Donegal’s Ryan McHugh evades the challenge of Monaghan’s Ryan Wylie and Colin Walshe duringt the Ulster SFC final. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Pressye/Inpho

The comparison was unavoidable. All through Sunday’s Ulster final, Ryan McHugh always seemed to be at hand to take possession and jink and weave his w(...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon: an example of how good Dublin are at winning primary possession. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wow. It’s not easy to find words that best describe Dublin’s victory in Croke Park, because I haven’t seen a Leinster final of such sustained pace and(...)

Donegal’s Martin McElhinney, Christy Toye, Colm McFadden and David Walsh celebrate winning the Anglo-Celt Cup. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Old Ulster is dead. In other decades, Donegal came and went like mayflies in the northern theatre but yesterday they won the Anglo-Celt Cup for the th(...)

Monaghan’s Ryan Wylie and Dick Clerkin with Donegal’s Neil McGee. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

Donegal 0-15 Monaghan 1-09 The hex is broken. Donegal reaffirmed their status as the new standard in Ulster by wresting the Anglo-Celt Cup back(...)

Cormac Costello celebrates a goal against Wexford in the Leinster semi-final. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There’s something about Dublin that feels familiar to me from my own football career and that’s the unbreakable confidence that teams acquire from con(...)

Christy Toye returned to the Donegal championship starting side in the Ulster quarter-final defeat of Derry at Celtic Park in May. Photograph: Cathal Coonan/Inpho.

It was in the 34th minute of the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final against Armagh when Donegal’s Christy Toye found himself in possession of the football an(...)

Noel Connors: returns to the Waterford side to face Wexford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster champions Monaghan have named an unchanged team for Sunday’s Ulster final against Donegal. The side that started the semi-final replay defeat o(...)

Mark McHugh opted out of the Donegal panel before the start of the championship, claiming a loss of appetite for intercounty football. Photograph: Inpho

Any sign of Mark McHugh? It’s the question that won’t go away as long as Donegal stay involved in the football championship, and team captain Michael (...)

Darach O’Connor scores Donegal’s second goal in the  Ulster SFC  semi-final against Antrim in Clones.  Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Donegal 3-16 Antrim 0-12 Donegal overcame a stubborn first half by Antrim to march into their fourth successive Ulster final on a low-key afternoon in(...)

“The top, top teams are so good at what they do that they give other teams an opportunity to beat them . . . their patterns become clear,” says  Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.

The journey started with Antrim. It was four short years and a sporting lifetime ago when Jim McGuinness sent his Donegal team out with the relatively(...)