Kieran Donaghy

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My sense is that Jim Gavin won’t start Diarmuid Connolly  while I would also keep his nemesis  Lee Keegan in reserve as it’s only four or five weeks since he had a serious illness. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Maybe it’s the relatively rare modern occurrence of the same final for the second year or the crowded history between the counties but I don’t think t(...)

Mayo’s Keith Higgins, Séamus O’Shea, Aidan O’Shea,  Colm Boyle and David Clarke close down Paul Geaney of Kerry during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Getting there. It is part of the Mayo DNA. Reek Sunday comes in all sorts of guises. It’s swampy hot on the Jones’ Road for once – actual August weat(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates at the final whistle after beating Kerry in their All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 2-17 Tyrone 0-11 In the middle of all the historic achievement attending Mayo’s advance to a fourth All-Ireland final in six years – a first c(...)

Stephen Rochford: the Mayo manager has been subjected to a barrage of criticism for putting O’Shea on Donaghy. But Kerry’s full-forward line were restricted to just  0-5 from play. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It has been a ghoulish week for coverage of Gaelic football. For the second successive championship summer, Mayo’s manager Stephen Rochford has been w(...)

Kerry’s David Moran and Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

This magnetic rivalry has become a guessing game. Weigh both teams up collectively or pound for pound and the scales are just about even. It must have(...)

 Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy under pressure from Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea last weekend.

John Evans John Evans (Former Tipperary manager) What are the key areas in the Mayo v Kerry replay? Unusually it is the same for both(...)

Former Offaly footballer Matt Connor with ex-Kerry star  Jack O’Shea at the inductees event at the GAA Museum Hall of Fame in Croke Park. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Jack O’Shea, Kerry’s outstanding centrefielder of the Mick O’Dwyer era, says he doesn’t expect there to be much change in Saturday’s All-Ireland repla(...)

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is certainly not afraid of making big calls. Photograph: Inpho

What must the Mayo squad think of their manager Stephen Rochford. Brave? Ruthless? Tactical genius? A chancer? Since taking over Mayo ahead of the 20(...)

Cormac McAnallen: moved from centrefield to full back after the drawn Ulster final of 2003. Tyrone went on to win their first All-Ireland title. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

It is ironic that all of the fuss caused by Stephen Rochford’s decision to send Aidan O’Shea to patrol the square was triggered by Kieran Donaghy, a p(...)

Jack Barry got himself in on goal but he didn’t have the composure to realise that Jack Savage was inside with nobody on him. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

I was sitting among a grand big family of Mayo supporters last Sunday, outnumbered but I held my own. There was a young lad sitting in front of me, 10(...)

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