Fan-trained apple tree in fruit. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s apple season – in more ways than one – and as the orchard fruit has its moment, we look at ways to exploit its full potential. Domini Kemp com(...)

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

The starting point is worth repeating. In the autumn of 2010, Jim McGuinness took charge of a Donegal team who had been beaten to the point of perpetu(...)

Colm McFadden celebrates scoring Donegal’s  third goal in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The smart boys won. Smirking away down the back of the class, homework done to the last full stop. Donegal, the biggest underdogs in an All-Ireland(...)

 Donegal’s Ryan McHugh scores his first goal past Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17 After a spectacular eruption of near volcanic proportions the All-Ireland champions are gone – Donegal taking out Dubl(...)

Paddy Andrews and Bernard Brogan following Dublin’s victory over Monaghan in the quarter-final at Croke Park. “There are so many guys there to take your place. . . I’d say it’s a very good thing because it makes the team perform better.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Some things are constant, some things aren’t. We don’t know what the lifespan of this Dublin team will be and yet most of the country can reel off a h(...)

Champions Dublin are unlikely to show rivals Monaghan any quarter at Croke Park. Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Monaghan come to Croke Park this evening having had a good year. They might not have retained the Ulster title but have returned to Division One and (...)

 Delighted Donegal fans after the final whistle at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

It may only be a matter of time before Donegal’s emigrant stonemasons return to start chipping and hammering Jim McGuinness’s likeness into the side o(...)

Dublin’s Paul Flynn  during the team parade before the 2012 Leinster senior football final against Meath at  Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

The drum roll of forbidding statistics accompanying Sunday’s Leinster final is daunting from the point of view of Dublin’s opponents, Meath. The champ(...)

Paul Flynn: “In hindsight you might look back at 2012 and say we might have had our eye off the ball a tiny bit.” Photograph: Inpho

Paul Flynn turns 28 today, just 12 days out from this year’s Leinster final against Meath. He’s been part of two All-Ireland winning Dublin teams and (...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan battles with Wexford’s Graeme Molloy during the Leinster senior football semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin 2-25 Wexford 1-12 The city team’s brilliance now casts a shadow across all of Leinster. The All-Ireland champions posted the kind of score m(...)