Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has always favoured players who are instinctively going to do the right thing in tight spots, and won’t tolerate players who make handling errors. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All week in Kerry, the conversations have started in the same way. I was at two funerals and the chat was the same at them both. Not just that, the to(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has certainly mastered the qualifier route. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tyrone’s 14 seasons of qualifier prowess All Hail Tyrone, kings of the qualifiers. In beating Sligo by 0-21 to 0-14 on Saturday, they racked up their (...)

Raymie Johnston of Fermanagh in full flight against Mayo. Photograph: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Fermanagh’s B All-Ireland success under the late Pat King. The competition was organised with good intenti(...)

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(...)

Tyrone under-21 selector Peter Canavan doesn’t coach or condone cynical play. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

A far more cynical affair is expected when Tyrone face Donegal in the preliminary round of the Ulster football championship on May 17th than what was(...)

Roscommon’s Ronan Daly surrounded by the Tyrone defence during the Red Hand’s semi-final win at Markievicz Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tyrone 0-17 Roscommon 0-12Tyrone U-21 manager Feargal Logan commended the grassroots effort in the county that is coming to fruition in his All-Irelan(...)

Dublin Manager Dessie Farrell has a  formidable looking side as they prepare to take on Tipperary in Tullamore. Photograph: Inpho

After making a grand total of five Munster under-21 finals in the first 44 years of the competition, Tipperary have been in seven of the last nine. Th(...)

Peter Canavan’s Tyrone won the Ulster under-21 title with a narrow win over Donegal. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

Peter Canavan has described criticism of Mickey Harte and Tyrone in recent weeks as “unfair” and says things are not as bleak in the county as has be(...)

 Sky’s Sports pundit Peter Canavan (centre), flanked by former Kerry footballer Darragh Ó Sé and presenter and former Ireland rugby international  Brian Carney (right). Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Bewilderment; can be summed up by a British tweeter’s attempts at watching the debut of Gaelic Games on Sky Sports last summer. “Is this r(...)

 Slaughtneill’s Christopher Bradley holds on to the ball under pressure from  Cavan Gaels’  Michael Lyng. Photo: Russell Pritchard/Inpo

Slaughtneil 0-11 Cavan Gaels 0-9 Derry champions Slaughtneil survived a second-half comeback from Cavan Gaels, with a little help from Seanie Johnsto(...)