Sligo’s Charlie Harrison and Anton Sullivan of Offaly. “I’ll miss playing at the highest level, being the best you can be against the best.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

He understands that it’s not a bolt from the blue, but Charlie Harrison has decided at the age of 36 that it’s time to draw a line. This summer has ma(...)

Armagh’s Rory Grugan was to the fore against Sligo on Saturday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Sligo 1-13 Armagh 1-19 A powerful second half from Armagh, the key score being Rory Grugan’s early second-half goal, set up Kieran McGeeney’s side fo(...)

Fergal Boland tries to escape the attentions of Neil Ewing and Patrick O’Connor during Mayo’s win over Sligo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo 2-14 Sligo 0-11 Taoisigh may come and go but these early championship days in the west are never-changing. Sligo find Mayo all but impossible to(...)

New York’s Shane Hogan beats Sligo’s Cian Breheny to the ball during the Connacht championship first roound clash in Gaelic Park in the Bronx. Photograph: Andy Marlin/Inpho

The annual jaunt to New York is becoming more and more fraught for teams in the Connacht senior football championship, and, for now at least, we’re no(...)

Roscommon’s Ciarain Murtagh celebrates after converting his penalty. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Roscommon 4-16 Sligo 2-13 Roscommon staged a dramatic second-half comeback to overhaul Sligo in a thrilling, topsy-turvy Connacht football semi-final(...)

Charlie Harrison believes the progress of Summerhill College and the Sligo underage teams will translate into the county’s senior team. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

For the first time ever this year two Sligo schools contested a senior ‘A’ colleges final. Last year a Sligo minor team won the Connacht league for t(...)

If you think hurling goes into 2016 with just Kilkenny’s 12th All-Ireland in 17 years on the horizon you haven’t seen the half of it. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was Galway’s Cyril Farrell who described the crucial barriers in hurling as ‘history and geography’. History is obvious because of the power of tra(...)

Jack Guiney has been dropped from the Wexford panel ahead of Sunday’s visit to Nowlan park. Photo: Inpho

Wexford hurler Jack Guiney has been dropped from the county’s senior hurling panel nine days ahead of their Leinster semi-final against Kilkenny. (...)

“Focus isn’t enough anymore: instead, near zealotry appears necessary. And if you listen to enough analysis of Gaelic football in particular, talent has become an optional extra when it comes to the demands of inter-county competition.”

It is tough being a modern intercounty player: the instinctive GAA reflex to kneel at the altar of asceticism means the swap between sacrifice and suc(...)

 Sligo’s Stephen Coen and Mark Breheny track Cork’s James Loughrey in Tullamore.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Cork 0-21 Sligo 1-11Cork dominated Sligo from start to finish to set up an intriguing All-Ireland football quarter-final with Mayo next Sunday.Ten poi(...)

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