Armagh and Tyrone players confront each other early on in last weekend’s qualifier clash at Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

The authorities must condemn them. Managers can’t condone them. The media has to tut-tut away and decide that they’re the worst thing to happen since (...)

Cork’s Fintan Goold goes low to collect the ball ahead of Kerry’s Declan O’Sullivan in last weekend’s Munster final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Nobody expected what happened in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday. Well, no one except Bomber Liston. He knew all along, but just kept it to himself until a(...)

Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton: has helped transform  the goalkeeper’s traditional role  into something much more fundamental to how the team operates. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Here’s a story, true as God. I was talking to John O’Dwyer the other day, Micko’s son. He started telling me about how his brother Haulie (Micheál) ha(...)

Clare’s David Tubridy and Ciaran Russell in action against Kerry goalkeeper Brian Kelly. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

I always liked the old Babs Keating saying that a pat on the back is only ever a couple of inches away from a kick in the arse. It doesn’t matter who (...)

Tyrone’s Peter Harte confronts Monaghan’s  Dermot Malone during the Ulster SFC quarter-final at Clones. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

They do it differently at the World Cup. No doubt about it. I couldn’t help laughing last Thursday night as the Croatian and Brazilian players went ar(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea lose out to Roscommon’s Cathal Shine in Sunday’s Connacht football championship semi-final at Dr Hyde Park.

I was watching the Mayo players on Sunday with full sympathy for the situation they found themselves in. When your year is all about winning the All-I(...)

George Hannigan of Tipperary tackles Limerick’s Cian Sheehan during the Munster senior championship quarter-final at Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Inpho.

There wasn’t a big crowd in the Gaelic Grounds for the Limerick v Tipperary football match on Saturday night, not that there was ever going to be. The(...)

Aggression and attitude: Down’s Conor Laverty fends off Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh during their drawn Ulster quarter-final at Celtic 	Park, Derry. Photograph: Inpho

Tyrone v Down, Down v Tyrone. Two games in six days, both of them tense and physical and hard-fought all the way. Real Ulster Championship stuff, m(...)

SKY Sports presenters Rachel Wyse and Brian Carney with analysts Jamesie O’Connor (hurling) and Peter Canavan (football). Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The more I hear people complain about the state of things at the start of this summer’s championship, the more I miss being a player getting ready (...)

Michael Darragh Macauley (centre) was Darragh Ó Sé’s player of the 2013 senior football championship. His influence and his industry are huge. He’s aggressive, he’s strong, he gets forward at every opportunity, he defends when he’s needed. Just an all-round player, the full package. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

I was at a game in Croke Park during the summer where I got talking to a fella in a suite who was a guest of one of the bookmakers. It was one of thos(...)