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This month
March 2023
# Let off the Laois
Zach Tuohy kicks Geelong's first two goals of new AFL season but champions fall short
Collingwood came out on top of a thrilling battle at the MCG.
# irish down under
The Irish players to watch in the 2023 AFL season
The AFL season kicks off this week.
This year
# new chapter
Kilkenny's Darragh Joyce joins Brisbane Lions in AFL switch
The 2014 All-Ireland minor-winning hurling captain previously spent six seasons at St Kilda.
# Land down under
Cork player Mark Keane returning to Australia to resume AFL career
Keane won an All-Ireland junior club hurling medal last weekend in Croke Park.
Last year
Conor McKenna returns to AFL with Brisbane Lions
Tyrone star has signed a one-year deal.
# Man at Work
St Kilda enter AFL club race to sign Tyrone's McKenna - reports
McKenna was part of Tyrone’s Sam Maguire triumph in 2021.
# Pen to Paper
AFL champion Tuohy signs contract extension with Geelong Cats
Tuohy made his 250th appearance in the AFL last month.
# Aussies on the road
AFL champions flock to Kerry as Dingle cruise past Crokes to secure semi-final spot
Geelong’s Mark O’Connor played the entire game as Dingle secured a ten-point victory.
# more than a game
'You look down at kids with tears in their eyes, then you look up and the adults are crying too'
AFL champion Mark O’Connor on the Grand Final, a mixed season and playing for Dingle.
# new chapter
Kerry legend Kennelly appointed academy head coach with GWS Giants
Tadhg Kennelly previously performed the role of identifying international talent for the AFL.
Wexford's O'Connor released by AFL outfit Sydney Swans
The Wexford footballer spent three years with the club.
AFL champion Mark O'Connor granted permission to play in Kerry county championship
The Dingle club man will be able to play in the quarter-final against Dr Crokes.
# Aussie Rules
Irish glory in AFL Grand Final as Zach Tuohy and Mark O'Connor win with Geelong
Geelong Cats cruised to victory over Sydney Swans today.
# Team news
Tuohy to make 250th appearance in AFL Grand Final with O'Connor listed as medical sub
The Laois native has been named to start for Geelong at the MCG on Saturday.
# One step away
The Wolf of Portlaoise: Zach Tuohy is an Irish sporting story that needs to be savoured
Zach Tuohy plays his 250th AFL game in the Grand Final on Saturday.
# cian mcbride
AFL grant special dispensation as Meath footballer set to extend Essendon stint
The AFL granted an exemption due to exceptional circumstances.
# Disturbing
AFL club hit by 'heartbreaking' claims of Indigenous family separations and abortion pressure
Hawthorn Football Club is at the centre of the latest racially tinged scandal to hit the AFL.
Tuohy on Portlaoise flag at the MCG: 'That was awesome. I am very proud of where I am from'
Sydney Swans secured a spot against Geelong in the AFL Grand Final next Saturday.
# Hammering
Irish duo Tuohy and O'Connor celebrate as Geelong storm to AFL Grand Final
Geelong cruised past Brisbane to secure a spot in next week’s decider.
O'Connor an option to tag Brisbane star as Geelong name preliminary final team
Friday’s preliminary final sees Geelong play Brisbane Lions at the MCG.
Tuohy set for another AFL season, hopes McKenna joins to form an all-Irish half-backline
Tuohy’s Geelong play Brisbane in the preliminary final on Friday.
# life and achievements
Resilient Colin O'Riordan showed what it takes to make it as an Irish player in the AFL
Tipperary’s Colin O’Riordan was forced to call time on his AFL career this week due to a chronic hip injury.
# Onwards
Zach Tuohy closes in on 250 AFL games as Geelong advance to preliminary final
Kerry’s Mark O’Connor was a medical substitute and was introduced in the second quarter.
Mark O'Connor omitted as Geelong name team for qualifying final
Laois native Zach Tuohy starts for Geelong on Saturday.
# Comeback
David Power: 'If it is possible down the line, he will put on that blue and gold jersey again'
Colin O’Riordan has called time on his seven-year Aussie Rules career because of a chronic hip injury.
Several clubs circling as Tyrone's Conor McKenna eyes return to the AFL - reports
McKenna told the county panel he intends to return to Australia to play AFL again.
# Colin O'Riordan
Tipperary star forced to call time on AFL career due to chronic hip injury
Colin O’Riordan played 34 games during a successful career Down Under.
Darragh Joyce departing St Kilda after six seasons
The former Kilkenny minor hurler has been de-listed by the club, but there is reportedly interest from other AFL clubs.
# irish down under
Crunch time looms for the Irish in the AFL on and off the field
The AFL final series gets underway next week.
# Pen to Paper
Former Derry footballer agrees new AFL deal with Greater Western Sydney Giants
Limavady Callum Brown has earned a one-year extension, having made the move to Australia at the age of 18.
# callum brown
'I've had talks about going home to Derry but I still want to show I can dominate in the AFL'
GWS Giants star Callum Brown chats about the AFL, scoring goals and Derry.
# Land down under
Kerry's O'Connor signs new contract with AFL side Geelong until 2024
The Dingle native has thrived since switching from Gaelic football to Aussie Rules.
# Aussie Rules
Irish duo help Geelong win top of the table AFL clash against champions Melbourne
Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor saw the Cats move top of the table.
# brown and gold
Meath's Conor Nash signs two-year extension at Hawthorn
The new deal will take him up to the end of the 2024 season.
# Tommy Walsh
'If he gets injury-free and gets a bit of luck, I'm sure he could have an impact'
Tommy Walsh discusses the return of Stefan Okunbor and Kerry’s form in 2022.
# Irish in the AFL
‘It was jittery. I had one year left but they could have come and said it’s all over’
Meath native and Hawthorn AFL player Conor Nash charts his return to form in Australia.
# Season seven
AFLW players to receive 94 percent pay rise with season set to start in August
Pre-season will start on June 13.
# Louth and clear
'Gaelic football is at the centre. I took that obsessive thing from Australian rules'
Former AFL star Ciarán Byrne lines out for a resurgent Louth against Kildare today.
# Sydney Swans
Colin O'Riordan out for 'a couple of weeks' from AFL action after eye poke
The club confirmed the Tipperary man needs to get his vision cleared and checked by specialists.
# Mark O'Connor
'Five years is crazy to think about' - life in the AFL, following Kerry and home roots in Dingle
Mark O’Connor on a new season with Geelong, his old Kerry team-mates and connection to his home town.