Donegal’s Ryan McHugh scores his first goal past Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17 After a spectacular eruption of near volcanic proportions the All-Ireland champions are gone – Donegal taking out Dubl(...)

Monaghan’s Dessie Mone: could be largely confined to defensive duties against Dublin’s rampant attack. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I read with interest Niall Moyna’s comments here during the week on the likely physical impact on Monaghan of last week’s qualifier win over Kildare b(...)

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(...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon: an example of how good Dublin are at winning primary possession. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wow. It’s not easy to find words that best describe Dublin’s victory in Croke Park, because I haven’t seen a Leinster final of such sustained pace and(...)

Christy Toye returned to the Donegal championship starting side in the Ulster quarter-final defeat of Derry at Celtic Park in May. Photograph: Cathal Coonan/Inpho.

It was in the 34th minute of the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final against Armagh when Donegal’s Christy Toye found himself in possession of the football an(...)

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(...)

Darach O’Connor scores Donegal’s second goal in the  Ulster SFC  semi-final against Antrim in Clones.  Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Donegal 3-16 Antrim 0-12 Donegal overcame a stubborn first half by Antrim to march into their fourth successive Ulster final on a low-key afternoon in(...)

Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan celebrates with his  captain Michael Murphy after the final whistle at Celtic Park.

Everything we’ll watch between now and the first week of August in the football championship will be processed through the prism of Dublin - they’re t(...)

Donegal defender Karl Lacey tackles Derry’s Seán Leo McGoldrick during Sunday’s Ulster quarter-final at Celtic Park, Derry. Photograph: Inpho

A small group of youngsters stood around Karl Lacey at Celtic Park in the minutes after Sunday’s absorbing Ulster quarter-final against Derry. It w(...)

Derry’s Mark Lynch fails to make an impression on Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal 1-11 Derry 0-11 They haven’t gone away, you know. Donegal shook off the final vestiges of last summer’s weariness and muted a loudening(...)