the latest articles, stories and information about finance and banking topics, insights and perspectives from AIB, our communities and culture.Adobe CQNeil Collins on football, life in NYC and his rise in the creative<p>Neil Collins former Roscommon player, now playing for New York and pursuing his passion&nbsp;</p> Baker recalls, &lsquo;When Wicklow almost beat the Dubs.&rsquo;<p>Pat Baker recalls the raucous atmospheres when his Wicklow teams used to rattle the Dubs.</p> Kavanagh on Longford's chances of breaking a 30-year run to qualify for a Provincial<p>Brian Kavanagh was just a child when Longford last locked horns with Meath in the championship.</p> Dowling: &ldquo;You don't know what the ceiling is for the footballers in Tipperary.&rdquo;<p>The Munster winger from Kilkenny who is now Tipp&rsquo;s physio</p>;s problem was a matter of approach, and the statistics bear that<p>Galway and Mayo Match Statics Analysis</p> Murphy: &quot;For me, this is the right time to go&quot;<p>Brendan Murphy on not playing for Carlow this championship</p> Joyce, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m so excited about this game that I wish I was still playing.&rsquo;<p>The west is going mad over this, and you can&rsquo;t walk down the street without someone bringing up Mayo v Galway</p>;s ten years since Matty Forde kicked Wexford into a first Leinster final for 52 yearsnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>They had come back from ten points down to beat Meath in the 2008 provincial quarters&nbsp;</p> The Young Guns who could light up Championship<p>The big guns are almost always in the limelight, but other players quietly make a huge impact too.<br /> <br /> </p> crop face uncertain fate in the Big<p>James Glancy doesn&rsquo;t want to think that way, but he is fearful of Leitrim&rsquo;s trip to New York this weekend.</p> Carew: I don't miss the stress of itnoemail@noemail.orgadmin<p>Niall Carew doesn&rsquo;t miss the stress of being Sligo manager on weeks such as this.</p> Moran: Groom for<p>Sean Moran rolls it over, and concludes that getting married at 25 is countercultural.</p> spoke to AIB Club Player of the Year Liam Silke noemail@noemail.orgadmin<p>The classy Corofin defender, who was recently crowned AIB GAA club footballer of the year, starred for the Tribesmen in 2016 and 2017 championship wins over their neighbours.&nbsp;</p> The Toughest Rivalry 2018<p>The Toughest Rivalry allows two very different sports' worlds to respectfully collide, providing an opportunity for each to learn from one another and grow in knowledge and skill.&nbsp;</p> years on from winning his first county title, we spoke to Nemo great Billy<p>Not only that, but Morgan was elected captain by the management and his team-mates.</p> GAA Club Players Awards 2018 - Hurling Team of the Yearnoemail@noemail.orgadmin<p>The first ever AIB GAA Club Players&rsquo; awards come after a long season of chasing #TheToughest title of all.</p> Kernan on the greatest Crossmaglen team and the weirdest game he played<p>Aaron Kernan has got himself embroiled in some heated debates about which Crossmaglen team was the best.</p>;draic Joyce picks his Super 8<p>This championship seasons see the inaugural Super 8s, and it&rsquo;s been a tough task to predict who will get there.</p> cracking first round County Championship games this<p>April is club month and there&rsquo;s a host of top fixtures coming down the tracks this weekend.</p> O&rsquo;Callaghan on how Ballyboden loss propelled them towards two in a rownoemail@noemail.orgadmin<p>Contrary to popular belief</p> Rochford: I think Corofin can win their second title in four yearsnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>As a player, and as a manager, Stephen Rochford&rsquo;s knows the joys of Paddy&rsquo;s Day.</p> journey for Sarsfields, Slaughtneil, Athenry and Johnstownbridge comes to an end this weekendnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>It&rsquo;s been a long old journey for Sarsfields, Slaughtneil, Anthenry and Johnstownbridge,&nbsp;</p> Connolly on bringing some Corkery style to<p>Luke Connolly needed only to look through the fence for inspiration.</p> Downes: A second All-Ireland win with all your friends and teammates from the club would be<p>After nearly 20 years of soldiering together</p> Day for Aoife Ni<p>SLAUGHTNEIL joint captain, Aoife N&iacute; Chaiside knows that Sarsfields will represent a stern examination</p> Gumley: I was told to give up football at<p>Word spread about the man known as &lsquo;Paddy the baller&rsquo;.</p>;draic Joyce: Exciting times for Galway football and there's life in the old dogs yetnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>I was talking to Tom&aacute;s &Oacute; S&eacute; the other day and he&rsquo;s delighted to have reached the AIB All-Ireland SFC club final with Nemo Rangers</p> LIVE: AIB All-Ireland Intermediate and Senior Camogie Club<p>All-Ireland camogie livestream&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Corkery: My third and final club All-Ireland was the<p>I won three All-Ireland club titles with Nemo Rangers, they were all special in different ways.<br /> <br /> </p> O'Driscoll: I shut down when I got<p>Barry O&rsquo;Driscoll just shut down.</p> that&rsquo;s left for Karl McKaigue is an All-Ireland<p>All that&rsquo;s left for Karl McKaigue is an All-Ireland title.</p> Murray: We can't let Croke Park dream distract<p>James Murray doesn&rsquo;t know how Ronan Sweeney keeps the show on the road.</p> Lundy and Corofin determined to put last year's disappointment to rest noemail@noemail.org34881<p>Michael Lundy won&rsquo;t be handed a cup if Corofin beat Moorefield, but still there is a massive prize on offer this Saturday.</p> Dempsey: From goalie to club<p>There has been a good deal of symmetry between the success enjoyed by Limerick city club Na Piarsaigh and local secondary school Ardscoil R&iacute;s over the last decade.</p> O&rsquo;Connell: Speaking as Gaeilge on the GAA<p>Darragh O'Connell is a rare breed of hurler.&nbsp;</p> Collins making up for that missed Celtic<p>Sometimes, it's the small things in life that make a big difference.</p> Staunton and Ballyragget trying to rewrite the headlines<p>Stephen Staunton is the man in front of the firing squad.&nbsp;</p> Cavanagh on how GAA has broken down barriers in Moy and why Brexit can't be allowed bring back the divisions of oldnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>A theme rings true when speaking with Sean Cavanagh, the concept of not going back.</p> Prendergast: 20 years in an Ardmore<p>Declan Prendergast is at home out on the green grass.</p> Series: The Lip Sync<p>This is one of the more entertaining ways to raise fund for your&nbsp;GAA&nbsp;club.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s a relatively large-scale operation so you need to make sure you have good people involved in&nbsp;organising&nbsp;the event.&nbsp;But when it all comes off, it&rsquo;s hard to top a good Lip Sync Battle.</p> Club Championships: Weekend previews and<p>The weather wreaked havoc last weekend so there&rsquo;s fixtures both old and new this weekend.