Football - TODAY'S STORIES - IRISH EXAMINER

Paddy Kelly: The second coming of the thinking man’s footballer

What has happened to Cork? When the last time you could actually trust the county’s footballers to deliver on the big day? Paddy Kelly knows the issues. “We haven’t had a big scalp in the championship the last few years. Even saying that, we sound like of the smaller counties, but this is a huge opportunity to put that right.”

More

Darran O’Sullivan highlights championship structure ‘flaw’

Darran O’Sullivan means no disrespect to Clare but he just cannot see the logic in lining out against a team Kerry conquered a mere seven weeks ago.

More

Colm O’Neill gunning for action on Croke Park playground

An admission. Most of us knew it at the time but Colm O’Neill has held his hands up to nudging Donegal’s Éamon McGee for Cork’s goal in the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final. “No comment,” he laughs. “I think I got away with that one alright. The game was probably over at that stage.”

More

Four questions that will be answered this weekend

It will be interesting to see if Cork forwards can make any inroads into Donegal quagmire...

More

Cork make three changes

Stephen Cronin, Patrick Kelly, and Colm O’Neill come into the Cork side for today’s qualifier clash with Donegal in Croke Park (4pm).

More

How Tipperary’s close circle of friends kept the flame burning

Easy enough to take for granted the loop Google and Twitter and Whatsapp and SkyGo keeps us in.

More

Pioneering spirit helps Clare get back to football’s theatre of dreams

Noel Walsh and Gabriel Keating didn’t set out to become pioneers in the early 1970s, rather both men were simply unhappy with the set-up in front of them.

More

Tom Flynn: 2015 lessons give Galway edge at Croke Park

Galway midfielder Tom Flynn believes his side are in a better place to win at Croke Park against Tipperary tomorrow because of the failings of 2015.

More

Dick Clerkin: With all this positivity, why am I uneasy about the GPA’s future?

Like many this week, I was somewhat surprised when I learned about the GPA’s significantly improved deal with the GAA, and the cordial manner in which it was negotiated. Rumblings earlier in the season from the GAA’s inner sanctum gave an impression that relationships between the two associations were on the wane. This new deal certainly refutes that suggestion.

More

Will a sweeper brush away Mayo’s All-Ireland heartache?

The jury remains out on the success or otherwise of Kevin McLoughlin’s deployment as a sweeper for Mayo.

More

Eoin Cadogan: ‘Negativity seems to be par for the course with Cork football’

Eoin Cadogan was there in the good times. That’s if you can call them the good times. Even when Cork were ruling the roost, they were fair game. For all the silverware he collected, Conor Counihan was told he wasn’t getting enough out of his team.

More

Critics won’t faze Donegal

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher insists that his side can take criticism on the chin in the wake of the Ulster SFC final loss to Tyrone.

More

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice wary of familiar foe Clare

What’s that about variety being the spice of life? If so, don’t tell the Kerry footballers, for the opposition they’ve encountered this summer has likened a half decent song stuck on repeat.

More

Eoin Cleary enjoying the freedom as Clare ‘like 10-year-olds going out and playing a game’

Enjoyment. Fulfilment. Freedom of expression.

More

Tipperary here to stay, declares Tommy Toomey

The ripples caused by Tipperary’s qualification for their first All-Ireland quarter-final have been large but on the Breffni Park pitch on Saturday, it felt like an intimate affair.

More

Paul Kerrigan desperate for Cork to make leap in class

Fact: Not since the 2012 Munster semi-final have Cork taken out a football team sat higher than them on championship’s ladder. It’s a stat that frustrates Paul Kerrigan.

More

Sligo boss proposes rule change to end US exodus

The GAA has been urged to stop hiding from the “epidemic” of players travelling to America during the summer and address it as a matter of urgency.

More

Philly McMahon skips Dublin’s Croke Park scouting mission

Philly McMahon doesn’t come across as the sort of guy who swats up on the opposition at the earliest opportunity, but the Dublin defender has a pretty solid excuse for adopting a non-watching brief for Saturday’s two All-Ireland qualifiers in Croke Park.

More

Tom Parsons confident sweeping changes will pay off for Mayo

Tom Parsons has defended the rearranging of players in the Mayo team that has seen Kevin O’Loughlin moved into a sweeper role and Aidan O’Shea toggling between defence, midfield, and attack.

