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Today’s Cork championship previews

Cork SFC first round, Carbery v O’Donovan Rossa, Dunmanway, 3pm

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Mayo’s two late goals leave Cork in ruins

Mayo 5-7 Cork 1-14: An hour and a half after Stephen Coen lifted the Clarke Cup, he and his team-mates were back on the field to mingle with friends and family.

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Sean Hayes: Mistakes were made but that’s life

Conducting his interview outside a jubilant Mayo dressing room having just congratulated the new All-Ireland champions, Cork manager Sean Hayes cut a magnanimous and proud figure.

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Emotional Dymphna O’Brien fires Limerick to promotion

Limerick gained promotion from Division 4 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League on Saturday – but Waterford and Tipperary must replay for Division 3 honours following a thrilling draw in Clane.

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Limerick SFC: Jamie Lee drives champions Newcastle West to victory with six points

Champions Newcastle West beat Ballysteen 0-8 to 1-3 in the second round of Limerick senior football championship.

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Kanturk’s superior experience tells against youthful Carrigaline

Kanturk 1-15 Carrigaline 2-6: Kanturk were far too strong for a youthful Carrigaline in this Cork IFC first round tie in Mallow yesterday.

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Noel Creedon happy as Michael’s take charge

St Michael’s 1-8 St Vincent’s 0-5: This Cork Premier IFC first round tie at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday won’t live too long in the memory.

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John Hayes penalty is extra special for Carbery Rangers

Carbery Rangers 1-17 Clyda Rovers 2-13 (aet): Having been denied victory in normal time, Carbery Rangers responded in extra-time to overcome Clyda Rovers at Carrigadrohid yesterday.

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Martin Crummey salutes ‘honest bunch’ as Avondhu run riot

Avondhu 4-16 Ilen Rovers 0-6: Everything went right for Avondhu as they recorded a 22-point Cork SFC first-round win over Ilen Rovers at Coachford last evening.

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Dominant Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh get off to a flyer

Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3-15 Newmarket 1-9: Béal Áthán Ghaorthaidh rattled off an impressive victory at the expense of Newmarket in the opening round of the Cork Premier IFC at Macroom yesterday.

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Sean Hayes Q&A: ‘Everyone gets a great kick out of seeing a fella who hasn’t made it as a Cork minor’

From 2018, the U21 grade in inter-county football will be replaced with an U20 competition, with the minor switching to U17. Sean Hayes manages Cork in this evening’s penultimate All-Ireland U21 football final and believes the change is a mistake.

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John O’Mahony backs grant scheme

Former TD and All-Ireland- winning Galway manager John O’Mahony has called for the Government grant scheme for GAA players to be restored to “at least” its original status.

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Boot on other foot for Johnny Duane

For the second time in exactly 12 months, Johnny Duane finds himself back in Gaelic Park. As much as he was an ever-present at corner-back for Galway last summer, the opportunity to spread his wings couldn’t be turned down.

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‘Small but mighty’ clubs providing power to Waterford

Tomorrow in Semple Stadium the programme will have Waterford club names you know well: Mount Sion. Ballygunner. Lismore.

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Peter Kelleher surprised to take centre stage

In the space of one Allianz Football League campaign, Peter Kelleher has become an integral member of the Cork senior football side.

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Edel Hanley relishing return as Tipperary drive forward

Following a difficult couple of years, Tipperary’s ladies footballers have their mojo back – and Edel Hanley’s return to the fold this year has played a major part in the Premier County’s renaissance.

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Cork star Stephen Cronin unhappy with removal of U21 grade

Win or lose this evening in Ennis, Cork's Stephen Cronin will be part of EirGrid U-21 football championship history though not for any reason he's particularly happy about.

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How Kerry exit could re-energise Tommy Walsh

Don’t get too heavy-handed with the pity sighs. Tommy Walsh’s decision to opt out of the Kerry football set-up is a burden-lifting result for the Tralee man, writes Tony Leen.

