Dessie Mone: “There’s a group of us there who have been around a long time and we sat down and said that we really had a responsibility to try and get Monaghan back competing with the bigger counties. We couldn’t all walk away.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In a small county, it doesn’t take a huge amount of erosion for the cliff to topple into the sea. For the prime years of Dessie Mone’s intercounty car(...)

Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan: “The boys made it clear that the door is never closed for anyone.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan says the door remains open for team-mate and fellow All-Ireland winner Mark McHugh, who left the county panel the week(...)

Seán Armstrong of Galway challenges Cork’s Graham Canty during their All-Ireland SFC Qualifier game at Croke Park.  Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork 1-17 Galway 1-16 Saved by experience and muscle memory, Cork immediately lose such advantages for the repeat of the 2010 All-Ireland semi-final a(...)

Ten Corkmen fail to keep Michael Meehan’s late free out of the net but it wasn’t enought for Galway. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork 1-17 Galway 1-16: Saved by experience here, Cork will not be able to tap into that advantage when facing Dublin in a repeat of the 2010 All-Irel(...)

Galway’s Danny Cummins celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal with Michael Martin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 1-11 Armagh 0-9Galway manager Alan Mulholland felt the tough outings they had against Tipperary and Waterford served them well going into this (...)

Armagh’s Brendan Donaghy and Stephen Harold follow Thomas Flynn of Galway at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 1-11 Armagh 0-09: Free-scoring Armagh saw their All-Ireland campaign come to an abrupt halt against Galway at Pearse Stadium this evening.The O(...)

Armagh’s Jamie Clarke could enjoy a productive evening against Galway’s fullback line.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Galway v Armagh Pearse Stadium, 5pm The only other time these two counties met in the championship was a Croke Park qualifier back in 2001. Galway won(...)

Tyrone’s Mickey Harte and Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney will pit their wits against one another again  this weekend

A Joe Kernan interview seems apt this week. The only counties he has managed, Armagh and Galway, must fight to the death in Pearse Stadium. Elsewhere,(...)

Waterford’s Shane Aherne dives in to block down  Danny Cummins of Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

GALWAY 1-12 WATERFORD 0-14: Galway manager Alan Mulholland admitted he was relieved after Michael Meehan blasted home a late goal to stave off the sho(...)

Clare manager Mick O’Dwyer in the dugout during the qualifier game against Laois at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland football qualifiers: Clare manager Mick O’Dwyer confirmed that he will step down from the post following his side’s 0-10 to 3-17 loss to L(...)