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Football Championship Q&A: From now to a glorious day in September

Q. Who or what has been the biggest disappointment of the football championship so far?

 

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Dara Ó Cinnéide: Once Kerry are cold and dispassionate about their business...

The notion Kildare have nothing to lose in tomorrow’s All- Ireland SFC quarter-final is one I’ve heard bandied about a few times this week.

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Developing young talent has been Mikey Sheehy’s great legacy

Afew simple but evocative lines from Ogie Moran on Mikey Sheehy’s Laochra Gael in 2012 that chime loudest now when considering his old team-mate’s incarnation as a Kerry selector.

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Eamon McGee daring to dream again

Caitríona McBride went to school with Eamon McGee, where she had to defend her pencil case from the future Donegal defender. They met recently to bring his story up to date.

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Karl O’Dwyer: The Lily who left the big pond

Karl O’Dwyer still has the letter from Páidí Ó Sé congratulating him on his 1998 All- Star. 

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Niall Carew looking for redemption against Tyrone

Sligo will invoke the spirit of 2002 as they strive to redeem themselves against Tyrone at Croke Park today.

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Brian McEniff laments the one that got away

On A lonely bench at Belgrave Park in Rathmines he sat one night. All night long.

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Fermanagh up for it, says Richard O’Callaghan

He knows they are 80/1 outsiders for a reason, but Fermanagh midfielder Richard O’Callaghan has promised the team won’t let themselves or their supporters down in Croke Park tomorrow.

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Every team needs back-up but is it as vital as we think?

Some mantras we accept blindly.

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Kelly the Lilies’ pocket rocket

Sunday: Croke Park, 2pm Referee: D Coldrick TV: RTÉ Two Bet: Kerry 1/6, Kildare 9/2, Draw 12/1

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O’Brien gets nod over Buckley in Kerry half-forward line

Stephen O’Brien replaces Johnny Buckley in the only change to the Kerry side for Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final with Kildare in Croke Park (2pm).

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Paul Kerrigan: Cork defeat ‘embarrassing’

Cork footballer Paul Kerrigan admits he was embarrassed and disheartened by what he describes as an “horrific” championship exit to Kildare.

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Players defend departing Brian Cuthbert

Cork’s footballers have come out in force to defend Brian Cuthbert, who has stepped down as manager.

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Dublin boss must choose words carefully

So how does Jim Gavin get out of this bind?

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Paul Kerrigan: ‘One of the most prepared teams I ever was with’

Paul Kerrigan believes the Cork footballers “moved forward” in 2015.

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Board won’t rule out outside appointment for Cork hot-seat

Cork County Board chairman Ger Lane has neither ruled in nor out the prospect of the county appointing an outside senior football manager to succeed Brian Cuthbert.

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Mike Quirke: Cork must banish crutches and excuses

Legendary American college football coach Nick Saban once said: “Championship teams have to be resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity”.

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James O’Donoghue accepts added responsibilities for Kerry

James O’Donoghue is learning to adjust. Truth be told, he’s been left with little option.

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Cork seek new leader as Brian Cuthbert to step down

Cork football manager Brian Cuthbert will not seek re-appointment for a third year at the helm following last weekend’s championship exit at the hands of Kildare.

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Louth’s Darren Clarke ‘a lucky man’ after horror head injury

Former Louth star Darren Clarke believes he was fortunate to avoid serious brain injury following a horror blow in a club game.

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Laois targeting former Longford boss Jack Sheedy to succeed Ó Flatharta

Jack Sheedy is among the leading candidates to succeed Tomás Ó Flatharta as the next Laois senior football manager.

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Old scores don’t faze Bernard Brogan

Bernard Brogan could be forgiven for reminiscing wistfully about the old days.

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Jack O’Connor: Kerry must watch white-hot Paul Cribbin

From second-level colleges glory to All-Ireland minor and senior titles with Kerry, Jack O’Connor has seen it, done it and written the book.

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Dublin don’t intimidate us, warns Pete McGrath

He can’t promise a victory, but Pete McGrath is promising that his young Fermanagh team won’t be intimidated by Dublin on Sunday.

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It’s tough at the top, says Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice

Eamonn Fitzmaurice last night offered words of consolation to his Cork football counterpart, Brian Cuthbert, in the wake of the Rebels’ shock exit from the Championship.

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Noel O’Leary: Retirements shouldn’t be on agenda for Cork

Former Cork footballer Noel O’Leary doesn’t expect a raft of retirements following Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC defeat to Kildare. 

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Karl Lacey out for Donegal date with Galway

Karl Lacey has been ruled out of Donegal’s All-Ireland qualifier with Galway on Saturday due to a knee injury. 

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Seamus O’Shea set to return for Mayo quarter-final clash

Mayo have received a boost ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final on Saturday week with the versatile Seamie O’Shea expected to be available.

