Tempers flare between Donegal and Tyrone players during Sunday’s intense Ulster Championship match. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

In Ventry last weekend, they had a big crowd down to unveil a statue of P Ó Sé himself. A rake of his old teammates were there, plenty of locals, p(...)

Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony clashes with Donegal’s Michael Murphy during last Sunday’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

First things first. Our man up the tree. I’ve been talking to everyone I can about it and we’ve all reached a theory that we’re happy enough with. We (...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony in the GAA Senior Championship quarter final at Croke Park in 2012. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho 4:39

In Kerry this week, it feels a bit unusual to be building up to an All-Ireland final. I think it’s because nobody really expected this, so people have(...)

Management is crucial around now. These players are in the shape of their life. Some of them are like a prize racehorse bursting for the stalls to open. Others are standing in the stable, waiting for the day itself to arrive before they rise themselves. Photograph: Inpho

This weekend is all about preparation for the Donegal and Kerry players. Eamonn Fitzmaurice will have his team down in Fota Island, Jim McGuinness is (...)

Jim McGuinness picked his players up after getting a hiding at the end of last year and has brought them to another All_Ireland final. “Think about what that takes. It’s about moulding minds over a long period of time, making fellas believe it’s possible,” says Darragh Ó Sé.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

I was sitting beside a true-blue Dub in Croke Park on Sunday. No more than the rest of us, he didn’t end up seeing the game he thought he was coming t(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue with Mayo’s Keith Higgins. “I thought Higgins had an outstanding game and yet O’Donoghue still scored 1-3.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This column was supposed to be a big, in-depth breakdown of the Dublin v Donegal game from 2011. I had it planned from a couple of weeks out and I wen(...)

Kerry’s  James O’Donoghue is capable of causing Mayo’s defence serious problems on Sunday. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I have come around to the idea of Kerry winning on Sunday. In fact, I’ve decided that the bet of the weekend is a treble on the Kerry seniors, minors (...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody urges on his charges during last Sunday’s memorable victory over Limerick. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In the middle of the second half of the hurling on Sunday, you could see the rain starting to come in sideways and the people in the stands were runni(...)

This is the time of the year to be playing. You want every minute. Your appetite for football is never greater than for these few weeks. You know that(...)

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan attempts a block on and Paul Geaney of Kerry during this year’s  Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In Tralee, you always know it’s coming close to business time when the Dome starts going up. This is the time of year you live for. Time to get your d(...)