Kerry’s James O’Donoghue: along with Donegal defender Neil McGee and Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly the Kerry forward is nominated as player of the year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kerry, understandably, having won their 37th All-Ireland football title, lead the way with 11 of the 45 All Star nominations, released today by a c(...)

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(...)

Mayo manager James Horan shakes hands with  Cork’s Colm O’Neill at the end of the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It always amazes me when a team gets annoyed at the end of close games like this, over whether or not more time should have been played. The only pers(...)

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,(...)

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice before the 2013 All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Dublin at Croke Park. Kerry lost but such was their performance the young manager emerged with his reputation actually enhanced. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

At half-time in the 2006 All-Ireland final, the Kerry dressing room was a crankier place than it ought to have been given they’d just posted a lordly (...)

There is no easy or deliberate way of peaking for an All-Ireland football final, and for Mayo that’s what this summer is all about. All year I’ve g(...)

’The relocation of Aidan O’Shea to centre-forward has been the big development from the Connacht championship and adds to the sense that if Mayo are to win a title, it will be without a traditional, play-making number 11’. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

There is no surprise that these teams have made it to the quarter-finals but the manner of Cork’s journey has been one of the few unpredictable ele(...)

 Sligo’s Stephen Coen and Mark Breheny track Cork’s James Loughrey in Tullamore.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Cork 0-21 Sligo 1-11Cork dominated Sligo from start to finish to set up an intriguing All-Ireland football quarter-final with Mayo next Sunday.Ten poi(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue in action against  Cork’s Thomas Clancy. The Kingdom’s All Star will prove a big threat tho the home team at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Tomorrow afternoon brings down the curtain on the old Páirc Uí Chaoimh’s history as a football venue. The same fixture packed out the then new ground(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley scores his side’s first goal during yesterday’s Allianz Football League Division One semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

So maybe this is the way it’s going to be: A summer of watching Dublin find new and interesting ways to back themselves into corners, all as me(...)