Darren Hughes

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Rob Carroll in Tullamore in 2013 setting up to record Kildare’s statistics. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

“Do players get a say in these rules? Some absolute ridiculous decisions . . .why change the game based on one or two bad matches? The #GAA has lost i(...)

 David Clifford  squeezes the ball past the Monaghan defence and goalkeeper Rory Beggan in Clones. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

The football final appears in front of us like a grubby-faced child that nobody has the heart to go at with a wipe. A foregone conclusion at the end o(...)

Tyrone’s Niall Sludden celebrates scoring a goal against Monaghan in the GAA All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday.  Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

The better team won on both days over the weekend, but if Sunday’s Tyrone-Monaghan encounter was the more exciting semi-final, it was also lower on su(...)

Tyrone’s Niall Sludden scores past Rory Beggan in the Monaghan goal. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tyrone 1-13 Monaghan 0-15 Let the heartache begin. Monaghan’s summer, part on-tour football campaign and part community crusade, came to a shatt(...)

Tyrone’s Niall Sludden scores the only goal of the match. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tyrone 1-13 Monaghan 0-15 Ten years later Mickey Harte is returning to September football. A manager who ruined Armagh’s application for greatness, g(...)

Delighted Monaghan fans at Pearse Park, Salthill celebrate the  victory over Galway which earned the county a semi-final place against Tyrone. Photograph:  Laszlo/Geczo

I don’t know what Paris in 1968 felt like, or Berlin after the wall came down. But last Saturday night in Salthill must have been the Monaghan GAA equ(...)

Monaghan fans celebrate reaching the All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Galway 0-8 Monaghan 0-16 Kerry for the holidays then. Fairly bloodless in the end as Monaghan’s desire overwhelmed a listless Galway who will b(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus and David Hyland of Kildare during their Super 8s round 1 match at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Monaghan 0-15 Kildare 1-10 A morbid fear of defeat hung in the air for much of a suffocating game that was finely balanced throughout; but when Monag(...)

Monaghan’s Dessie Mone celebrates scoring a goal  during the All-Ireland SFC  Round 2 qualifier against Waterford at  Fraher Field. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Waterford 0-9 Monaghan 5-21 Monaghan cruised to a 27-point victory over Waterford in their All-Ireland SFC round 2 qualifier clash at Fraher Field in(...)

Monaghan’s Gavin Doogan, Darren Hughes and Neil McAdam battle for possession with Paul Flynn and Brian Fenton of Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

I was talking to Brian McEniff a few years ago about Ulster football and the teams Donegal would come up against on a regular basis. McEniff’s thing (...)

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