Mayo’s defeat to Cork last weekend was overshadowed somewhat by the controversy regarding Lee Keegan’s concussion at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday (All matches 2pm unless stated) Allianz League Division One Mayo v Dublin, McHale Park, 7.0 – Viewed in a certain way it possibly suits(...)

Pat Flanagan: determined to lead his native Offaly to higher ground: “I’ve always said Offaly have serious potential.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“I like to set out my stall at the start of every campaign and Offaly’s ambition is promotion, absolutely,” says Pat Flanagan – before promptly addin(...)

Pat Flanagan with his Offaly team. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Pat Flanagan is painting a picture of Offaly football and it’s not pretty: Dublin are pulling irretrievably away from them and the rest of Lein(...)

Eoghan O’Flaherty goal gave Kildare some breathing space against Offaly. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Kildare 1-15 Offaly 1-13 Pat Flanagan bemoaned what he claimed was a common absence of fair play for “so-called lower teams” after Offaly’s narrow def(...)

Niall McNamee has been the talisman for Offaly since the mid-2000s. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This isn’t a bad draw for either team although both are undermined by injury concerns. The main task for Kildare is psychological in that turning a(...)

Donie Kingston scores a goal for Laois during the county’s defeat to Kildare in the Leinster SFC. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/ Inpho.

London v Cavan (extra-time if necessary) Venue: Ruislip, 2.0 Referee: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon) Of the eight teams in qualifier action today, Cavan ar(...)

Ronan McEntire of Longford competes for the ball with Offaly’s Johnny Moloney during the Leinster SFC first-round match at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Down in the weeds, you spend most if your life tangled and trapped. If Saturday night in Tullamore taught us one thing, it was that teams from down th(...)

Longford’s Brian Kavanagh gets ahead of Johnny Moloney of Offaly during the Leinster Senior Football Championship first round game at Pearse Park on May 18th, 2014. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Leinster Senior Football Championship Round One Offaly v Longford Saturday, O’Connor Park, 7pm The pall that has settled over Longford(...)

The Dublin team make their way to Hill 16 in 2006 after Mayo choose to warm-up in front of it. Photograph: Inpho

It is coming up on nine summers since the footballers of Mayo attempted an impromptu eviction of Dublin’s sense of comfort in Croke Park by running ou(...)

Offaly’s Nigel Dunne celebrates scoring a goal against Longford. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Offaly 4-16 Longford 1-12 Frustrated Longford manager Jack Sheedy gave the “promise” of a strong response when the opportunity for revenge on Offaly i(...)