.

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Noel O’Leary: Retirements shouldn’t be on agenda for Cork

Former Cork footballer Noel O’Leary doesn’t expect a raft of retirements following Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC defeat to Kildare. 

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Karl Lacey out for Donegal date with Galway

Karl Lacey has been ruled out of Donegal’s All-Ireland qualifier with Galway on Saturday due to a knee injury. 

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Seamus O’Shea set to return for Mayo quarter-final clash

Mayo have received a boost ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final on Saturday week with the versatile Seamie O’Shea expected to be available.

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Alan Smith: Kildare will be fearless facing Kerry

Alan Smith believes Kildare have nothing to fear against Kerry in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final meeting at Croke Park, now that they have finally claimed the scalp of one of football’s traditional heavyweights.

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Tomás Quinn: Cork facing a winter of hard questions

Thurles on a Saturday evening for knock-out championship with two teams still searching for their true identity.

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‘Period of reflection’ to precede Brian Cuthbert move

No immediate decision will be taken by Cork GAA officials on the future of football manager Brian Cuthbert.

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Kildare drive too much for listless Cork

Kildare 1-21 Cork 1-13: Fionn Fitzgerald has a lot to answer for.

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Kerry perform great late escape

Kerry 3-13 Wexford 2-9: The full-time score gave a somewhat misleading representation as Kerry performed a late escape act in Dungarvan on Saturday afternoon to remain on course for a 16th All-Ireland junior title.

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Sound of silence from Cork management

Brian Cuthbert’s body language as he exited the Kildare dressing-room after delivering his congratulatory speech late on Saturday wasn’t suggestive of a man who was keen to shoot the breeze, but the question had to be asked.

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Pete McGrath: Fermanagh are no sitting ducks for Dublin

Fermanagh 1-13 Westmeath 0-7: Fermanagh displayed new levels of maturity and confidence to overcome Westmeath in Breffni Park on Saturday and book their place in the last eight of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

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Paudie Hughes raises Fermanagh’s ire with penalty call

After taking some heat for the penalty decision which changed the course of the Munster final in Killarney a few weeks ago, Padraig Hughes erred on the side of caution in Cavan on Saturday night.

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Christy Walsh laments slow start as Mayo outfox Kilkenny

Mayo 1-12 Kilkenny 0-8: Kilkenny’s decision to line out with two sweepers in Saturday’s All Ireland Junior Championship semi-final had backfired spectacularly within 20 minutes, as Mayo opened up a 1-5 to no score lead at O’Connor Park.

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Kilmeen hit gold on third attempt

Kilmeen 5-14 Grange 0-5: It was third time lucky for Kilmeen as they put on a superb display to claim the Cork JBFC title at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.

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Impressive Galway secure 25th title with ease

Galway 4-12 Sligo 1-8: Galway earned their 25th Connacht MFC title with a dominant victory over Sligo in the replay at Tuam Stadium last night.

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Barry Mulrone hoping to make happy memories with Fermanagh

With no hard and fast payments to show for all their years of work and commitment, then inter-county players are entitled to expect a medal or two by way of compensation.

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Dara Ó Cinnéide: When will Cork achieve their potential?

One of the many pleasing aspects for Kerry supporters ahead of the replay against Cork last Saturday was that, win or lose, it offered their team another chance to iron out the kinks in their game against top quality opposition.

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Bryan Murphy bleeds Cork blood but now firmly Kildare at heart

There is no procrastination on Bryan Murphy’s part. But indulge us in some dawdling before we reveal the whereabouts of his loyalties this evening.

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Wheel turns for Paddy McConigley

When Paddy McConigley was growing up kicking football for his local Fanad Gaels club at Triaghalough in north-west Donegal, little did he know where the wind on the gusty peninsula would take him.

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Mick Slocum: Cork are at a crossroads

Former Cork footballer Mick Slocum has warned of a massive backlash if Brian Cuthbert’s charges exit the All-Ireland championship this weekend.

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Squad restrictions frustrating Mickey Harte

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is frustrated at being denied access to his full complement of players on match days.

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Ryan Jones confident Fermanagh will pass Westmeath challenge

Fermanagh midfielder Ryan Jones admits it will be a “letdown” if the team fails to back up their Roscommon victory with another win against Westmeath on Saturday.

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Longford seeking new leader as Jack Sheedy steps down

Longford GAA chiefs are on the hunt for a new senior football manager after Jack Sheedy resigned the post on Tuesday night.

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James O’Donoghue: Kerry don’t try to sway refs

James O’Donoghue has rubbished claims that the Kerry footballers attempt to influence referees during games, describing the articles which carried the allegation as "absolutely horrendous".

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Fermanagh boss Pete McGrath to end RTÉ boycott after resolving row

Pete McGrath will end his boycott with RTÉ after Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Westmeath.

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Preparation has to be 100%, warns Philly McMahon

Philly McMahon isn’t concerned that Dublin’s provincial dominance will leave them vulnerable entering the final stages of the championship.

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Sean Dunnion disappointed for Donegal fans as Galway game stays in Croke Park

Donegal chairman Sean Dunnion has expressed disappointment at the GAA’s decision to stage the county’s fourth round qualifier in Croke Park.

