Colm McFadden, seen here in action against Derry in the Ulster semi-final, is playing his best football since Donegal’s All-Ireland win. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

In the space of a few years these counties have passed milestones in Ulster football. Monaghan are in a third successive final for the first time in (...)

Ger Cunningham: former Cork coach is being linked with the Dublin job in succession to Anthony Daly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

As expected Anthony Cunningham was last night ratified as manager of the Galway hurlers for another two years. He has held the post for the past three(...)

Meath goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke holds on tight as Eoghan O’Gara and Diramuid Connolly move in in last year’s Leinster final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wherever and whenever football folk huddle in corners to give out about the Dubs getting to play all their games in Croke Park, it’s rare you’ll ever (...)

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(...)

Seán Armstrong of Galway challenges Cork’s Graham Canty during their All-Ireland SFC Qualifier game at Croke Park.  Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork 1-17 Galway 1-16 Saved by experience and muscle memory, Cork immediately lose such advantages for the repeat of the 2010 All-Ireland semi-final a(...)

Ten Corkmen fail to keep Michael Meehan’s late free out of the net but it wasn’t enought for Galway. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork 1-17 Galway 1-16: Saved by experience here, Cork will not be able to tap into that advantage when facing Dublin in a repeat of the 2010 All-Irel(...)