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Mayo manager mentored by the master John O’Mahony

As managerial mentors go in Gaelic football, you couldn’t ask for many better than two–time All-Ireland-winning coach, John O’Mahony.

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Cork U21 squad’s bond central to Cork’s progress

Cork U21 midfielder Seán White doesn’t have to think too hard about how highly he’d rate the goal he scored against Kerry in the Munster final.

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James McCarthy was worried media would get him gouging rap

Dublin defender James McCarthy admits he was concerned about being pursued for eye gouging last month despite insisting he had ‘no intention of doing anything’ wrong.

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Longford face fixtures dilemma

Longford County Board must decide whether or not to proceed with a round of upcoming league fixtures after the county’s football management issued a statement threatening to resign if the games are not postponed.

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Cork silent on referee Pádraig Hughes appointment

Cork have declined to comment on the appointment of Pádraig Hughes to referee Saturday’s All-Ireland U21 final in Ennis.

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Seán Hayes closes in on rare medal double as Cork U21s go for glory

If Seán Hayes can guide Cork to victory in Saturday’s EirGrid All-Ireland U21FC final against Mayo in Cusack Park, Ennis (6pm), he will complete a rare double.

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Mayo ready to write their own story, declares skipper Stephen Coen

It’s probably more than just coincidence Mayo captain Stephen Coen refers to the Tyrone U21s of 2001 as he considers this weekend’s EirGrid All-Ireland decider.

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Justin O’Halloran: There’s a shock coming in New York

It’s not cockiness or over-ambition, Justin O’Halloran maintains, that imbues his message to his players ahead of Sunday’s Connacht preliminary round against Roscommon in Gaelic Park. But belief. Sheer belief.

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Ryan McMenamin: Ulster is a must for Tyrone

Former Tyrone defender Ryan McMenamin believes the current team must follow up their Allianz FL Division 2 success with an Ulster title in order to maintain the momentum of progress and development.

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Limerick midfield duo put paid to Waterford hopes

Waterford 1-5 Limerick 1-13: Midfield combination Diarmaid Kelly and Josh Ryan powered Limerick into the Munster semi finals at a breezy Leamybrien last night as they reeled in early pace setters Waterford.

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Frustrated star Tommy Walsh set to quit Kerry panel

Tommy Walsh is poised to quit the Kerry football squad amid growing frustration at his lack of game time with the Kingdom, the Irish Examiner understands.

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Mike Quirke: Only the boo-boys lack class for Dublin

You could feel it building around Kerry all last week. A sort of guarded sense of hope. Nothing cocky - how could you be against your chief tormentors of recent years? But the optimism of a solid league campaign had started to seep its way into Kerry’s consciousness.

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Philly McMahon ‘disappointed’ at grumbles over Dublin’s dominance

Dublin defender Philly McMahon has hit back at the suggestion their current dominance of Gaelic football is a “problem for the game”, describing Trevor Giles’ comments as “disappointing”.

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No borders to Mitchelstown's progress

Having been on the staff of Mitchelstown CBS since 1982, Willie Duggan is well-placed to evaluate the various sides which have passed through the school in that time.

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Angry Dublin boss Gregory McGonigle blasts ref amid Cork ‘cynicism’

Dublin manager Gregory McGonigle has accused champions Cork of “cynicism” and “systematic” fouling during last Saturday’s Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 semi-final.

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‘Scary’ Dublin have alarm bells ringing for Sean Cavanagh

He’s won practically everything in the game across 14 years with Tyrone so when Sean Cavanagh talks about Dublin being “scary” good right now, perhaps it’s time to be concerned.

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Doping director defends League final testing

The four players drug-tested after Sunday’s Division 1 final were granted permission by testers to watch the Laochra show that followed the game.

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Dublin dominance could be a turn-off for neutrals, claims Trevor Giles

Meath football icon Trevor Giles believes that Dublin’s dominance of Gaelic football is becoming a problem and has predicted that neutrals will become bored and switch off their televisions.

