Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony in the GAA Senior Championship quarter final at Croke Park in 2012. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho 4:39

In Kerry this week, it feels a bit unusual to be building up to an All-Ireland final. I think it’s because nobody really expected this, so people have(...)

“It might surprise people that this is on a par with Mayo and Donegal two years ago, which was the highest demand I’d ever seen for an All-Ireland final.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA could have sold out Croke Park twice over for Sunday’s All-Ireland final between Donegal and Kerry. After the hurling final saw tickets return(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy scores a goal past Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly and Ger Cafferkey in the All-Ireland semi-final replay last month. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The season is all but done. It will be three months before we’ll be writing reviews of the football year even though the only data missing right now i(...)

Declan O’Sullivan with Lee Keegan and Tom Parsons of Mayo in the semi-final replay Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The last thing Declan O’Sullivan needs to prove is anything to anyone, least of all himself. Not many footballers can touch his great wealth of succes(...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee in the semi-final against Dublin last month. “Like a lot of teams we are together a long time.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

They don’t get any easier. Having overcome Bernard Brogan and company in the last days of August, Neil McGee has spent the last three weeks studying a(...)

Jim McGuinness celebrates with Michael Murphy at the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Final in Clones, Co Monaghan. Photograph: /Morgan Treacy/Inpho 4:21

When Jim McGuinness found himself in Tralee as a student in the late 1990s, it didn’t take him long to figure out why the Kingdom, above all counti(...)

Mark McHugh’s brother Ryan has come in to the Donegal side to great effect following Mark’s departure to the US. Photograph: Inpho.

With every rehabilitated step that Donegal have taken this summer, thoughts have turned to Mark McHugh. The Kilcar player, who won an All Star when(...)

Management is crucial around now. These players are in the shape of their life. Some of them are like a prize racehorse bursting for the stalls to open. Others are standing in the stable, waiting for the day itself to arrive before they rise themselves. Photograph: Inpho

This weekend is all about preparation for the Donegal and Kerry players. Eamonn Fitzmaurice will have his team down in Fota Island, Jim McGuinness is (...)

Jim McGuinness picked his players up after getting a hiding at the end of last year and has brought them to another All_Ireland final. “Think about what that takes. It’s about moulding minds over a long period of time, making fellas believe it’s possible,” says Darragh Ó Sé.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

I was sitting beside a true-blue Dub in Croke Park on Sunday. No more than the rest of us, he didn’t end up seeing the game he thought he was coming t(...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee gets a challenge in ahead of Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara in Sunday’s All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was while driving to an International Rules training camp that the text came through and Michael Murphy didn’t hesitate. He turned the car around a(...)