Donegal’s Ryan McHugh is tackled by Down’s Conor Laverty and Ryan Boyle at Kingspan Breffni Park last Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When we watch football these days, we can do one of two things. We can complain and moan that the modern game is an eyesore or we can really sit down (...)

Swirl, bubble and rush: we have swapped our long bond with the stream for the mutter of an underground pump. Illustration: Michael Viney

The rig arrived straight after breakfast to squat hugely inside the gate. I cowered in the kitchen and then fled to my desk, overawed by the machine’s(...)

September 23rd, 2012: Donegal captain Michael Murphy lifts the Sam Maguire

There is a sustainable argument that this is a golden age for football. There have been five different All-Ireland champions in as many years – few(...)