More

Michael Quinlivan and Alan Moloney tell Tipperary to walk taller

Michael Quinlivan says it’s time Tipperary started backing themselves in public and quit talking down their prospects.

More

Mike Quirke: Clare and Tipperary display the indomitable spirit of the underdog

So what do you know? Maybe Munster isn’t the lopsided battleground that everybody thought it was. 

More

Young Cork side will play without fear, says Peadar Healy

Peadar Healy ventured up to Clones the day after his Cork charges limped out of Pearse Park with their championship status still intact. The Cork football manager couldn’t but be impressed with Donegal’s first-half showing, even more impressed was he with Tyrone’s second-half display. Tyrone did, in Healy’s own words, a Donegal on Donegal.

More

Glenswilly lament 0-3 return as ‘an off day’

Glenswilly’s 0-3 to 0-2 win over St Eunan’s from Letterkenny in the Donegal All-County Football League Division One made headlines for all the wrong reasons — but Glenswilly attacker Brian Farrelly put it down to “an off day”.

More

It’s ‘dog eat dog’ in the battle for Cork starting places, says seasoned Patrick Kelly

The introduction of Alan Cadogan and Aidan Walsh to the Cork panel earlier this month is just the type of ruthlessness the group needs, says Patrick Kelly.

More

Damien Comer unfazed by black card fears

A physical presence in Galway’s recent revival, Damien Comer may be walking a thin line on Sunday as a third black card this season would rule him out of a potential All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

More

Gary Brennan the catalyst as Clare break on through

Clare 2-12 Roscommon 1-9: The system may be broken, but the sights and sounds that spilled across the pitch after the final whistle in Sathill on Saturday were another reminder of the extra colour that the back door route can add to the championship.

More

Liam Kearns hails the players as gutsy Tipperary have the last laugh

Tipperary 1-21 Derry 2-17: It was a good 15 minutes after the final whistle blew in Kingspan Breffni Park when Tipperary players fashioned a warmdown. Wholly understandable, of course. Evenings like these have to be celebrated and the instant reaction was to soak in the significance of this win with their band of supporters who flooded onto the pitch.

More

WATCH: Aileen Wall causes chaos as Waterford overpower Armagh

Waterford 4-13 Armagh 2-13: Aileen Wall scored 2-4 from play, as Waterford knocked Armagh out of the TG4 All-Ireland ladies’ senior football championship on Saturday.

More

Clare ‘learning to close games out’

It’s taken time for the recent exploits of Clare’s footballers to migrate beyond the county’s traditional heartlands but Odran O’Dwyer knew Colm Collins’ team was on to something when hurling folk began to mention them on their visits to his performance therapy clinic in Ennis.

More

Michael Quinlivan says victory crucial for Tipperary’s long-term progression

Tipperary forward Michael Quinlivan insists that he has no regrets about turning down the chance to pursue a professional soccer career.

More

Clare’s Keelan Sexton brings winning mentality

Although now in his second season on the Clare senior football panel, Kilmurry Ibrickane’s Keelan Sexton only turned 19 earlier this month.

This story is enriched with multi-media content

More

Derry boss Barton takes pop at his detractors

Damian Barton has had a pop at his detractors and quipped he “might just quit” if he steers Derry into the All- Ireland quarter-finals.

More

Paddy Andrews confident Dublin have depth to stave off injury crisis

Back in mid-spring, canny punters felt they’d pulled off a rare coup by tying bookmakers to 66/1 odds on Dublin’s James McCarthy being named Footballer of the Year.

More

Mike Quirke: We’ve turned refs into traffic cops without the speed guns

I was at a club game a couple of weeks back where, almost from the throw-in, the referee assumed the role of main protagonist.

This story is enriched with multi-media content

More

Diving furore took its toll, admits Tiernan McCann

Tyrone defender Tiernan McCann has admitted that dealing with the media storm that surrounded last summer’s diving debacle was difficult for him personally.

More

Paddy Russell: Sin bin better than black card

Paddy Russell believes there is merit in replacing the black card automatic substitution with a sin-bin penalty.

More

Peter Crowley recovers from horror ‘Braveheart’ clash during Kerry training

Peter Crowley has revealed how a horror training ground clash with Kerry colleague Johnny Buckley left his nose shattered and him resembling “an extra out of Braveheart”.

More

I can handle the heat, says marked man Diarmuid Connolly

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly says he has learned to deal with the sort of provocation that Westmeath admitted to in the wake of last weekend’s Leinster football final.

More