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Dara Ó Cinnéide: A long way for Clare from here

There should be no shortage of native passion as Clare take on Limerick in the opening round of the Munster Senior Football Championship this evening.

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Clare ready to emerge from bunch

Colm Collins and Ephie Fitzgerald are putting shape and purpose on Clare’s football ambitions. An interesting test awaits tonight.

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Cavan men target net profits

It was bound to happen. Just as all good things must come to an end, so too must the bad ones and so it was that Brendan Fitzpatrick on March 28 ended a barren goal streak in the league for Cavan that stretched back to last spring.

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Gay Sheerin says Roscommon won’t settle for second

There are no half measures for Roscommon this summer: Gay Sheerin says his side are setting their sights on a Connacht title.

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Martin Carroll: Exile feeling completely at home in heart of London

You’d have done well to spot Martin Carroll at MacHale Park on London’s afternoon of history back in July 2013.

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Championship Preview: Things will get better, more competitive, in Leinster. Won’t they?

Dublin have won nine of the last ten Leinster football titles, five of the last seven U21 and four of the last six provincial minor titles. Now for the bad news....

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Bonner blasts ‘toxic’ abuse of young Donegal star

Tyrone officials last night declined to comment on the allegations by Donegal minor football manager Declan Bonner that two of their players mocked Donegal captain Micheál Carroll about his father Francie’s death during Sunday’s Ulster clash in Donegal.

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John Evans says budding stars lost to US ‘experience’

Roscommon football manager John Evans sought to strengthen his squad in the wake of their Division 2 league success, but he admits the lure of America robbed him of a sprinkling of the county’s emerging talent.

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The letter, the pillows, the contract

1. Eamonn Fitzmaurice and the letters

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Brudair: Give basement teams a ‘B’ championship

Limerick football manager John Brudair is in favour of the Treaty men ditching the All-Ireland championship in favour of a B competition.

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Championship Preview: John Evans and the footballers of tomorrow

Never mind this September. Who’ll be football top dogs at the end of 2018? And does John Evans know something the rest of us don’t?

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Kerry's James O'Donoghue walks out to receive his Footballer of the Year award at the 2014 GAA GPA All-Star Awards. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Championship hopes are bunched without a second banana

Behind every star turn, there’s the no. 1 number two — the best sidekick, supporting act, partner in crime — except in the Kingdom, of course, writes Larry Ryan

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Championship Preview: I am the captain - Kieran Donaghy, Kerry

The big issue is making sure the appetite isn’t sated:

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Brendan Devenney: Out-of-hand sledgers taunted bereaved minor player

Former Donegal star Brendan Devenney has alleged that a county minor footballer was taunted about the death of his father by opposition players.

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Enda Coughlan: Reaching the end of the lonely road

Clare’s Enda Coughlan has been on the loneliest road since last summer.

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Pressure is on Davy Fitzgerald now, reckons Tomás Mulcahy

The pressure is on Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald to deliver a Munster championship victory on Sunday, according to Tomás Mulcahy.

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Malachy O’Rourke demands consistency from officials

Malachy O’Rourke has called for greater consistency from match officials and wants to see weaker teams treated the same as those competing in an All-Ireland final.

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It’s time to ban the bigmouths, declares Conor Counihan

Players found guilty of sledging should be hit with a one-match suspension, according to Cork’s 2010 All-Ireland-winning football manager, Conor Counihan.

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Micheál Quirke: Sledging damages football’s fabric

"One man practising sportsmanship is far better than 100 teaching it"— Knute Rokne, legendary Notre Dame coach.

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Cavan players to get word of warning on sledging

Cavan chairman Gerry Brady has revealed their senior football management will speak to players about avoiding verbals ahead of Sunday’s Ulster quarter-final derby with Monaghan.

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Darragh Treacy issues rallying call to Limerick newcomers

Limerick centre-forward Darragh Treacy says it is high time the Treaty County’s emerging footballers stand out from the shadow of former stalwarts.

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Donegal players had ‘right of way’ in half-time bottleneck against Tyrone

Donegal had the half-time ‘right of way’ in Ballybofey, confirms the Ulster Council, who expect to hear from the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) about Sunday’s interval fracas.

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Justin McMahon stresses Tyrone positives

Justin McMahon insists that Tyrone have plenty of positives to take into the All-Ireland qualifier series.

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Carlow take time to reflect after crushing defeat

Daniel St Ledger turned to referee Paddy Neilan late on Saturday evening and enquired how much was left on the watch. “12 minutes”, replied the Roscommon official. “It felt like an eternity,” the Carlow football captain admitted yesterday.

