Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: his changes in the panel and backroom personnel  has raised optimism in the county. Photograph: Inpho

SATURDAY McKenna Cup final Derry v Tyrone, Athletic Grounds, 7.30 – Tyrone have been the driving force in this competition since it was resumed in(...)

 Andriú Mac Lochlainn finished with Kildare in 2012 at the age of 29. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The revolving door of intercounty stars is spinning off its hinges. Exiting this week was Kilkenny hurling forward Richie Power. Power is one of the l(...)

Ireland manager Joe Kernan chats with his captain Bernard Brogan in  Croke Park. Ireland will play Australia on November 21st. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All-Ireland football champions Dublin will be strongly represented on the Ireland team which takes on Australia in next month’s one-Test series – alth(...)

Dublin’s Brian Fenton: the midfielder follows up his man-of-the-match award in the All-Ireland final with a first All Star nomination. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Although there is no place for either Paul Flynn, who has been an All Star for the past four years, or captain Stephen Cluxton, who has not been no(...)

Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh: “You get the feeling within the squad at the moment that there is success to be had, and that helps drive you on.” Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Sean Cavanagh last night ended speculation over his future by confirming he will play for Tyrone next year. The 32-year-old former Footballer of the Y(...)

Tyrone’s Justin McMahon tussles with Kieran Donaghy. Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s dedcision to introduce Paul Geaney for Donaghy at half-time had the desired effect for Kerry.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tyrone players will be thinking about Sunday’s semi-final a lot in the months to come. They did so much right in Croke Park on Sunday and had a rea(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue jumps with joy following at the final whistle at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Well, Joe Brolly, what do you think of that? Last year’s booming riposte by Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy might well have served for all of Tyrone in the flo(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte was left ruing his side’s missed chances after they lost out to Kerry in the All-Ireland senior football championship semi-finals. Photo: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

Mickey Harte has never had a problem finding the point at which all the sound and fury dies away and all that is left are the brass tacks of thing. Hi(...)

  Seán Cavanagh celebrates Tyrone’s victory over Monaghan with team-mates. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tyrone, Tyrone: who cannot take some sly delight from the irrepressible talent the Red Hand team has for the getting under the skin of the establishme(...)

 Kerry’s Johnny Buckley competes with Mattie Donnelly and Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone: You’d have to imagine Kerry have enough about them to see their way to September. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

After the sideshow – if you want to call it the short-back-and- sides-show, that’s quite your own business – time again for the ball to be in and t(...)