The some times invisible line between the summit and the basement of affairs in Division 2 was summed up at the end of this entertaining tussle of many twists before Laois finally turned for home with two precious points in their safe-keeping.
Laois manager Mike Quirke, 2010 All-Ireland winning Cork manager Conor Counihan, and four-time All-Ireland hurling final referee Brian Gavin have called for the introduction of the clock-hooter system to lessen the "unsustainable" demands being placed on football referees.
All-Ireland final referee David Gough has responded to the controversy generated by the Irish Examiner GAA Podcast, on which former Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice insisted Gough shouldn’t be selected to ref that final.
All-Ireland camogie champions Galway have picked up 14 All-Star nominations, but there is surprise at Cork, who topped their group and came up one point short to the Tribeswomen in the All-Ireland semi-final, having just four players shortlisted.
Former Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice feels there is “positive energy” around the county despite Saturday’s All-Ireland final replay defeat to Dublin, saying that the experience will only make the current panel “hungrier”.