The Irish Hospitals’ Sweepstakes building in Ballsbridge in 1984: plans were being made for a State takeover of the company. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Garret FitzGerald initially backed the idea of nationalising the Irish Sweepstakes when he was taoiseach, despite its troubled financial history. A(...)

Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring his goal against Mayo in the All-Ireland final on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

Kerry forward Kieran Donaghy says he has no intention of retiring after Sunday’s All-Ireland win over Donegal, as long as his body doesn’t object.‘Sta(...)

It was Donaghy’s sixth All Ireland final. It was his fourth win. It was his fourth goal. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It had to be him. Time and tides and dramatic arcs decreed it. When the doors were finally blown off this All Ireland final, it somehow felt inevitabl(...)

 Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring Kerry’s second goal in the All-Ireland SFC Final against Donegal at Croke Park. Photograph:   Morgan Treac/Inpho

Kerry 2-9 Donegal 0-12It might be the most unlikely All-Ireland of Kerry’s illustrious history but few can have tasted as sweet. Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s (...)

Monaghan’s Dessie Mone: could be largely confined to defensive duties against Dublin’s rampant attack. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I read with interest Niall Moyna’s comments here during the week on the likely physical impact on Monaghan of last week’s qualifier win over Kildare b(...)

Donegal’s Neil Gallagher attempts to block Derry’s Ryan Bell during the  Ulster SFCquarter-final Celtic Park in Derry. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal 1-11 Derry 0-11: Donegal reaffirmed their Ulster credentials with a powerful second-half display at Celtic Park against Derry which was, in pl(...)

Pearse O’Neill: survivor from 2010 victory over Dublin.

In the three years since they last played in the football championship the winds of fortune may have shifted in Dublin’s favour, but there will still (...)

Donegal’s Ryan McHugh is tackled by Down’s Conor Laverty and Ryan Boyle at Kingspan Breffni Park last Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When we watch football these days, we can do one of two things. We can complain and moan that the modern game is an eyesore or we can really sit down (...)