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(...)

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(...)

Down’s Kevin McKernan gets his shot away despite the attempted block from  Kildare’s Shane Connolly during the  All-Ireland SFC Round 2B Qualifier at  Páirc Esler in Newry. Photograph:William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Down 0-11 Kildare 1-18Kildare huffed and puffed and finally blew Down away in the All-Ireland football championship qualifier at Newry where Jason Rya(...)

Kildare manager Jason Ryan with Paddy Brophy after the win over Louth at Croke Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin’s shock and awe routine brings with it plenty of collateral damage, chiefly and most obviously the shortening of careers that might otherwise (...)

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(...)

Kildare’s Niall Kelly scores a point with James Stewart of Louth chasing during the Leinster  SFC  quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kildare 1-22 Louth 1-7: This regularly happens to a young boxer. Stung so painfully by an early salvo of jabs and hooks from a superior opponent, they(...)

Kildare players have rallied around  Kieran McGeeney after his dismissal last night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jason Ryan, who has been Kieran McGeeney’s coach in Kildare for the past year, said yesterday that he was “in shock” after hearing the news that the c(...)

 Ciaran Byrne of Louth removes a stray dog from the pitch in Newbridge. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kildare 1-19 Louth 0-15Kildare survived a stern examination from Louth to maintain their 100 per cent qualifier record under Kieran McGeeney.A remarka(...)

A pensive Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney during the Leinster semi-final at Croke Park yesterday.

Kieran McGeeney came into the media room beneath the Hogan Stand to educate the great unwashed. Fifteen minutes later Jim Gavin and Dublin captain Ste(...)