Donegal manager Jim McGuinness: “We’ll need to be on our toes from the first minute against Dublin. We’ll need to implement our own game plan from the very first minute.”

Maybe 2011 still matters. Jim McGuinness seems to be employing the same philosophy; the attempted shaping of a sport that leaves itself open to manip(...)

Galway’s Fiontán Ó Curraoin climbs highest to claim the ball during the Connacht SFC semi-final clash against Sligo at  Markievicz Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 0-16 Sligo 0-11Some natural order restored at Markievicz Park as Galway booked their place in the Connacht football final for the first time in(...)

Ireland’s Ciarán Kilkenny and Lewis Jetta of Austailia take a tumble during the second International Rules Test on Saturday in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland (6-22-14) 116Australia (2-7-4) 37Ireland win the series 173-72The scale of the challenge facing the GAA and AFL if their talks on reconstructi(...)

Zach Touhy of Ireland celebrates scoring his side’s first goal with Ross Munnelly. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

IRELAND 57 AUSTRALIA 35It’s the way of the international rules series these days that the actual matches have been overtaken as talking points by the(...)

Alan Freeman celebrates scoring Mayo’s  goal  from a penalty in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

MAYO 1-16 TYRONE 0-13: Mayo’s much feared dreadnought rolled into Croke Park yesterday for the first GAA All-Ireland football semi-final. Under Mickey(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea react after a foul by Tyrone’s Colm Cavanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

James Horan would have found out more about his team during yesterday’s 70 minutes than all their other matches this year. They were tested, they stru(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea tackles Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone during the All-Ireland football semi-final, a foul which resulted in a yellow card. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When defending the tactics of his Tyrone players, specifically Seán Cavanagh, after the Monaghan game Mickey Harte called for a forensic examination o(...)

Mayo’s Alan Freeman celebrates scoring their  goal from a penalty in the All-Ireland Senior Fotball Championship semi-final against Tyrone at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo 1-16 Tyrone 0-13: It took them a while to get motoring and then it was all one-way traffic, Mayo eventually easing their way back into a successi(...)

Meath’s Séamus Kenny fends  off the challenge of Brian Malone of Wexford at Croke Park.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Meath 0-18 Wexford 0-13: Meath survived a first half spent mainly on the back foot and finished strongly to reach a second successive Leinster footbal(...)

The beard is lighter now, wispy almost. The cheekbones are still narrow though and the hoodie hangs loose over a pinball-machine frame. The ult(...)