Kieran Donaghy

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Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring a goal against Mayo in the 2014 All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay at the Gaelic Ground.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In Kieran Donaghy’s book, What Do You Think Of That?, he tells a story about the drawn game against Mayo in 2014. For so long that day in Croke Park, (...)

 Kerry fans with a flag supporting Kieran Donaghy in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Three years ago, as you perused your All-Ireland football semi-final match programme, a name might have caught your eye on the Kerry subs’ bench. Numb(...)

Jamie Clarke: In his games this year, you can see he’s coming with a different attitude. That has to be down to McGeeney. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

I was up in Armagh last week at a function ahead of their game against Kildare. When you go to these things, you know everyone has to put on their bes(...)

Galway’s Damien Comer breaks through the challenge of Kerry’s  Mark Griffin during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Since the league final the consensus has been that Dublin and Kerry have moved away from the pack and that the All-Ireland is a matter of waiting for (...)

Roscommon’s John McManus argues with Cillian O’Connor and Donal Vaughan of Mayo. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo’s aversion to anything approaching an easy life endures. More and more, their matches in the 2017 championship feel like those everlasting candle(...)

Galway’s Eoghan Kerin and Paul Murphy of Kerry. Photograph: James Crombie

Apocryphal or not, the old Kerry press-night staple of put-me-down-for-what-I-said-last-year could feasibly have got a run out here. Eamonn Fitzmauric(...)

 Sean Cavanagh  lifts the cup after Tyrone win the Ulster championship. Of the four provincial champions, only Tyrone had  to play a Division One team along the way. Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

Now that the provinces have closed for business, it’s timely to reflect that the football championship has become like Russian roulette. Provincial ch(...)

 Kevin McManamon with his seven-month-old  nephew Liam after Dublin won their seventh straight Leinster football title at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin’s breaking of the record for Leinster titles attracted some attention even if it didn’t exactly leave the GAA world rapt at the achievement. Pa(...)

Paul Geaney scores a goal for Kerry in the Munster SFC Final against Cork at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sitting in the crowd in Killarney on Sunday, it was very obvious just how much of a running game football has become. In Kerry, we’d like you to think(...)

Kerry’s Shane Enright, Michael Geaney and manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice celebrate after the game. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Nature abhors a vacuum and all that. And so does the Kerry forward line. As Colm Cooper watched on, he would have been the first to shrug in recogniti(...)

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