&nbsp;</p> Breheny: There&rsquo;s too much negativity in the<p>I was often referred to as a &lsquo;Buff&rsquo; as a young lad.&nbsp;</p> Gavin: Ex-players' scrutiny puts unnecessary pressure on<p>I remember looking down at the grass as it started to turn red.&nbsp;</p> Club Championship: Weekend previews and fixturesnoemail@noemail.org34881... on a high after bridging 61 year<p>David Wallace initially struggled to shake hands with the man who would soon make him captain.</p> Rory Whelan a driving force for Fethard St. Mogue&rsquo;snoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Captain Garrett Foley knows wild horses won't hold Rory Whelan back from Fethard St Mogue's AIB All-Ireland club JHC semi-final clash with Sylvane.</p> Bugler: Why I couldn't give any more to<p>Hurling has played a major part in my life for many years now but, as Bob Dylan wrote, &ldquo;times they are a changin'&quot;.&nbsp;</p> LIVE: AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Semi-Final Tooreen vs Ballyraggetnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>We're thrilled to announce that this weekend&rsquo;s AIB</p> fundraising tips: The Coffee<p>The table quiz is a time-honoured method of raising funds for GAA clubs, but there's more than one way to skin a cat.</p> How club players can take preparation to the next<p>As we prepare for the new season, strength and conditioning coach Cliodhna O&rsquo;Connor explains how club players can push onto the next level.</p> maiden Mayo title and a Connacht cup, John Maughan has left his mark on Lahardanenoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Lahardane is linked to one of history's biggest events.&nbsp;</p> of the land heading into 2018noemail@noemail.org34881<p>Another season has ground to a halt but it won&rsquo;t be long before the gears begin turning once more. </p> that could break into the county scene in<p>With the club titles all handed out for 2017, the question is which players could fuel their counties in 2018.</p> McKaigue: Life of a dual<p>If New York is the city that never sleeps, Chrissy McKaigue is the player who never seems to rest.</p> Brennan: County final appearance brought joy to the club this<p>My wife said told me &ldquo;you can&rsquo;t just walk back in there&rdquo; after missing so much of the year with Graigue-Ballycallan.</p>;It would be huge, it would be crazy. Even making it to the Leinster final for the first time is massive for the club&rdquo;<p>Just once in the past ten seasons has an AIB Leinster final taken place without the involvement of a Dublin club.</p> Flynn: Vincent's being dumped out made our ears prick<p>When Rathnew dumped St Vincent&rsquo;s out of Leinster, it sent shockwaves through the province.</p> Club Fixtures and Previews<p>A two-time All-Ireland winner from the 90s is hoping a three-time champion from the noughties can help Fulham Irish to a shock win this weekend.</p> Schutte: Cuala is all about<p>AMID all the mayhem &ndash; a victory run that took them to the Holy Grail amid the din of Cuala's loveable 'Ultras' - it was actually the little things that caught Paul Schutte's eye and breath.</p> Currams: It's amazing what the body can do once you set your mind to somethingnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>DAN Currams seriously thought about leaving this year and joining the great tide of GAA talent&nbsp;</p> LIVE: AIB All-Ireland Junior Camogie Club Final Replaynoemail@noemail.org Club Championship previews and fixtures noemail@noemail.org34881<p>Reigning All-Ireland SHC champions, multiple Munster title winners, and dual players galore this weekend.</p> a welcome distraction from stark reality of working life for Kieran<p>Few people can truly say their job involves life and the finality of death.</p> Buckley: A Crokes man through and<p>Dr Crokes are looking to maintain their hold on the Munster title this Sunday, but they have a habit of gripping too hard.</p> Mooney: AFL experience left a sour taste in my<p>There was 17,000 kilometres between the comforts of home and Melbourne where a callow Caolan Mooney had to fend for himself.</p> club previews and fixtures 25th &amp; 26th<p>Meath are looking to be represented in a Leinster SFC for the first time since 2004.</p> LIVE: AIB All-Ireland Junior Camogie Club Final<p>AIB ALL-Ireland Junior Camogie Final</p>;Just so you know, the house is being used as collateral for the pitch&rdquo;<p>Danny Cummins on his grandfather who won an All Ireland for Down. And why he takes goals before points.&nbsp;</p> Nash: The former Wimbledon trialist who has a love for the right hurleynoemail@noemail.org34881<p>There are people who are particular about their hurleys, and then there&rsquo;s Anthony Nash.</p> club previews and fixtures 18th &amp; 19th<p>A five-time All-Ireland winner with Kerry leads his side out this weekend at junior club grade.</p> club previews and fixtures 11th &amp; 12th<p>AIB All-Ireland club champions of recent times meet this Sunday.</p> McHugh: Kilcar bridging the<p>They have no need for ice-baths in Kilcar.</p> Club previews and fixtures Walsh: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s part of general life now where people are extremely critical of lads trying their best&rdquo; Dowling: &ldquo;All they wanted to do was see the club win one county title&rdquo;<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Shane Dowling speaks about Na Piarsaigh&rsquo;s famous juvenile street leagues and what it means to win a county title.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>By Cliona Foley<br /> <br /> </p> Talking Pointsnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Pauric Mahony up against Ronan Maher.</p> depression and the journey from Aston Villa to the Kilkenny County<p>WINSTON Churchill referred to depression as his &ldquo;black dog&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> McCarthy: The 2013 All-Ireland knocked the fight out of us for a couple of<p>From the outside looking in, Ballymun Kickhams have everything needed to take over club football.From the outside looking in, Ballymun Kickhams have everything needed to take over club football.&nbsp;</p> Smith on opening up in Behind the<p>Enda Smith will always treasure the memory of lifting a Roscommon intermediate title with his brothers.</p> Rooney: How we put Meath Hill on the<p>Tommy Rooney on winning a first Junior Championship Title in 37 years&nbsp;</p> club previews and fixtures<p>Last weekend&rsquo;s club round just missed out on Storm Ophelia.</p> de Burca: We have areas to improve on to match<p>Tadhg De Burca is unquestionably the king of the sweepers.</p> go 'Behind the Gates' with Roscommon Leinster Rangers' Band of<p>Mount Leinster Rangers are a band of brothers.</p> club previews and fixtures 14th &amp; 15th<p>When you look at the list below, it's clear that a massive weekend of club action is coming down the tracks.</p> quarter final replays up for grabs in Kilkenny this<p>They&rsquo;re smiling down in Kilkenny about how the referees must be playing for draws.</p> Club talking points<p>There's another huge weekend of club action on the way. Neighbours, family connections, and even brothers on opposing sides. Plenty of titles on the line too.