Michael Murphy

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Tyrone’s Harry Loughran scores his side’s first goal in Ballybofey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 2-17 Mickey Harte was quick to dim the euphoria, as Tyrone marched into an All-Ireland semi-final clash with Monaghan after toppl(...)

Michael Murphy: wherever he plays, he’s likely to be pivotal to Donegal’s hopes of beating Tyrone to book a place in the All-Ireland semi-final.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The epiphany was, according to Keith Duggan on these pages, like a realisation that they had been using Jimi Hendrix as a roadie for the past couple o(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus in action during the All-Ireland quarter-final Super 8s game against Kerry in Clones. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

SATURDAY All-Ireland SFC Super 8s – Group 1, phase 3 Galway v Monaghan, Pearse Stadium, Galway, 6.0 (Live on Sky Sports Action) Dark comparisons b(...)

Kevin McStay: Roscommon  have to go away and come up with a new plan over the winter now. The Super 8s have knocked all the wheels off their wagon. The old phrase ‘Be careful what you wish for’ springs to mind. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Driving home from Clones on Sunday night, I was thinking about the mindset of each team now as they set themselves for the last round of the Super-8s.(...)

Michael Murphy of Donegal makes a run at Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Donegal 0-20 Roscommon 0-13 In the 26th minute of this game in a balmy Hyde Park, Donegal supporters saw something close to a vision of summer perfec(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy  scores a free during the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Super 8s game against Roscommon at Dr Hyde Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Roscommon 0-13 Donegal 0-20 In the 26th minute of this game in a sun-drenched Hyde Park, Donegal supporters saw something close to the return of the(...)

After spending years as a member of long-departed Dublin band The Chapters, their former bassist, Michael Murphy, has struck out on his own. Well, sor(...)

Dublin’s Niall Scully scores his second goal past goalkeeper Donegal goalkeeper Shaun Patton during the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Super 8 game at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 2-15 Donegal 0-16 The house DJ played Bowie’s Let’s Dance when Dublin took the field just seconds before the second-half throw-in. But there a(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus celebrates scoring a point against Donegal. Prepare for him to do  something outrageous – something that we had all only dreamt of doing in our time playing the game. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

So, Gaelic football. Are you ready for your close-up? Like Norman Bates or Harry Lime, this summer’s movie is half-over and you haven’t shot your firs(...)

Dublin’s Dean Rock  kicking a free against Laois in the Leinster  Final. The challenge for Dublin is to keep tuned up, that’s the hardest job when you’re on top of the playing tree.  Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Winning is everything on the first weekend of the new Super 8s, and that applies across the board to all four matches even if the reasons are not the (...)

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