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Mike Quirke: Like Donal Walsh, live life and take joy from what you do, because nothing is guaranteed

Last Sunday, I spent a few hours out in Spa national school, a beautiful setting overlooking Tralee bay glistening with the bright sunshine bouncing off the water. There were hundreds out there supporting their annual fundraiser in aid of former student Donal Wash. And it got me thinking about him again.

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Here are the last 10 times Dublin footballers played outside Croke Park

The annual Cat Laughs festival takes place this weekend although it’s not at Dublin’s expense as they play their first championship game outside Croke Park since 2006.

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Former Armagh manager Paul Grimley hits out at Joe Brolly and RTÉ

Former Armagh manager Paul Grimley has slammed Joe Brolly’s “poisonous” criticism of his former selector and current Orchard County supremo Kieran McGeeney.

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It’s good to be back, says George Hannigan as injury nightmare ends

Never mind the victory, never mind his three-point contribution, George Hannigan was simply thankful to have lasted the full 70 minutes in Dungarvan.

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Seanie Johnston glad he took the chance to go back

The risk/reward ratio didn’t appear to be in his favour, but Seanie Johnston says he’s glad he “took a chance” by returning to the Cavan football squad.

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Marty McMahon: Game under the belt will stand to Clare

Clare veteran Marty McMahon believes it’s a huge benefit to have a game under their belts heading to Killarney the weekend after next.

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Low-key Clare limp past Limerick

Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13: “Forgettable” is the adjective that does this Munster SFC quarter-final most justice. The sort of game that, were it recorded on a VHS, you would be happy to record over instantly.

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No London scare this time for Mayo

London 0-9 Mayo 2-16: Mayo scored a comprehensive victory over London in a Connacht SFC quarter-final that only offered rare glimpses of the seismic home performance of 2011.

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Clouds lift for Tipperary as they get into their stride

Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 1-7: Tipperary’s football pulse, having slowed somewhat during a turbulent and disruptive spring, quickened a beat in Dungarvan yesterday.

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Ruthless South Kerry make wasteful Austin Stacks pay dearly

South Kerry 2-10 Austin Stacks 0-8: The sense of anticipation surrounding a first return of Kerry SFC fare to Connolly Park on Tralee’s Rock Street was punctured by a ruthless display from county champions South Kerry in Saturday’s 2nd round replay at the home of Austin Stacks.

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High drama as Kevin O’Sullivan guides edgy Ilen Rovers to win

Ilen Rovers 4-12 Dohenys 3-9: Drama aplenty at Aughaville on Saturday evening: seven goals, two penalties, five yellow and three black cards squeezed into this pretty enthralling Cork SFC round 2B clash.

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Rory Grugan glad to have distraction of football after family tragedy

Sport is not life or death, but there are times when it can be a joyous distraction or stabilising influence when all seems lost.

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Oisín McConville: If you’re looking for feisty Ulster slugfest, tune in to Armagh and Cavan

When my four-year-old son Ryan came home from school last week to tell me he wasn’t as fast as two of his classmates, my immediate reaction was, do I need to get him in the back garden with the therabands, maybe some resistance running? Perhaps even a sleigh with some light weights on it?

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Gary Brennan Interview: Still earning rave reviews off Broadway

Gary Brennan seldom gets the chance to showcase his outstanding football talents for a national audience. But the Clare captain has won an army of admirers, including International Rules boss Joe Kernan, as the Banner’s footballers begin to rise again.

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Declan Browne: Obstacles in Tipperary before we even get to the first hurdle

Over the winter, most football folk in Tipperary would have been excited about the prospects of our 2016 chances on the back of reaching All-Ireland finals in both minor and U21 last year.

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Waterford’s history makers: The first Déise football team to play in Croke Park

John Martin closes the front door of his uncle Nick Power’s house behind him and makes for the top of Oxmantown road. His instruction, from there, is to turn right onto North Circular Road and head in the direction of the City centre until Croke Park presents itself in the Dublin skyline. Martin, having never been to Croker, hasn’t one iota where he’s going.

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Clarke: "I would love to see the game move towards professionalism"

Jamie Clarke fears Gaelic football will suffer from a player drop-off if it doesn’t move towards professionalism in the near future.

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Gavin insists Dubs will continue to take risks

Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has stressed that his team will continue to be creative and take risks this summer – even though it can leave them vulnerable to being turned over.

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Liam Kearns slowly filling gaps for 11 missing persons

Liam Kearns admits it is easier to list those who aren’t available as opposed to those who are.