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David Power blasts Tipperary ban on dual minor players

Wexford senior football manager David Power has railed against the ban on dual minor inter-county players in his native Tipperary, insisting that it’s “wrong and should not be happening”.

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Ex-Dublin star Pat Burke enjoying Clare revival

In only slightly different circumstances, Pat Burke might have been part of Dublin’s Allianz league four-in-a-row celebrations on Sunday instead of Clare’s slightly lesser heralded Division 3 success the previous evening.

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Ronan O’Toole could make it for U21 final

Cork midfielder Ronan O’Toole could be fit for Saturday’s EirGrid All-Ireland U21 final with Mayo at Cusack Park (6pm).

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Kerry need added pace, reckons Ambrose O’Donovan

Ambrose O’Donovan says Kerry will have to inject more pace into their team if they are to break their Dublin hoodoo.

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Oisin McConville: Kerry pay dearly for paucity of tactical ideas

From early on yesterday, it was pleasing on the eye to see Dublin and Kerry going with man-on-man match-ups. 

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Jim Gavin hits out at drug tests straight after title victory

Jim Gavin chose the platform of Dublin’s fourth consecutive Allianz football league title win to launch a surprise attack on GAA drug-testing procedures.

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Tyrone will be no April fools

Tyrone 1-17 Cavan 0-15: Mickey Harte has spent the bones of nine years trying to fashion another All-Ireland-winning team, but he felt obliged to dampen the escalating talk of a serious summer assault yesterday after a comfortable win over Cavan in the Division Two final.

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Five things we learned from the weekend's action at Croke Park

These Dubs get going when big prizes on offer...

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Colm Collins has Clare players daring to dream

Last Saturday evening when Gary Brennan stood on the steps of the Hogan Stand, it served as a reminder of another fact of the county he represents so well.

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Limerick SFC: Jamie Lee the hero as Newcastle West snatch late draw

Champions Newcastle West had to find a late equaliser in their round one tie against Monaleen in the Limerick SFC.

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Magnificent Cora Staunton breaks Kerry hearts as Mayo storm back

Mayo 1-16 Kerry 2-12: When Cora Staunton took possession from Sarah Rowe in the seventh minute of stoppage time in Saturday’s gripping Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1 semi-final, Frank Browne was in no doubt about the outcome.

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Ephie Fitzgerald hails ‘phenomenal’ Cork

Cork 1-15 Dublin 0-11: Ephie Fitzgerald hailed his “phenomenal” Cork ladies senior footballers after watching them advance to a ninth successive Lidl NFL Division 1 final. 

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Carrigaline unburdened by weight of history

Carrigaline 0-13 St Nicholas 0-5: As old as the GAA itself, Carrigaline have had to wait a long time to play a Cork county SFC game.

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Ruairí O’Hagan the hero as Fermoy hit back

Fermoy 1-7 Macroom 0-8: You rarely want to hear the half-time whistle when things are going your way, but on Saturday night it couldn’t come soon enough for Fermoy, who were staring defeat in their PIFC clash with Macroom at Caherlag.

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Cian O’Neill perplexed by refereeing decisions

Kildare boss Cian O’Neill bemoaned his side’s failure to put Clare away during their period of dominance along with the concession of so many “needless” frees.

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Conor Grimes rises to the occasion as Louth go up

Louth 3-12 Antrim 1-14: Louth manager Colin Kelly admitted he wasn’t surprised that the big man with the big reputation delivered for the Wee County in spectacular fashion.

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Proud boss says Clare want to reach greater heights

Clare 2-17 Kildare 1-19: The joy was evident and there were plenty celebrations but perhaps the most notable aspect of this historic victory for Clare was the absence of delirium.

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Dublin inflict another painful cut on Kerry

Dublin 2-18 Kerry 0-13: The bleed continues. The bleed increases. From a seep to a gush.

