Dublin’s James McCarthy, Rory O’Carroll and Philly McMahon tackle Kieran Donaghy of Kerry during yesterday’s All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For a long time, this game was talking out of both sides of its mouth. You had a hunch that Dublin had more about them but the scoreboard kept telling(...)

Tyrone’s Ryan McMenamin in action against Kerry’s Declan O’Sullivan during an All-Ireland qualifier match in 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Years ago, around the time of some other Tyrone outrage, it came time to talk to Ryan McMenamin. For all that he was the onfield embodiment of everyth(...)

Tempers flare between Donegal and Tyrone players during Sunday’s intense Ulster Championship match. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

In Ventry last weekend, they had a big crowd down to unveil a statue of P Ó Sé himself. A rake of his old teammates were there, plenty of locals, p(...)

Owen Mulligan with his long-time manager and mentor, Tyrone boss Mickey Harte. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

If you leave out the fight with the paint scraper and the bar owner’s reproach at the smashed windows (‘I’m sorry Mugsy, I can’t stand by you this tim(...)

Tyrone defenders swarm around a Kerry player during the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Tyrone won 0-13 to 0-6 and went on to defeat Armagh in the final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pat Spillane didn’t know what he was going to say but he knew he was going to say something. Knew he had to. Knew he needed to place on public record (...)

The beard is lighter now, wispy almost. The cheekbones are still narrow though and the hoodie hangs loose over a pinball-machine frame. The ult(...)