Conor McManus: “We have been to the last two quarter-finals and not gone any further. We want to win our next game and it is down to us.”  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The very fact that Conor McManus was in Killarney early yesterday morning, looking so healthy and fresh, is surely some reflection of how Monaghan a(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy in action against Monaghan’s Vinny Corey and Darren Hughes. It seemed to me Murphy played injured at Clones. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I arrived in Glasgow airport on Sunday and saw a few Donegal jerseys gathered around the bar as I reached the top of the escalator. I arrived when the(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus celebrates scoring a point. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All the Monaghan good-time spots, even Billy Brennan’s barn, threw their doors open for a long and happy Sunday evening. The Farney County are Ulster (...)

Conor McManus guided Monaghan to a second Ulster football title in three years with victory over Donegal in Clones. Photograph: Inpho

Monaghan 0-11 Donegal 0-10 Sweet vindication. Summer arrived in mid-Ulster out of the blue and just as in the heatwave of two years ago, Monaghan beat(...)

Colm McFadden, seen here in action against Derry in the Ulster semi-final, is playing his best football since Donegal’s All-Ireland win. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

In the space of a few years these counties have passed milestones in Ulster football. Monaghan are in a third successive final for the first time in (...)

Monaghan’s Neil McAdam tries to get his shot away despite the attentions of Paul McCusker and Ciaran Flaherty of Fermanagh during the   Ulster SFC semi-final at Breffni Park. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

History doesn’t always have to be made with Wagner doing the soundtrack. It is 91 years since Monaghan were in three consecutive Ulster finals so ther(...)

Malachy O’Rourke: Monaghan manager was in charge of Fermanagh when they last defeated Monaghan seven years ago. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

As was always inevitable given the Ulster draw, the spotlight has resolutely stayed focused on the other side to that trodden by this weekend’s sem(...)

Monaghan’s Karl O’Connell, seen here battling for possession with James McEnroe, showed a brilliant burst of power and pace to break through the Cavan defence and score a point. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So that’s it, I suppose? No more sledging. All sorted. The Cavan v Monaghan game on Sunday passed by without any incident. Nothing on camera, no compl(...)

Shane O’Donnell found himself outnumbered too often to hurt Limerick.

Clare get their priorities back to front against Limerick Clare first used an auxiliary defender in championship in the 2004 All-Ireland quarte(...)

Conor McManus scored seven points for Monaghan as they pipped rivals Cavan at Breffni Park. Photograph: Inpho

Cavan 0-15 Monaghan 0-16 It took an injection of years rather than legs off the bench to see them home but Monaghan managed to wriggle out of B(...)