Bryan Sheehan’s presence for Kerry will add to  the kick-out options for Brendan Kealy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This Kerry team are masters of disguise. On the August bank holiday Sunday of last year, as they trotted out onto the field for the All-Ireland quar(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly will be in action for the Leinster champions against Fermanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Husk by husk, grain by grain, the championship winnows down. After the four games this weekend – and assuming we’re spared replays – only five more wi(...)

Dejected Cork manager Brian Cuthbert: “Cork were asked to take part in a race on Saturday night from a standing start while their opponents were already sprinting.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork exit the All-Ireland football championship under a heavy cloud of disappointment and analysis of what is ‘wrong’ with their team. I wasn’t entire(...)

Alan Smith goes past Brian O’Driscoll during Kildare’s victory over Cork in the final round of the football qualifiers. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

“You weren’t expecting that, were yiz?” Alan Smith said to those gathered outside the Kildare changing room on Saturday night. Not many saw it coming(...)

Cork’s Colm O’Neill had a disappointing game in the replayed Munster final against Kerry last Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If Brian Cuthbert is still trying to figure out why his Cork team have found themselves in this precarious position then he’s not alone. They effec(...)

Kildare manager Jason Ryan: he has made several adjustments since the Dublin defeat, with corner forward Niall Kelly and midfielder Tommy Moolick making their returns to the starting 15. Photograph: INPHO

Everything about Kildare football is moving happily forward. At least it is now. That backwards feeling which came with their 19-point defeat to Dubl(...)

Longford’s Diarmuid Masterson gets a second yellow and subsequent red card during the All-Ireland SFC Qualfier in Mullingar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare 2-24 Longford 0-11 Eoghan O’Flaherty kicked five points but it was the first-half goal from Eamonn Callaghan that began the onslaught from Kil(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly scores his side’s  fourth goal against Kildare in the Leinster semi-final at Croke Park last Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It’s hard to condemn the team you soldiered with for 16 years, although these are troubled times for Kildare football, and Dermot Earley in no way den(...)

Managers Jason Ryan and Jim Gavin shake hands at the end of the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

What does Jim Gavin take from these matches in Leinster? Kildare were dispatched yesterday by a chastening 19 points. It did drag down the average w(...)

Kildare will have their hands full trying to prevent Diarmuid Connolly (left) and Paul Flynn from spraying kick passes into the danger zone and keeping tabs on the full forwards. Photograph: Inpho

In two-year increments Kildare’s challenge to Dublin has slipped away since the 2009 Leinster final. The tale is told most graphically by the bookm(...)