Rory Kavanagh of Donegal keeps possession despite the attentions of Kerry’s David Moran during last year’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Progress can be made in easing the burden on young players without banning them from representing their colleges, according to Dave Billings, the vas(...)

Benny Coulter has ended his Down inter-county career after 15 seasons. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

The list of high-profile inter-county retirements continues, with veteran Down footballer Benny Coulter calling time on his 15-year career. Although h(...)

James McCartan: the 1994 Down All-Irealnd winning team was   much re arranged from the team which won Sam Maguire in 1991.  Photograph: Inpho

should Donegal win on Sunday, they would become the third team from Ulster in just over 20 years to win a second All-Ireland, an achievement unequalle(...)

James McCartan has resigned from Down position.  Photograph: William Cherry / Inpho / Presseye

James McCartan has stepped down from the position of Down manager after five years at the helm.After the 2014 Ulster Championship ended in a heavy rep(...)

Down’s Kevin McKernan gets his shot away despite the efforts of  Kildare’s Shane Connolly at Páirc Esler. Photo: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Kildare 1-18 Down 0-11 A team with an identity crisis is one that will always leave you scratching your head. Which is the real Kildare? Yesterday’s (...)

Down’s Niall Madine scores a goal against Leitrim during their All-Ireland senior championship qualifier ayt Páirc Esler, Newry, Co Down. Photograph: Inpho

Down 4-18 Leitrim 0-9 There was never even a hint of a shock at Páirc Esler in Newry yesterday as Down stamped their class from the outset on anothe(...)

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan takes to the line after receiving a black card in last week’s drawn Ulster senior football Championship preliminary round game against Down at Healy Park. Photograph: Inpho.Omagh, Tyrone 18/5/2014Tyrone vs DownTyrone’s Niall MorganMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard

Both teams would have been disappointed with last week’s outcome. Down manager James McCartan understandably said that he’d have taken a draw at ha(...)

Down manager James McCartan: “I’ll have no problem getting the boys motivated for next Saturday night.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Rare is the draw that someone doesn’t walk away from happy. Or at the very least relieved to be given another chance. Yet here was a game where the(...)

Barry Tierney  of Tyrone in action against Donegal’s Colm McFadden. Tierney will make his championship bow against Down in Omagh. Photo: Donna McBride/Presseye/Inpho

Barry Tierney and Tiernan McCann make their championship debuts for Tyrone in Sunday’s Ulster football preliminary round clash with Down at Healy Park(...)

Current Down manager James McCartan in action during the 1994 All-Ireland final against Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

And in a blink of the eye, it’s the championship. Until the provincial contests are nicely under way and generating talking points, we normally just h(...)