Wexford’s Ciarán Lyng battles for possession with  Padraig McMahon and Peter O’Leary of Laois during Sunday’s All-Ireland senior football qualifier at  Wexford Park, Wexford. Photograph: Inpho

Laois 0-18 Wexford 0-17 For much of this game it looked as if Wexford would edge their way to victory until a 69th-minute Niall Donoher point (...)

Dessie Mone: “There’s a group of us there who have been around a long time and we sat down and said that we really had a responsibility to try and get Monaghan back competing with the bigger counties. We couldn’t all walk away.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In a small county, it doesn’t take a huge amount of erosion for the cliff to topple into the sea. For the prime years of Dessie Mone’s intercounty car(...)

 Michael Darragh Macauley fires home Leinster’s second goal during the Leinster SFC quarter-final against Laois at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 2-21 Laois 0-16: It took them a while to get the ship pointed in the right direction but in the end Dublin’s progress was pretty smooth at Crok(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley in action in during the National League final against Derry. The midfielder will face an intriguing battle against Laois’s John O’Loughllin. Photo:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

For a game that has Dublin down as 1/40 favourites with some of the more attention-seeking bookmakers, the history of this fixture contains far fewer(...)

Ross Munnelly of Laois wins the ball ahead of Wicklow’s  Rory Finn at Aughrim. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Laois 0-21 Wicklow 1-11Strange how so pretty a setting can serve up something so mundane. Aughrim seems such a natural playground for football, even i(...)

Wicklow’s Paul McLoughlin shows his disappointment at the end of the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Laois 0-21 Wicklow 1-11Laois have set themselves up with a glamour clash against All-Ireland champions Dublin after easing past Wicklow in the drizzli(...)

Ross Munnelly provides some quality up front for Laois. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

LEINSTER SFC FIRST ROUNDWicklow v Laois, AughrimSunday, 3.30If Harry Murphy and Tomás Ó Flatharta are keen on flying under the radar, they will have b(...)

Donncha O’Connor of Cork in action against Hugh McGrillen of Kildare at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Dublin continued to hit the ground running in their defence of the Allianz National League Division One title. Having opened their campaign with a na(...)

Laois midfielder Padraig Clancy: played 14 years for his county: Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

New Laois manager Tomás Ó Flatharta must plan for 2014 without the county’s most experienced player with the announcement that Padraig Clancy has reti(...)

Ireland’s Ciarán Kilkenny and Lewis Jetta of Austailia take a tumble during the second International Rules Test on Saturday in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland (6-22-14) 116Australia (2-7-4) 37Ireland win the series 173-72The scale of the challenge facing the GAA and AFL if their talks on reconstructi(...)