</p> biggest club hurling rivalries in<p>Galway might the one Connacht county playing at Liam MacCarthy level, but it&rsquo;s not the only part of the western province where hurling matters.</p> SFC weekend<p>Perhaps there isn&rsquo;t a more competitive club competition in the country.</p> club rivalries in Connacht<p>In the latest in our series of club rivalries, we look inside the war-zone of Connacht football.</p> Stelling: &ldquo;Gaelic Football is about a passion that&rsquo;s felt by the whole nation&rdquo;<p><i>AIB chat to Jeff Stelling and Chris Kamara following their Journey to Croker and commentary at the All Ireland Football Final&nbsp;</i></p> biggest club clashes this<p>A huge weekend of club account is ahead.</p> greatest club hurling rivalries in<p>Parish rivalries matter.</p> Footballer of the Year<p>So we come to the cream.</p> Donaghy: &ldquo;Aidan was the aggressor, and fair play to him, Mayo will need that in spades Sunday&quot;<p>Myself and Aidan O&rsquo;Shea may have been seen smiling away to one another, but the reality was far from that.</p> McHale: &ldquo;You need to prepare for Mayo being in your face, and that was the plan, but it&rsquo;s a massive challenge.&rdquo;<p>I played for Mayo for a decade and a half, and not once did I come up against Dublin in championship football.&nbsp;</p> Cooper: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a way of life for us, it&rsquo;s what we were born into&quot;<p>AIB chat to Dublin&rsquo;s Jonny Cooper ahead of The All Ireland Final following Jeff Stelling and Chris Kamara&rsquo;s visit to his family home beside Croke Park.</p> Clubs that fuel the Dublin seniors<p>Just like Mayo, Dublin had players from 18 clubs togging out for their semi-final victory.</p> Joyce: Mayo must push up, get tight, and take the Dubs out of their comfort zonenoemail@noemail.org34881<p>It was touching to see Tony Keady&rsquo;s family at Croke Park as Galway won the hurling All-Ireland.&nbsp;</p> Clubs that fuel the Mayo seniorsnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Without clubs, there would be no inter-county All-Ireland champions.</p> Canavan: &ldquo;There&rsquo;s still very strong club rivalry up here in Tyrone and you have to respect what&rsquo;s going on in clubs.&rdquo;<p>AIB chat to Peter The Great following Jeff Stelling and Chris Kamara&rsquo;s visit to Tyrone GAA&rsquo;s Garvaghey Centre&nbsp;</p> Football All-Stars so<p>The All-Ireland final will largely dictate where the All Stars go this year.</p> Walsh: Rebelettes eye up Mayo scalp on road back to<p>Annie Walsh thought long and hard about continuing on with Cork for 2017.</p> tribute to the great Sean Cavanaghnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>We didn&rsquo;t see the Sean Cavanagh shuffle in his denouement against Dublin</p>;I&rsquo;ve always felt a duty, that if county players like me moved away, it would be difficult for Currin to be competitive&rdquo; noemail@noemail.org34881<p>When he was working in Kinnegad during 2011-2012 Dick Clerkin and his wife Alison lived in Trim</p> v Mayo: The in-depth stats that Fitzmaurice and Rochford will look<p>You can&rsquo;t argue with statistics, you simply have to find meaning in them.&nbsp;</p>;draic Joyce gives his views on a bumper GAA weekendnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>I am expecting fireworks between Dublin and Tyrone this Sunday.&nbsp;</p> Fitzsimons: Beating Tyrone in 2010 was massive in building Dublin<p>To the untrained eye, Dublin have cantered their way to an All-Ireland semi-final against Tyrone.&nbsp;</p> great Paddy Prendergast describes being a full time footballer in the 50'<p>Paddy Prendergast tells a lovely story of winning an All-Ireland with Mayo.</p> O'Brien's jeans and Kerry's Casanova, it's Q&amp;A time with Paul Geaney<p>A couple of jokers have left the Kerry panel but Paul Geaney tells us who has taken over the mantle.</p> O&rsquo;Mahony: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re judged on All-Irelands, not on winning semi-finals&rdquo;noemail@noemail.org34881<p>We had a dreadful start when we played Mayo in that famous All-Ireland semi-final replay in Limerick in 2014.</p> Some classic Kerry v Mayo clashes to remember<p>They&rsquo;ve met in the championship on 25 occasions.</p>;l &Oacute; Muircheartaigh: &quot;The game will speak to you&quot;<p>If you want to be the best you must learn from the best so &lsquo;Jeff and Kammy&rsquo;s Journey to Croker&rsquo; could only start with one man - The M&aacute;istir himself.&nbsp;</p> Mayo don&rsquo;t have too many miles on the<p>A bank holiday is the time when the vast majority of the country is feeling sorry for itself.</p> still shining this<p><span style="font-size: 11.999999px;">Just seven teams are left in the chase for the All-Ireland title, and we&rsquo;ve decided to look at a magnificent bunch still left in the hunt.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> of the Games Best Explain How to Deal with Man<p>A game of chess precedes each big championship clash.</p> Cavanagh Q&amp;<p>Sean Cavanagh tells us which Kerry man was his toughest opponent.</p> and Kammy&rsquo;s Journey to Croker Episodes 1 to 8noemail@noemail.org34881 <p>&lsquo;Jeff and Kammy&rsquo;s Road to Croker&rsquo; will air each Monday at 5pm on <a href=""></a> and AIB&rsquo;s other social channels.&nbsp;</p> Murphy: We might not be Dublin, but we know what we<p>Sean Murphy was wrecked tired so he had to have a little lie-down.&nbsp;</p> Geaney: Playing under Anthony Daly, his own young Paidi and blowing up Olympic<p>Anthony Daly couldn&rsquo;t quite get his hands on Paul Geaney often enough.</p>'ve challenged Jeff and Kammy to commentate on the All-Ireland Football Final<p>AIB Challenge Jeff and Kammy to Commentate on All-Ireland Football Final&nbsp;</p> Comer Q&amp;<p>Galway's bull of a full-forward says he regrets not giving rugby a try.</p> pitfalls of a GAA<p>There&rsquo;s a danger in solely wrapping up your whole identity as a GAA player.</p> Joyce: The Connacht Final was embarrassing for Galwaynoemail@noemail.org34881<p>There was no fight or bite in the Galway display against Roscommon and that won't do against Donegal.</p> Kerrigan Q&amp;<p>Flying forward Paul Kerrigan speaks candidly to AIB GAA about what makes him tick.</p> Hughes on finally dumping the<p>Kieran Hughes threw in his dissertation this past January, and said &lsquo;just get me away from here&rsquo;.</p> Flynn: Why he really came home, the challenges of readjusting, and looking forward to Dubs testnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Daniel Flynn feels it&rsquo;s only now that his skill-set is readjusting to Gaelic football after a stint in the AFL.</p> Cavanagh: Life after Tyrone scares me to<p>Listening back to our interview with Sean Cavanagh, parallels with France legend Zinedine Zidane come to mind.</p> Burke on Fitness Obsessions, His Tats, and Meath v<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>BY SHANE STAPLETON</b></p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p>Mickey Burke doesn&rsquo;t do things by halves.