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Galway have Mayo in their sights, says Gary Sice

Gary Sice says all of Galway have ‘green and red in their eyes’ as they start the plot to dethrone the four-in-a-row Connacht champions Mayo.

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Gym work will not pay off if players don’t have skills, says Mike McGurn

Fitness and conditioning guru Mike McGurn warns Carlow’s disappointing Leinster championship opener shows no amount of gym work will compensate for a shortage of skills.

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Alan Brogan ready for key role with Dublin

Former Footballer of the Year Alan Brogan insists he won’t be happy to sit on the bench for Dublin this summer.

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Mickey Ned O’Sullivan - Creating a true nation of equals

Former Kerry manager Mickey Ned O’Sullivan wants to tell his own family’s story to advocate a yes vote in the referendum, writes Michael Moynihan.

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Sean Cavanagh’s warning over ‘sledging’ effects on vulnerable players

"I am accustomed myself to not taking it personally and have sort of laughed it off through the years. But yeah, there will be players that can’t do that."

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Rory Gallagher says Michael Murphy ‘targeted’

Well, did anyone expect anything else?

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Tyrone fall again to tormentors Donegal

Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 1-10: It wasn’t fitting that Donegal won nor was it that Tyrone lost. But there was no denying the appropriateness of Michael Murphy scoring the last three points of the game after enduring a dog of an afternoon.

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Tom Cribbin’s tough love pays off for Westmeath

Westmeath 3-14 Louth 0-16: Perhaps a little tough love does work after all.

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Colin Kelly stresses the positives for Louth

After a difficult day at the coalface of Championship football, Louth manager Colin Kelly managed to mine several nuggets of positivity.

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John Bannon: There’s a rule for sledging — use it!

Rule 5.14 of the playing rules of Gaelic football states that to use threatening or provocative language against an opponent is an immediate black card offence.

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Galway do little to worry Mayo

Galway 1-13 Leitrim 0-8: Job done for Kevin Walsh and Galway, but Mayo will hardly be terrified by what they saw at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.

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Jack Sheedy’s back as Offaly falter

Longford 0-16 Offaly 0-13: In a streaky game where both sides thrived on confidence, ultimately Offaly’s lack of self-belief cost them when they saw the finishing line.

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Cork celebrate after beatingGalway in the Tesco HomeGrownLadies NFL Division 1 final replay at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.

Rena Buckley leads Cork charge

Tesco Homegrown Division 1 NFL replay
Cork 0-14 Galway 1-10 
As studs clattered off the dressing room floor in O’Moore Park ahead of Saturday night’s Tesco Homegrown Division 1 NFL replay, Rena Buckley sat reminiscing on Cork’s first title in 2005.

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Dingle send Austin Stacks packing in club semi

Dr Crokes will meet Dingle in the Kerry Senior Club FC final after they got the better of Rathmore and Austin Stacks respectively in Tralee yesterday.

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It’s bitterly disappointing, says deflated Pat Flanagan

As the music boomed out of the victorious Longford dressing room Jack Sheedy beamed, while across the tunnel Pat Flanagan struggled to get the words out through the anguish of defeat.

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Laois learn little in rout of Carlow

Laois 3-16 Carlow 0-8: It was as smooth a win as you could wish for but Laois manager Tomás Ó Flatharta learned little about his team as they steamrollered Carlow at Netwatch Cullen Park in this Leinster Championship opener on Saturday night.

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Andrew Farrell goal sets up Mayo for first junior title since 2012

Mayo 1-12 Galway 0-13: Andrew Farrell’s goal 10 minutes from the break helped Mayo to their first Connacht junior football title since 2012.

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Mickey Harte wants no fuss over half-time row

Mickey Harte says there should be no reprecurssions from the half-time row that involved players from both teams and his selector Gavin Devlin.

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ON THE RUN: Clyda Rovers centre-back Paudie Kissane breaks past Carbery Rangers forward Declan Hayes in yesterday's Cork SFC second round clash at Coachford.

Relief as Carbery Rangers edge it

Carbery Rangers 1-7 Clyda Rovers 0-8: An opportunist 45th minute goal by Declan Hayes proved the decisive score in this sterile and disappointing Cork SFC second round tie at Coachford yesterday.

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Another chapter in gripping saga

Two minutes before half-time in the 2011 Ulster semi-final, Tyrone ripped through the blanket and Brian McGuigan fed Stephen O’Neill, who cut inside two Donegal defenders.

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Dara Ó Cinnéide: Tyrone must bring something new to trouble Donegal

Even though he’s been around the block and on the sidelines for three of the last four years with Donegal, manager Rory Gallagher will be giddy with anticipation ahead of this game, writes Dara Ó Cinnéide.

