St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh’s Bernard Brogan: will bid  to earn a county final place with his club when they face St Jude’s. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Today Dublin SFC semi-finals (Parnell Park) St Oliver Plunkett’s v St Jude’s, 3.30 – Widely assumed to have missed the bus in recent years, Plunke(...)

Paul McGinley: “The Donegal link reminded the lads of their darkest hour on Sunday, and there was no joy either as McGinley flourished his wild card trio.” Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

That a fourball of middle-aged men could tee off for a pint a little after noon on a Tuesday seemed slightly incongruous, but Foley’s pub on the Clont(...)

Armagh’s Kevin Dyas: his athleticism reminds you of why he was an attractive proposition for AFL scouts as a teenager. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The absolute drizzling pity of Armagh’s strop with the scribbling nibs of the press room has nothing to do with column inches devoted to them or what(...)

Meath’s Michael Newman is tackled by Armagh’s  Brendan Donaghy during the qualifer at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Armagh 0-18 Meath 0-13 Meath, a football dynasty deep in transition, have been removed from the championship before the serious business commences a(...)

David Bray of Meath with struggles to find a way past James Morgan of Armagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Armagh 0-18 Meath 0-13Meath, a football dynasty deep in transition, have been removed from the championship before the serious business commences as A(...)

Gerry McIlroy’s successful  lucrative bet on his son’s British Open success inspired Vinny Fitzpatrick to wager on his son’s future sporting successes. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/RPA

Watching the Tour de France survivors snake their way through the Pyrenees, it struck Vinny Fitzpatrick he would get juicy odds on Oisín, his brawny b(...)

Monaghan’s Stephen Gollogly in action against Armagh’s Aaron Kernan during the Ulster SFC semi-final at Clones. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Monaghan 0-14 Armagh 0-14 Mind where you step, for Armagh just now are men with toes only aching to be trod on. Scarce is the hatch they see without (...)

A spectator emerging from the gorse during an  Irish Amateur Open Championship  at Portmarnock Golf Club. Photo: Alan Betson

As he entered the cool, dark, enclave of Foley’s before tea-time on Monday, Vinny Fitzpatrick had a distinctive pep in his step; almost akin to a swag(...)

Cavan’s Gearóid McKiernan in action against Roscommon during the National League Division Three final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The mood music around the Armagh panel was all wrong going into last year’s defeat to Cavan at Breffni Park.In hindsight, the Armagh players’ doubts (...)

Masters winner Bubba Watson is presented with his green jacket by 2013 winner Adam Scott after winning the US Masters  at the Augusta National golf club in Augusta, Georgia. Photo: Jim Young/Reuters

As Vinny Fitzpatrick waited to tee off on the last hole, he imagined he was at Royal Portrush, poised to claim Open glory, the champion golfer-(...)