James Horan: led Mayo to the league title last season with a victory over Kerry in the final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

SATURDAY  Allianz Football League Division One Donegal v Mayo, MacCumhaill Park, 7.15 [Live, eir sport] – Mayo’s great Super 8 win over this we(...)

Mayo’s James McCormack battles for possession during the FBD Connacht Senior Football League semi-final against Galway at  Elvery’s MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Mayo 1-17 Galway 1-17 (Galway win 3-2 on penalties) Penalties were needed for the second year running before a verdict could be reached between Mayo (...)

  Stephen O’Brien (Kerry), GAA president John Horan, Mark Collins of Cork, Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz Ireland, Conor Cox (Roscommon) and Diarmuid O’Connor (Mayo) at the  Allianz Football League launch in Dublin.  Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The advanced mark: it’s been tried and tested before only now that it’s here to stay – including championship 2020 and beyond – it’s seemingly strugg(...)

  St Martin’s  goalscorer Jake Firman celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

St Martin’s 1-15 St Anne’s 1-13 It was a measure of the St Anne’s performance that warm favourites St Martin’s were made battle to the bitter end bef(...)

Cillian O’Connor of Ballintubber gets his shot away despite the attempt  to block by Ballaghaderreen’s David Drake during the Mayo SFC Final at  Elvery’s MacHale Park in  Castlebar. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ballintubber 1-14 Ballaghaderreen 1-11 Cillian O’Connor kicked two insurance points in added time as Ballintubber defended the Moclair Cup for the se(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy and Brian Fenton with David Moran of Kerry during  the GAA  All-Ireland senior football final replay, in Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

It is a consoling thought for Kerry football supporters that the best years are still ahead for their talented young team. Seven of the team that lin(...)

Stephen Cluxton lifts Sam Maguire after Dublin’s win over Kerry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson /Inpho

The best team won the All-Ireland. This All-Ireland, last year’s All-Ireland, the last five-in-a-row, and seven since I started writing this column. A(...)

The Kerry team dejected after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

1 Shane Ryan In the first half Kerry retained all 10 of their kick-outs. And 13 from 13 thereafter. Ryan knew when to go short, and when he went long(...)

 Con O’Callaghan celebrates one of his two goals during Dublin’s  2-6 blitz against Mayo.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson

1 Dublin’s 2-6 in 12 minutes v Mayo Croke Park, August 10th A vulgar display of power (one for the metallers, there). It was the game of the year a(...)

  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(...)

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