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  Mayo manager James Horan celebrates at the final  whistle following the victory over Donegal at McHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Minutes after the final whistle, the Mayo clans began to make the usual plans for an August visit to Dublin. Lodgings to secure, vintage Padden and Mc(...)

James Horan:  will be in a position to field a selection closer to full strength than at any stage since losing the Connacht semi-final when Mayo host Donegal in Castlebar. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

This weekend will clear the decks for the All-Ireland semi-finals. Two matches left to win Sam Maguire. That may well train attention on Dublin’s bid (...)

Stephen Rochford: his presence on Donegal sideline could serve to inspire Mayo in what promises  to be some battle.  Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

If you want to know letting bygones be bygones, you only need to hear one story from the weekend. Mick O’Dwyer was supposed to be going to Croke Park(...)

Donegal manager Declan Bonner: “I’m not going to talk about injuries, sorry.”   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After Sunday’s gripping All-Ireland quarter-final draw with Kerry, Donegal manager Declan Bonner was asked about the fitness of full-back Neil McGee, (...)

Donegal’s Jamei Brennan  and Kerry’s Mark Griffin take a tumble during yesterday’s quarter-final phase two clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It would be hard to imagine a much cagier gathering than the post-match media conferences two-thirds of the way through the Super 8s schedule. Except (...)

Michael Murphy in action against Meath’s Shane McEntee. Murphy will make his 150th appearance in a Donegal shirt when he lines out against Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Moving day in the Super 8s of the football championship. Two of them in fact, back-to-back, both in Croke Park. By tonight, we’ll know whether or no(...)

Donegal duo Paddy McBrearty and Jamie Brennan could  prove a potent threat to Kerry’s defence at Croke Park.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

SATURDAY All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals, Group 2, Phase 2 Cork v Tyrone, Dr Hyde Park, 5.0 [Live, Sky Sports] Cork have been one of the great rest(...)

Mayo’s Keith Higgins with David Bray of Meath during the 2009 All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The meeting of Mayo and Meath in Sunday’s Super 8s clash at Croke Park revives an old championship rivalry. The counties will have met in All-Ireland (...)

Meath’s Padraic Harnan and Michael Murphy of Donegal in action. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

A welcome return 2019 will henceforth be known as the summer of resurrection, the restoration of a dying breed, the return of one of the greatest sig(...)

Kerry manager Peter Keane with midfielder David Moran after their victory over Mayo in Killarney. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

After a day of sport that would leave anyone cloth-eyed and cross-eared, it is the happy duty of The Irish Times to relay that Novak Djokovic is on to(...)

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