James McCarthy was forced to undergo surgery at the end of last season to repair a damaged groin muscle. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If the best thing about James McCarthy’s season so far is not feeding himself painkillers and reaching for another anti-inflammatory, then things can (...)

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton separates Jonny Cooper and Conor McManus at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Captain Conor McManus has downplayed Monaghan’s strong performance against Dublin in Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division One semi-final and adm(...)

Monaghan’s Vinny Corey gets to the ball ahead of Dublin’s Paul Flynn in the Allianz National Football League semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin 0-17 Monaghan 0-16 Even though we all expected a Monaghan reaction in yesterday’s Allianz Football League semi-final, few anticipated (...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin during the Allianz Football League Division One  semi-final against Monaghan at  Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

After a stop-start campaign Dublin find themselves just one match from an unprecedented – for the county – third successive League title. Manager Jim(...)

Michael Murphy tries to block down Mark Collins during Cork’s victory over Donegal in the national league semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 4-11 Donegal 0-19 By dictat, nay by the very law of the land, semi-finals are for the winning. But what of league semi-finals? Maybe not (...)

Kerry’s Colm Cooper: made his first appearance for the Kingdom in 19 months when he came on against Tyrone at Healy Park. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

When the balls finished bobbling and the wheel stopped spinning, the final shape of the various Allianz Football League table made for absorbing read(...)

Cork’s Noel Galvin tackles Aidan O’Shea of Mayo during the Allianz Football League Division One game at Páirc Uí Rinn last week. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Saturday (Matches at 3.0 unless stated) Football Division Four Leitrim v Waterford, Carrick-on-Shannon – With only promotion at stake the bott(...)

Joe Kernan won an All-Ireland football title in his first year in charge of Armagh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If the first requirement was availability and the second was experience then Joe Kernan certainly satisfied both counts when approached to take over (...)

Cormac Costello of Dublin gets by Derry’s Oisín Duffy during Saturday’s Allianz Football League Division One clash at Croke Park. Dublin won the game by 0-8 to 0-4. Photograph: Donal Farmer/Inpho.

While the various machinations of your average Allianz Football League final day is usually enough to keeping the paracetamol industry in profit for a(...)

Leitrim’s Kevin Conlon was man of the match against London at Páirc Seán MhicDiarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Inpho

Leitrim 1-18 London 0-9 Leitrim gained their first victory of the current Allianz Football League campaign when they comprehensively defeated London (...)