Rory Gallagher was always likely to be in the frame to succeed Jim McGuinness, despite their abrupt parting of the ways. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

“I remember my first year in with the Fermanagh seniors and Tyrone had just annihilated us the previous year in Omagh,” says Rory Gallagher. “They wer(...)

Donegal’s Colm McFadden holds off Cork defenders during the All-Ireland semi-final in 2012. The meetings between the sides have been important staging posts in their respective fortunes over the last six years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

It is easy to forget, now that Dublin seem to be All-Ireland favourites for always and evermore, that not too long ago Cork were regarded as the smart(...)

It was Donaghy’s sixth All Ireland final. It was his fourth win. It was his fourth goal. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It had to be him. Time and tides and dramatic arcs decreed it. When the doors were finally blown off this All Ireland final, it somehow felt inevitabl(...)

Armagh’s Kevin Dyas: his athleticism reminds you of why he was an attractive proposition for AFL scouts as a teenager. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The absolute drizzling pity of Armagh’s strop with the scribbling nibs of the press room has nothing to do with column inches devoted to them or what(...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon: an example of how good Dublin are at winning primary possession. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wow. It’s not easy to find words that best describe Dublin’s victory in Croke Park, because I haven’t seen a Leinster final of such sustained pace and(...)

Monaghan’s Cormac McManus will pose a huge threat to Donegal in the Ulster final. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

They might be giants. In what seems like the blink of an eye, Malachy O’Rourke has transformed a Monaghan team with a great future behind it into a s(...)

Darach O’Connor scores Donegal’s second goal in the  Ulster SFC  semi-final against Antrim in Clones.  Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Donegal 3-16 Antrim 0-12 Donegal overcame a stubborn first half by Antrim to march into their fourth successive Ulster final on a low-key afternoon in(...)

Aggression and attitude: Down’s Conor Laverty fends off Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh during their drawn Ulster quarter-final at Celtic 	Park, Derry. Photograph: Inpho

Tyrone v Down, Down v Tyrone. Two games in six days, both of them tense and physical and hard-fought all the way. Real Ulster Championship stuff, m(...)

Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan celebrates with his  captain Michael Murphy after the final whistle at Celtic Park.

Everything we’ll watch between now and the first week of August in the football championship will be processed through the prism of Dublin - they’re t(...)

Donegal defender Karl Lacey tackles Derry’s Seán Leo McGoldrick during Sunday’s Ulster quarter-final at Celtic Park, Derry. Photograph: Inpho

A small group of youngsters stood around Karl Lacey at Celtic Park in the minutes after Sunday’s absorbing Ulster quarter-final against Derry. It w(...)