Donegal’s Eamon McGee gets ahead of  Tony Kernan of Armagh during the All-Ireland football quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Eamon McGee nods when he hears Darragh Ó Sé’s conviction that Kerry will beat Donegal if they don’t concede goals.“Darragh Ó Sé should know,” he says (...)

Rory Kavanagh of Donegal in action against Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll in their All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Kavanagh kicked a big point during his side’s recovery late in the first half. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rory Kavanagh’s excellent league campaign ended frustratingly. The Division Two final brought Donegal back to Croke Park for the first time since Mayo(...)

 Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In the grandest of Irish traditions, I spent a week of my holidays in Kerry this year. As I was walking out the door and leaving Dublin, I was told by(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony in the GAA Senior Championship quarter final at Croke Park in 2012. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho 4:39

In Kerry this week, it feels a bit unusual to be building up to an All-Ireland final. I think it’s because nobody really expected this, so people have(...)

Declan O’Sullivan with Lee Keegan and Tom Parsons of Mayo in the semi-final replay Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The last thing Declan O’Sullivan needs to prove is anything to anyone, least of all himself. Not many footballers can touch his great wealth of succes(...)

Kerry selector Cian O’Neill during the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo. “A lot of these guys wouldn’t have been exposed to 
the
scientific methods of training and physical development. And they’re lapping this up.” Photograph: Inpho

He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master. That may sound like some ancient Zen experience but it’s actually pure Gonzo. It may also h(...)

Management is crucial around now. These players are in the shape of their life. Some of them are like a prize racehorse bursting for the stalls to open. Others are standing in the stable, waiting for the day itself to arrive before they rise themselves. Photograph: Inpho

This weekend is all about preparation for the Donegal and Kerry players. Eamonn Fitzmaurice will have his team down in Fota Island, Jim McGuinness is (...)

Jim McGuinness picked his players up after getting a hiding at the end of last year and has brought them to another All_Ireland final. “Think about what that takes. It’s about moulding minds over a long period of time, making fellas believe it’s possible,” says Darragh Ó Sé.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

I was sitting beside a true-blue Dub in Croke Park on Sunday. No more than the rest of us, he didn’t end up seeing the game he thought he was coming t(...)

Kerry’s David Moran with Jason Doherty and Cillian O’Connor of Mayo. Moran’s display in midfield was a huge plus factor for Kerry. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In all my years playing and watching Kerry football it’s hard to recall a game of such nervous excitement as witnessed at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturd(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy scores a goal past Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly and Ger Cafferkey. Photograph: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Think back to that day in Portlaoise when Colm Cooper, wearing the colours of Dr Crokes, collapsed under the attentions of Castlebar men to end all f(...)