Dublin’s Dermot Connolly is grabbed by Donegal’s Neil McGee following an incident that resulted in a straight red card for Connolly. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

In the furore that surrounded the Dublin-Donegal championship match of three years ago perspective counted for a lot. For some there was fascination i(...)

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness: “We’ll need to be on our toes from the first minute against Dublin. We’ll need to implement our own game plan from the very first minute.”

Maybe 2011 still matters. Jim McGuinness seems to be employing the same philosophy; the attempted shaping of a sport that leaves itself open to manip(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue and Keith Higgins of Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

By half-time, yesterday’s GAA All-Ireland football semi-final had proceeded in conformity with the dampish-squib nature of this year’s football champi(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly is a current part of an intercounty set-up that has dominated in Leinster for the past decade. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In the past four years the All-Ireland football championship has changed. Back in 2010, all four provincial champions were eliminated in the quarter-(...)

Mayo’s Chris Barrett tackles  Eddie Hoare of Galway during the Connacht final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo 3-14 Galway 0-16 Even if the ultimate ambition eludes them, this generation of Mayo footballer’s distinguished an era of remarkable commitment a(...)

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 (...)

A section of the crowd at Cork versus Kerry in the 1976 Munster football final.

It could only have been conceived in Cork and in the decades since it has come to embody all of the charms and peculiarities of that county. The ov(...)

Current Down manager James McCartan in action during the 1994 All-Ireland final against Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

And in a blink of the eye, it’s the championship. Until the provincial contests are nicely under way and generating talking points, we normally just h(...)

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness: “This is about football and it is about a big, big game for us.” Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has raised concerns about the likely consequences of the black card in this year’s All-Ireland football championship. L(...)

Allianz Hurling League Division One  final, Semple Stadium: Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan under pressure from Michael Cahill, Cathal Barrett and Brendan Maher of Tipperary. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

What a difference a year can make. It’s been remarked on in the aftermath of Sunday’s hurling league final between Kilkenny and Tipperary that whereas(...)