</p> <p>Not unless you&rsquo;re talking about his tattoos, which are all on one half of him, though we&rsquo;ll come to that in due time. But in relation to his body, he&rsquo;s trying to squeeze every last drop out of it in Meath and Longwood shirts.</p> Stelling and Chris Kamara on a Journey to Discover how Club Fuels<p>Two of the most recognisabale faces in soccer have arrived in Ireland this week to discover all things GAA. On a journey with AIB, proud sponsors of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, Jeff Stelling and Chris &ldquo;Kammy&rdquo; Kamara will travel the length and breadth of the country to experience Gaelic Football and discover just what our National Games mean to Ireland.</p> Comer is taking nothing for granted ahead of the Connacht<p>Damien Comer is tired of being reminded of last year&rsquo;s Croke Park flop against Tipperary.&nbsp;</p> Brennan talks management, college and dreams with<p>Jamie Brennan has found a better balance between football and his other commitments in 2017.</p> Kerry's Munster dominance would be a sweet<p>Paul Kerrigan took no issue with clubmate Tomas O Se after the Kerry legend questioned Cork manager Peadar Healy&rsquo;s credentials.</p> P&aacute;draic Joyce: Dublin prove the Championship format needs to change<p>Thirty-three teams enter the All-Ireland senior football championship and only three contenders were being considered at the start of the year: Dublin, Kerry and Mayo.</p> Hughes Q&amp;<p>Kieran Hughes tells us why he would rather play for Jurgen Klopp over Alex Ferguson.</p> O'Neill - taking success on tour<p>Success follows Cian O&rsquo;Neill everywhere he goes, but you get the sense he may also be dragging it along by a leash.<br /> <br /> </p>;draic Joyce: Where next for Donegal?noemail@noemail.org34881<p>Being 12 points to five down at half-time, Donegal would&rsquo;ve had to break ranks to reel Tyrone back in during their Ulster semi-final.</p> O'Rourke Q&amp;<p>Who is the part-time model of the group and who likes the media attention?</p> O&rsquo;Mahony: Rule changes might be needed in wake of Connolly saganoemail@noemail.org34881<p>I&rsquo;ve only ever been sent off twice in my career.&nbsp;</p> great fundraising ideas for your club<p>Fundraising is an everyday reality of clubs across the country.<br /> <br /> </p> Ryan Q&amp;<p>Dean Ryan dishes the dirt on who is always pushing their profile on Instagram and who is the worst dressed on the Clare panel.</p>;draic Joyce: Mayo will need to score goals to win this game because I can&rsquo;t see them kicking 15 or 16<p>Galway will go in as underdogs against Mayo this weekend even though they are home in Salthill but it was the same for us back in 1998.&nbsp;</p>;A with Aidan O&rsquo;Sheanoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Probably Neil McGee. Simply because he's strong in all aspects of the game</p> O&rsquo;Rourke: The modern keepernoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Eyebrows stretched in the direction of fringes all over the country when Joe Sheridan was called up to the Meath panel as a goalkeeper for 2017.</p> O'Mahony: Imagine being in Brendan O'Sullivan's<p>Imagine walking into a bar in Limerick with your friends and seeing on the Six O&rsquo;Clock News: &ldquo;Breaking Sports News: Kerry GAA Player Fails Drugs Test&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> McCaffrey: I&rsquo;m a Nerd!<p>At first Jack McCaffrey treats it like some dirty confession, but then he owns it. He&rsquo;s a nerd, simple as. Take it or leave it.</p> Cooper: Playing against Dublin isn't a normal gamenoemail@noemail.org34881<p>hushdikwjdosjk</p> Ryan: 'Sam Maguire and a Rugby World Cup - one can dream'<p>Dean Ryan is behind enemy lines, plotting Limerick&rsquo;s downfall, yet no one seems to notice.<br /> <br /> </p> O&rsquo;Driscoll: Cork focused on getting back to where we should<p>You&rsquo;d imagine Barry O&rsquo;Driscoll doesn&rsquo;t suffer fools gladly.</p> Stapleton&rsquo;s radical black card proposal, we asked three players<p>Kieran Hughes is the latest player to come out swinging over the black card.</p> McBrearty wants 13-a-side footballnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>PATRICK McBrearty would love if the GAA changed Gaelic football to 13-a-side.</p> O'Mahony and P&aacute;draic Joyce Championship preview and predictionsnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>I remember marking Rory Woods when we played Monaghan in the 2007 All-Ireland quarter-final, and our battle on the pitch was a seismic stuff.</p> O'Shea: &quot;If you&rsquo;re on social media, you have to accept the good with the bad&quot;noemail@noemail.org34881<p>Aidan O&rsquo;Shea&rsquo;s sporting interests extend well beyond GAA.</p> Deane: I'm not sure if there would be room for me in the modern gamenoemail@noemail.org34881<p>During my inter-county career, all I wanted to do was play ball. Towards the end, tactics were becoming more and more important. Inside in meeting rooms, around a board with counters on it for hours, talking and talking, certainly wasn&rsquo;t my scene. Just let me out and hurl.
</p> Fixtures: The talking<p>It&rsquo;s less than two months since the AIB All-Ireland club finals and yet the real action is underway again.</p> Q&amp;A time with Jack<p>The 2015 Footballer of the Year is back with a bang in 2017 after taking a season out.</p> New York could be a Banana Skin for<p>New York&rsquo;s Vinny Cadden was named man of the match one year ago when Roscommon had a bite taken out of them in the Big Apple.</p> Q&amp;A with Donegal's Paddy<p>Who is the toughest player that Patrick McBrearty has ever faced?</p> importance of impact<p>Barry John Keane is shaping up to be the new Kevin McManamon.</p> bucks who can kick up a storm this<p>Where goes the next Brian Fenton?</p> O'Mahony: Common sense is the key to the black<p>I&rsquo;d been reading online about the back card while I&rsquo;d be away on holiday, but I wasn&rsquo;t fully sure of it.</p> Players who are back with a bang<p>Soccer managers often talk about the return of an injured player as being akin to signing a new player.</p> Brennan: Davy needs to control his manic<p>I have misgivings about Davy Fitzgerald, I&rsquo;m not a fan, but I don&rsquo;t want to go down that road.</p> Lehane: Drawing that game was worse than losing the<p>I was about ready to raise my arms. Just like a firework with its fuse lit, I was ready to explode out in all directions.&nbsp;</p> Football rankings, 1 to<p>The league is done and the titles have been handed out.</p>;draic Joyce: Give me analysis over opinion any<p>I wouldn&rsquo;t be a great man for the auld social media but this tweet I put up last Sunday night generated a few likes, so clearly I said what others were thinking.&nbsp;</p> Camogie Club Championship Team of the Yearnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>A thrilling year of camogie and it&rsquo;s been tough work to nail it down to 15 players.&nbsp;Four sets of sisters backbone our selection &mdash; from Kilkenny to Carlow and from Galway to Derry.</p> O'Mahony: The Gooch is the greatest footballer of all<p>The Gooch is the greatest footballer ever to grace this planet, without doubt.