Donegal’s Michael Murphy of Donegal gets away from Tomás Clancy and Michael Shields of Cork during their national league game at Ballyshannon. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Donegal 0-12 Cork 1-8 Stormy weather along the wild Atlantic way as Cork made their way home from a first Allianz League defeat yesterday even(...)

Donegal’s Colm McFadden holds off Cork defenders during the All-Ireland semi-final in 2012. The meetings between the sides have been important staging posts in their respective fortunes over the last six years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

It is easy to forget, now that Dublin seem to be All-Ireland favourites for always and evermore, that not too long ago Cork were regarded as the smart(...)

 Eoghan O’Gara of Dublin surrounded by Donegal men at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Dublin 2-10 Donegal 0-11 A terrific Jack McCaffrey goal seven minutes from time clinched a first win of the 2015 Allianz Football League for Du(...)

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher: “There’s an element of freshness to it and it’s very much into the unknown for some of them. So you get them in and you see if they can make the step up.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If the particular relevance of these pre-season games is for each individual manger to decree, you won’t hear a word of objection out of Rory Galla(...)

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 (...)

Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring Kerry’s second goal  with team-mate James O’Donoghue during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sunday in the September sunshine at Croke Park and the masters reveal themselves in traditional colours but in brand new ways. Old heads and new tr(...)

Donegal’s Darach O’Connor with Paul Murphy of Kerry during the All-Ireland senior football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kerry 2-9 Donegal 0-12 A lovely September autumn afternoon in Croke Park ended like so many others down the decades. Kerry, the greatest of adapters (...)

 Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring Kerry’s second goal in the All-Ireland SFC Final against Donegal at Croke Park. Photograph:   Morgan Treac/Inpho

Kerry 2-9 Donegal 0-12It might be the most unlikely All-Ireland of Kerry’s illustrious history but few can have tasted as sweet. Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s (...)

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates the final whistle with Neil McGee and Eamonn McGee after beating Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The starting point is worth repeating. In the autumn of 2010, Jim McGuinness took charge of a Donegal team who had been beaten to the point of perpetu(...)