James Horan: has shaped a highly skilled and physically impressive team which, it seems, has limitless heart. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Two very significant developments took place many miles away from last weekend’s thunderous All-Ireland football semi-finals, both of which instantly (...)

Kerry’s David Moran with Jason Doherty and Cillian O’Connor of Mayo. Moran’s display in midfield was a huge plus factor for Kerry. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In all my years playing and watching Kerry football it’s hard to recall a game of such nervous excitement as witnessed at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturd(...)

Mayo’s Lee Keegan takes a tumble as Kerry’s Peter Crowley makes off with the ball during the replayed All-Ireland semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 After a week of controversy about venue and suspension or non-suspension, Kerry and Mayo in an epic that spilled over in(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring a goal during the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (aet)A truly extraordinary match in Limerick this evening eventually laid waste to Mayo’s current great quest for the Sam Maguire(...)

Mayo’s  Andy Moran has been more influential coming off the bench. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Having started with what he described as the “bizarre” decision to stage this evening’s All-Ireland football semi-final replay in Limerick’s Gaelic(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Barry John Keane celebrate their side’s successful late comeback which earned a draw against Mayo at Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Considering Kerry’s dominance in the first half and how poorly Mayo performed, this was a great escape for the Connacht champions. However, they migh(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue is closely shadowed by Keith Higgins of Mayo at Croke Park.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16Drama all the way at Croke Park, where Mayo dragged a second half performance from the depths and almost got into the All Ireland (...)

Mayo’s Andy Moran in action against Kerry’s Marc Ó Sé, the latter is one of the Kingdom’s few decorated stars from their victorious era. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Given that Irish Rail have decided that all roads lead to Dublin tomorrow, it’s as well that there’s enough fuel in the plots and plans of Mayo and Ke(...)

Former Mayo manager John Maughan during the All-Ireland semi-final win over Kerry at Croke Park in 1996. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Strangely, given the overall history of the fixture, Mayo have become Kerry’s most familiar opponents in the past 20 years. Sunday’s All-Ireland sem(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea tackled by Tomás Clancy, which resulted in the  Cork player receiving a black card. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15Mayo came through this with gasping room only to spare. A game that took a while to ignite developed into a barn-burner by the end,(...)