GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 21/9/2014Donegal vs KerryDonegal’s manager Jim McGuinnessMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

It was near four in the morning when he got back to Glasgow after Celtic’s trip to Norway for their Europa League game with Molde, and then there w(...)

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 (...)

Ryan McHugh of Donegal in action against Monaghan’s Darren Hughes during the Ulster SFC Final in Clones. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ryan McHugh calls. Or rather, he calls back. “Sorry, hi. Just on another call there.” Which he was, to The Irish Times in fact. He’s replying to a (...)

Dublin’s Kevin Nolan: the former All Star decided to spend his summer in the United Stares. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Every day it seems we’re reading about the latest batch of young, talented GAA players heading over to the US, but believe it or not there have bee(...)

Rory Kavanagh and current Derry manager Brian McIver celebrate Donegal’s National League final victory over Mayo in 2007. Given the transformation of Donegal football, the win has been reduced to a footnote, but it was only the county’s second senior national title. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In April 2007, Brian McIver brought his Donegal team to Croke Park to play in that year’s National League showdown. Donegal had spent most of the deca(...)

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates with his players after winning the Sam Maguire in 2012. Photograph: Inpho

The decision of Jim McGuinness to step down as Donegal football manager brings to an end a remarkable four years, not just in the county’s history (...)

Donegal’s Kevin Cassidy and Dublin’s Bryan Cullen during the 2011 All-Ireland football semi-final. “Yeah, it’s definitely an All-Ireland that we let slip.” says Cassidy.

It’s well established that Jim McGuinness and Kevin Cassidy have an uneasy history. Cassidy, Donegal’s two-time All Star wing back, contributed(...)

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(...)

Waterford manager Niall Carew with Kieran McGeeney during his time as a selector with Kildare.

This weekend’s football qualifiers will see many eyes drawn to Omagh and the cross-county line contest between Tyrone and Armagh but Newry also stages(...)

“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(...)