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Monaghan’s Conor McManus with Chris Barrett and Brendan Harrison of Mayo during the Allianz  Football League Division 1 match at  Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo 3-15 Monaghan 1-18 It’s not even Easter and already Mayo are rising from the dead. Written off just a few weeks ago on a dismal night against th(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus celebrates with Stephen O’Hanlon following victory over Dublin in the Allianz Football League Division 1 game in  Clones. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Monaghan 2-13 Dublin 1-13 Nothing warms a small town in January like sending the Dubs home with their hides tanned for them. In front of 8,556 perish(...)

Monaghan’s Ryan Wylie at the launch of this year’s Allianz Football League at Croke Park. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Crunch the numbers on Monaghan’s 2018 Championship campaign and you come up with some intriguing scoring returns. Players recognised as defenders – w(...)

Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan has won his first All Star. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin’s record equalling four-in-a-row All-Ireland success has been complemented by seven PwC All Stars in the 2018 awards selection but for the fift(...)

Dublin’s goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton should be picking up another All Star after a fine season. Photograph: Inpho

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin) Still the best around. Rory Beggan had a fine year but would Cluxton have tried that mad shot against Tyrone? No chance. (...)

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara  made his  name during Dublin’s junior All-Ireland winning campaign in 2008. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s been a long, and for some players more than others, a winding road to Croke Park for the All-Ireland senior football final. The Dublin and Tyron(...)

Monaghan’s Drew Wylie and Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone scuffle during the game. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When the dust settles this week, there will be a feeling of aching regret in Monaghan. The day passed a fine team by and they can’t get it back again.(...)

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(...)

Galway didn’t explode into anything on Saturday night. Somewhere along the way, it looks like they convinced themselves that this game didn’t matter. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

If you were a player in the Galway camp this week, the biggest job you’d have ahead of Saturday would be shaking the doubts that have come into your h(...)

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(...)

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