Colm Collins: ‘Having ‘free January’ was right way to go

Colm Collins has no fears Clare’s decision to not participate in the McGrath Cup will come back to haunt them as they begin their Division 3 campaign against Wexford on Sunday.


Tommy Walsh all set to spring into action

Tommy Walsh is likely to make his return to competitive football for All-Ireland champions Kerry off the substitutes’ bench, after he was kept in reserve for Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 1 opener against Mayo at Fitzgerald Stadium (2pm).


Late blitz seals Sligo IT victory

Queen’s 0-8 Sligo IT 1-9 (after extra-time)


O’Dea’s joy as GMIT progress

GMIT 0-14 Dublin IT 1-9


Martin’s unlikely goal inspires Athlone IT past Trinity challenge

Athlone IT 3-10 Trinity College Dublin 0-10


Molloy leaves Donegal panel to ‘find spark’

Dermot Molloy has left the Donegal panel and will concentrate on his club football as tries to "find the spark again".


Cluxton behind my injury, jokes Walshe

He is able to make a joke of it now, and Colin Walshe was full of smiles yesterday as he "blamed" Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton for his cruciate knee injury last August.


Family ties no issue as Seamus O’Shea focused on making positive start for Mayo

From Killorglin to Killarney, Seamus O’Shea’s uncles and aunts will travel on Sunday in the hope he plays well but is ultimately beaten.

Darran O'Sullivan

Darran O’Sullivan admits he quit bank job to focus on getting fit for Kerry

Kerry’s Darran O’Sullivan admits he quit his job so he could concentrate on saving his football career.

Kieran Donaghy with Kerry Football Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice

Kingdom ace Kieran Donaghy advocates calendar year club season

Kieran Donaghy has backed calls to implement the club season into the calendar year, expressing concern Austin Stacks’ involvement in the All-Ireland series could cost him a place on the Kerry team.

CLOSE CALL: CIT's Stephen Cahill and David Hanrahan try to win possession under pressure  from UCC's Conor Cox in yesterday's Sigerson Cup match at The Mardyke.

Classy UCC ace Conor Cox torments CIT

Sigerson Cup First Round
UCC 3-15 CIT 1-6
Eamonn Fitzmaurice, sit up and take note.

Referee Eugene O'Hara in coversation with Armagh manager James Daly, July 2014.

League action a welcome distraction after James Daly’s painful year

It’s days like Sunday that James Daly is relishing — the start of a new season and a chance to banish memories of a painful year.

Photo of Paul Geaney in action in June 2014.

Paul Geaney focused on retaining starting spot in hot company

Just getting to face Mayo on Sunday will be something of an achievement for Paul Geaney.

File photo of Darren McCurry (Tyrone)

Five gaelic footballers to focus on this season

Eoghan Cormican marks out five young players that could take the gaelic football season by storm. 

STILL GOING STRONG: Liam Hodnett is now in his 22nd year serving at the coalface at CIT. Picture: Richard Mills.

Hodnett: CIT have never feared skull and crossbones

The poor relation as far as third-level football on Leeside is concerned? Liam Hodnett isn’t biting.

Tommy Walsh during his AFL days

Fans will have to give Walsh time to adjust, says O’Shea

Expecting Tommy Walsh to hit the ground running for All-Ireland champions Kerry this year is unrealistic, believes his club manager at Kerins O’Rahillys, Barry O’Shea.

Kevin McManamon: Played in three of Dublin's five O'Byrne Cup games.

McManamon ready for Rebel battle

Kevin McManamon has played down the significance of Dublin potentially ending their 25-year run without a league victory in Cork this weekend.

PERFECTING HIS SKILLS: Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey enjoys a kick around ahead of the O'Byrne Cup final against Kildare at St Conleth's Park, Newbridge at the weekend. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

League is all most counties can aspire to winning

Success with all its advantages is quickly becoming the preserve of the few, and all too often the rich.

Donncha O'Connor: The Rebels forward feels that, for the moment at least, his side are no longer a top-four outfit.