</p> Club Hurling Championship Team of the<p>The blur of Paddy's Day is over and., now that the dust has settled, it's time to pick the AIB Hurling Championship Team Of The Year.</p> Club Football Championship Team of the<p>It's a Dr Croke's wonderland, after 25 long years of waiting.</p> Stapleton: 6 players who have had a breakout Allianz<p>Paddy Stapleton has identified six players who have had a breakout Allianz league.</p> things to watch out for this<p>Kilkenny travel to Parnell Park this weekend needing a result.<br /> The upside for Ger Cunningham is that his Cuala players will return very soon and should be available even if Dublin are landed in a relegation play-off.</p> v Kerry in NYC: 70 years<p>Michael O&rsquo;Hehir didn&rsquo;t know whether he&rsquo;d be heard or if his voice was simply vanishing into the ether.</p> the AIB All-Ireland Club Final: The feeling is hard to describe<p>It&rsquo;s not supposed to &ldquo;sink in&rdquo; right away. The magnitude of what&rsquo;s just been accomplished is, I guess, what sportspeople are talking about when they say that.</p> Redemption the agenda for both Dr. Crokes and<p>Something&rsquo;s got to give on St Patrick&rsquo;s Day.</p> Brennan: This might be Ballyea and Cuala&rsquo;s only<p>I&rsquo;ll never forget the bus back down to Kilkenny on the Easter Monday of 2001.</p> McCarthy: That feeling is something I&rsquo;ll take to the<p>On another day, it could&rsquo;ve been a picture of me kissing Philly McMahon. For anything other than winning a club All-Ireland title with Ballymun, you wouldn&rsquo;t dream of going near him! But winning it means that much.</p> O&rsquo;Callaghan prepares for ultimate test against<p>Cuala&rsquo;s Cian O&rsquo;Callaghan will line out with his clubmates in Croke Park on St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day as they face Clare&rsquo;s Ballyea AIB GAA Senior Hurling Club Championship Final. This will be the debut appearance for both teams and also marks the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary of AIB&rsquo;s sponsorship of the Club Championships.&nbsp;</p> McKaigue: The camogie win has inspired usnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Slaughtneil&rsquo;s Chrissy McKaigue has been instrumental in his club&rsquo;s campaign to the 2016/17 AIB GAA Senior Football Club Championship Final. The dual player will line out with his clubmates in Croke Park on St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day as they face Dr. Crokes of Kerry for the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary of AIB&rsquo;s sponsorship of the Club Championships.&nbsp;</p> Kelly - I don't think we'll ever get back here again noemail@noemail.orgadmin<p>Ballyea&rsquo;s Tony Kelly has been instrumental in his club&rsquo;s campaign to the 2016/17 AIB GAA Senior Hurling Club Championship Final. The 2013 hurler and young hurler of the year will line out with his clubmates in Croke Park on St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day as they face Dublin&rsquo;s Cuala for the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary of AIB&rsquo;s sponsorship of the Club Championships. This will be the debut appearance for both teams in an AIB All-Ireland Club Championship Final as #TheToughest campaign draws to its grand conclusion.</p> a natural, but Alex had a grand Auld Time of it<p>They often say that some of the best hurlers are born with a hurley in their hands.<br /> You can imagine for Alex Auld and his kind, following local custom, being dropped onto the ice from day one.</p> AIB All-Ireland Club<p>Three of the four clubs this Paddy&rsquo;s Day have never lifted an All-Ireland club title.<br /> Certainly, none of the players on show have that famed Celtic Cross sitting at home.<br /> The closest thing to it is Colm &lsquo;Gooch&rsquo; Cooper who was a mascot for Dr Croke&rsquo;s when last they climbed the steps in 1992.</p> Stapleton: Don&rsquo;t ever say Kilkenny don&rsquo;t do<p>When you hear murmurs in the crowd it&rsquo;s never a good sign.&nbsp; I was after catching Richie Power&rsquo;s faceguard in the second half of the drawn All-Ireland in 2014, and it was the first time I had ever felt like I was going to get a straight red card in my career. &nbsp;</p> O'Mahony: New championship structure poses<p>I can&rsquo;t quite make my mind up on the new championship structure.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> tough men in The Toughest Trade make you wondernoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Shane Williams said he was &ldquo;going in blind&rdquo; to what Aurelien Rougerie referred to as &ldquo;Football Gaelique&rdquo; on episode one of The Toughest Trade.<br /> <br /> </p> Downey: Unpredictable Camogie Final a family<p>I remember playing a Leinster final after my mother passed away, and it&rsquo;s a hard thing to do.</p> AIB All-Ireland Camogie Club Finals<p>Delighted to announce that we are streaming the AIB All-Ireland Camogie Club Finals.&nbsp;</p> Toughest Trade Facebook LIVE event<p>Episode one will see Donegal footballer Michael Murphy swap sports with former Welsh rugby winger Shane Williams. Murphy travelled to France to team up with Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne and in return, Williams temporarily joined Murphy&rsquo;s club Glenswilly. Both players spent a week immersing themselves in their new sport and club before taking part in a final challenge set by AIB and designed to test whether GAA club players can compete at the same level as professional athletes.</p> Toughest Trade 2017 - March 1st and 10th<p>As seen in the video, Murphy will swap sports with former Welsh rugby winger Shane Williams as he&nbsp;travels to France to team up with top 14 side Clermont Auvergne. In return, Williams will temporarily join Murphy&rsquo;s club Glenswilly. Both players will spend a week immersing themselves in their new sport and club before taking part in a final challenge set by AIB and designed to test whether GAA club players can compete at the same level as professional athletes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final Preview: Battle beckons for the two hurling semi-final newcomers<p>Here&rsquo;s the thing: the very different backgrounds brought into this game will make no odds when there&rsquo;s a ball there to be won.<br /> <br /> </p> of the GAA's quirkier jersey moments<p>Kildare&rsquo;s first jersey were said to have been made from white flour bags from Odlum Mills.</p> Brennan: Kilkenny must accept overdue period of<p>Eoin Larkin suffered almost as much over his tweet as Kilkenny did down in Ennis.</p> All-Ireland Junior and Intermediate Club Final<p>Amazingly, 12 members of the Carrickshock starting team that swept past Robert Emmett&rsquo;s in the All-Ireland IHC semi-final played in a Kilkenny senior county final just three and a half years ago.</p>;draic Joyce: Hunger is a great saucenoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Typical for a Kerry team, Dr Croke&rsquo;s had plenty of it against Corofin in the All-Ireland club semi-final.<br /> <br /> </p> big men of the<p>Sometimes good things come in big packages.