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’s Ryan Wylie and Dick Clerkin with Donegal’s Neil McGee. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

Donegal 0-15 Monaghan 1-09 The hex is broken. Donegal reaffirmed their status as the new standard in Ulster by wresting the Anglo-Celt Cup back(...)

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(...)

Noel Connors: returns to the Waterford side to face Wexford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster champions Monaghan have named an unchanged team for Sunday’s Ulster final against Donegal. The side that started the semi-final replay defeat o(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Monaghan’s Dick Clerkin and Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh compete for a high ball during last Sunday’s Ulster SFC quarter-final at Clones. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The football championship this past weekend offered starkly contrasting stories; Monaghan’s controlled joy in Clones and Carlow’s 28-point humiliation(...)

Tyrone’s Justin McMahon claims possession ahead of Monaghan’s  Kieran Hughes during the Ulster SFC quarter-final clash in Clones. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Monaghan 1-12 Tyrone 0-14It was nervy stuff in the end but Monaghan flopped over the line and ended a run of championship defeats to Tyrone that stret(...)

The presumed absence of Conor McManus (above) has a part to play, obviously. Though he looks certain to appear at some stage, Monaghan are plainly a reduced force without him.  Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

There is a definite sense of now or never for Monaghan here. The mental block certain counties have when it comes to certain other counties is irratio(...)

Dessie Mone: “There’s a group of us there who have been around a long time and we sat down and said that we really had a responsibility to try and get Monaghan back competing with the bigger counties. We couldn’t all walk away.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In a small county, it doesn’t take a huge amount of erosion for the cliff to topple into the sea. For the prime years of Dessie Mone’s intercounty car(...)