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice: There is a gap there but it’s not huge

Éamonn Fitzmaurice insists the gap between Dublin and Kerry isn’t widening despite this latest defeat being their biggest in his reign.

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Jim Gavin keeps lid on hype and plays down great expectations

Jim Gavin doesn’t do hyperbole, particularly not when it comes to his Dublin team’s increasingly remarkable achievements, so a statement of serious All-Ireland intent was perhaps asking a little too much.

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Terry Hyland rues Cavan’s loss of intensity

If onlys and what ifs.

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Rapid opening paves the way for Glanworth

Glanworth 1-14 Glenville 1-9: It all started to go wrong for Glenville in the opening minutes when Glanworth opened up a four-point lead in this challenging Cork IFC round one battle at Rathcormac yesterday.

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‘Your diet can be your best friend or your worst enemy’

Kerry nutritionist Kevin Beasley on food planning, supplements and sneaky slices of pizza..

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The Kingdom, the capital and the empire: The role of the Kerry and Dublin GAA in the 1916 Rising

A hundred years to the day that Patrick Pearse stepped on to O’Connell Street and proclaimed an Irish Republic, the GAA will hold its extravagant commemoration of the most seminal moment in modern Irish history. 

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Fergus Connolly Interview: Protecting the player, and the game

Fergus Connolly has trained sports teams all over the world and helped Dublin to an All-Ireland. His biggest fear for the GAA is the abuse of players by irresponsible managers...

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No shortcuts for Cavan’s long game

Mickey Harte didn’t see this coming.

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Brian Magee: ‘Antrim see Croke Park as their Olympics’

Shortly after he was appointed as Antrim’s new strength and conditioning coach last October, Brian Magee implored the players to aim high.

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Transition over as Cork hit their stride

The banter will stop flowing 90 minutes before throw-in, and like the flick of a switch, Cork will focus.

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Cian O’Neill already casting an eye towards championship

Cian O’Neill has so far done everything asked of him since he finally took the reins in his native county.

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Éamonn Fitzmaurice will draw on Kerry’s well of hurt against Dublin

ÉAMONN Fitzmaurice was referring to Stephen Cluxton’s radar kickouts, but he might have been subconsciously alluding to Kerry’s inexplicable no-show in last year’s All-Ireland final.

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Kieran Duff: ‘It’s always sweeter when you beat Kerry in a final’

The man whose early goal 29 years ago proved to be the difference between Dublin and Kerry in a Division 1 final has warned another defeat for the Kingdom this Sunday will leave them “in a little rut” against their great rivals.

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Ger O’Keeffe: Kingdom must target Cluxton kick-out

Kerry legend and former senior team selector Ger O’Keeffe has urged the Kingdom to attack Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton’s kickouts in Sunday’s Allianz FL Division 1 final.

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Skipper Bryan Sheehan returns for the Kingdom against Dublin

Captain Bryan Sheehan starts at right half-forward as one of two changes to the Kerry side for Sunday’s Allianz FL Division 1 final against Dublin at Croke Park (throw-in 3.30pm).

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‘Down win was the turning point’ says Eamonn Fitzmaurice

However fractious the Rows of Tralee was when Donegal came to town, it wasn’t Kerry’s most important victory of the spring, Eamonn Fitzmaurice says.

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Tyrone ace Ronan O’Neill wants return of ruthless streak against Cavan

Tyrone must rediscover their ruthless streak in Croke Park on Sunday, says Ronan O’Neill.

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Mixed emotions for Kerry captain Aislinn Desmond

IT was the first Sunday of April when Kerry skipper, Aislinn Desmond, felt the snap in her left knee.

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OBITUARY: Brian Smyth - Meath stalwart who captained 1949 All-Ireland winners

Sean Boylan reckons it was about 3am when he and Brian Smyth finally cleared the tea-cups from the kitchen table.

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