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Patrick McBrearty is a top talent and a mature player but he hasn’t won an All Star yet. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The closer we get to this weekend’s semi-finals, the more farcical the whole situation becomes. Surely this is a first for world sport: a format that (...)

Donegal have been the poster boys for flattering to deceive, but topped their group in the league without talisman Michael Murphy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Nothing became Division One North of the football league like the ending of it. Stop the clock at various stages of injury-time and you could have sen(...)

Neil McGee could return for Donegal for Saturday evening’s Allianz Football League semi-final against Dublin at Breffni Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Saturday Division 1 semi-finals Kerry v Tyrone, Fitzgerald Stadium, 5.0 – Live, TG4 You’d imagine that neither of these sides is far enough along th(...)

Brian Fenton in action against  Donegal’s  Daire Ó Baoill at Croke Park last year. Fenton is among a senior cohort of Dublin players who have started every league game. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ordinarily, you wouldn’t be getting too excited about a weekend of league semi-finals. There have been years when teams would do a heavy block of tra(...)

Michael Murphy: suffered a hamstring injury against Monaghan in the league clash at   Sean Mac Cumhaills GAA Club, Donegal. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sebastian Coe once said all athletes are just one hamstring pull away from oblivion. Michael Murphy’s retirement early into Donegal’s draw with Monag(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McCarthy gets free of the Donegal defence to score  his third goal of the game in the Allianz Football League Division 1 North match at  Seán MacCumhaill Park  in Ballybofey. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Donegal 1-20 Monaghan 4-11 As Whit Sunday dawned, Declan Bonner was surely looking to the gods. Donegal might have salvaged a draw, coming from nine(...)

Galway’s Joseph Cooney is tackled by Limerick’s  Diarmaid Byrnes during the league clash at Salthill. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It never takes the GAA long to get its storylines up and running again. The new season is still taking its first steps but already the intriguing th(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy in action against Tyrone. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tyrone 0-16 Donegal 0-18 Michael Murphy inspired Donegal to victory over 14-man Tyrone at Healy Park, making it a day of what-ifs for new managers Fe(...)

UCC celebrate their 2011 Sigerson Cup victory with manager Billy Morgan. Photograph: Inpho

Ten years ago last month, University College Cork won the centenary Sigerson Cup in Belfield. It was an affirmation of old-style collective spirit but(...)

Dean Rock scores his side’s first goal after 13 seconds. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Towards the end, as Dublin started taking kickout marks for the first time all night and swishing points at will, James Horan had no aces left to play(...)

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