It was Donaghy’s sixth All Ireland final. It was his fourth win. It was his fourth goal. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It had to be him. Time and tides and dramatic arcs decreed it. When the doors were finally blown off this All Ireland final, it somehow felt inevitabl(...)

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 (...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan and Anthony Thompson of Donegal stretch for the ball during the All-Ireland semi-final in which Donegal emerged victorious. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Anthony Thompson is the most fascinating type of ball player of them all: so brilliant at what he does that nobody notices him.It was significant that(...)

Donegal’s Kevin Cassidy and Dublin’s Bryan Cullen during the 2011 All-Ireland football semi-final. “Yeah, it’s definitely an All-Ireland that we let slip.” says Cassidy.

It’s well established that Jim McGuinness and Kevin Cassidy have an uneasy history. Cassidy, Donegal’s two-time All Star wing back, contributed(...)

Armagh’s Kevin Dyas: his athleticism reminds you of why he was an attractive proposition for AFL scouts as a teenager. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The absolute drizzling pity of Armagh’s strop with the scribbling nibs of the press room has nothing to do with column inches devoted to them or what(...)

Donegal’s Ryan McHugh is tackled by Down’s Conor Laverty and Ryan Boyle at Kingspan Breffni Park last Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When we watch football these days, we can do one of two things. We can complain and moan that the modern game is an eyesore or we can really sit down (...)