Ian Maguire: ‘I hadn’t experienced the pat on the back from supporters’

For Ian Maguire, it’s all about learning from the experiences.

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Paul Murphy: In a county like Kerry, one All-Ireland doesn’t really register

Paul Murphy is not shy of a Munster medal. It’s his Celtic Cross collection that concerns him.

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Seán Hayes: ‘I wouldn’t have a fear of Kerry or anything like that’

Seán Hayes would know more than most that Cork’s performances at senior level haven’t really reflected the talent or promise of the county over the past few years.

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Resilient Kerry ladies footballers relishing showdown with Cork

Kerry ladies football has a spring in its step again after the frustration of relegation following a league campaign that didn’t bring a single point.

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Galway fume as ex-Mayo minor boss to ref Connacht final

The Galway senior ladies football management have hit out at the appointment of Gerry Carmody to referee their Connacht final meeting with Mayo on Sunday.

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Paul Brennan: ‘We needed a kick up the arse to get back to winning ways’

In his job as a professional diver, Donegal centre-back Paul Brennan has seen the depths but has an opportunity of a career highlight on Sunday.

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Tomás Clancy: One good performance a year doesn’t meet Cork standards

For any management team to have a chance of success, they need their players to fully believe in what they are doing and it’s clear that Fermoy’s Tomás Clancy is fully on board with what Ronan McCarthy et al are trying to achieve, as they face into Saturday evening’s Munster final against their long-time rivals from the other side of the Paps.

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Crunching the numbers of Eamon Fitzmaurice’s dominance over Cork

Five Munster finals, four wins and one draw; Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s championship managerial record against Cork is almost as good as it gets.

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Inspired by a Meath legend, Eric Lowndes is very much committed to the Dubs

It was the cheer that gave birth to a torrent of sneers.

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History beckons for Fermanagh as they bid for first provincial title

Considering Fermanagh are on the cusp of only a sixth Ulster SFC final appearance, it’s safe to suggest Sunday’s game could be a once-in-a-career opportunity for this generation of Erne players.

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John Sugrue: 'You can’t say we made progress by just getting out of Division 4'

It was notable that John Sugrue was the man the Laois players wanted to succeed Peter Creedon as manager.

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Former Premier manager: Tipp must unsettle Mayo’s travelling army

Tipperary’s 2016 selector, Tommy Toomey, has challenged the team to spread doubt among the Mayo supporters as much as the players in Thurles on Saturday.

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Ex-Waterford manager: 'I could say they have a chance but I’d be codding myself'

The Super 8 is the advent of a form of professionalism in inter-county football but “true Corinthians” like Waterford will have to soldier on, says former manager John ‘Jackson’ Kiely.

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice won’t be caught off guard by Rebel star Connolly

Éamonn Fitzmaurice doesn’t need any reminding as to Luke Connolly’s ability as he plots and plans for Saturday night’s Munster final.

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Cork selector Eamonn Ryan: ‘I couldn’t speak more highly of this group’

The conversation lasted no more than two minutes. Eamonn Ryan didn’t take much convincing.

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Jim Gavin says he has faith in deputy netminder Evan Comerford

It isn’t so long since Alan Brogan and others were speculating as to whether Stephen Cluxton’s guardianship of the Dublin nets would stretch past the quiet one’s 40th birthday.

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Tyrone playmaker Mark Bradley out of Carlow clash

Tyrone suffered a blow last night with the news that playmaker Mark Bradley has suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury and will miss Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier at Netwatch Cullen Park.

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The McCarthy mantra: Let’s keep things steady here

Such has been their dreadful inconsistency in recent years, any analysis of the Cork footballers tends to yo-yo from one extreme to the other.

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Laois' John O’Loughlin: Laois players learning to put team first

Laois footballer John O’Loughlin says the county has eliminated individualism and finally begun playing as a team under manager John Sugrue.

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'Dublin ‘get away with murder’, says Erne deputy Ryan McMenamin

If teams are a reflection of the personality of their management teams, it’s fair to say Fermanagh are a hardier bunch this year but Ryan McMenamin insists top teams like Dublin “get away with murder”.

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What are the GAA doing to improve umpires?

It gives me no satisfaction criticising hurling referees but after the provincial round robins finished up yesterday, the standard is not at the level it should be.

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Laois ready for crack at Dublin

It has been the case of Dublin first, the rest nowhere, in Leinster for a long time now.

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Colm O’Neill, Seán Powter, and Donncha O’Connor all doubts for Rebels

A knee injury is likely to keep Colm O’Neill out of Cork’s Munster SFC final against Kerry on Saturday week, with Seán Powter also in danger of missing out.

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Jack O’Connor: Challenge game rules make no sense to me

Kerry U20 manager Jack O’Connor has hit out at the ban on inter-county challenge games, a rule he believes is totally lacking in common sense.

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Monaghan test a bite of ‘reality’ for Déise

The Waterford footballers’ joy at outlasting their hurling counterparts in the Championship has been tempered somewhat by an unkind Round 2 qualifier draw.

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On GAA roads, it’s the journey, not the destination

You shall know them by the trail of diesel receipts. Or the plastic wrapping from €2.99 best-of CDs picked up in service stations. By the Supermacs cartons and the Frank & Honest coffee cups, all of the fuel necessary to get an army on the road and to keep it marching.

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