James McCarthy scores Dublin’s second goal in their comfortable Leinster SFC final win over Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

30 Conor McManus point v Down All-Ireland SFC qualifier, Croke Park, July 29th It had been a frustrating championship pretty much all the way throug(...)

 Kerry fans with a flag supporting Kieran Donaghy in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Three years ago, as you perused your All-Ireland football semi-final match programme, a name might have caught your eye on the Kerry subs’ bench. Numb(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy and Kieran Hughes of Monaghan in action during the quarter-final  at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 1-19 Monaghan 0-12 Reaching the All-Ireland football quarter-finals used to confer membership of an elite club. Barring disaster, being involv(...)

 Conor McManus: Monaghan will be looking to their star forward for inspiration against Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

All-Ireland SFC quarter-final – Dublin v Monaghan Venue: Croke Park. Throw-in: 6pm. Referee: Conor Lane (Cork). TV: Sky Sports Arena. The theory (...)

Fintan Kelly scores Monaghan goal during the All-Ireland Round 4B Qualifier against Down at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Monaghan 1-24 Down 1-16 Once bitten, twice shy; and Monaghan – ultimately when it mattered more – got revenge on their Ulster conquerors Down in an e(...)

Croke Park  provide sports psychologists for referees now to work on mental issues, including going again after a bad performance. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When you spend your life in the press box, you forget a lot of things. Personal hygiene, mostly, yes. But other stuff too. If the gotcha question for(...)

Fintan Kelly scores Monaghan’s goal against Carlow in the All-Ireland SFC qualifier clash at  Netwatch Dr Cullen Park,  Carlow. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Monaghan 1-12 Carlow 1-7 Monaghan footballers had to overcome a fiercely committed challenge from Carlow in the Round 3 All-Ireland Qualifier at Net(...)

Monaghan’s Fintan Kelly scores his side’s goal in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 3B qualifier against Carlow at  Netwatch  Cullen Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Carlow 1-7 Monaghan 1-12 Carlow footballers provided a serious test for favourites Monaghan in Saturday night’s Round 3B All-Ireland Qualifier at Net(...)

Kevin McKernan of Down celebrates  at the final whistle of the  Ulster SFC semi-final against Monaghan   at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh. Photograph: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Down breathed pure magic into the All-Ireland football championship on Saturday evening and left the rest of country marvelling over what was a fabulo(...)

Conor McManus has looked sharp and in good fettle with two goals to his name already

Ulster SFC semi-final Monaghan v Down, Athletic Grounds, Armagh, Saturday, 7.0 Last year’s meeting between the counties was the nadir of Down’s two-(...)