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(...)

UCC president Dr Michael Murphy. Photograph: UCC

State agencies and Government departments should be subjected to international peer review on a regular basis to ensure greater efficiency and effecti(...)

Aidan O’Shea in action for Mayo during their All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal at Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Aidan O’Shea may be a natural midfielder-turned-full-forward – but he has shown this summer that he has a lot more to offer at 14 than a plain aeri(...)

Mayo’s Barry Moran in action against Donegal. “It really is horses for courses. So what worked against Donegal obviously isn’t going to work against Dublin.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

“I came on and went off again that day,” Barry Moran says candidly of his championship debut against Dublin in that tumultuous Ireland semi-final won (...)

  Seán Cavanagh celebrates Tyrone’s victory over Monaghan with team-mates. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tyrone, Tyrone: who cannot take some sly delight from the irrepressible talent the Red Hand team has for the getting under the skin of the establishme(...)

Mayo’s Kevin Keane is red-carded by referee David Gough for striking Donegal’s Michael Murphy. The Central Hearings Committee has lifted the Mayo man’s subsequent suspension. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA disciplinary system has been left embarrassed by a series of reverses at this week’s meeting of the Central Hearings Committee, which resulted(...)

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(...)

Tyrone’s Mickey Harte: “It’s typical of our game indeed in general where you have lots of nit-picking going on and fault-finders and they think that’s their brief in life.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

No fact-sheet this time around for Tyrone, no fortright defence of their place in the world. At the Tyrone press night last evening in Garvaghy, Micke(...)

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 (...)

A dejected Dick Clerkin of Monaghan after the game against Tyrone. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Monaghan loss a dent to provincial allure How bitterly disappointing for Monaghan – Ulster champions yet their season is ultimately ended by an Ulste(...)