</p>'re streaming the AIB Junior and Intermediate Club Finals this<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We're thrilled to announce that this weekend&rsquo;s AIB All-Ireland junior and intermediate club finals &ndash; in hurling and football &ndash; will be streamed live here on and via the <a href="">AIB Youtube</a> page.</p> <p>Clubs from Mayo, Meath, Kerry, Tyrone, Kilkenny, Galway and Cork will chase national glory on the hallowed sod of Croke Park &ndash; and fans will be able to watch every moment of the action live on the net.</p> <p>We've teamed up with Innovative TV service once again tp provide coverage of all four finals. The hurling deciders take place on Saturday and the football showdowns go ahead on Sunday.</p> Chin takes on arguably the toughest 'Toughest Trade'<p>He is taking on arguably the most difficult challenge yet of AIB&rsquo;s ground-breaking &lsquo;The Toughest Trade&rsquo; series yet Wexford hurler Lee Chin cannot wait to swap a sliothar for an ice hockey puck next week. The 24-year-old is already no stranger to switching sports, having played senior hurling and football for Wexford and soccer for Wexford Youths. Yet even Chin&rsquo;s impressive sporting versatility is set to be tested to its limits after he agreed to try ice hockey as part of the third instalment of AIB&rsquo;s unique sporting trade series. The six foot tall Faythe Harriers star is headed to Canada in a week&rsquo;s time to immerse himself with the Vancouver Canuck&rsquo;s ice hockey team for six days.&nbsp;</p> All-Ireland SFC Semi-Finals Previews<p>Could you call any outcome on Saturday an ambush? Let&rsquo;s be honest, no matter who wins these AIB All-Ireland SFC club semi-finals, we&rsquo;re talking about a pair of evenly-matched contests.</p> Stapleton 2017 preview: Here we go again noemail@noemail.org72908<p>The first thing Micheal O&rsquo;Donogue needs to do is call up Donald Trump requesting the deportation of Johnny Glynn back to the west of Ireland.&nbsp;</p> small men of the<p>They told Shane Williams that he told him he was too small to play rugby.</p>;s in a Name &ndash; Volume<p>There&rsquo;s a rich tapestry of names to pore over across the GAA.</p> Club Championship: Ballyea v St Thomas'<p>Just 40 minutes&rsquo; drive separate the home fields of St Thomas&rsquo; and Ballyea, and just 60 more is keeping one of them for an All-Ireland club final.</p> Hockey and Hurling Swap Revealed for Episode 2 of The Toughest Trade noemail@noemail.org34881<p>Wexford Town&rsquo;s Faythe Harriers are preparing for their first training session with new - albeit temporary - teammate Alex Auld. The Canadian ice hockey star has been revealed as the latest signing by creators AIB for its documentary series The Toughest Trade. Now a coach, Auld will be swapping both the puck and club the Vancouver Canucks with Wexford hurler Lee Chin to see how the life of an amateur GAA player compares to his 12 years as a pro in the National Hockey League.</p> science of goalkeeping with Mark Cooneynoemail@noemail.org34881<p>I can see what Stephen O&rsquo;Keeffe is thinking. The reason I know is because I definitely know what Anthony Nash is thinking. Same as ever: he wants a goal.</p> Deasy, back where he belongs noemail@noemail.orgadmin<p>NIALL Deasy was working with a couple of Parnells lads in AIB, so he said he&rsquo;d go training with them.</p> and county combined - who tops the list?<p>It&rsquo;s official, Cork are at the top of the tree.<br /> <br /> No other team has won more All-Ireland and provincial titles in both codes, at county and club level, combined.</p> &Oacute; S&eacute;: Torturous away journeys and staking a claim, that's the league for you noemail@noemail.org've announced the 2016 AIB Provincial Club Players of the yearnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>A total of eleven camogie, football and hurling stars were honoured today in Croke Park for their performances with their clubs. AIB, proud sponsor of both the GAA and Camogie Club Championships invited the players, their friends, family, GAA and Camogie representatives to celebrate their achievements at the annual AIB Provincial Club Player Awards.&nbsp;</p> Strength with David<p>GAA teams are taking more and more of a professional approach in their preparation, and many club teams are beginning to mimic inter-county set-ups.</p> Club Championship semi-final previewsnoemail@noemail.orgShane Stapleton<p><i>Words by Shane Stapleton</i></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It's been a quiet winter but GAA club teams have been beavering away behind the scenes.</p> <p>The shuttle runs are over, the press-ups in the muck are done; now it's back out under the spotlight. A couple of players of the year and an All-Ireland winning captain will be leading the charge this weekend.</p> Brennan: Don't Get Into A Tug-of-War with Club Managersnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Don't Get Into A Tug-of-War with Club Managers</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>;s The Toughest<p>Donegal&rsquo;s current position is one of transition, but Michael Murphy remains a driving force behind any All-Ireland challenge</p> Footballers Who Deliver for Their;draic Joyce: Is it time to scrap these pre-season competitions?<p>Is it time to scrap these pre-season competitions?<br /> <br /> All you have to do is ask the question: are they valid tournaments? I know they have sponsors and all that, which you have to respect, not to mention the people they are named after, but what value have they?<br /> <br /> <br /> </p> hurlers who have delivered for their club noemail@noemail.org34881<p>County hurlers who have delivered for their club&nbsp;</p> Welsh Winger Shane Williams arrives in Donegal for AIB&rsquo;s The Toughest<p><b>Former Welsh Winger Shane Williams arrives in Donegal for AIB&rsquo;s The Toughest Trade</b></p> &Oacute; S&eacute;: When you&rsquo;ve gone as close as Mayo, it&rsquo;s hard to imagine what it&rsquo;s like inside their heads.noemail@noemail.org74150<p>It feels as though the Cork GAA strikes only happened yesterday. Yes their hurlers went on to win All-Irelands in 2004-05 and the footballers likewise in 2010, but it&rsquo;s still a topic of conversation down there so the effects linger.</p> Goggins: Dublin are flying right now but things<p style="font-family: tahoma , arial , helvetica , sans-serif;font-size: 12.0px;">It would have been great to have bought a house three or four years ago rather than at the height of the Celtic Tiger.<br /> <br /> That&rsquo;s what comes to mind when people ask me if I wish my time as a Dublin inter-county football had come during the recent golden run.<br /> <br /> </p> of the great modern GAA<p>Simonstown&nbsp;won their first&nbsp;Meath&nbsp;senior county title in 2016 in what was Seamus Kenny&rsquo;s 19th season in the team.<br /> The&nbsp;Navan&nbsp;outfit aren&rsquo;t the only team to break their duck in recent times, with&nbsp;Carbery&nbsp;Rangers doing likewise in Cork this year.<br /> Below is a selection of sides who have made history in this millennium.