Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh gets his shot away despite the attempted block of Sligo’s Brian Curran during the  All-Ireland Round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tyrone 0-21 Sligo 0-14 The masters of the qualifiers come again, Tyrone now back in the All-Ireland football quarter-finals for the 11th time in 15 se(...)

Tyrone’s Peter Harte scores from the penalty spot against Meath in Round 2B of the All-reland SFC last month. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho.

While it isn’t in the least bit odd that Tyrone are still standing now that the Croke Park end of the summer has come around, it is slightly curiou(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly will be in action for the Leinster champions against Fermanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Husk by husk, grain by grain, the championship winnows down. After the four games this weekend – and assuming we’re spared replays – only five more wi(...)

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(...)