Monaghan’s Dessie Mone: could be largely confined to defensive duties against Dublin’s rampant attack. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I read with interest Niall Moyna’s comments here during the week on the likely physical impact on Monaghan of last week’s qualifier win over Kildare b(...)

Champions Dublin are unlikely to show rivals Monaghan any quarter at Croke Park. Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Monaghan come to Croke Park this evening having had a good year. They might not have retained the Ulster title but have returned to Division One and (...)

Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan attempts to clear his lines at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Monaghan 2-16 Kildare 2-14 (after extra time, Monaghan 1-13 Kildare 2-10 after normal time)Monaghan eventually secured the last spot in the All-Irelan(...)

There is no easy or deliberate way of peaking for an All-Ireland football final, and for Mayo that’s what this summer is all about. All year I’ve g(...)

Cormac Costello celebrates a goal against Wexford in the Leinster semi-final. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There’s something about Dublin that feels familiar to me from my own football career and that’s the unbreakable confidence that teams acquire from con(...)

Monaghan’s Cormac McManus will pose a huge threat to Donegal in the Ulster final. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

They might be giants. In what seems like the blink of an eye, Malachy O’Rourke has transformed a Monaghan team with a great future behind it into a s(...)

Armagh’s Kevin Dias and Monaghan’s Dick Clerkin in action during the Ulster SFC semi-final replay  at  St Tiernach’s Park in  Clones. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Monaghan 1-18 Armagh 1-13It wasn’t quite as comfortable as it should have been but Monaghan are back in another Ulster football final, dispensing of A(...)

 Tipperary’s Lar Corbett returns for the qualifier against Galway in Thurles tomorrow.

Lar Corbett returns to the Tipperary team for tomorrow’s All-Ireland hurling qualifier against Galway in Thurles. The former Hurler of the Year is (...)

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 (...)

Monaghan’s Kieran Hughes reaches out to get the ball while being challenged by Armagh’s Charlie Vernon during the    Ulster SFC semi-final at  St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Monaghan 0-14 Armagh 0-14Armagh snatched a replay in Clones with the last three points of the game in the closing minutes to end matters all square at(...)