Michael Murphy

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Shane Walsh:  He can do anything with a football. He carries on that Galway pedigree of going out and playing with flair. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Every team has a certain lifespan. Or every ordinary team anyway. Jim Gavin’s greatest trick with Dublin has been to take away the ups and downs that (...)

Tyrone’s Mattie Donnelly and Donegal’s Hugh McFadden in action during the Ulster semi-final at Kingspan Breffni Park.  Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

There had already been an unusually warm ripple of approbation for this year’s Ulster championship even before last weekend but this was always in the(...)

Tiernan McCann, right,  appears to make contact with  Donegal’s Stephen McMenamin’s mouth guard in  a controversial incident  during the Ulster championship clash at Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

DONEGAL 1-16 TYRONE 0-15 BY seven o’clock on Saturday evening, as the traffic peeled out of Cavan town for the borderlands, the general consensus wa(...)

Donegal’s Jamie Brennan celebrates scoring a goal during the Ulster SFC semi-final against  Tyrone at Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Donegal 1-16 Tyrone 0-15 The pendulum swings again. Declan Bonner’s young team took a huge stride forward with a strong and sometimes brilliant Satur(...)

Donegal manager Declan Bonner with Tyrone manager Mickey Harte - can we expect both or either to be attack minded on Saturday afternoon? Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In 1989, the actor Daniel Day-Lewis played Hamlet in the National Theatre and left the stage during a performance reportedly disturbed after seeing hi(...)

Kevin McLaughlin misses the late free to draw the game against Roscommon. But I’d be surprised if Mayo weren’t still standing after Donegal and Roscommon have fallen away.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It was a good weekend for the teams at the level just below the top of the football championship. I’d say it’s fairly clear at this stage that Dublin(...)

Donegal’s Ciarán Thompson is challenged by  Kane Connor of Fermanagh during the Ulster SFC quarter-final at Brewster Park in  Enniskillen. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Fermanagh 0-9 Donegal 0-15 Bodies are everywhere and there’s no room to breathe. It’s cramped and occasionally in-your-face cranky – and that’s just (...)

Dublin’s Eoin Murchan celebrates with Brian Fenton and the Sam Maguire after the victory over Tyrone in the 2018 All-Ireland SFC Final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

KEVIN McSTAY What is Dublin’s biggest weakness that can halt their five-in-a-row bid? That when the crunch comes, as it is almost certain to, due to (...)

Can anyone stop Stephen Cluxton and Dublin and the drive for five? All photographs: Inpho

Connacht Galway Manager: Kevin Walsh (5th year) Odds: All-Ireland 11/1; Connacht 4/5 Next up: v London, Ruislip, 5th May, 3.30 Galway’s lea(...)

Paul O’Shea was victorious in Kentucky. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland’s Paul O’Shea won Saturday’s Grand Prix in Lexington, Kentucky riding the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu. Fro(...)

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