Using Barry Moran  as a defensive sweeper against Donegal to negate the influence of Michael Murphy was a bold statement by Mayo’s joint managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There is an appropriate symmetry in Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly being the joint-architects of the innovative tactical plan which has been the most ey(...)

Dublin manager Jim gavin has described Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea as the “form player in Ireland at the moment”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Jim Gavin describes Aidan O’Shea as “the form player in Ireland at the moment”, he’s not just deftly talking up the opposition. If Dublin are (...)

Key men: Aidan O’Shea offers Mayo a new attacking dimension while Cian O’Sullivan is Dublin’s designated sweeper. Photograph: Inpho

Watching the images of Galway’s victory in the hurling semi-final brought to mind the similarities between their perennial quest for All-Ireland fulfi(...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee is unable to prevent Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea breaking free to score the opening goal in last Saturday’s  All-Ireland Gaelic Football quarter-final  in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There was a poignant moment at the end of the Mayo-Donegal game on Saturday. I was looking down at the teams coming off the field and Mayo were being (...)

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearthy closes in on Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“Who else do you want to be playing?” said Keith Higgins, throwing the question right back at us. So Mayo-Dublin comes to pass, certainly answering so(...)

It will be interesting to see whether Donegal follow Mayo forward Aidan O’Shea or operate a more zonal approach in their defence. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Mayo v Donegal Croke Park, Saurday 6.0, Live Sky Sports 5 The great debate on the competing merits of “hard” and “easy(...)

A crowd of 58,680 were present for Sunday’s All-Ireland football championship double header. Photograph: Inpho

Capital crowds The announcement in Croke Park on Sunday that the attendance was 58,680 drew an acerbic response from one of the more ‘seasoned’ member(...)

Aidan O’Shea scored a hattrick as Mayo thrashed Sligo to in their fifth Connacht title in a row. Photograph: Inpho

Sligo 2-11 Mayo 6-25 There comes a point on a day like this when numbers start to lose their meaning. Still, for what it’s worth and to satisfy the re(...)

Mayo’s defensive shortcomings were exposed by the manner of Gary Sice’s goal for Galway on Sunday at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

One of the tantalising questions of every recent All-Ireland championship has also been one of the hardest to answer: can Mayo win the All-Ireland? O(...)

Heavy security  outside the Special Criminal Court in Dublin for the arrival of  Nathan Killeen in   February  2013. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Convicted murderer Nathan Killeen has launched a High Court challenge against a decision of the prison authorities to place him in solitary confinemen(...)