Using Barry Moran  as a defensive sweeper against Donegal to negate the influence of Michael Murphy was a bold statement by Mayo’s joint managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There is an appropriate symmetry in Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly being the joint-architects of the innovative tactical plan which has been the most ey(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea will pose a huge threat to Dublin’s ambitions at  Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the morning after Mayo fed Donegal through the wood-chipper in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final, Aidan O’Shea was king of the world. Well, he was(...)

Mayo joint-manager Noel Connelly: “We’ll be focusing on the way Dublin have changed their style of play and gone more defensive in the last year.”  Photo: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Noel Connelly is back in the middle of another decade, guiding Mayo along an All-Ireland pathway. Joint-manager with Pat Holmes – the same combinat(...)

Key men: Aidan O’Shea offers Mayo a new attacking dimension while Cian O’Sullivan is Dublin’s designated sweeper. Photograph: Inpho

Watching the images of Galway’s victory in the hurling semi-final brought to mind the similarities between their perennial quest for All-Ireland fulfi(...)

Dublin’s Philip McMahon tackles Sean Quigley of Fermanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Seán Quigley believes that Jim McGuinnes is being “a wee bit patronising” of Fermanagh when questioning the apparent celebration of their eight-poi(...)

 Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath and his players salute the team’s fans after Dublin’s victory at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“For a moment I thought Seán Quigley was going to wave the green flag himself,” was Pete McGrath’s take on Fermanagh’s first goal. “At the end the (...)

Fermanagh’s Marty O’Brien takes to the air against Dublin’s Alan Brogan at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Age of Shocks is over. Dublin and Kerry moved remorselessly on to the All-Ireland semi-final after a quarter-final double-bill which contained a (...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal past Fermanagh goalkeeper Thomas Treacy during the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph:   Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 2-23 Fermanagh 2-15 By the numbers, this was quite a contest. By any other metric, it was business as usual. Dublin rolled on through an(...)

Dublin captain  Stephen Cluxton lifts the Delaney Cup after victory over Westmeath.  Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Nine out of 10 Leinster titles is no trend. It’s not part of the so-called cyclical nature of football in the province. There’s permanency to it. Ji(...)

Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal in the Leinster SFC Final against Westmeath at Croke Park. Photograph:  Inpho

Dublin 2-13 Westmeath 0-6 When it comes to Leinster finals these days, we dutifully pan for grains of interest having long since given up on finding (...)