Offaly manager Emmet McDonnell is hoping the return of the likes of Brian Darby can boost his team. Photograph: Inpho

“Nah, I think morale is good,” says Emmet McDonnell, with a not entirely convincing expression, and a more than subtle hint of the brave face.It’s wha(...)

 Offaly’s Shane Dooley in action for the footballers. He will concentrate on hurling with Offaly for now. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Offaly aren’t the only county to be left duelling over some dual players ahead of the championship, although for now it seems football manager Emmet M(...)

It’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: Kieran McGeeney is leaving Kildare and returning to his native county Armagh. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So it’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: on the same night Jason Ryan went before the Kildare county board to be ratified as thei(...)

Offaly’s Brian Darby is challenged by Eamonn Callaghan of Kildare. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kildare 0-19 Offaly 1-12: A yawn and a stretch and not a whole lot more from Kildare on Saturday night. Not for the first time they put up a big sc(...)

Offaly manager Emmet McDonnell.

Improper expenditure of nervous energy in Croke Park can account for the loss of 1.5-2.0km in the distance a player would normally complete in a 70-mi(...)