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Kerry must dictate tempo

It’s a mark of Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s leadership that, at least up until the team was released on Thursday night, nobody made a big deal of their being so many final debutants in his group.

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Neil Lennon: McGuinness has Donegal a step from Paradise

When we took Jim over to Celtic, there was a lot of pressure on him writes Neil Lennon

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(Family) court of King James

HE still spins around Killarney on his bike at 55, looking as fresh as paint, uncreased by the stresses of life and Kerry’s roller-coaster ride to Croke Park.

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Moynihan: Spy saga proves importance of closed training sessions

Kerry legend Seamus Moynihan believes the attempts of an individual to spy on the county’s training proves the importance of closed door sessions.

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Lacey: Players devoted to their cause

It was from O’Neill’s pub in Vilamoura harbour on this weekend last year that Karl Lacey watched the All-Ireland final.

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Dogged Donaghy gets off the ropes for final round

In America, basketball’s big men are separated into two distinct categories; guys like Kieran Donaghy who play ‘above the rim’, and guys like me, ‘space-eaters’.

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Meet Donegal’s Mr Consistency

It’s a Wednesday evening and the main street in Ardara is quiet.

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Versatile Ryan adapted well to changing role of ’keeper

Razor-sharp with the placed ball and a keen eye for raising the green flag, Shane Ryan stands as Rathmore’s top-scorer in this season’s club championship.

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Kerry’s powerful forward unit can beat blanket defence

The very fact the Kerry forward unit carries a most potent look despite the decision of management to omit top-scorer Jordan Kiely from the starting team speaks volumes of the talent coursing through this side.

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Strong backing for McStay to be next Mayo manager

Kevin McStay has received strong backing from several Mayo clubs in his bid to become the county’s senior football manager.

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Jimmy delays team amid selection dilemmas

Donegal boss Jim McGuinness has opted against publicly naming his starting side for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SFC against Kerry at Croke Park.

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Will Donegal be the ones that play — or get played?

It’s been just over two weeks since Donegal turned the bookies odds on their head and delivered their finest display of the Jim McGuinness era, seeing off heavily-favoured Dublin with a pulsating semi-final performance that few outside the set-up saw coming.

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Special branch cracks to reveal spy in Kerry camp

GAA espionage reached a new level in Fitzgerald Stadium on Tuesday evening when a man scarpered having been spotted attempting to watch Kerry’s behind-closed-doors training session — from a tree!

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McGeeney critical of ‘bad rap’ for Donegal

Kieran McGeeney has hit out at what he claims to be the "bad rap" afforded to Jim McGuinness’s Donegal and compared criticisms of perceived defensiveness by some pundits to those shipped by his own Armagh side during their Noughties heydays.

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Way clear for Walsh to take Galway job

Kevin Walsh’s ascension to the position of Galway football manager is a foregone conclusion after Pete Warren withdrew his candidacy.

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Small margins have put Dohenys in peril

Dohenys find themselves in tomorrow evening’s Cork SFC relegation play-off against St Vincent’s in Kilmurry (5pm) having lost their three games to date by a total of 24 points.

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Absent friends from ’89 remembered

TOO OFTEN, the Cork team which won the 1989 All-Ireland has had to gather together in sorrow rather than joy.

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Murphy: We may never enjoy semi-final experience again

"Those lads may play with Kerry for another dozen years, and they will never experience something like that again," says Kerry keeper-turned-selector Diarmuid Murphy.

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Fans out in the cold, but Fitzmaurice’s concern well-placed

At the time, it was that serious Eamonn Fitzmaurice felt the decision necessitated an open letter to Kerry supporters.

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Declan on bench for final clash

No Declan O’Sullivan in the team, no Colm Cooper in the squad and two changes to the side that beat Mayo.

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Walsh can’t wait for return to Kingdom colours

Former Kerry All-Ireland winning footballer Tommy Walsh has revealed it is a case of "when, not if" he returns to the green and gold.

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McIntyre: Tackling team’s mental health too much for McGuinness

Jim McGuinness has created a welcome precedent, but specific sports psychologists are required by county teams, according to the University of Limerick’s Dr Tadhg McIntyre.

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Galvin says Kerry paid price for underage neglect

Kerry minor selector John Galvin believes the county’s underage structures were neglected during the Kingdom’s senior glory run of the ’00s.

