Kerry’s Colm Cooper battles for possession with Philly McMahon, a player who performs better when he’s getting under the opposition’s skin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

I was standing in the tunnel at one stage on Sunday as the Kerry players walked past me. Some of them were guys I had played with, won with, lost with(...)

Donegal’s Karl Lacey returns to the dressing rooms after All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry in 2014. Photograph Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kieran McGeeney told me a story one time about himself and a few of the Armagh lads going over to see a Celtic game in Glasgow. They got the full work(...)

Goalkeeper Robert Hennelly’s two bad kickouts that lead to Dublin’s first two goals illustrated Mayo’s lack of composure when it really mattered.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

(...) by Cian O’Sullivan and Michael Darragh Macauley. Roasting The consequences were disastrous. O(...)

Referee Joe McQuillan awards Mayo a penalty on Sunday. With no help from a TMO, a ref must depend on linesmen who pick up only half of what’s going on and umpires who are just along for the ride. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

(...) talking to. Then he said to me, “Well done, Darragh. That’ll stand to you.” Spared the holly A few(...)

Stephen Cluxton: his kick-outs are vital to Dublin’s prospects on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

(...) hand on whoever is in the Dublin midfield – I presume it will be Michael Darragh Macauley and Brian(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has always favoured players who are instinctively going to do the right thing in tight spots, and won’t tolerate players who make handling errors. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

(...), more that people are looking for comfort. “We’ll beat them, Darragh, won’t we?” Now, if you’re looking(...)

Aidan O’Shea gets away from Donegal’s Neil McGee and Mark McHugh during Saturday’s quarter-final: the Mayo player passed a big test in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I was briefly talking to Joe Brolly after the Mayo-Donegal game on Saturday. Now, I have a lot of time for Joe but he talks some rubbish at times. Aft(...)

Kerry’s Darran O’Sullivan scores a goal despite the attention of Kildare’s Ciarán Fitzpatrick and Eoin Doyle during last weekend’s one-sided All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash at Croke Park.Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

(...) had players like Shane Enright, Aidan O’Mahony, Paul Murphy and Marc Ó all shooting up the pitch(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton leads his players in the team parade before the Leinster final against Westmeath. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

(...) their win, even though Tomás Corrigan took all the plaudits. Michael Darragh Macauley won’t have(...)

Could Jim McGuinness, Jim Gavin or  Éamonn Fitzmaurice, above,  win an All-Ireland if put in charge of Cavan, Sligo, Tipperary or Meath? The answer is, I believe, emphatically no. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I was asked recently if the role of the manager has expanded in the past 10 years. I was flanked by Peter Canavan and Jim McGuinness. Also happened to(...)