Rory Kavanagh and current Derry manager Brian McIver celebrate Donegal’s National League final victory over Mayo in 2007. Given the transformation of Donegal football, the win has been reduced to a footnote, but it was only the county’s second senior national title. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In April 2007, Brian McIver brought his Donegal team to Croke Park to play in that year’s National League showdown. Donegal had spent most of the deca(...)

Donegal’s Mickey McDonald, who is Rory McIlroy’s uncle, in action in 1982: “I would have said that we expected to go there and win because we had won in 1980. But it was tough, end-to-end football”

Somewhere, some day, in summertime: the hottest day of the year confirmed on Sunday, May 30th, 1982, the Northern Ireland football team preparing for (...)

Joe Kernan won an All-Ireland football title in his first year in charge of Armagh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If the first requirement was availability and the second was experience then Joe Kernan certainly satisfied both counts when approached to take over (...)

Nicholas Walsh trains Ireland International Rules squad ahead of Saturday’s Test in Perth. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There are very few in the Ireland set-up with as long an acquaintance with International Rules as conditioning coach Nicholas Walsh. As a teenager an(...)

Rory Gallagher, who was a selector under Jim McGuinness, could freshen things up, according to Brian McEniff. Photograph: Inpho.

Former All-Ireland winning Donegal manager Brian McEniff believes that the county can challenge again next year for the All-Ireland despite the depar(...)

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates with his players after winning the Sam Maguire in 2012. Photograph: Inpho

The decision of Jim McGuinness to step down as Donegal football manager brings to an end a remarkable four years, not just in the county’s history (...)

  Armagh’s Aaron Findon and Monaghan’s Rory Beggan at Ravenhill to promote the game with ex-Antrim footballer Anto Finnegan, who was diagnosed with MND in 2012. Photo: Darren Kidd/Inpho

All through late morning and early afternoon of fanfare on the Ravenhill pitch, Paddy Jackson quietly worked through the solitary routine which an el(...)

Former Donegal manager  Brian McEniff pictured with  Ulster and Ireland outhalf  Paddy Jackson  at Ravenhill, where an Ulster All Stars side will take on   Dublin in a game of Gaelic football  in aid of Motor Neurone Disease on November 15th. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

True story; up until 1924, before the inaugural Ulster versus Leinster rugby match in Belfast, Ravenhill was a GAA pitch.And it will be again come Nov(...)

 Jim McGuinness: guided Donegal to an All-Ireland title in 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian McEniff, the only other man to guide Donegal to the All-Ireland football title, believes Jim McGuinness will return for a fifth year as manager.(...)

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness and his assistant John Duffy. “It has been phenomenal. To be involved with that group is a privilege. To be a part of the training sessions, to see what Jim does, to be at cutting edge of sports science and to be among a squad of players at the top of their game . . . I feel like I am being coached.”  Photograph:  Donna McBride/©INPHO/Presseye

“I don’t have any,” says John Duffy evenly of one the most common consequences of playing sport: regret. “I was never ambitious. I enjoyed playing foo(...)