Jim Mcguinness

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James McCartan is back for a second spell in charge of Down. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho

The return of James McCartan as manager of Down settles a long-running saga for the county with a popular and highly-regarded appointment. He and long(...)

Proposal B is completely bonkers. It is absurd in the extreme, arguably the worst collective idea since the governmental tax on children’s shoes in the early 1980s. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Somewhere in the Billy Connolly comedy archives is a sketch where he claims that Mexican food is always the same dish, just folded differently. “That’(...)

 Former Mayo footballer Andy Moran: ‘I don’t think there is any chance Aidan O’Shea doesn’t start, and I expect him to have a big game.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Andy Moran is a fund of interesting observations on All-Ireland finals and more specifically Mayo’s role in them. The now retired former Footballer of(...)

Even with all the retirements and the players who are out injured, Dublin still have a core of players like Brian Fenton. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

I still think Dublin will win the All-Ireland. I don’t know if that’s suddenly a controversial opinion – maybe the heat is getting to me. But when I l(...)

The championship is warming up but there will be a molten feel about Ulster this weekend. I am interested in what Armagh might do in the coming weeks.(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan and Tom O’Sullivan of Kerry clash during the 2019 All-Ireland SFC final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán Moran 1. Have Dublin come back to the chasing pack? And if they have, does the pack consist of anyone outside of Kerry? Probably. The drip, drip(...)

Jim McGuinness has been involved with the Derry City Under-19s in recent months. File photograph: Getty Images

Jim McGuinness has yet to agree any involvement with Dundalk FC but remains in contact with the League of Ireland club. Speaking at the launch of Sky (...)

Jim McGuinness has held talks with Dundalk sporting director Jim Magilton about taking over as manager at Oriel Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jim McGuinness has held talks with Dundalk FC sporting director Jim Magilton about the vacant manager’s job at Oriel Park. “He’s definitely not sele(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy with Mayo’s Lee Keegan after the 2019 All-Ireland semi-finals. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The composition of this weekend’s All-Ireland semi-finalists helps to clarify the ongoing discussion about the championship. This extraordinary year, (...)

Remarkably, Laois have never played Dublin in Laois. Photograph: Inpho

I watched Laois warming up to play Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday lunchtime and began to think of my own time managing Roscommon. And I wondered about(...)

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