Donegal’s Leo McLoone is challenged by Aidan O’Mahony of Kerry in 2012’s All Ireland senior football championship quarter-final in Croke Park, which the northerners won en route to an All-Ireland title. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

There has been a lot of talk for the past fortnight about the similarities between Donegal and Kerry - the landscape, the seascape, the Gaeltachts, th(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “The ISIS Threat: Weighing the Obama Administration’s Response,” on Capitol Hill this week. Photograph: Allison Shelley/Getty Images

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Iran has a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Ir(...)

Donegal’s Eamon McGee and Kieran Donaghy of Kerry under the dropping ball at Croke Park in the All-Ireland quarter-final of 2012. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

I’m expecting a close contest but I’m also expecting Kerry to win by whisker.Some of the reasoning is to do with good luck and how fortunate Kerry wer(...)

“You can measure everything, but how important is the piece of information is the important thing. You could end up with paralysis by analysis. It can go wrong if you’re spending too much time trawling over data with little effect” – Cork manager Brian Cuthbert. Photograph:  Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

Pep Guardiola, who is widely lauded as the most original thinker in soccer coaching at the top level, says his favourite part of the job is when he’s (...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan and Anthony Thompson of Donegal stretch for the ball during the All-Ireland semi-final in which Donegal emerged victorious. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Anthony Thompson is the most fascinating type of ball player of them all: so brilliant at what he does that nobody notices him.It was significant that(...)

Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring a goal during Kerry’s victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

For a man his size, there’s a certain irony in the fact that Kieran Donaghy has spent much of his career hiding in plain sight. Starting out, he was a(...)

Kerry’s Liam Kearney and Gary Murphy of Cork tussle for possession in this year’s Munster Championship minor football final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

MFC All-Ireland final Donegal v Kerry Croke Park, 1.15pmGAVIN CUMMISKEY It was uttered by a Donegal mother: “Tony’s motto all year was I can repeat m(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Eamonn McGee of Donegal in action during the 2012 All-Ireland quarter-final. The pair will renew battle in the All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

After two attention grabbing semi-finals with unexpected winners, you’d normally expect more of a sense of infinite possibility about tomorrow’s GA(...)

A record attempt for the largest number of Hot Air Balloons to take off simultaneously in a single line will take place at Waterford Airport on Monday, September 22 at 7am as part of the Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships. Photograph: Patrick Browne/In-Line

All-Ireland football finalsKerry and Donegal will contest both the 2014 minor and senior All Ireland football finals at Croke Park on Sunday. Kerry ar(...)

CROSS Cancer Research Rugby Legends cycle: “This is no place to be for your second cycle in a year – belly empty, bar the gallon-and-a-half Kenmare offered the night before”

Last Sunday week I found myself aboard my racing bike. I should have left it in a hedge at Mizen Head last year for all the action it got since. The p(...)