O’Connor: Three wins from seven will do us just fine

Before you go drawing parallels between now and the last time Cork ventured so much into Ulster for league action, Donncha O’Connor will stop you in your tracks, writes John Fogarty.

ON THE BALL: Kieran McGeeney. Picture: InPho.

McGeeney in ‘lies’ claim over critics

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has taken GAA commentators, including Joe Brolly, to task about their "lies" concerning the extent of his panel’s training schedule, writes John Fogarty.


League gives opportunity to breed winning habits

The Allianz League will always suffer when compared to the championship but it is different things to different protagonists.

Barry Shanahan, Austin Stacks, offloads the ball as he is tackled by Tommy Walsh, Kerins O'Rahillys.

Kerry boost as Walsh returns to action

Austin Stacks 1-14 Kerins O’Rahillys 1-9: Tralee Board SFC final: Former Younger Footballer of the Year, Tommy Walsh, made his competitive return to gaelic games at Austin Stack Park on Saturday night.

Michael Dara MacAuley of Dublin is sent off by referee David Gough. Pic: Inpho

Dublin escape Kildare’s grasp

Kildare 0-19 Dublin 0-24: Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup final: For the second time in five years, Jason Ryan was left to rue the red card extra-time rule against Dublin, as the Dubs took full advantage of replacing dismissed Michael Darragh Macauley in the additional periods at Newbridge yesterday

File photo of Roscommon captain Niall Carthy (left). Carty lifted the cup after yesterday's FBD Connacht final.

John Evans delighted as resurgent Roscommon revel in victory

Roscommon 4-8 Galway 1-12: FBD Connacht final: There is growing optimism in Roscommon that a succession of good underage sides is about to mark them as a serious force at senior level, but the need to temper that expectation was also obvious at Kiltoom yesterday.

West Limerick Board chairman Gerry Molyneaux presents the cup to Valentia Gaels captain Brendan O'Sullivan.

Valentia make it a Kerry clean sweep of club titles

Valentia-Daribhre Young Islanders (Kerry) 0-12 Kildimo-Pallaskenry (Limerick) 1-8: Munster JBFC final:

Padraig McNulty, Tyrone, in action against Killian Clarke and Damien O'Reilly, Cavan. McKenna Cup Final, Tyrone v Cavan, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Harte warns Tyrone need to ‘change script’ after Cavan fright

Tyrone 1-13 Cavan 0-10: Dr McKenna Cup final: Mickey Harte admitted Tyrone needed to "change the script" in order to secure another four-in-a-row of McKenna Cup titles after Saturday night’s win in the Athletic Grounds.

SILVER LINING: The Waterford squad show off the McGrath Cup after beating UCC on Saturday. Picture: Matt Browne.

Waterford finally get booty in the bag

Waterford 3-12 UCC 1-9: McGrath Cup final: Silverware in the southeast: Waterford collected a first McGrath Cup in over 30 years with an emphatic win over UCC in Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Saturday.


McGlinchey happy as home support begins to build

It’s a cliche to say that a county needs a win, but that was truer than usual Saturday night in Dungarvan.


Mitchel’s the pride of Merseyside

John Mitchel’s (Lancashire)1-9 Moate All Whites (Westmeath) 1-6: All-Ireland Club JFC semi-final: Merseyside could have something to celebrate this season after all following John Mitchel’s qualification for the All-Ireland Club JFC final for the second time in their history at Pairc Tailteann, Navan, yesterday.


Kevin Smyth squeezes St Croan’s to All-Ireland final

St Croan’s (Roscommon) 0-14 Sean O’Mahony’s (Louth) 2-7: All-Ireland Club IFC semi-final: An injury-time free from Kevin Smyth proved enough to send St Croan’s into the All-Ireland Club IFC final after a thrilling encounter with Louth champions Sean O’Mahony’s at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan.


Brosna and Rock St Patrick’s must meet again

Brosna (Kerry) 0-10 Rock St Patrick’s (Tyrone) 1-7 (AET): AIB All-Ireland Club JFC semi-final: Brosna and Rock St Patrick’s must meet again to see who enjoys a St Valentine’s date in Croke Park.

