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(...)

Michael Murphy:  against Armagh  he touched the ball an incredible 51 times. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Gone are the days that Donegal start cautiously before opening up in the second half, so far in this year’s championship they’re at their most leth(...)

Donegal captain Michael Carroll leads the team for their photograph ahead of their Ulster Minor Football Championship quarter-final against Armagh at Athletic Grounds. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho.

Ulster Minor Football Championship quarter-final Donegal 2-14 Armagh 0-7 Donegal remained firmly on course to retain their Ulster Minor foo(...)

Rory Gallagher was always likely to be in the frame to succeed Jim McGuinness, despite their abrupt parting of the ways. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

“I remember my first year in with the Fermanagh seniors and Tyrone had just annihilated us the previous year in Omagh,” says Rory Gallagher. “They wer(...)

“I think the Tyrone players do have confidence,” Darren McCurry says. “It’s about gelling as a team and playing well on that particular day. Sometimes we got the rub of the green, sometimes we didn’t.” Photograph: Russell Pritchard Inpho.

Darren McCurry grimaces slightly at the memory. Early March in Ballybofey and Tyrone have just been comprehensively outplayed and Mickey Harte’s disa(...)

Donegal’s Mark McHugh in action against Mayo in the 2013 All-Ireland final. He is the only one in the squad with a winner’s medal who did not experience last year’s final defeat. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Who could blame Mark McHugh for having mixed feelings on the morning of the All-Ireland final last year? After his masterly turn as playmaker and swee(...)

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness believes his county will overcome the challenge of Tyrone in Ballybofey. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sometimes it’s worth travelling to London, compliments of Sky Sports, to interview one of the most interesting and divisive minds in Gaelic games. Eve(...)

Cork’s Brian Hurley scores a goal past Donegal Michael Boyle. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 4-11 Donegal 0-19If the worth of this league semi-final was always likely to be tricky enough to locate, the lack of grievous consequences whatev(...)

Donegal’s Martin McElhinney in action against Mayo’s  Donal Vaughan last weekend. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Everything has changed since these teams met in early February on a day of driving winds in Ballyshannon. Cork suffered a rare defeat then, oppressed(...)