Armagh’s Jamie Clarke isn’t the only big name on the New York team to face Leitrim. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New York have named a strong team to take on Leitrim in Sunday’s Connacht championship opener at Gaelic Park. At the 20th time of asking, Justin O’Ha(...)

New York in action against Sligo at Gaelic Park last year. “When you have no National League and no challenge games, it’s harder to put it in. A win would be huge,” says Justin O’Halloran. Photograph: Andy Marlin

They are the outpost of all outposts. Always first on the championship train, with the implicit understanding that they will always be the first off i(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan catches a ball over the head of Meath’s Mickey Burke. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 0-21 Meath 0-11 It’s maybe symbolic of the state of expectation in the GAA Leinster football championship that a 10-point win in a semi-final (...)

Graham Reilly: together with Cillian O’Sullivan and Eamon Wallace he forms a potent Meath half forward line. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath’s half forward line contains three of the paciest forwards in the land and they can ask major questions of the Dublin defence this Sunday. No(...)

Meath’s Mickey Burke challenges Louth’s  Conor Grimes during the Leinster SFC quarter-final at Parnell Park. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Meath 0-20 Louth 1-13 Meath completed a perfunctory dispatch of Louth in Parnell Park, Dublin, on Sunday afternoon. They will have been glad of that(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin and Diarmuid Connolly celebrate after the Leinster final defeat of Meath at Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

To think some Dublin supporters were born into this.A ninth Leinster football title in a decade – and fourth in succession. Another simply devastating(...)

Meath’s Andrew Tormey scores his side’s first goal from a penalty in the Leinster SFC semi-final against Kildare at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath 2-16 Kildare 0-17Meath produced enough vintage football at Croke Park to book their place in another Leinster football final, but not before ner(...)

Meath’s Michael Newman rounds goalkeeper Pat Coady of Carlow to score his side’s sixth goal in the Leinster quarter-final at Dr Cullen Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath 7-13 Carlow 0-6Not so long ago Anthony Rainbow discovered that Brendan Murphy, by some distance Carlow’s best footballer, so good he was recruit(...)

Carlow’s Darragh Foley claims the high ball ahead of and meath’s Shane O’Rourke during the Leinster SFC quarter-final clash  at  Dr Cullen Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Carlow 0-6 Meath 7-13 A horror show for Carlow on their own patch. So low were confidence levels by the finish that a streaker was allowed run the len(...)

Wicklow’s Paddy Dalton and Mark Staines with Damien Carroll of Meath in Baltinglass. Photograph: Inpho

MEATH 4-11 WICKLOW 2-5: On the scenic route into Baltinglass, over the Wicklow Gap, the wind was howling and the rain outrageous. What football lesson(...)