Karl O Connell

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Kerry’s Jack Barry, Paul Murphy and Ronan Shanahan with Conor McManus of Monaghan in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final phase 2 at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There must be a strange atmosphere in both the Monaghan and Kerry training camps this week as both sides disentangle themselves from the consequences (...)

Kerry’s David Clifford celebrates scoring the dramatic late equalising goal against Monaghan in Clones. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Maurice Fitzgerald strolled past David Clifford moments before Sunday’s tumultuous affair in Clones, just as the 19-year-old seemed to balloon a shot(...)

Éamonn Fitzmaurice reacts to Kerry’s  late goal in their  All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final match against Monaghan, at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, Co Monaghan. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Kerry should be vanquished from this unusual football championship, but in David Clifford we see a comet capable of the unbelievable. It needed two p(...)

David Clifford celebrates after scoring Kerry’s late goal in the All-Ireland quarter-final Super 8 game against Monaghan at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Monaghan 1-17 Kerry 1-17 The scoreboard has no room for nuance. Nobody pretended here afterwards that David Clifford’s goal in the 74th minute was an(...)

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 Ryan McAnespie has a shot saved by Laois goalkeeper Graham Brody during the All-Ireland SFC Round 4 qualifier at  Páirc Tailteann in Navan. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Monaghan 0-19 Laois 1-11 Monaghan became the final team to book their place in the Super 8s following a five-point win over Laois in Navan on Sunday (...)

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(...)

 Fermanagh manager Rory Gallagher talks to his players during the Ulster semi-final against Monaghan at Healy Park,  Omagh, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Fermanagh’s brilliant day in Ulster got to the heart of a debate that is currently raging through Gaelic football: how the game should be played. It’(...)

Eoin Donnelly rises high to flick home Fermanagh’s winning goal against Monaghan in the Ulster SFC semi-final at Healy Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Fermanagh 1-8 Monaghan 0-10 This was just about the most Ulster football game that was ever Ulster footballed. Two defences not so much packed as(...)

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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