Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin never experienced sledging on a hurling field in the course of a glittering career. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In a game played with sticks it’s less likely that names will ever hurt you, although in his 16 years of intercounty hurling, Henry Shefflin was never(...)

Tyrone’s Ronan McNabb gets to grips with Donegal’s Michael Murphy during their Ulster clash last Sunday.

There were eerie flashbacks watching the video of Sunday’s Ulster championship match between Donegal and Tyrone. For whatever reason, every time I go (...)

Referee Joe McQullian books Donegal’s Neil Gallagher and Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh following one of the many incidents during the Ulster SFC clash  at Ballybofey. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

Sometimes, it’s easier to get a football team to a match on time than it is a car full of young children. Myself and Yvonne were probably the last peo(...)

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh tackles Donegal’s  Odhrán MacNiallais during the Ulster SFC clash at Ballybofey. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

Seán Cavanagh pulls up his jersey to reveal several red scars down the front of his chest. At first glance they look like claw marks, as if he’s just (...)

Tempers flair between Donegal’s Neil Gallagher and Seán Cavanagh of Tyrone. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The hatred is alive and the hatred is well. One again in this incendiary rivalry, Donegal and Tyrone tumbled into one another as if life itself depend(...)

The RTE panel of Colm O’Rourke, Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane were back this weekend. Photo: Inpho

Summer might actually have been 17 days old by the time The Sunday Game kicked off yesterday, but, as we know, it doesn’t officially start until we he(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Tyrone’s Ronan McNabb exchange words during the Ulster senior championship match at Ballybofey, Donegal. Photograph: Inpho

There were passages during this endlessly fascinating war of minds and bodies when it seemed possible Mickey Harte was about to concoct another of tho(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Neil McGee with Justin McMahon of Tyrone during the Ulster SFC preliminary round game in  Ballybofey. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 1-10 At a windy and wet Mac Cumhaill Park, Donegal and Tyrone served up a prototype modern Ulster championship encounter. D(...)

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 manager and Celtic performance consultant Jim McGuinness. Photograph: Inpho Donegal manager and Celtic performance consultant Jim McGuinness. Photograph: Inpho

On a wintry Sunday in March, Jim McGuinness found himself back in the old familiar place but looking on from somewhere entirely new. Ballybofey: Tyron(...)