Martin McElhinney’s goal came in injury-time at the end of the first half as Donegal went in ahead of Tyrone at the break in their Ulster SFC clash in Ballybofey. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Seán Moran: When Donegal get ahead, they stay ahead Under new management Donegal’s talent for front-running remains intact. Sunday’s Ulster pre(...)

Donegal manager and Celtic performance consultant Jim McGuinness. Photograph: Inpho Donegal manager and Celtic performance consultant Jim McGuinness. Photograph: Inpho

On a wintry Sunday in March, Jim McGuinness found himself back in the old familiar place but looking on from somewhere entirely new. Ballybofey: Tyron(...)

Jim McGuinness’s first championship game in charge for Donegal attracted the opprobrium of the Sunday Game, something that turned  McGuinness into a cause celebre  that summer. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

It is one of the peculiarities of the GAA football championship that it tends to start with little fanfare. Yes, there have been a succession of launc(...)

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh and Donegal’s Michael Murphy in action during their Allianz League Division One match at Ballybofey, Co Donegal. Photograph: Inpho

The big lift-off to this year’s football championship comes on Sunday with the meeting of Tyrone and Donegal, who between them have won five of the la(...)

“I think the Tyrone players do have confidence,” Darren McCurry says. “It’s about gelling as a team and playing well on that particular day. Sometimes we got the rub of the green, sometimes we didn’t.” Photograph: Russell Pritchard Inpho.

Darren McCurry grimaces slightly at the memory. Early March in Ballybofey and Tyrone have just been comprehensively outplayed and Mickey Harte’s disa(...)

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness believes his county will overcome the challenge of Tyrone in Ballybofey. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sometimes it’s worth travelling to London, compliments of Sky Sports, to interview one of the most interesting and divisive minds in Gaelic games. Eve(...)

 Jim McGuinness: “For me it’s a good opportunity to go on the other side.” Photo: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

Sky Sports are confident they can increase the two million viewers, spread thinly over 21 (14 exclusive) live matches shown during the 2014 football (...)

 Donegal’s Hugh McFadden tries to block down Cork’s John O’Rourke. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Football league semi-finals: where else in the world of competitive sport is the post-semi-final reaction to a national title so insouciant?“It’s not (...)

It was the Jim McGuinness-managed Donegal that knocked Mickey Harte’s Tyrone off their perch in Ulster.  Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho.

If Mickey Harte ever admits he didn’t see the Donegal whirlwind coming five seasons ago, then he can be forgiven. Nobody did. But it has sometimes bee(...)

Donegal’s Colm McFadden holds off Cork defenders during the All-Ireland semi-final in 2012. The meetings between the sides have been important staging posts in their respective fortunes over the last six years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

It is easy to forget, now that Dublin seem to be All-Ireland favourites for always and evermore, that not too long ago Cork were regarded as the smart(...)