Jason Ryan has left his post as manager of the Kildare footballers after two years in charge. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Jason Ryan has stepped down as manager of the Kildare footballers. From Waterford, Ryan spent two years in charge of Kildare, having taken over on th(...)

Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice with selector Diarmuid Murphy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Éamonn Fitzmaurice gave a small smile when asked if he expected that scoreline when he walked out the door of his house in the morning. Seven goals(...)

Fermanagh’s Marty O’Brien takes to the air against Dublin’s Alan Brogan at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Age of Shocks is over. Dublin and Kerry moved remorselessly on to the All-Ireland semi-final after a quarter-final double-bill which contained a (...)

Kerry’s Colm Cooper palms home the first of his two goals in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Kildare at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kerry 7-16 Kildare 0-10 A nearly perfect afternoon for Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice saw the champions rack up a record score for an All-Ireland qu(...)

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(...)