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

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Owen Mulligan with his long-time manager and mentor, Tyrone boss Mickey Harte. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

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Goalkeeper Liam Donoghue and Alan Kerins celebrate Clarinbridge’s All-Ireland club hurling final victory over O’Loughlin Gaels at Croke Park in 2011. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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