</p> Stapleton: It&rsquo;s time to completely separate club and county<p>A few years ago I vividly remember taking part in a 'bonding session' with the Tipperary hurlers that was facilitated by some members of the armed forces. It started with a one-hour physical training session including sprints, tug-of-war and wrestling. I thought this might be the height of it, but we were only getting started.&nbsp;</p> was that a rule?<p>As of January 1 2017, the mark is law in Gaelic football. In the Official Guide, it is defined as follows: &ldquo;When a player catches the ball cleanly from a kick-out without it touching the ground, on or past the 45m line nearest the kick-out point, he shall be awarded a &lsquo;mark&rsquo; by the referee. The player awarded a &lsquo;mark&rsquo; shall have the options of (a) Taking a free kick or (b) Playing on immediately.&rdquo;</p> Club Championships 10th/11th December: Previews and all the weekend<p>Incredibly, Slaughtneil are on the road once again as they travel to Greenford in London.</p> Kearney: Reigning by<p>Stats man Seaghan Kearney explains how he went from his heart stopping for four minutes to All-Ireland winner.</p> Joyce: Rugby World Cup adds to my fears for Galway<p>I&rsquo;ve huge concerns about where Galway football is going. There&rsquo;s competition coming in from all angles and when you think about the symptoms of our downfall coming together, it&rsquo;s worrying. We won the Connacht football championship last year but we haven&rsquo;t been challenging for success in the way we should be.</p> Club Championships 3rd/4th Dec: Results, previews and all next weekends<p>A host of All-Ireland winners take to the fields this weekend at all levels.</p> Brennan: Picture it: you&rsquo;re a Kilkenny manager standing on the line and the game is slipping<p>Picture it: you&rsquo;re a Kilkenny manager standing on the line and the game is slipping away.</p> of the best GAA nicknames and where they came fromnoemail@noemail.org74324<p>It&rsquo;s hard to beat a good GAA nickname.</p> of the more unique All-Ireland Club championship seasons noemail@noemail.org34881<p>Winning an All-Ireland title isn&rsquo;t straightforward.</p> &Oacute; S&eacute;: High time Kerry made it harder for Tadhg and the<p>Thirteen stone of me wasn&rsquo;t much use to Kieran McGeeney when he was on the ground fighting some Australian monster.</p> Club Championships: Results, previews and all next weekends fixtures noemail@noemail.org34881<p>Former and current soccer stars come to the fore this weekend.</p> Club Championships: Previews and all the weekends<p>Tony Griffin might be the first Ballyea man to ever win an All Star but he's since been joined by 2013 senior and young Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly. The latter also won three All-Ireland Under-21 titles, with fellow clubmate Paul Flanagan captain of the 2013 edition which saw off Antrim. Kelly was joined on that All Star side three years ago by his rival in this year's Munster club final, Glen Rovers' Pat Horgan,&nbsp;</p> who have played in provincial finals in both<p>If only basketball legend Michael Jordan had made the same breakthrough at baseball after switching codes as the men in this list.</p> Joyce: Biding your time noemail@noemail.org Club Championships: Talking points and all the weekends fixturesnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>It&rsquo;s getting to the business time of the year in the provincials as Leinster heads for the football quarter-finals and Munster to the semis.</p> of Brothers Part 2: Brothers who've made it in different codesnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>Sometimes brothers have a flair for the same game and there are numerous examples of teams built around siblings. There are times though when those cut from the same cloth prefer to weave different patterns. In volume 2 of this series, we look at another series of brothers who went their own way &mdash; and sometimes criss-crossed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> world of Sports Psychology with Keith Begleynoemail@noemail.orgadmin<p>Sports psychology is very much a part of modern GAA life.</p> &Oacute; S&eacute;: As soon as that final whistle went, I knew the dream was overnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>As soon as that final whistle went, I knew the dream was over. At that very moment I'm thinking: no more training with these lads, no more having the craic and the banter with them. That was something we did very well. <br /> No more Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. No more Croke Park. No more winning All-Irelands. It was tough to take it all in. After Dublin beat us this summer, I brought my kids Alice and Tadhg onto the field; it was nice to be able to do that. <br /> <br /> </p> Club Championships: This week's fixtures and<p>Each weekend brings with it novel stories and anecdotes. New match-ups, recent or old rivalries.<br /> Players that we enjoy during the summer with their county are now battling it out with their childhood friends.<br /> Others that have set the standard in one code &mdash; a Jamie Barron or a Keith Higgins &mdash; are currently lighting the torch in the other.<br /> <br /> </p> Joyce: Club Players Association long overduenoemail@noemail.org34881<p>The man who has set up the movement, former Monaghan selector Declan Brennan, called me to ask for my support and I will be delighted to row in behind the Club Players Association.</p> O'Neill: What You Don&rsquo;t Know About Being a<p style="font-family: tahoma , arial , helvetica , sans-serif;font-size: 12.0px;">Football&rsquo;s changed. It wasn&rsquo;t like this back when I was minor or Under-21, or when I first walked out the tunnel with Graham Canty, Michael Shields and Nicholas Murphy</p> GAA &amp; Camogie Club Championships Talking Points, 22nd/23rd October<p>Rangers, United and Rovers are all in action this weekend but it&rsquo;s not the FA Cup draw, it&rsquo;s the All-Ireland club football championships. Carbery Rangers travel to Monaleen of Limerick after winning a maiden Cork title, with Tipperary football star Robbie Kiely part of the set-up.&nbsp;</p> the same blood spills much<p>Templenoe&rsquo;s Mick, Tom and Pat Spillane between them hoarded 13 All Stars during their Kerry careers, creating a record for one household.<br /> <br /> </p> of Pain: The teams who have suffered more heartbreak than most in the world of GAAnoemail@noemail.org34881<p>The teams who have suffered more heartbreak than most in the world of GAA</p> GAA &amp; Camogie Club Championships Talking Points, 15th/16th October<p>AIB GAA &amp; Camogie Club Championships Talking Points for the 15th/16th October 2016 fixtures.</p> clubs have provided the most All-Ireland winning Hurling captains?noemail@noemail.org34881<p>Brendan Maher became the latest man to lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September 2016, following some enduring footsteps up the steps of the Hogan.