KIERAN SHANNON: Darren O’Sullivan’s final Kerry cameo summed him up

The same evening that both Kerry’s involvement in the 2018 championship and Eamonn Fitmaurice’s tenure as manager ended, the last two players to leave the home dressing room in the bowels of Fitzgerald Stadium were Kieran Donaghy and Darran O’Sullivan, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Colleges, not League, the place to trial football’s rules

Turlough O’Brien may have been a tad hyperbolic when he claimed the proposed rule changes to football are reflective of a 1940s mindset yearning for the days when players donned flat caps, but certainly the suggested place for such experimentation smacks of a mentality that’s anachronistic.

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KIERAN SHANNON: How the moody Blues came to defy chaos theory

At first glance the subtitle might seem a tad overblown: Dublin – The Chaos Years: How the Dubs Made A Mess of Things For So Long – and How They Turned It Around.

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KIERAN SHANNON: For all the changes, the GAA approach remains the same

They’d like to think they’re making changes — and for the better — but it would appear to be that the GAA’s modus operandi is just business as usual under the new leadership tandem of John Horan and Tom Ryan.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Less a ‘GAA thing’ and more a football thing

In the ever-improving as well as ever-expanding genre that is the GAA autobiography, every new entry tends to have a hook to draw the floating reader in.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Donaghy, a giant amongst men

To appreciate the extraordinary journey and career Kieran Donaghy underwent before announcing his inter-county retirement yesterday on the 17th anniversary of 9/11, it’s worth rewinding to where he was when those planes crashed into those towers.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Five in a row isn’t the only record on blue horizon

Long before its conclusion, the 2018 football championship had assumed all the air and feel of a national league coming to its customary mild conclusion. Yeah, yeah ,yeah, yeah, OK, so such-and-such won it, fair play to them, but cut to the chase — how will they get on in the forthcoming championship?

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KIERAN SHANNON: Why it was time for Rochford to move on

The same week Stephen Rochford embarked on his first of three underwhelming Connacht championship campaigns with a visit to Ruislip, another manager familiar with some football grounds in London as well as working with top players for a support base craving silverware brought out a book called Quiet Leadership.

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KIERAN SHANNON: How Limerick’s leaders created legends

When Limerick trailed Cork by six points with almost as many minutes of normal time to go in the All-Ireland semi-final, John Kiely would have been forgiven if he started to think like most Limerick supporters undoubtedly and understandably were at the time.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Why Limerick may have to lose one to win one

Even a side as well as prepared as this may have to lose one to win one, writes  Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Still that ray of sunshine leading by example two decades on

Twenty years ago Ray Silke had the unique distinction of leading both his club and county up the Hogan Stand steps to collect senior All-Ireland titles in Croke Park. Two decades on he is still leading by example — but in a very different capacity

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KIERAN SHANNON: In all seriousness, lads, who do ye think ye are?

In Kerry they can get very serious in telling you how they take their football very serious.

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KIERAN SHANNON: John Allen a leader of men

John Allen remains the last Cork hurling manager to win the All-Ireland — and the last Limerick manager to win the Munster Championship, yet his achievements and methods have tended to be underestimated.

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KIERAN SHANNON: It’s time to throw open gates once and for all

The same day Roy Keane adorned the front page of this paper by flying back into his hometown to launch the Liam Miller tribute match also happened to be the 25th anniversary of him joining Manchester United for a then record British transfer fee.

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