“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 (...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee gets a challenge in ahead of Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara in Sunday’s All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was while driving to an International Rules training camp that the text came through and Michael Murphy didn’t hesitate. He turned the car around a(...)

Donegal’s Christy Toye and Paddy McGrath with Paul Flynn and Michael Darragh Macauley of Dublin. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17 Even for a country that has acquired some experience of bubble-bursting, yesterday’s pop was deafening. Donegal, their best d(...)

 Donegal’s Ryan McHugh scores his first goal past Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17 After a spectacular eruption of near volcanic proportions the All-Ireland champions are gone – Donegal taking out Dubl(...)

The 2010 All-Ireland under-21 final marked the beginning of a period of revolution and incredibly bold thinking in Gaelic football. Photograph: Inpho

It seems like longer than four years ago. On a balmy May evening in Cavan town, Donegal man-child Michael Murphy crashed a ferocious penalty kick agai(...)

Paddy Andrews and Bernard Brogan following Dublin’s victory over Monaghan in the quarter-final at Croke Park. “There are so many guys there to take your place. . . I’d say it’s a very good thing because it makes the team perform better.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Some things are constant, some things aren’t. We don’t know what the lifespan of this Dublin team will be and yet most of the country can reel off a h(...)

Donegal manager  Jim McGuinness: ready to pit his wits against Jim Gavin and the reigning All-Ireland champions. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

That match three years ago is now a scary but merry memory for Dublin – like the time we ran out of petrol in Transylvania – given all the good thing(...)

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness: “We’ll need to be on our toes from the first minute against Dublin. We’ll need to implement our own game plan from the very first minute.”

Maybe 2011 still matters. Jim McGuinness seems to be employing the same philosophy; the attempted shaping of a sport that leaves itself open to manip(...)

 Keith Higgins of Mayo tracks Kerry’s James O’Donoghue at Croke Park last weekend.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

There’s a great story told in Michael Foley’s book “Kings of September” about the moment in the week before the 1982 All-Ireland football final that (...)

Donegal boss Jim McGuinness: “I think the divide is becoming bigger and bigger.  Dublin are way out in front of any other team.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has compared Dublin’s resource advantage to that enjoyed by Chelsea in the Premier League in the years after Roman Abr(...)