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Donegal’s Neil McGee and Donal Kingston of Laois in action at Carrick-on-shannon. Phogo: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal 0-14 Laois 0-8The secrets and lies of the football championship. Donegal identified five things that went wrong against Monaghan in the Ulster(...)

Monaghan hit Donegal where they were strongest, shutting down their full forward line including Vinnie Corey’s marking job on Michael Murphy. Photograph: Inpho

Listening to some of the talk about where Donegal go from here, you’d have to wonder at what people think they were made of when they won the All-Irel(...)

Donegal footballer Michael Murphy at his home club of Glenswilly,  where the official launch of the 2013 GAA Football Championship All-Ireland Series took place. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/ Sportsfile.

The dethroned Ulster football champions met up on Monday night to survey the ruins. Michael Murphy was adamant, at yesterday’s All-Ireland championshi(...)

Donegal’s Eamonn McGee tackles Monaghan’s Kieran Hughes. The full-back was left utterly exposed throughout the game. Photograph:  William Cherry/Inpho/Pressye

What was so surprising about Clones yesterday was that Donegal were not up for the fight. It was quite obvious early on that Monaghan had the hunger t(...)

Jim McGuinness will be delighted to get  Karl Lacey back for his Donegal side. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Monaghan go into tomorrow’s Ulster final not having been overly impressive against Antrim and Cavan to date. They play to a system that’s not unlike D(...)

Sign on a wall in Thurles notifying players of a drug-testing station. “We don’t believe we have a problem. But that’s because we continue to educate players,” said director of games administration Fergal McGill. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA does not have a doping problem. The highlighted figures prove as much. One positive test since 2001 and that was dismissed, on medical grounds(...)

Maurice Riordan: the creaturely and animal poems in his fourth collection strike out in a new direction

Maurice Riordan’s fourth collection, The Water Stealer (Faber, £12.99), continues to mine the rich material that was at the heart of his outstanding 2(...)

Derry’s Eoin Bradley and Sligo’s Charlie Harrison last weekend. Bradley started on the bench last week but will start against Down tomorrow. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Derry manager Brian McIver adds Eoin Bradley to his attack for tomorrow’s All-Ireland qualifier against Down. Bradley had been struggling with a shoul(...)

Donegal’s Ryan McHugh is tackled by Down’s Conor Laverty and Ryan Boyle at Kingspan Breffni Park last Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When we watch football these days, we can do one of two things. We can complain and moan that the modern game is an eyesore or we can really sit down (...)

Mark McHugh: “It definitely was as tough a game as we’ve had. A grinding battle.”

It was arguably their least impressive performance in the Ulster championship in three years, and exactly what Donegal needed ahead of their quest to (...)

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