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(...)

 Brian McEniff celebrates with manager Jim McGuinness after Donegal’s 2012 All-Ireland football final victory at Croke Park.

They hadn’t won an Ulster championship match in four years, were renowned for their lack of discipline rather than adherence to it, and yet Brian McE(...)

Christy Toye returned to the Donegal championship starting side in the Ulster quarter-final defeat of Derry at Celtic Park in May. Photograph: Cathal Coonan/Inpho.

It was in the 34th minute of the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final against Armagh when Donegal’s Christy Toye found himself in possession of the football an(...)

Emlyn Mulligan takes to the field for Leitrim’s Connacht senior football championship game against London last year, which Mulligan’s long-suffering  county lost. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“No, I’ve never played in Croke Park,” Emlyn Mulligan says wistfully on a day when the pleasure cruisers are moored for the winter along the boardwalk(...)