Sligo manager Pat Flanagan: well aware Cork are the overwhelming favourites in Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC Qualifier, but ready to meet the challenge. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Manager Pat Flanagan knows side are up against it but side have a sense of purpose

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

Comparisons inevitable as Ryan brings the same enthusiasm and energy to proceedings as his brother Mark

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

Donegal boss hails hard-earned Ulster triumph over Monaghan as ‘our best victory’

At the pre-match parade in Clones, pace is everything; the slow-march and jubilant notes of the brass band somehow elevate the anticipation to boiling point. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Its days are numbered unless the GAA issues a reprieve – I’m all for the whales. But let’s save Clones too

Christy Toye returned to the Donegal championship starting side in the Ulster quarter-final defeat of Derry at Celtic Park in May. Photograph: Cathal Coonan/Inpho.

Already a winner of two Ulster titles and an All-Ireland, Donegal’s veteran forward remains unstoppable

Monaghan’s Cormac McManus will pose a huge threat to Donegal in the Ulster final. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Champions Monaghan facing a stern test in Ulster decider

Goalkeeper focused on going one step further than before

Delighted Mayo manager James Horan with Aidan O’Shea at the end of the Connacht SFC  final against Galway  at MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Galway boss Mulholland left to rue lack of goals

Mayo’s Chris Barrett tackles  Eddie Hoare of Galway during the Connacht final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

James Horan’s experienced side ready for another crack at elusive All-Ireland glory

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