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Jack O’Connor started his tenure as Kildare manager with a loss to Longford in the O’Byrne Cup. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

As first games go, this was something of a damp squib. An O’Byrne Cup defeat to Longford in St Conleths Park on a drab and chilly December afternoon (...)

 Longford manager Denis Connerton with Dublin boss  Jim Gavin  after the Leinster semi-final defeat at Croke Park in 2018.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Leinster football championship is “over” according to former Longford manager Dennis Connerton. He was speaking in the context of the draw for (...)

Longford’s Michael Quinn scores his team’s third goal against Kildare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare 1-21 Longford 3-15 AET This was one of those draws where you’d struggle to make a cast-iron argument that either side deserved to win. It was(...)

Tipeprary’s Brendan Maher and Daniel Kearney of Cork in action at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On an afternoon when the provincial championships rocked and rolled across the country, it was the oldest of old firms who gave us the first hint of a(...)

Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey: “It’s just completely individual ...  If you tie yourself to [a date], you’re setting yourself up for a fall. You just have to move at your own pace through it.” Photograph by Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jack McCaffrey and Liam Connerton are perhaps unlikely friends but university and, more recently, a shared injury journey has bound them together tig(...)

Brian O’Driscoll battles with James McGiveny during Cork’s qualifier win over Longford. Photograph: Inpho/ Tom Beary

Cork 2-9 Longford 1-6 It wasn’t third time lucky for Longford as a fine second half display saw Cork advance to the fourth round of the qualifiers.(...)

Longford manager Denis Connerton celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Longford 2-13 Monaghan 1-13 A goal by Robbie Smyth with eight minutes of normal time remaining catapulted Longford to victory over last year’s Ulst(...)

Offaly’s Graham Guilfoyle scores his side’s first goal of the game against Longford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Offaly 2-21 Longford 2-13 Nine years is a too long for any county to wait for a win in the Leinster championship, and Offaly won this game with exact(...)

Longford players celebrate their win over Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

Longford 1-12 Dublin 0-9 “No one is getting carried away,” said Denis Connerton, although no harm pretending. It’s not often Longford get to beat the(...)

Longford’s Michael Quinn: “Hopefully we can get a run, win a couple of games, and push for a Leinster title.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Not many football competitions can claim 23 different winners in its 45 years of existence. Or create such a level playing field that every team that(...)

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