<br /> <br /> </p> of Brothers Part 1: The GAA families who have represented their county in both Hurling and Footballnoemail@noemail.org74324 Quigley: Being an inter-county player is a 365 days-a-year existencenoemail@noemail.org Club Championships Talking Pointsnoemail@noemail.org34881 O'Rourke: Letter to my younger<p>What I would tell myself if I could whisper into a young Paddy O&rsquo;Rourke&rsquo;s ear? Well, when you&rsquo;re standing in front of the Hill making your championship debut against Dublin in 2009, expect noise. Noise and atmosphere. Because it&rsquo;s going to rain heavily down on top of your 20-year-old head every time there&rsquo;s a free, a score or a turnover. Everything is worth fighting for.</p> Launch 2016/2017 GAA &amp; Camogie Club Championships<p>AIB today marked the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary of its proud sponsorship of the GAA Club Championship by teaming up with Colm Cooper, Dr Crokes and Kerry footballer; Ronan Maher, Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary hurler; Paddy McBrearty, Kilcar and Donegal footballer; Shelly Farrell, Thomastown and Kilkenny camogie player and Ryan O&rsquo; Dwyer Kilmacud Crokes and Dublin Hurler to launch the 2016/17 GAA and Camogie Club season. The five stars have finished their inter-county season and are now back with their respective clubs preparing for county finals this weekend as the battle of #TheToughest continues.&nbsp;</p> clubs have provided the most All-Ireland winning Football captains?noemail@noemail.org74324 McGeeney: Stop the cause of the offence rather than symptoms of the<p>So the final is over and the victor has emerged and already the history books on this day have been written. And like we said earlier in the year, it&rsquo;s all weighted on the side of the winner. It&rsquo;s all the goalkeeper&rsquo;s fault and the manager&rsquo;s for making that one decision, which resulted in a one-point win or loss depending on your perspective. Oh, if it were that simple.</p> #TheToughest Trucenoemail@noemail.org74324 Joyce: People are saying that Dublin won&rsquo;t play as badly again, but Mayo didn&rsquo;t allow them to<p>The last time it happened was in 2000 when the Galway team I was captain of was joined at the hip with Kerry after 70 minutes. Just to give you a picture of what it&rsquo;s been like for the Mayo and Dublin players, it&rsquo;s normal to book the week off work after you&rsquo;ve played in an All-Ireland final. Be it for the sorrows or the celebrations, you want those few days cleared as preparing for an All-Ireland final is exhausting. You&rsquo;d have your family up, plans made &mdash; but then a draw drastically changes all your plans. So you&rsquo;re in a strange vacuum.</p> Quigley: Dublin need to make changes noemail@noemail.org McGeeney: History is written by the<p>As Sunday approaches and the column inches get filled, we hear more and more theories and stories about what each team is doing and why one will prevail over the other. At the same time, everybody is in fact hedging their bets (me included, as you will read later) just in case people ever find out that nasty secret about most experts. That is, they really are no better at predicting the future than anybody else a lot of the time (&lsquo;The Signal and the Noise&rsquo; by Nate Silver is worth reading if this topic interests you). And once Sunday is over we will be led to believe that what the victor did was all right and what the loser did was all wrong. It brings me back to 2005, to what was in fact one of Armagh&rsquo;s more successful years but where eventually everybody told us we were doing everything wrong.<br /> <br /> </p> must bring something new to your game on All-Ireland final daynoemail@noemail.org74324<p><img src="/content/dam/aib/personal/images/GAA/joyce2.jpg" /></p> What&rsquo;s in a name? The origins of some of Ireland&rsquo;s strangest club namesnoemail@noemail.org74324 got it - Ex Inter County stars still ripping up the club scenenoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan Fuels County with Michael Quinlivannoemail@noemail.org74324 Cromane &amp; Donnchadh Walshnoemail@noemail.org74324 First GAA 360 Video Transports You to Iconic Hill 16noemail@noemail.org74324 Camogie and Their Journey to Croke Parknoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan<p>Cahir Camogie Club have come a long way in a short time.</p>;s journey to Croke Parknoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan Trade &ndash; Aidan O&rsquo;Shea and Roberto Wallacenoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan<p>In this series, as proud sponsors of the AIB Club Championship, we explore the lives of GAA athletes and how they compare to their professional counterparts across the world.&nbsp;</p> Trade &ndash; Steve Harmison and Brendan Mahernoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan<p>In this series, as proud sponsors of the AIB Club Championship, we explore #TheToughest lives of GAA athletes and how they compare to their professional counterparts across the world.&nbsp;</p> St. Enda&rsquo;s &ndash; Getting there is #TheToughest Partnoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan... Sarsfields: A club on the verge of success after years of heartbreaknoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan<p>Few GAA clubs in the country have endured as much heartbreak as Ardnaree Sarsfields in recent years. Since 2009, the Mayo side have lost four county finals in five years including 2012 when they led by five points before losing in extra time.&nbsp;</p> Geary makes #TheToughest journey for the love of Milford Camogienoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan<p>For Anna Geary, the now retired Cork camogie captain and long-serving Milford club servant, the quest for another All-Ireland title continued in 2016.&nbsp;</p> and their journey to the All-Ireland Semi-Final noemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan<p>Rorkcorry GAA club had never known a year like 2014. A chronic spate of injuries saw their senior football team decimated. In desperation, long-retired stalwarts had to be cajoled from retirement to field team and to try and turn things around for the club.</p> AIB Leinster Club Final - Oulart The Ballaghnoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan<p>Any team can lose, get knocked down, or come out the wrong side in an important game, but what makes true champions and heroes, is not what you do when you get knocked down; but that you keep getting back up.</p> Accuracy Challenge with Pauric Mahony and Shane Dowlingnoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan<p>To be the best club side in Munster you need to have deadly accurate forwards so what better way to challenge a player&rsquo;s skill set than #TheToughest accuracy challenge. So who would emerge the winner in a test of hand and eye co-ordination, when Ballygunner&rsquo;s Pauric Mahony came up against Na Piarsaigh&rsquo;s Shane Dowling?</p> All-Ireland Final Challengenoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan<p>Loyalty to your county is one thing, but loyalty to your club is on a totally different scale, as one passionate Dublin fan proved on All-Ireland final day.&nbsp;</p> Road Back with Colm Coopernoemail@noemail.orgBarry Nolan<p>On the 15th February 2014, while playing for his club Dr.Crokes in the semi-final of the AIB GAA Club Championships against Castlebar Mitchels, Colm Cooper ruptured his ACL and fractured his knee.</p>