Kerry’s James O’Donoghue with Mayo’s Keith Higgins. “I thought Higgins had an outstanding game and yet O’Donoghue still scored 1-3.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This column was supposed to be a big, in-depth breakdown of the Dublin v Donegal game from 2011. I had it planned from a couple of weeks out and I wen(...)

 Keith Higgins of Mayo tracks Kerry’s James O’Donoghue at Croke Park last weekend.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

There’s a great story told in Michael Foley’s book “Kings of September” about the moment in the week before the 1982 All-Ireland football final that (...)

Kerry’s Kieran O’Leary scores the equalising point despite the efforts of Mayo’s Colm Boyle at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Whatever way we all saw this championship unfolding, it’s fair to say that none of us imagined we’d be heading for Limerick on the last weekend in Aug(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue and Keith Higgins of Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

By half-time, yesterday’s GAA All-Ireland football semi-final had proceeded in conformity with the dampish-squib nature of this year’s football champi(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue is closely shadowed by Keith Higgins of Mayo at Croke Park.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16Drama all the way at Croke Park, where Mayo dragged a second half performance from the depths and almost got into the All Ireland (...)

Mayo’s Andy Moran and Aidan O’Shea celebrate the final whistle in the Connacht semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

At some point closer to his head than his heart, Roscommon manager John Evans sees Mayo winning through to another All-Ireland football final. (...)

Cork players surround referee Cormac Reilly complaining that the official blew up too early in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final game against Mayo.

There are no rules governing whether a referee is obliged to tell players how much time is left at the end of a match but according to the GAA, the e(...)

Kevin McLoughlin, the subject of friction in the build-up to the game, appears the worst for wear during Sunday’s All-Ireland football quarter-final against Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

GAA president Liam O’Neill has acknowledged that the issue of teams pressurising referees by their public comments is something that the association (...)

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(...)

Cork’s John Hayes, Paul Kerrigan, Colm O’Neill and Donncha O’Connor surround referee Cormac Reilly after the final whistle at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Before getting to the fallout from referee Cormac Reilly indicating to Cork’s Colm O’Neill that there was a minute still to play and then blowing u(...)