Malachy O Rourke

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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 Tiarnan McCann with Niall Kearns of Monaghan, All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

“It’s very rare that anyone reaches their potential,” said Malachy O’Rourke afterwards, the weight of the day and the year and the loss puffing out th(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates his team’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final win over Monaghan at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mickey Harte is still here, still surviving, still bringing teams to All-Ireland finals. Billy Morgan went 14 years between 1993 and 2007, Mick O’Dwye(...)

Rory Beggan at Pearse Stadium: “We’re going in for the win – we’re not just happy to be going into a semi-final.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rory Beggan was last man standing out on the Pearse Stadium turf. Well, the last player as Monaghan’s goalkeeper was surrounded by a few thousand fam(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

The ball goes past Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan, scored by David Clifford of Kerry (out of picture) for Kerry’s late goal at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

And on the fourth day, the Super-8s rose again. When the GAA came up with the new format for the championship, afternoons like this in Clones and Newb(...)

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(...)

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