Kieran Donaghy: This time last year the conventional wisdom suggested he was all but done and dusted. Now he’s captain of the All-Ireland champions.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Around lunchtime on the day of last September’s All-Ireland football final, a rumour travelled via the Croke Park bush telegraph that Kieran Donaghy w(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor make his first start of the year as his side face Monaghan at MacHale Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

SATURDAY Division One Tyrone v Derry, Healy Park, 7.0, Live Setanta Ireland  It’s been going from bad to worse for Derry and manage(...)

Tommy Walsh will makes his first start for Kerry since his return from Australia. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Tommy Walsh will next Sunday in Derry start his first match for Kerry since the All-Ireland final of 2009. After that victory over Cork, Walsh trav(...)

Tommy Walsh finds his way blocked by Mayo’s Donal Vaughan as the All-Ireland champions lost to Mayo in Killarney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry 0-10 Mayo 2-11 The sunsine bounced off the frozen Reeks, as Fitzgerald Stadium hosted opening day in this year’s Allianz Football League.(...)

Donal Vaughan: despite growing up in Cork, he has been shaped by Mayo and winning an All-Ireland final with the county is what drives him. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

He watched last September’s All-Ireland final at a friend’s wedding in Ballycotton. Suited up, enjoying the celebrations and standing with everyone (...)

Ireland’s David Moran training with Ross Munnelly ahead of Saturday’s Test match with Australia. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Ireland team had an extended and at times impressive work-out for Saturday’s international rules test in Patersons Stadium, Perth last night. Kerr(...)

 Ireland captain Michael Murphy and manager Paul Earley at the squad announcement this morning.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Ireland International Rules manager Paul Earley has named his 25-man panel for next month’s one-game test against Australia in Perth.Donegal’s Michae(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring a goal against Donegal in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. “While the body’s good and I feel I can help, I’ll play.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Bill Clinton called himself the ‘Comeback Kid’ for less. Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy, who yesterday, with Kilkenny hurler Richie Power, was named one of th(...)

Donegal’s Karl Lacey leaving the field strewn in streamers. One can only hope that  was not his last act in a Donegal shirt. Photograph: Inpho

“DO you mind? I’ve been waiting here since half past 12,” a Kerry woman informed a Donegal man, cursed by height and stature, as he tried to unobtrusi(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Eamonn McGee of Donegal in action during the 2012 All-Ireland quarter-final. The pair will renew battle in the All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

After two attention grabbing semi-finals with unexpected winners, you’d normally expect more of a sense of infinite possibility about tomorrow’s GA(...)