Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke speaks to a reporter at the end of the game. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

For a brief period in the second half, it looked as if Monaghan might just canter away with this Ulster final. Instead, they just about scraped home a(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus celebrates scoring a point. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All the Monaghan good-time spots, even Billy Brennan’s barn, threw their doors open for a long and happy Sunday evening. The Farney County are Ulster (...)

Conor McManus guided Monaghan to a second Ulster football title in three years with victory over Donegal in Clones. Photograph: Inpho

Monaghan 0-11 Donegal 0-10 Sweet vindication. Summer arrived in mid-Ulster out of the blue and just as in the heatwave of two years ago, Monaghan beat(...)

Gerry McCarville was a strong presence for Ulster in  the 1980s. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

The 1979 Ulster final between Monaghan and Donegal started twice. When the ball was thrown in, Séamus Bonner took possession and thumped a point strai(...)

Waterford manager Derek McGrath before the Munster SHC final against Tipperary at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

The Munster championship still resonates as a stand-alone competition. But after a bumper weekend of hurling in Thurles, there was a heavy sense of fi(...)

Waterford’s Michael Walsh is tackled by Tipperary’s Padraic Maher during the Munster senior hurling championship final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Maybe this was not the most incandescent of Tipperary’s provincial summer titles. But on a cloudy afternoon when Semple Stadium fell silent to honour (...)

Tipperary’s Shane McGrath kicks the sliotar  forward as he’s challenged by Waterford players during the Munster SHC Final at Semple Stadium. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 To say the 125th GAA Munster hurling final was nondescript isn’t to belittle a competitive encounter in which favourites(...)

The phrase “behind closed doors” has always been one of the most loaded in the GAA lexicon. Ostensibly, the in-camera match arrangement allows both te(...)

Plane Landing in Sligo by Aleksandra Mir, which is one of the pieces on display at the old Snia/Saehan factory in the grounds of Hazelwood House in Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

‘It is a ‘what are you doing for the rest of your life?’ kind of project,” says Sue Raethorne. In late June she threw probably the biggest, and cer(...)

Davy Fitzgerald: “Between this summer and the next two or three summers we will be working very hard to get a fifth All-Ireland back to Clare in 130 years.”  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The hurling life of Davy Fitzgerald has been accompanied by the singularly fatalistic perspective from which he views the best and worst of days. Nobo(...)