Armagh and Tyrone players confront each other early on in last weekend’s qualifier clash at Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

The authorities must condemn them. Managers can’t condone them. The media has to tut-tut away and decide that they’re the worst thing to happen since (...)

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh: “From our point of view, we really need to get our own house in order.” Photograph: Inpho

Seán Cavanagh hardly needed any reminder of Tyrone’s football qualifier record against Louth. When they first met, in 2006, Tyrone were defending All(...)

Dessie Mone: “There’s a group of us there who have been around a long time and we sat down and said that we really had a responsibility to try and get Monaghan back competing with the bigger counties. We couldn’t all walk away.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In a small county, it doesn’t take a huge amount of erosion for the cliff to topple into the sea. For the prime years of Dessie Mone’s intercounty car(...)

Gordon D’Arcy’s beard: notable for its thrust. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gordon D’Arcy’s beard. It deserves its own ghostwriter at this stage. It’s a glorious sight, notable for its thrust, shape and abundance. You half-exp(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea react after a foul by Tyrone’s Colm Cavanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

James Horan would have found out more about his team during yesterday’s 70 minutes than all their other matches this year. They were tested, they stru(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates scoring his second goal against Donegal. He has developed into one of the best finishers in the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mayo come into this match with one of the strongest motivations, having lost last year’s All-Ireland final. It’s a powerful focus for mature minds and(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and Stephen O’Neill celebrate after their quarter-final win over Monaghan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mickey Harte was livid after today’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat of Monaghan, the Tyrone manager rounding on RTÉ pundit Joe Brolly’s comments abo(...)

Seán Cavanagh: “It doesn’t get any better than standing at Croke Park on a hot summer’s day.” Photograph: Inpho

Tyrone could do with Brian Dooher, Peter Canavan and Brian McGuigan come Saturday evening. Mickey Harte was adamant they were all visible in the play (...)

Tyrone’s Joe McMahon: “We know what Meath offer, they put up a big challenge against the Dubs.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The period of rebuilding in Tyrone is over. The glorious careers of Philly Jordan and Brian Dooher are now in the distant past.A new Tyrone team was v(...)

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh is tacked by Roscommon’s Niall Carty and David Keenan at Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

TYRONE 0-12 ROSCOMMON 1-7: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte acknowledged that his team’s unconvincing All-Ireland qualifier win over Roscommon was about th(...)