Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates with Neil  and Eamonn McGee after the victory over Dublin in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A few days after the Ulster final, Pat Shovelin dropped into the house just for a chat. I was down in the office and he popped his head round the d(...)

Mayo joint-managers Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes  stepped down on Friday night after a meeting of the Mayo county board executive. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The high point of Mayo’s football summer arrived as Aidan O’Shea gathered the brother’s long outfield ball shortly before half-time in the All-Ireland(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea will pose a huge threat to Dublin’s ambitions at  Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the morning after Mayo fed Donegal through the wood-chipper in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final, Aidan O’Shea was king of the world. Well, he was(...)

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(...)

Aidan O’Shea gets away from Donegal’s Neil McGee and Mark McHugh during Saturday’s quarter-final: the Mayo player passed a big test in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I was briefly talking to Joe Brolly after the Mayo-Donegal game on Saturday. Now, I have a lot of time for Joe but he talks some rubbish at times. Aft(...)

Dublin footballer Philly McMahon at the launch of the Griffith College certificate in dual career development in sport: he said he is capable of marking any player. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Philly McMahon hasn’t seen Aidan O’Shea play this summer. The Dublin corner back missed the goal in Croke Park last Saturday when O’Shea caught the ba(...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee can’t stop Aidan O’Shea of Mayo claim the ball on his way to scoring the opening goal Photo:INPHO/James Crombie

Mayo 2-13 Donegal 0-11  The remorseless application of all they have picked up in four previous years on the road, losing by fine margins,(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy in action against Monaghan’s Vinny Corey and Darren Hughes. It seemed to me Murphy played injured at Clones. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I arrived in Glasgow airport on Sunday and saw a few Donegal jerseys gathered around the bar as I reached the top of the escalator. I arrived when the(...)

Conor McManus guided Monaghan to a second Ulster football title in three years with victory over Donegal in Clones. Photograph: Inpho

Monaghan 0-11 Donegal 0-10 Sweet vindication. Summer arrived in mid-Ulster out of the blue and just as in the heatwave of two years ago, Monaghan beat(...)

Rory Kavanagh and current Derry manager Brian McIver celebrate Donegal’s National League final victory over Mayo in 2007. Given the transformation of Donegal football, the win has been reduced to a footnote, but it was only the county’s second senior national title. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In April 2007, Brian McIver brought his Donegal team to Croke Park to play in that year’s National League showdown. Donegal had spent most of the deca(...)