Face-off: Galway captain Gary O’Donnell and Mayo captain Andy Moran will be hoping the Connacht title will lead to Croke Park glory. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Mayo manager John Maughan said a few years ago when discussing the impact of the qualifiers on the All-Ireland series that whereas the likes(...)

Former Mayo manager John Maughan during the All-Ireland semi-final win over Kerry at Croke Park in 1996. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Strangely, given the overall history of the fixture, Mayo have become Kerry’s most familiar opponents in the past 20 years. Sunday’s All-Ireland sem(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly is a current part of an intercounty set-up that has dominated in Leinster for the past decade. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In the past four years the All-Ireland football championship has changed. Back in 2010, all four provincial champions were eliminated in the quarter-(...)

Kerry manager  Eamonn Fitzmaurice: “I think that if we can get through this phase of injuries, we will have a very strong squad.” Photo: Russell Pritchard/Inpho

The Kerry team that runs out at Cusack Park, Ennis, on Sunday will see a dramatic change from what the Irish sporting public has grown accustomed to.(...)

Castlebar Mitchels players Gerard McDonagh, Tom King, Neil Douglas and Fergal Durcan celebrate their Mayo SFC victory over Breaffy at MacHale Park, Castlebar, last month. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The feeling in Castlebar appears to be that whereas it’s a long way back to 1993 and the club’s last Connacht final success no-one would have foreseen(...)

Castlebar’s captain Donal Newcombe lifts the Moclair Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Castlebar Mitchels 1-11 Breaffy 0-8The 20-year wait for Castlebar Mitchels ended at MacHale Park, Castlebar, yesterday where Pat Holmes’s team finally(...)

Andy Moran at the Mayo team’s press night at the Breaffy Hotel in Castlebar during the week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

MINUTES after Mayo had beaten Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final of 2006, an elated Mickey Moran recalled a conversation that he had with Andy Moran(...)

Clare’s Noel Roche in action against Kerry during the 1992 Munster football final when they created a major shock by winning the Munster title. Photo: Inpho

What goes up must come down. Twenty years ago, as tomorrow, Cork footballers travelled to Clare for a championship fixture but circumstances could har(...)