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Alan Smith: Kildare will be fearless facing Kerry

Alan Smith believes Kildare have nothing to fear against Kerry in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final meeting at Croke Park, now that they have finally claimed the scalp of one of football’s traditional heavyweights.

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Tomás Quinn: Cork facing a winter of hard questions

Thurles on a Saturday evening for knock-out championship with two teams still searching for their true identity.

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‘Period of reflection’ to precede Brian Cuthbert move

No immediate decision will be taken by Cork GAA officials on the future of football manager Brian Cuthbert.

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Kildare drive too much for listless Cork

Kildare 1-21 Cork 1-13: Fionn Fitzgerald has a lot to answer for.

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Kerry perform great late escape

Kerry 3-13 Wexford 2-9: The full-time score gave a somewhat misleading representation as Kerry performed a late escape act in Dungarvan on Saturday afternoon to remain on course for a 16th All-Ireland junior title.

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Sound of silence from Cork management

Brian Cuthbert’s body language as he exited the Kildare dressing-room after delivering his congratulatory speech late on Saturday wasn’t suggestive of a man who was keen to shoot the breeze, but the question had to be asked.

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Pete McGrath: Fermanagh are no sitting ducks for Dublin

Fermanagh 1-13 Westmeath 0-7: Fermanagh displayed new levels of maturity and confidence to overcome Westmeath in Breffni Park on Saturday and book their place in the last eight of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

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Paudie Hughes raises Fermanagh’s ire with penalty call

After taking some heat for the penalty decision which changed the course of the Munster final in Killarney a few weeks ago, Padraig Hughes erred on the side of caution in Cavan on Saturday night.

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Kilkenny centre-back Paddy McConigley

Christy Walsh laments slow start as Mayo outfox Kilkenny

Mayo 1-12 Kilkenny 0-8: Kilkenny’s decision to line out with two sweepers in Saturday’s All Ireland Junior Championship semi-final had backfired spectacularly within 20 minutes, as Mayo opened up a 1-5 to no score lead at O’Connor Park.

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Kilmeen hit gold on third attempt

Kilmeen 5-14 Grange 0-5: It was third time lucky for Kilmeen as they put on a superb display to claim the Cork JBFC title at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.

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Impressive Galway secure 25th title with ease

Galway 4-12 Sligo 1-8: Galway earned their 25th Connacht MFC title with a dominant victory over Sligo in the replay at Tuam Stadium last night.

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Barry Mulrone hoping to make happy memories with Fermanagh

With no hard and fast payments to show for all their years of work and commitment, then inter-county players are entitled to expect a medal or two by way of compensation.

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Dara Ó Cinnéide: When will Cork achieve their potential?

One of the many pleasing aspects for Kerry supporters ahead of the replay against Cork last Saturday was that, win or lose, it offered their team another chance to iron out the kinks in their game against top quality opposition.

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Bryan Murphy bleeds Cork blood but now firmly Kildare at heart

There is no procrastination on Bryan Murphy’s part. But indulge us in some dawdling before we reveal the whereabouts of his loyalties this evening.

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Wheel turns for Paddy McConigley

When Paddy McConigley was growing up kicking football for his local Fanad Gaels club at Triaghalough in north-west Donegal, little did he know where the wind on the gusty peninsula would take him.

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Mick Slocum: Cork are at a crossroads

Former Cork footballer Mick Slocum has warned of a massive backlash if Brian Cuthbert’s charges exit the All-Ireland championship this weekend.

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Squad restrictions frustrating Mickey Harte

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is frustrated at being denied access to his full complement of players on match days.

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Ryan Jones confident Fermanagh will pass Westmeath challenge

Fermanagh midfielder Ryan Jones admits it will be a “letdown” if the team fails to back up their Roscommon victory with another win against Westmeath on Saturday.

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Longford seeking new leader as Jack Sheedy steps down

Longford GAA chiefs are on the hunt for a new senior football manager after Jack Sheedy resigned the post on Tuesday night.

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James O’Donoghue: Kerry don’t try to sway refs

James O’Donoghue has rubbished claims that the Kerry footballers attempt to influence referees during games, describing the articles which carried the allegation as "absolutely horrendous".

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Fermanagh boss Pete McGrath to end RTÉ boycott after resolving row

Pete McGrath will end his boycott with RTÉ after Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Westmeath.

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Preparation has to be 100%, warns Philly McMahon

Philly McMahon isn’t concerned that Dublin’s provincial dominance will leave them vulnerable entering the final stages of the championship.

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Sean Dunnion disappointed for Donegal fans as Galway game stays in Croke Park

Donegal chairman Sean Dunnion has expressed disappointment at the GAA’s decision to stage the county’s fourth round qualifier in Croke Park.

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Cillian O’Connor has no problem with spotlight switching to Aidan O’Shea

He 1-7 kicked in Sunday’s Connacht football final and yet Cillian O’Connor was but a footnote in Mayo’s annexation of a fifth consecutive provincial crown.

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