Donegal’s Colm McFadden tries to evade Niall Holly and Oisin Duffy at Clones. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Neil Gallagher’s face is probably as good a synopsis as any. He has a scrape on his cheek, a trickle of claret from the bridge of his nose but still (...)

Martin O’Reilly scores  Donegal’s goal in the Ulster SFC semi-final against Derry at  St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Donegal 1-9 Derry 0-10 Clones on a Saturday night. If it ain’t quite the pits, it sure ain’t The Ritz. As Ulster semi-finals go, this fell some(...)

Louth players warm-up before their defeat to Westmeath in the first round of the Leinster championship  at the  Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda. Photograph: Inpho

Another fixture that might have been better balanced had Leitrim been first out of the hat although both counties will be meeting again in next year’s(...)

Mayo’s defensive shortcomings were exposed by the manner of Gary Sice’s goal for Galway on Sunday at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

One of the tantalising questions of every recent All-Ireland championship has also been one of the hardest to answer: can Mayo win the All-Ireland? O(...)

Donegal’s Karl Lacey with Aaron Findon and Aidan Forker of Armagh: their clash at the Athletics Grounds promises to be a hard-fought encounter. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Championship draws take place in a blur of optimism and expectation but many a long-term surprise sharpens into something a bit more predictable as(...)

Cork’s  Mark Collins: pierced the Dublin attack to score a goal in the league final at Croke Park. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dublin’s defence has certainly improved this year, but chinks remain in their armour particularly in terms of being caught out on the counter attac(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)