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

That Donegal are ‘back again’ has surprised many but not iron-man full-back

Paul Durcan in action against ace Dublin forward  Bernard Brogan in this year’s All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Keeper’s restarts and shot stopping have drawn comparison with role revolutionary Stephen Cluxton

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

McGuinness puts kingdom’s success down to attention to detail and dedication

The hurling legions of Kilkenny and Tipperary finally realised that on Sunday last, there is no other county they would rather have played, no other voices they would rather have heard. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The counties were so engrossed by the spectacle of the All-Ireland final and by a shared love of the game that the people forgot w(...)

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates after the final whistle with Neil Gallagher following the Dublin win. photograph: inpho/morgan treacy

Donegal manager credits decision to postpone club games with team’s march to All-Ireland football final

 Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary at close quarters in the drawn All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ebb and flow of HQ spectacular leaves protagonists alive to fight another day

Kilkenny and Tipperary fans on edge at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Outcome of gripping final decided by inches

James Horan: has shaped a highly skilled and physically impressive team which, it seems, has limitless heart. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Under his stewardship they came desperately close to landing Sam and greatly enriched the championship

Henry Shefflin celebrates one of his two goals in the 2000 All-Ireland final victory over Offaly, the first of nine Celtic Crosses for the great Ballyhale club man. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

Henry Shefflin could bow out with an incredible 10th All-Ireland hurling winner’s medal

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