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Joe Hayes: New backroom team added zest to Clare

Clare goalkeeper Joe Hayes has lauded the contribution of coach Mick Bohan in reviving certain lost qualities within the county’s football set-up. 

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Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney discovers ‘balance’ away from game

Kieran McGeeney must run a gauntlet — but it has nothing to do with Cavan or Ulster. It seems he has a lot to do to convince his seven-year-old son Cian Gaelic football is the way forward.

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Mayo sweating on key players for London battle

Some of Mayo’s biggest names face a race against time to be fit for Sunday’s Connacht SFC quarter-final against London in Ruislip.

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Tomás Ó Sé edgy over early bet on Mayo to win the All-Ireland

Tomás Ó Sé has revealed he placed money on Mayo to win this year’s All-Ireland title as soon as Stephen Rochford and his backroom team was confirmed.

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James Horan talks about the 2011 game that almost ended his time as Mayo manager

James Horan believes his managerial career with Mayo “would have been over” had the team lost to London in 2011.

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Ian Ryan claims Limerick can get back challenging for Munster glory

It’s that sense of unfinished business which keeps Ian Ryan trucking along.

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Michael Darragh Macauley paying little heed to Mick Lillis's remarks

Dublin midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley has accused Mick Lillis of gamesmanship following the Laois manager’s claim he’s ‘terrified’ of facing the All-Ireland champions.

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Bernard Brogan ironed out kinks in his game the hard way

You might be surprised to hear where Bernard Brogan ranks himself in the natural talent pecking order in the Dublin forward line.

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Galway players ditch smartphones for charity

In an era when trolling on social media has become the norm for GAA players, the Galway senior ladies football team are taking matters into their own hands.

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Oisín McConville: Surely Derry could have got more in Tyrone’s face?

When I come up to Celtic Park, it always takes me back to the times I played up there. I absolutely loved playing at this place. The setting for the game, the surface, the atmosphere around the place all make it a brilliant place to play Gaelic football. So I went up there yesterday expecting a hell of a lot from Derry, even if it was only a bit of blood and guts.

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Tyrone a class apart against indifferent Derry

Tyrone 3-14 Derry 0-12: Strip away all the fireside reminisces about past battles and a rivalry for the ages and this was no more than a meeting of one team ascending towards the summit of football’s ladder and another for whom treading water is the height of their ambitions.

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St Kieran’s push Dr Crokes to the limit

Kerry SFC Round 2A - Dr Crokes 2-16 St Kieran’s 3-12: After a facile passage to Round 2 the previous weekend, Dr Crokes were given a much sterner examination of their Kerry SFC credentials as they just sneaked past a dogged St Kieran’s side in Cordal on Saturday.

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14-man Rathmore made sweat by wasteful St Brendan’s

Rathmore 3-14 St Brendan’s 1-16: Relief was the over-riding emotion for Rathmore boss Denis Moynihan as he reflected on this Kerry SFC Rd 2 victory over St Brendan’s on Saturday.

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Milltown/Castlemaine go extra stretch to beat East Kerry

Kerry SFC, Round 2B - Milltown/ Castlemaine 1-15 East Kerry 1-14 (after extra time): Milltown/Castlemaine recovered from a poor opening half, when they were fortunate to still be in the contest, to take over in the second before going on to beat East Kerry in extra time in Killorglin.

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Micheál Quirke laments ‘sloppy’ showing but Kerins O’Rahillys get the job done

Kerry SFC Rd 2B - Kerins O’Rahillys 3-11 Feale Rangers 1-11: Hard to know which of their opening two games in this year’s Kerry SFC Kerins O’Rahillys should use as a reference point going forward to Round 3.

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Caherciveen erupts as Bryan Sheehan pops over South Kerry equaliser

Kerry SFC (Round 2) - South Kerry 1-13 Austin Stacks 1-13 (AET): Bryan Sheehan turned to the South Kerry dugout and punched the air with his right fist. As he did, referee Eddie Walsh sounded the final whistle to bring to an end four and a half minutes of tension-filled injury-time. Players collapsed to the ground, fatigue and exhaustion getting the better of most.

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Lethargic Kildare edge past Wexford

Kildare 0-9 Wexford 0-8: Cian O’Neill’s response when asked if this felt like a win, was telling.

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Rampant Roscommon helped by Leitrim’s ‘self-destruction’

Roscommon 1-21 Leitrim 0-11: IT is hard to believe that Leitrim have never beaten Roscommon at Páirc Sean Mac Diarmada in the championship. But given the gulf between them yesterday, maybe it’s not so hard.

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