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Historic title win for Ballincollig began with a sit down

The night after Ballincollig surprised everyone by stepping over Nemo Rangers into a first Cork county football final, manager Michael O’Brien sat his management team, some players and members of the club’s executive down, writes Tony Leen. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Lordan hails Ballincollig ‘character’

"Lordan on... This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Valiant Valleys stick to their guns

Valley Rovers 0-12 Na Piarsaigh 0-8 This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Gleeson hero as The Nire’s courage gets just reward

The Nire 0-11 Stradbally 0-6

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Delight for ‘Sparrow’ as Kilmallock defy odds

Kilmallock 1-15 Na Piarsaigh 0-14

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Hogan brothers inspire Danesfort

Kilkenny SHC: Champions Clara and St Martin’s (Muckalee) won through to the Kilkenny senior hurling semi-finals, but the remaining two places are still wide open.

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Corofin cruise to 16th title

Corofin 5-12 St Michael’s 0-9

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St Mullins collect record 24th title

St Mullins 0-9 Naomh Eoin, Myshall 0-7

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Connolly inspires Vincent’s

By Rónán Mac Lochlainn

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Rampant Crokes show no mercy

Dr Crokes 4-13 Killarney Legion 1-9

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Griffin stars as Ardfert shock Spa

Ardfert 1-12 Spa 0-10 (after extra time)

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Dillon drives Ballintubber

Ballintubber2­9 Castlebar Mitchels 1­9

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Eight in-a-row for Portlaoise

Portlaoise 2-14 Arles-Killeen 0-9

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O’Sullivan points to ref’s impact

Carbery Rangers manager Micheál O’Sullivan said the performance of referee James Bermingham had a "telling" impact on yesterday’s Cork SFC final.

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Historic first for bold and brave Ballincollig

Ballincollig 1-13 Carbery Rangers 1-10 This story is enriched with multi-media content

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O’Brien insists ‘self-belief’ key to famous win

Self-belief, said Michael O’Brien. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Veteran keeper Quirke has three causes for celebration

It’s quite a celebratory time for Valley Rovers goalkeeper Alan Quirke.

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Lawton brothers seal final spot for Castlemartyr

Castlemartyr2-14 Cloughduv 0-15

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Last-gasp Bradley goal secures title for Slaughtneil

Slaughtneil 1-8 Ballinderry 0-9

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O’Brien delight as St Brigid’s complete ‘drive for five’

St Brigid’s 3-12 St Faithleach’s 0-7

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St. Anne’s denied victory as Shelmaliers strike late

St. Anne’s 1-10 Shelmaliers 0-13

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Loughmore-Castleiney squeeze home

Tipperary SHC: Champions Loughmore-Castleiney defeated Clonoulty-Rossmore 0-17 to 2-10 in a nail-biting finish to this quarter-final at Semple Stadium on Saturday.

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Tyrrell rescues Moores

Sarsfields 1-13 Moorefield 0-16

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McGuinness exit planned before final loss

Jim McGuinness has revealed that he always planned to step down as Donegal manager after the 2014 Championship, regardless of whether they won it or not.

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No-one in Galway gives St Michael’s a prayer but...

We have a lot of belief and we are going to give it our very best shot.

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Big time beckons for the Valleys

Strange having a 27-year-old being one of the elder statesmen of a club’s football team but such is the changing landscape of Valley Rovers, now just 60 minutes away from restoring their status as a senior football club in Cork.

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Within sight of Cork’s mountain top

They’ll share a pot of tea on Sunday night, eat dinner together most evenings and hop into the car every Tuesday and Friday to complete the 130km round spin to training. Rarely though, if ever, is football discussed.

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Kneesy does it for the elder statesman of Ballincollig

When he was putting in top-class performances on a regular basis for Aston Villa and Ireland, Paul McGrath’s inability to train tended to attract wide-eyed wonder.

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Na Piarsaigh believing in fairytale finale

Since the introduction of the third chance in the Cork county championships in 2010, twice have teams won a title after losing their first two games.

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Ballincollig defence can put shackles on Rangers

Until recently, it was easy enough to package these two teams in neatly-labelled boxes.

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Walsh facing a Brick wall

Waterford SFC final: The best footballers in Waterford will be on show tomorrow when Stradbally and The Nire collide for the seventh time in 13 years at Fraher Field.

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Ballincollig in safe hands with ‘Scotty’

Should Ballincollig make history by winning a first Cork SFC title on Sunday afternoon, goalkeeper David Lordan will be the man with the honour of lifting the Andy Scannell Cup.

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Shanahan seeking the perfect finish

A return to UCC to sit his Masters, succumbing to Billy Morgan’s persistent nature, collecting a Sigerson Cup winners medal against the odds and a two month stint in Boston kicking ball — all in all, it’s been a hectic 12 months for Brian Shanahan.

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Cregan: Kinnerk man to boost Treaty football

Paul Kinnerk’s vision for Limerick football will return the county to Munster’s top table, according to board chairman John Cregan.

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Disgruntled ‘Mayo Mick’ vows to fight year ban for pitch incursion

Mick Barrett, the Mayo fan who ran onto the field during the county’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay defeat to Kerry, has vowed to appeal a one-year ban imposed on him by the GAA.