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PRIDE IN THE JERSEY: Donegal manager and Glasgow Celtic reserve team coach Jim McGuinness  at Celtic Park, ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry. Picture: Sportsfile

Kingdom’s keys waiting on wings

Get the ball up the field fast. Shoot accurately from long range. These are the traditional and clichéd answers to the blanket defence. They have had their merits on different days but both are now limited in effectiveness. Donegal’s mass defence system is an evolved one and can deal with both.

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Sigerson Cup and UCC synonymous with Kerry footballers

Of the Kerry team which began the drawn All-Ireland semi-final with Mayo, eight had played Sigerson Cup football for UCC.

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Fitzmaurice has absolute belief in Kerry squad

When news broke of Colm Cooper’s torn cruciate last February, Dara Ó Cinnéide still managed to find some positives.

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Ulster champs go into overdrive

In the 48 hours after Donegal beat Cork in the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final, county secretary Aodh Mairtín Ó Fearraigh’s phone stopped working. It had melted under pressure from incoming calls, texts and emails.

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Training camp focuses Donegal

Jim McGuinness admitted he used the training camp at Lough Erne last week to try prepare his side for every eventuality Kerry could throw at them in Sunday’s All-Ireland final.

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Kavanagh needed push to return

Rory Kavanagh had his doubts. He needed his arm twisting. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to; it was whether he was able to.

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McGlynn: Donegal have buzz and belief after beating Dubs

"It’s great to see the county starting to believe 100% in the team," says Frank as he contemplates the buzz since beating Dublin.

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McGee relief as Donegal take road to Croker

Corner-back Eamon McGee may have a fear of flying but that’s not the reason Donegal will be taking the bus to Croke Park this weekend.

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Pádraig Lucey: Earned a deal with Geelong.

Lucey chases AFL dream

While most Kerry people are dreaming of All-Ireland glory this weekend, Pádraig Lucey is targeting a shot at an AFL career earned by a stint on reality TV.

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Anthony Maher

Man of few words Maher shuns limelight

Birthdays can be a time for some reflection, some box-ticking maybe prior to a quiet chat with yourself to copper-fasten the priorities in life.

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Support for new Leinster round-robin format

The proposed round-robin format aimed at boosting the competitiveness of the Leinster senior football championship received unanimous backing at Monday night’s meeting of county chairmen.

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Declan O'Sullivan: Every player is greedy and wants to get the most out of his career.

O’Sullivan evolving with young brigade

All Ireland SFC final
Donegal v Kerry
Sunday: Croke Park, 3.30pm

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Jack O'Connor

‘It’ll be a game of cat and mouse’

All-Ireland MFC final
Donegal v Kerry
Sunday: Croke Park, 1.15pm

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Karl Lacey

Lacey: Kerry were the team we all looked up to

Take a look back on the Jimmy’s Winning Matches documentary — it’s on YouTube — and it’s clear Donegal in 2012 took more stock out of beating Kerry than any other game.

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Donegal minor team players John McDyre, Ethan O'Donnell and Christian Bonner, pupils of St Columba's Comprehensive School in Glenties, with school artwork featuring senior players Leo McLoone, Anthony Thompson and Paddy McGrath.

Drawing on lessons from the master

A few years ago a television advertising campaign proclaimed that this was rugby country. The marketing team that came up with it had obviously never been to Glenties to see the Jim McGuinness effect.

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Kerry Minor Manager, Jack O' Connor

Video: Kerry and Donegal Minors look ahead to the Football Championship Final

As part of the All Ireland Final build up, Electric Ireland, proud sponsor of the GAA All Ireland Minor Football and Hurling Championships, met up with Minor Football stars, Barry O’Sullivan, Kerry, and Tony McCleneghan, Donegal to get their thoughts ahead of this Sunday’s Final.

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James Horan

Horan: Board should have hit back at O’Neill criticism

Former Mayo manager James Horan believes his county board should have hit back at GAA president Liam O’Neill for hiscomments in the build-up to the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Kerry in Limerick.

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Jack O'Connor

Jack feels semi-final repeat beyond Donegal

Kerry’s three-time All-Ireland- winning manager Jack O’Connor believes Donegal will struggle to replicate their near flawless semi-final performance against Dublin in Sunday’s decider.

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Kerry's Kieran O'Leary at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney; below scoring the equalising point despite the efforts of Mayo's Colm Boyle in last month's semi-final clash at Croke Park.

Positive O’Leary determined to kick on again

All Ireland SFC Final
Donegal v Kerry
Sunday: Croke Park, 3.30pm

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice

Flynn: ‘Ruthless’ Fitzmaurice has Kerry steeled

Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s ruthlessness is a primary reason behind why Kerry are "punching above their weight", says Bernard Flynn.