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Martina O’Brien ready for another rollercoaster

The composure of Cork goalkeeper Martina O’Brien is a rare gift.

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Pride and belief key to Leitrim progress, says Shane Ward

Shane Ward routinely mentions pride, belief and swimming against the odds throughout our conversation.

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Laois looking to build on league solidity

If you were to listen to the naysayers, increasing education, dedication and professionalism has been the scourge of football.

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Championship Preview: A look forward to this year's Championship

The Irish Examiner's sports editor, Tony Leen, convenes a roundtable on what to expect from this year's senior football championship.

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Clare management tight-lipped after Colm Collins hit with ban

Members of the Clare football management team were remaining tight-lipped last night over the 12-week ban handed down to Colm Collins.

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Dublin senior footballer Rory O'Carroll with 9-year old Scoil Aine pupils Ellie McGrath, Roisin Mythen and Lucy Harrington.

Rory to play it safe on concussion

Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll will consider quitting Gaelic football if he suffers another concussion.

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Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh, left, battles past Monaghan's Dermot Malone during this year's league. Cavanagh has been passed fit to lead Tyrone against Donegal.

Tyrone hit by Niall Morgan injury blow

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan has failed to overcome a groin injury and will sit out their Ulster football championship preliminary round clash away to Donegal on Sunday.

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Tyrone’s McCrory sees the positive side of defensive dogfights

Tyrone defender Aidan McCrory has posed a question for supporters to ponder as they make their way to Ballybofey for Sunday’s Ulster SFC opener against Donegal.

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Conor Gormley: Tyrone won’t be bullied

Much has been made of Tyrone’s inability to match Donegal’s physicality, but Conor Gormley does not expect his former team-mates to be bullied in Ballybofey on Sunday.

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Shane Ward: You have to go on the pitch with the ambition of winning.

Leitrim’s Shane Ward questions ‘B’ option

Leitrim football manager Shane Ward is not convinced the county would be best served by competing in an All-Ireland B championship.

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Mayo still Connacht’s team to beat, according to Galway boss Kevin Walsh

Galway manager Kevin Walsh said that the suggestion that this season’s Connacht championship is the most competitive in years is wide of the mark, because Mayo are still much better than their rivals.

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John Evans’ arrival and influx of talent inspires Roscommon’s Senan Kilbride

Senan Kilbride admits that he was going through the motions as a Roscommon footballer until the county’s conveyor belt of successful underage talent and new senior manager John Evans arrived on the scene.

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Tipperary’s late scoring blitz leaves Clare boys crestfallen

Tipperary 0-16 Clare 2-9: Brendan Martin shattered Clare’s dreams of a first Electric Ireland Munster Minor football final appearance in 21 years at Semple Stadium last night.

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Focused Kerry find extra gear

Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-12 (AET): Almost two hours after the first ball was thrown into the Tralee sky did the pendulum hang still; Kerry’s defence of their Munster and All-Ireland crowns intact, if only just.

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Louth boss Colin Kelly seeks progress in defence

As a man with a keen eye for a score in almost 15 years operating at senior level for Louth, Colin Kelly was always going to attempt to make the county a force in an attacking sense once he took over the reins.

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Peter Canavan: Defeat wouldn’t bring curtain down on Mickey Harte era

Tyrone football legend Peter Canavan has dismissed suggestions that the curtain will fall on the Mickey Harte era if Tyrone suffer a fourth consecutive Ulster championship defeat to Donegal on Sunday.

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Veteran attacker David Walsh vehemently defends underrated Donegal’s reputation

When Waterford were described in the wake of the Allianz Hurling League Division victory earlier this month as “the Donegal of hurling,” selector Dan Shanahan didn’t appreciate the comparison.

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Kerry v Cork: ‘All on the line’ for Munster’s Old Firm

It’s 40-years this summer since Jack O’Connor first experienced a Cork-Kerry Munster senior football final and he’s expecting a similarly stirring atmosphere when the county’s emerging talents lock horns in this evening’s do-or-die provincial minor semi-final.

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John Evans must plan without key Roscommon duo

The first round of games in the Roscommon Senior Football Championship at the weekend dealt two heavy blows to county manager John Evans, as both Kevin Higgins and Ciarán Murtagh sustained injuries playing for Western Gaels and St Faithleachs respectively.

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Charlie McGeever sees bright future for Tipperary tyro Stephen Quirke

Charlie McGeever has backed Tipperary’s dual star Stephen Quirke to make his mark as a senior inter-county footballer in the years to come.

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