Donegal captain Michael Murphy caused Galway’s defence plenty of problems during the  All-Ireland round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

For the Donegal footballer coming to Croke Park is an explainable joy. They have climbed from the northern trenches where Tyrone, Armagh, Derry and Mo(...)

Colm McFadden looks on as Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty scores his side’s opening goal at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal 3-12 Galway 0-11 Twenty eight scoreless minutes notwithstanding, the growing theory that Donegal are a team past their peak can be mome(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy under pressure from from Vinny Corey and Darren Hughes of Monaghan during the Ulster final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Michael Murphy will sit out of Saturday afternoon’s All-Ireland Round 4 qualifier game with Galway, according to former Donegal forward Brendan Dev(...)

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(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly will be in action for the Leinster champions against Fermanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Husk by husk, grain by grain, the championship winnows down. After the four games this weekend – and assuming we’re spared replays – only five more wi(...)

Michael Murphy: wasn’t moveing with his usual freedom for Donegal in the Ulster final against Monaghan. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

How quickly perceptions shift. If Donegal had managed to scrape past Monaghan in what was a cagey, claustrophobic Ulster final, the general vie(...)

Ryan McHugh of Donegal in action against Monaghan’s Darren Hughes during the Ulster SFC Final in Clones. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ryan McHugh calls. Or rather, he calls back. “Sorry, hi. Just on another call there.” Which he was, to The Irish Times in fact. He’s replying to a (...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy was much less influential against Monaghan than he had been in previous games in Ulster. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Possession in Gaelic football has never been more significant – the battle to keep it, now as much as winning it. In consecutive weekends domin(...)

Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath must now prepare his players for Dublin and not Kerry. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Confusion reigned in the aftermath of Fermanagh’s victory over Westmeath on Saturday as Pete McGrath’s victorious players wrongly presumed next Sun(...)

Karl Lacey has been ruled out of Donegal’s All ireland qualifier against Galway. Photograph: Inpho

Karl Lacey has been ruled out of Donegal’s All-Ireland qualifier clash with Galway on Saturday because of a knee injury. The four-time All Star defend(...)