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Kerry’s best years are ahead of them

I don’t know if Beckett was right or wrong, but he’s been on my mind a lot lately.

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There is nobody cutting corner

Q: After a barrage day of media, what’s the best question you’ve been asked?

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A Kerry education

FR Pat O’Donnell wouldn’t be in the habit of giving tips but this one he was full sure of.

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Cian and very able

Before Kerry faced Galway in Croke Park, their coach was scraped up, stretched out, then eased across the back seat of a car.

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‘We can stop leaks, not rumours’

Q: Bet you’re amused at how brilliant a coach you’ve become overnight?

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Driving Kilcar

To find out how a club with just 300 playing members will have five players on active duty in Sunday’s All-Ireland finals, go back to 1979.

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How McGuinness put the show back on the road

With each Donegal victory this summer, a nugget of information about how Jim McGuinness put the show back on the road has been unearthed.

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5 big decisions facing Kerry

Donaghy starts, Kerry predictable?

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5 big decisions facing Donegal

Where does Kieran Donaghy start?

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‘There’s no such thing as a bad seat in Croke Park on All-Ireland final day’

There are no lights visible at Donegal County Board offices from the laneway leading into MacCumhaill Park.

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Tones send holders crashing

The trend of the Meath SFC title not being retained since Dunshaughlin completed a three-in-a-row in 2002 continues, with Wolfe Tones sending holders Summerhill packing, 2-11 to 0-8, in a quarter-final clash at Páirc Tailteann on Saturday.

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Dungiven in final after feisty battle

Eoin Bradley and Gerard O’Kane were both sent off as Glenullin’s championship challenge was ended by Dungiven.

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McLoughlin makes difference for outsiders

Outsiders Knockmore produced the big shock of the Mayo SFC quarter-finals when they dumped out last year’s beaten finalists Breaffy at MacHale Park, Castlebar yesterday.

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Brosnan the hero for Lixnaw

Lixnaw 0-14 St Brendan’s Ardfert 0-13
It took two games plus extra-time in last year’s decider before St Brendan’s eventually became Kerry SHC champions, but on Saturday evening Lixnaw gained a measure of revenge in this year’s semi-final replay when they just prevailed by a 56th minute Brendan Brosnan point – after he was superbly picked out by Paul Galvin, who had a fine 60 at wing-forward for Lixnaw.

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Guiry delivers for The Nire

The Nire were forced to dig deep before holding out for an unspectacular 1-8 to 0-8 win over a plucky Rathgormack outfit at Fraher Field on Saturday night to earn a place in the last four of the Waterford SFC.

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Kilmurry-Ibrickane advance

Kilmurry-Ibrickane made it through to the Clare SFC semi-finals, when beating Clondegad 2-10 to 1-11 at Cooraclare on Saturday.

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Hayes on fire as mighty Rangers take giant step

Carbery Rangers 2-14 Castlehaven 1-08
Who could seriously have envisaged 2013 and 2014 county champions Castlehaven fall to such a comprehensive defeat in this Cork county SFC fourth round replay at Clonakilty yesterday?

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Hannigan hails ‘significant milestone for Munster’

Tipperary football chairman Joe Hannigan last night hailed the new Munster senior football championship as "the most equitable option."

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McHugh: I agonised over call to walk away

Mark McHugh has revealed how he agonised over his decision to quit Donegal and weighed up the prospect of walking away from an All-Ireland medal.

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Dub Mannion gone for year

The Dublin senior footballers have been dealt a blow ahead of their 2015 preparations with the news Paul Mannion is set to be unavailable for the coming year.

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Ward set to be named new Leitrim manager

Donegal native Shane Ward is poised to become the new manager of the Leitrim senior footballers.

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McGuinness: Calendar must be tweaked to accommodate clubs

Jim McGuinness has called for all football calendars to be condensed so that clubs have exclusive access to their county players for longer periods of time.

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Revamp of Munster SFC draw to be voted through

A new variation of the Munster senior football championship’s current seeded draw is expected to be voted through this evening.

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Watch your house, warns fearful Donegal councillor

A Donegal councillor believes the county will be targeted by criminals during the All-Ireland final weekend due to the high numbers planning to travel to Dublin.

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Evans extends Roscommon stay until 2015

John Evans is staying in charge of Roscommon footballers for 2015, after agreeing to extend his term after two years in charge.

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