GOING DOWN: Warrenpoint forward Ross McGarry hits the deck after a challenge from Ardfert's David Griffin in yesterday's AIB All-Ireland Club IFC semi-final at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. Picture: Pat Moore

Awesome Ardfert returning to Croker

Ardfert (Kerry) 1-8 St Peter’s, Warrenpoint (Down) 0-10: AIB All-Ireland Club IFC semi-final: Pat O’Driscoll spent most of January watching videos of Warrenpoint’s Ulster club championship campaign.

Tom McGlinchey: Describes himself as a traditional manager, doing a lot of the coaching himself.

Promotion still the holy grail for Tom McGlinchey

McGrath Cup Final
Waterford v UCC
Tonight: Fraher Field Dungarvan, 6pm

SAFE HANDS: Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice with 2015 Kingdom captain  Kieran Donaghy at last night's pre-league press briefing at Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Donaghy described captaining Kerry as an "unbelievable honour".

Eamonn Fitzmaurice: Burnout issue is so overplayed

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has dismissed Joe Brolly’s claim that county players are "indentured slaves", believing the discussion on burnout has been "overplayed".

UCC Campus

UCC chasing historic victory in McGrath Cup

UCC have the possibility of making history tomorrow night when they face Waterford in the McGrath Cup final (Fraher Field, 6pm), but it’s arguably a distraction they could have done without.

File photo of a previous Congress.

Former referee Collins brings concerns to Congress

Former inter-county referee Paddy Collins hopes to bring several motions to Congress next month concerning illegitimate practices in matches.


St Francis Rochestown’s quadruple dream gathering momentum

St Francis Rochestown 1-9 Coláiste na Sceilge 2-4
The prospect of an unprecedented quadruple remains alive for St Francis College, Rochestown as they got past Coláiste na Sceilge in the e Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter-finals at Knockngagree yesterday.


Eamonn Ryan’s red alert on third level binge drinking and peer pressure

Renowned Cork ladies football manager Eamonn Ryan has warned of the dangers of binge drinking and peer pressure at third level.

Tom McGlinchey: 'The GAA needs big championship games to generate revenue.'

Tom McGlinchey: Two-tier football championship deserves further research

Waterford football boss Tom McGlinchey says there’s merit in Dara Ó Cinnéide’s proposal for a two-tier inter-county football championship but warns the structure and marketing of such a competition would be crucial.


Tyrone’s early blitz proves decisive

Armagh 1-7 Tyrone 3-10
Tyrone moved a step closer to a second four-in-a-row of McKenna Cup titles under Mickey Harte with a surprisingly one-sided win over Armagh last night.


Pobalscoil Corca Dhuibhne in cruise control against Tralee CBS

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 2-10 Tralee CBS 1-3
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne continued their march towards a fourth successive Corn Uí Mhuirí title with this emphatic quarter-final victory over a largely disjointed Tralee CBS outfit.


Thomas Scannell makes it safe for Clonakilty CC

Clonakilty CC 1-13 IS Killorglin 1-5
Clonakilty Community College are through to the Corn Uí Mhuirí semi-final for the first time after a deserved victory over IS Killorglin at Kenmare yesterday.


Cavan may appeal McKiernan red card

Cavan are considering appealing Gearoid McKiernan’s proposed two-match McKenna Cup ban arising from Sunday’s victory over Monaghan.

Dara Ó Cinnéide

Dara Ó Cinnéide: Madness needs to stop

Dara Ó Cinnéide says there is sufficient evidence to support a revitalised Tommy Murphy Cup-style competition.


Liam Lawlor full of praise for Waterford boss Tom McGlinchey

Waterford will face UCC in the McGrath Cup final at Fraher Field, Dungavan on Saturday (6pm) following their shock victory over Cork last Sunday in Clashmore.

Ger Brennan: In the dark about when he will play for Dublin again.

Ger Brennan: Dubs will learn from Donegal mistakes

Ger Brennan has backed Dublin to learn from the mistakes of last summer against Donegal and ensure they’re never overrun so easily again.