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(...)

 Brian McEniff celebrates with manager Jim McGuinness after Donegal’s 2012 All-Ireland football final victory at Croke Park.

They hadn’t won an Ulster championship match in four years, were renowned for their lack of discipline rather than adherence to it, and yet Brian McE(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue with Mayo’s Keith Higgins. “I thought Higgins had an outstanding game and yet O’Donoghue still scored 1-3.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This column was supposed to be a big, in-depth breakdown of the Dublin v Donegal game from 2011. I had it planned from a couple of weeks out and I wen(...)

Monaghan’s Dessie Mone: could be largely confined to defensive duties against Dublin’s rampant attack. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I read with interest Niall Moyna’s comments here during the week on the likely physical impact on Monaghan of last week’s qualifier win over Kildare b(...)

Armagh’s Kevin Dyas: his athleticism reminds you of why he was an attractive proposition for AFL scouts as a teenager. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The absolute drizzling pity of Armagh’s strop with the scribbling nibs of the press room has nothing to do with column inches devoted to them or what(...)

Donegal’s Ryan Bradley and Michael Darragh MacAuley of Dublin during the sides’ All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park in August 2011. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

People are fickle, aren’t they? When Donegal were coming through in 2011 and 2012, people were up for them because they were an underdog. Then when th(...)

Donegal’s Ryan McHugh evades the challenge of Monaghan’s Ryan Wylie and Colin Walshe duringt the Ulster SFC final. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Pressye/Inpho

The comparison was unavoidable. All through Sunday’s Ulster final, Ryan McHugh always seemed to be at hand to take possession and jink and weave his w(...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon: an example of how good Dublin are at winning primary possession. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wow. It’s not easy to find words that best describe Dublin’s victory in Croke Park, because I haven’t seen a Leinster final of such sustained pace and(...)

Donegal’s Martin McElhinney, Christy Toye, Colm McFadden and David Walsh celebrate winning the Anglo-Celt Cup. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Old Ulster is dead. In other decades, Donegal came and went like mayflies in the northern theatre but yesterday they won the Anglo-Celt Cup for the th(...)

Donegal minor captain Niall Harley lifts the Fr Murray Cup after their Ulster final victory over Armagh at Clones. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Donegal 2-12 Armagh 0-10 Donegal minors clinched the first part of an historic provincial double with an emphatic victory over Armagh in the Ulster fi(...)