Ross Munnelly of Laois wins the ball ahead of Wicklow’s  Rory Finn at Aughrim. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Laois 0-21 Wicklow 1-11Strange how so pretty a setting can serve up something so mundane. Aughrim seems such a natural playground for football, even i(...)

Ross Munnelly provides some quality up front for Laois. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

LEINSTER SFC FIRST ROUNDWicklow v Laois, AughrimSunday, 3.30If Harry Murphy and Tomás Ó Flatharta are keen on flying under the radar, they will have b(...)

Wicklow manager Harry Murphy and goalkeeper John Flynn after last June’s defeat to Meath in the Leinster quarter-final in Aughrim, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Inpho

“It’s frightening, isn’t it?” says Harry Murphy – a strange way of describing the prize that awaits his Wicklow team if they beat Laois on Sunday. “Bu(...)

Wicklow’s Paddy Dalton and Mark Staines with Damien Carroll of Meath in Baltinglass. Photograph: Inpho

MEATH 4-11 WICKLOW 2-5: On the scenic route into Baltinglass, over the Wicklow Gap, the wind was howling and the rain outrageous. What football lesson(...)

Wicklow’s Ciaran Hyland: his strong run and shot created the goal chance for Dean Odlum against Carlow IT. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wicklow 1-9 Carlow IT 0-11Experimental Wicklow got their O’Byrne Cup campaign off to a winning start with a one-point victory over IT Carlow at Ashfor(...)

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(...)

Armagh’s Caolan Rafferty kicks the ball forward under prfessure from Wicklow players. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/ Inpho

Armagh’s quest for redemption following their ignominious exit from the Ulster Championship at the hands of Cavan took all of five minutes at the Athl(...)