Austin Stacks manager Stephen Stack celebrates with Kieran Donaghy after the final whistle in the Munster club final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kieran Donaghy was a steaming mass of Deep Heat by the time we got to him. The end of the year hadn’t come a day too soon – his back hurt, his legs hu(...)

Ireland’s David Moran training with Ross Munnelly ahead of Saturday’s Test match with Australia. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Ireland team had an extended and at times impressive work-out for Saturday’s international rules test in Patersons Stadium, Perth last night. Kerr(...)

Nicholas Walsh trains Ireland International Rules squad ahead of Saturday’s Test in Perth. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There are very few in the Ireland set-up with as long an acquaintance with International Rules as conditioning coach Nicholas Walsh. As a teenager an(...)

A crestfallen Neil McGee of Donegal sits on the pitch at Croke Park following the All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the semi-finals Donegal’s much-referenced system derailed a Dublin team regarded as shoo-ins for back-to-back All-Irelands and made the winners cle(...)

Kerry’s David Moran with Jason Doherty and Cillian O’Connor of Mayo. Moran’s display in midfield was a huge plus factor for Kerry. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In all my years playing and watching Kerry football it’s hard to recall a game of such nervous excitement as witnessed at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturd(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue, as closely marked as he was by Keith Higgins last week, still won 22 possessions. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Venues don’t actually matter a toss in championship football, and once that ball is thrown in at the Gaelic Grounds this evening, the only thing the p(...)

 Mayo’s Lee Keegan and Kerry’s Peter Crowley have influential roles to play at Croke Park on Sunday. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Declan O’Sullivan’s inability to make the starting line-up totally changes the dynamic of this All-Ireland semi-final. Éamonn Fitzmaurice has made it (...)

There is no easy or deliberate way of peaking for an All-Ireland football final, and for Mayo that’s what this summer is all about. All year I’ve g(...)

A section of the crowd at Cork versus Kerry in the 1976 Munster football final.

It could only have been conceived in Cork and in the decades since it has come to embody all of the charms and peculiarities of that county. The ov(...)

A last link with the Kerry team that competed in the famous 1947 Polo Grounds match in New York has been broken with the death of Frank O’Keeffe, aged(...)