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Cillian O’Connor has no problem with spotlight switching to Aidan O’Shea

He 1-7 kicked in Sunday’s Connacht football final and yet Cillian O’Connor was but a footnote in Mayo’s annexation of a fifth consecutive provincial crown.

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David Moran tops as Kerry make possession count

The question posed all week was which team would learn most from the drawn Munster final. Without doubt, it was Kerry, who managed to right most of the wrongs of the previous meeting.

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Davey Byrne issue ‘parked’ by Dublin, says Bernard Brogan

Bernard Brogan insists Dublin have parked the controversial ‘Davey Byrne Affair’ which saw the panellist suffer a broken nose before a recent challenge match against Armagh at DCU.

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Tipperary will ‘take time’ to find Peter Creedon successor, says Joe Hannigan

Tipperary football board chairman Joe Hannigan says it is not set in stone that Peter Creedon’s replacement will be pulled from the outgoing backroom team.

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Cost the inhibiting factor to HawkEye at Clones

The “massive costs” associated with HawkEye is the primary deterrent to the installation of the score detection system at Clones, according to Ulster Council chairman Martin McAviney.

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Martin Carney sticking by James O’Donoghue man-of-the-match decision

RTÉ GAA pundit Martin Carney has defended his decision to award Kerry’s James O’Donoghue the man of the match award in Saturday’s Munster SFC final replay victory over Cork.

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Conor McManus: Ulster title only a stepping stone for Monaghan

For all the hurdles they’ve got over and boxes they’ve ticked in the last two and a half seasons, something massive still eludes Monaghan.

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Mayo to focus on defence for tougher tests, says Alan Dillon

Alan Dillon admits that Mayo’s dismantling of Sligo in Sunday’s Connacht final may have done little to prepare them for the more taxing business of the All-Ireland series when opponents will surely show more defensive nous.

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You are the referee: Maurice Deegan did not play his cards right

Saturday evening’s game being a replay and in awful weather conditions was a difficult game to referee and Maurice Deegan will be happy to get over it with no major controversy.

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VIDEO: 5 things we learned from Kerry’s replay win

Five things we learned about the value of a replay.

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O’Shea playing ‘smart’ in forward role

There was no grand plan.

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Magical O’Shea steers Mayo to record victory

Mayo 6-25 Sligo 2-11

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Sligo rue missed opportunity as McDaid rescues Galway

Connacht MFC final: Galway 0-7 Sligo 1-4

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McGuigan the Derry ace

 Ulster MFC final Derry 1-11 Cavan 0-11 

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Clinical Condon steers Mayfield home

Cork IFC: Mayfield 0-13 Rockchapel 0-5

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Classy Kiskeam cut loose

Premier IFC: Kiskeam 3-13 Nemo Rangers 0-9

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Murphy points way for Castletownbere

Cork PIFC: Castletownbere 3-12 Naomh Abán 2-6

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Ó Duinnín stars for impressive Cill na Martra

Cork IFC: Cill na Martra 1-18 Mitchelstown 2-12

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Football must be priority, insists departing Peter Creedon

Departing Tipperary manager Peter Creedon insists football will have to become the sole priority of players if the Premier County is to achieve a breakthrough at senior level.

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Ref Lane in firing line as irate Derry boss quits

Galway 1-11 Derry 0-8

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76 not out for Tyrone colossus Sean Cavanagh

Tipperary 0-7 Tyrone 0-19: A landmark afternoon for Tyrone football’s favourite son. Sean Cavanagh was the final player to disappear underneath the Kinane Stand shortly after 5pm on Saturday, a number of visiting and, indeed, home supporters requesting a picture on what was a historic outing for the 32-year old.

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Fiery Farney up for battle on ‘D’ Day

Monaghan 0-11

Donegal 0-10

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Victory ‘twice as nice’ for boss O’Rourke

‘Twice as nice’ was Malachy O’Rourke’s verdict of Monaghan’s second Ulster final win over Donegal in three years.

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I am the ref: Derry’s criticism of Lane partly justified

Conor Lane came in for a lot of criticism from Derry manager Brian McIver after Saturday’s qualifier against Galway. Was it with justification?

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CONOR NEVILLE: Careful what you wish for with consistency

The cry ‘consistency’ has become an unlikely clarion call in recent years.

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Five reasons why Kerry are Munster champions

Kingdom find the missing keys: Kerry’s depth is illustrated not so much in who came in but who didn’t

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VIDEO: Kerry now plan to shift the gears

Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6: Enough. That just about summed up this Kerry victory.

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Cuthbert ready for the ‘ultimate test’

Brian Cuthbert doesn’t need to be reminded of the enormity of the task facing Cork after Saturday’s defeat

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Coy on issue of influencing referee

The question hadn’t yet been asked when Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s face broke into a wide smile.

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Gooch admits he still has point to prove

His sharp football brain helped guide Kerry to a 77th Munster title but Colm Cooper concedes he still has a point to prove.

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WATCH: Eamonn Fitzmaurice pushing class of ‘15 to scale new heights

They just grinded it out. And in their manager Kerry have someone who continues to extract every last drop out of them.

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