Ryan McHugh celebrates his goal in Donegal’s Championship win over Galway. Photograph: Inpho

Football has followed the pattern of hurling in this year’s championship by underlining the accuracy of league rankings. It was noticeable in this yea(...)

Donegal captain Michael Murphy caused Galway’s defence plenty of problems during the  All-Ireland round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

For the Donegal footballer coming to Croke Park is an explainable joy. They have climbed from the northern trenches where Tyrone, Armagh, Derry and Mo(...)

Colm McFadden looks on as Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty scores his side’s opening goal at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal 3-12 Galway 0-11 Twenty eight scoreless minutes notwithstanding, the growing theory that Donegal are a team past their peak can be mome(...)

Ryan McHugh of Donegal in action against Monaghan’s Darren Hughes during the Ulster SFC Final in Clones. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ryan McHugh calls. Or rather, he calls back. “Sorry, hi. Just on another call there.” Which he was, to The Irish Times in fact. He’s replying to a (...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy was much less influential against Monaghan than he had been in previous games in Ulster. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Possession in Gaelic football has never been more significant – the battle to keep it, now as much as winning it. In consecutive weekends domin(...)

The Ulster SFC final between Monaghan and Donegal this year made for unpleasant viewing. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

We are remorselessly reassured of Gaelic football’s evolution. There’s a presumption of advancement in that. So whatever else modern-day Gaelic foo(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy in action against Monaghan’s Vinny Corey and Darren Hughes. It seemed to me Murphy played injured at Clones. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I arrived in Glasgow airport on Sunday and saw a few Donegal jerseys gathered around the bar as I reached the top of the escalator. I arrived when the(...)

Conor McManus guided Monaghan to a second Ulster football title in three years with victory over Donegal in Clones. Photograph: Inpho

Monaghan 0-11 Donegal 0-10 Sweet vindication. Summer arrived in mid-Ulster out of the blue and just as in the heatwave of two years ago, Monaghan beat(...)

Rory Kavanagh and current Derry manager Brian McIver celebrate Donegal’s National League final victory over Mayo in 2007. Given the transformation of Donegal football, the win has been reduced to a footnote, but it was only the county’s second senior national title. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In April 2007, Brian McIver brought his Donegal team to Croke Park to play in that year’s National League showdown. Donegal had spent most of the deca(...)

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho.

Ulster SFC Semi-final Derry v Donegal Clones, Saturday, 7pm, Live Sky Sports 3 In the past five years of the Ulster Senior Football Championship, Don(...)