A Fermanagh fan cheers on her team during Sunday’s quarter-final against Dublin in Croke Park. “They were 10 points down with 15 minutes go to and you would think they were the team winning.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

I found what happened in Croke Park this weekend to be eerie and genuinely disturbing. It made me fear for the game. The gap between the elite coun(...)

Darren McCurry tries to shrug off the attentions of Sligo’s Niall Murphy as Tyrone booked their place in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“It’s the place to be,” says Mickey Harte, after guiding Tyrone to an All-Ireland football quarter-final for the 10th time in 13 seasons. Even if n(...)

Could Jim McGuinness, Jim Gavin or  Éamonn Fitzmaurice, above,  win an All-Ireland if put in charge of Cavan, Sligo, Tipperary or Meath? The answer is, I believe, emphatically no. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I was asked recently if the role of the manager has expanded in the past 10 years. I was flanked by Peter Canavan and Jim McGuinness. Also happened to(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For once, it’s not the winning management who we go chasing with our dictaphones after the final whistle. Oh, we dutifully talk to Noel Connelly and P(...)

Aidan O’Shea scored a hattrick as Mayo thrashed Sligo to in their fifth Connacht title in a row. Photograph: Inpho

Sligo 2-11 Mayo 6-25 There comes a point on a day like this when numbers start to lose their meaning. Still, for what it’s worth and to satisfy the re(...)

Donal Vaughan and Ger Cafferkey are both back in the Mayo line-up. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The most obvious windows of opportunity for Sligo would appear to be bolted shut going into tomorrow’s Connacht final. They were the last county to d(...)

Sligo’s Cian Breheny has been in good form since his move to midfield. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sligo’s young midfield duo may well have been the catalysts for a mid-season turnaround but their shortcomings under the kickout cannot be ignored. T(...)

David Kelly, seen here getting the better of Roscommon’s Seán McDermott, was part of a two-man full-forward line for Sligo on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sitting in Markievicz Park on Saturday evening brought to life this little debate I had been having with myself leading into the championship. I was w(...)

Adrian Marren scores a goal for Sligo from the penalty spot against Roscommon in the Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final at Markievicz Park at the weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Sligo officials have been left with an awkward decision over where the Connacht final should be played. They can either travel for over two hours to g(...)

Sligo’s David Kelly claims the ball ahead of Roscommon’s Seán McDermott during the Connacht SFC semi-final  at  Markievicz Park. Photo:  James Crombie/Inpho

Sligo 1-14 Roscommon 0-13 Adrian Marren fired Sligo into the Connacht senior football final as the home side shocked Roscommon at Markievicz Pa(...)