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It’s time for Ballincollig to deliver on final stage, declares coach O’Brien

At the outset of every Cork football championship, Ballincollig are pinpointed as dark horses.

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Jim Gavin, Dublin manager

Longford chief wants Dubs forced to leave capital

Longford chairman Brendan Gilmore has called on the Leinster Council to force Dublin to travel for their provincial championship opener in 2015.

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Ephie Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald relishing prospect of Collins link up with Clare

New Clare football coach Ephie Fitzgerald believes he is entering the Banner set-up at just the right time.

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Authorities probe racial abuse claim

Coiste na nÓg top brass are investigating the alleged racial abuse of an U16 footballer during a Cork championship semi-final on Saturday.

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John Galvin

Galvin glad of Cratloe glory

Limerick footballer John Galvin says it is remarkable that only the second senior club game he has started should yield him a county championship medal after guiding his adopted club Cratloe to glory in Clare on Sunday.

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Podge the class act as Cratloe make history

Cratloe 2-12 Éire Óg 0-11
It says a fair bit about the class of the man that Podge Collins put Cratloe’s already delayed celebrations on hold after yesterday’s Clare SFC final win to race into the back of the tunnel and shake hands with every one of the defeated Éire Óg team as they returned to their dressing room.

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CHAMPS: Rathvilly captain Brendan Murphy lifts the trophy after their win over Old Leighlin   in the Carlow SFC final at Dr Cullen Park. Picture: Pat Moore.

Precious points power Rathvilly

Rathvilly 2-9 Old Leighlin 1-10
Four unanswered points at the start of the second-half provided the springboard for Rathvilly’s eighth Carlow SFC title at Dr Cullen Part yesterday as the north county side spiked the ambitions of holders Old Leighlin.

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Stradbally beat odds to book final ticket

Stradbally 1-10 Ballinacourty 1-6
Fourteen-man Stradbally won a red hot battle on a freezing cold Saturday night in Dungarvan to send defending champions Ballinacourty packing and qualify for their 13th final in 16 seasons.

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Rhode captain Pauric Sullivan holds  young Ruarí Claffey in the cup, after the final in Tullamore. Picture: James Flynn

Rhode’s derby joy

Rhode 0-13 Edenderry 1-7
Five Rhode points without reply at the start of the second half were crucial for the village club yesterday as they beat local rivals Edenderry to record their seventh Offaly SFC crown in the last 11 years.

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Donaghy drives Rock Road to redemption

Austin Stacks 2-13 Dingle 1-9
The tidal surge of an All-Ireland success seeped into every corner of Tralee’s Austin Stack Park yesterday.

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Mid Kerry cruise into final

Mid Kerry 1-12 Shannon Rangers 0-7
This was more of a grind for the 4,500 watching from the stand and terraces than it was for the purposeful representatives of Mid Kerry.

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Fermoy's Alan Baragry tackled by Éire Óg's Liam Sheehan.  Picture: Des Barry

Éire Óg edge to final as Fermoy fade

Éire Óg 0-9 Fermoy 1-3
Éire Óg will contest the Cork IFC final after defeating Fermoy in a tepid last-four encounter at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night.

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LABOUR OF LOVE: Author John Scally was a fan first, then a friend to the late Dermot Earley. My top 100 sporting moments, 50 of them would involve Dermot Earley. Picture: Maura Hickey

Dermot Earley — more than just a footballer

His fame came from football but his name transcends the game. Dermot Earley was John Scally’s boyhood hero.

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Cratloe’s golden generation

It was the summer of 2005, when Cratloe’s footballers first announced themselves on the local scene.

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Furlong’s final heroics sparked the Faithful rise

Offaly’s 1964 All-Ireland minor football win would prove the building block for the county’s later success — and Martin Furlong’s input was crucial.

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’Newcestown not all about heart, they are talented too’

In 2001 Newcestown played Newmarket in an intermediate football semi-final replay at Coachford and, with four minutes to go, the West Cork side trailed by eight points.

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Shannon Rangers forward Mikey Boyle  gets a pass away despite the efforts of  South Kerry's Aidan O'Sullivan in the Kerry SFC quarter-final.

Unrated Rangers unite and conquer

You have to reach back almost 40 years for Shannon Rangers football fairytales. The division — so far into north Kerry that Clare is closer than Tralee and Limerick is as close as Listowel — have more stories about carping than cups.

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Kinsella fears FRC may have got their dates wrong

Decades of fixture-making have taught Paul Kinsella many things but one abiding lesson: the longer a club is in a championship the better it is for the club’s prosperity.

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Donaghy: We pulled off something ‘unbelievable’

Kieran Donaghy says Kerry’s achievement in winning an All-Ireland this year was "unbelievable" in light of the loss of a number of senior players to injury and retirement last season.

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Wexford second county to pull out of provincial club football series

Wexford have emerged as the second county to have no representation in this year’s provincial club football series due to a backlog of games.

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Leahy and McHalein Westmeath row

Peter Leahy and Liam McHale have become embroiled in a war of words, with McHale denying he agreed to be part of the proposed backroom team to take charge of the Westmeath footballers.

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