The Ulster SFC final between Monaghan and Donegal this year made for unpleasant viewing. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

We are remorselessly reassured of Gaelic football’s evolution. There’s a presumption of advancement in that. So whatever else modern-day Gaelic foo(...)

Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh in action against Tipperary in Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Tyrone are a young superpower in football terms. They were never really a dominant force in Ulster in the past, with their first All-Ireland only arr(...)

Tyrone’s Conor Clarke holds off the challenge of Tipperary’s Alan Campbell during the qualifier at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Tyrone 0-19 Tipperary 0-7 In Semple stadium, of all places, Tipperary’s promising football summer ended with a 0-12 to 0-1 second half blitz.(...)

Sean Cavanagh helped Tyrone to a comfortable win over Tipperary in Thurles. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary 0-7 Tyrone 0-19 Tipperary manager Peter Creedon stepped down in the wake of this 12 point defeat after four seasons in charge. Creedon cited(...)

Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe in action against  Waterford’s Austin Gleeson in the Division 1A relegation play-off which Dublin won at Walsh Park last year. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Dublin face Waterford back in Thurles on Sunday week in a double-bill which also sees Cork taking on Galway in the All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals (...)

“Even when you win things, you have mediocre days,” says Mickey Harte. Photograph: Andrew Paton/ Presseye/Inpho

It’s too soon for the 2008 comparison in Tyrone. Knocked out of the Ulster quarter-finals by Down, that summer Mickey Harte’s men went on this stor(...)

Richie Donnelly of Tyrone is well marked by  Michael Newman of Meath during the  All-Ireland SFC Round 2B Qualifier at Healy Park in Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Tyrone 1-10 Meath 0-11 Three summers into Seán Boylan’s 23 year stewardship of Meath football Laois beat them by 10 points. Boylan looked a spent forc(...)

This is where Colm Cooper is used to being, in the Kerry starting XV. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ah, the bench. Is there a more complex or analysed piece of furniture in the entire catalogue of GAA interior and exterior decor? Thursday night’s new(...)

Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty moves in to challenge Tyrone goalscorer Peter Harte during the qualifier clash at Healy Park, Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Tyrone 1-14 Limerick 0-8 Ring-rusty Tyrone are back on the road, having seen off Limerick with the minimum of fuss and an economy of style at Healy P(...)

Tyrone’s Ronan O’Neill in action against Donegal. The side will benefit from the introduction of him at centre forward, assuming the team starts as selected. Photograph: Inpho

Even in the era of the qualifiers it’s increasingly rare for the championship to throw up new pairings but this meeting of Tyrone and Limerick at O(...)