A Fermanagh fan cheers on her team during Sunday’s quarter-final against Dublin in Croke Park. “They were 10 points down with 15 minutes go to and you would think they were the team winning.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

I found what happened in Croke Park this weekend to be eerie and genuinely disturbing. It made me fear for the game. The gap between the elite coun(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has certainly mastered the qualifier route. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tyrone’s 14 seasons of qualifier prowess All Hail Tyrone, kings of the qualifiers. In beating Sligo by 0-21 to 0-14 on Saturday, they racked up their (...)

Darren McCurry tries to shrug off the attentions of Sligo’s Niall Murphy as Tyrone booked their place in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“It’s the place to be,” says Mickey Harte, after guiding Tyrone to an All-Ireland football quarter-final for the 10th time in 13 seasons. Even if n(...)

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh gets his shot away despite the attempted block of Sligo’s Brian Curran during the  All-Ireland Round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tyrone 0-21 Sligo 0-14 The masters of the qualifiers come again, Tyrone now back in the All-Ireland football quarter-finals for the 11th time in 15 se(...)

Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh in action against Tipperary in Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Tyrone are a young superpower in football terms. They were never really a dominant force in Ulster in the past, with their first All-Ireland only arr(...)

Tyrone’s Conor Clarke holds off the challenge of Tipperary’s Alan Campbell during the qualifier at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Tyrone 0-19 Tipperary 0-7 In Semple stadium, of all places, Tipperary’s promising football summer ended with a 0-12 to 0-1 second half blitz.(...)

Sean Cavanagh helped Tyrone to a comfortable win over Tipperary in Thurles. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary 0-7 Tyrone 0-19 Tipperary manager Peter Creedon stepped down in the wake of this 12 point defeat after four seasons in charge. Creedon cited(...)

“Even when you win things, you have mediocre days,” says Mickey Harte. Photograph: Andrew Paton/ Presseye/Inpho

It’s too soon for the 2008 comparison in Tyrone. Knocked out of the Ulster quarter-finals by Down, that summer Mickey Harte’s men went on this stor(...)

Richie Donnelly of Tyrone is well marked by  Michael Newman of Meath during the  All-Ireland SFC Round 2B Qualifier at Healy Park in Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Tyrone 1-10 Meath 0-11 Three summers into Seán Boylan’s 23 year stewardship of Meath football Laois beat them by 10 points. Boylan looked a spent forc(...)

Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty moves in to challenge Tyrone goalscorer Peter Harte during the qualifier clash at Healy Park, Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Tyrone 1-14 Limerick 0-8 Ring-rusty Tyrone are back on the road, having seen off Limerick with the minimum of fuss and an economy of style at Healy P(...)