Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty celebrates scoring the opening goal with Colm McFadden during the  All-Ireland  Round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal 3-12 Galway 0-11 Now, what about that 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final when Mayo decimated a jaded Donegal? It should be closer next Saturday as(...)

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(...)

Monaghan’s Karl O’Connell, seen here battling for possession with James McEnroe, showed a brilliant burst of power and pace to break through the Cavan defence and score a point. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So that’s it, I suppose? No more sledging. All sorted. The Cavan v Monaghan game on Sunday passed by without any incident. Nothing on camera, no compl(...)

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(...)

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh and Donegal’s Michael Murphy in action during their Allianz League Division One match at Ballybofey, Co Donegal. Photograph: Inpho

The big lift-off to this year’s football championship comes on Sunday with the meeting of Tyrone and Donegal, who between them have won five of the la(...)

John Montague: one of Ireland’s most internationally recognised poets. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

To mark Poetry Day Ireland, a country-wide celebration of poetry on Thursday May 7th, The Irish Times is publishing Bird Boy, a new poem by John Mon(...)

Poet Martin Dyar and Cúirt festival director Dani Gill unveil a plaque at the east bank of the Salmon Weir Bridge in Galway city which recalls time spent there by WB Yeats, George Moore and Edward Martyn. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway city’s association withWB Yeats and George Moore and an infamous late-night crubeen cafe known as ‘The Kasbah’ have been commemorated with two (...)

All Start Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan has completed his switch to Ballyboden. Photograph: Inpho

Donegal’s All Star goalkeeper Paul Durcan has completed his transfer to Dublin club Ballyboden St Enda’s.The much-touted move was completed on Friday,(...)

Donegal’s Martin McElhinney in action against Mayo’s  Donal Vaughan last weekend. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Everything has changed since these teams met in early February on a day of driving winds in Ballyshannon. Cork suffered a rare defeat then, oppressed(...)