Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara is challenged by Monaghan’s Dessie Mone at Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin manager Jim Gavin spoke extensively (for him) about concerns relating to Diarmuid Connolly’s enforced exile which inconveniently ends the night(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy and Kieran Hughes of Monaghan in action during the quarter-final  at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 1-19 Monaghan 0-12 Reaching the All-Ireland football quarter-finals used to confer membership of an elite club. Barring disaster, being involv(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin shakes hands with his Monaghan counterpart Malachy O’Rourke after their All Ireland quarter final at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The hope for Diarmuid Connolly is that all the “hard work done in the shadows” will prove sufficient. Dublin face Tyrone in their latest All-Ireland s(...)

 Conor McManus: Monaghan will be looking to their star forward for inspiration against Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

All-Ireland SFC quarter-final – Dublin v Monaghan Venue: Croke Park. Throw-in: 6pm. Referee: Conor Lane (Cork). TV: Sky Sports Arena. The theory (...)

Fintan Kelly scores Monaghan goal during the All-Ireland Round 4B Qualifier against Down at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Monaghan 1-24 Down 1-16 Once bitten, twice shy; and Monaghan – ultimately when it mattered more – got revenge on their Ulster conquerors Down in an e(...)

Armagh midfielder Niall Grimley has been one of the finds of the championship. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

SATURDAY  All-Ireland SFC Qualifier round 4B Monaghan v Down Croke Park, 5pm Live on Sky Sports Main Event Given Monaghan’s wretched record i(...)

Down’s Conor McGinn in action against Tyrone. The Mourne men will be seeking to secure a quarter-final place when they face Tyrone.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

All back to Croker, then. If the football championship is a summer party, we’re reaching the point at which the liggers have been moved on and the cho(...)

Fintan Kelly scores Monaghan’s goal against Carlow in the All-Ireland SFC qualifier clash at  Netwatch Dr Cullen Park,  Carlow. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Monaghan 1-12 Carlow 1-7 Monaghan footballers had to overcome a fiercely committed challenge from Carlow in the Round 3 All-Ireland Qualifier at Net(...)

Monaghan’s Fintan Kelly scores his side’s goal in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 3B qualifier against Carlow at  Netwatch  Cullen Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Carlow 1-7 Monaghan 1-12 Carlow footballers provided a serious test for favourites Monaghan in Saturday night’s Round 3B All-Ireland Qualifier at Net(...)

Armagh’s Jamie Clarke attempts to pass Tipperary’s  Alan Campbell and Josh Keane. Photograph: Presseye/Philip Magowan

Tipperary v Armagh, Semple Stadium, Saturday, 5.0. Sky Sports As the clock ticks down in July, the qualifiers become more and more competitive with t(...)

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