Malachy O Rourke

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Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley clashes with Monaghan’s Darren Hughes during the Allianz Football League Division 1 clash between the counties in  Clones on January 27th Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

For anyone looking for straws in the wind, it’s probably not worth spending too much time on the fact that Dublin lost their opening game of 2019 to M(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus celebrates with Stephen O’Hanlon following victory over Dublin in the Allianz Football League Division 1 game in  Clones. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Monaghan 2-13 Dublin 1-13 Nothing warms a small town in January like sending the Dubs home with their hides tanned for them. In front of 8,556 perish(...)

Dublin’s Brian Fenton and Ciarán Kilkenny celebrate with the Allianz Football League Division One  trophy in 2018. Photograph: Inpho/Bryan Keane

Cavan Cavan make their way on to the field Manager: Mickey Graham (1st season) Selectors: Dermot McCabe, Martin Corey Last good leagu(...)

Mayo senior football manager James Horan. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

James Horan and Terry Hyland will return to the sideline and to familiar game day routines when they convene in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday for a low(...)

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(...)

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