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 Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates scoring his second goal. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mayo 4-17 Donegal 1-10: Jimmy’s not winning matches anymore. Beforehand, Mayo, poor old Mayo, the nearly county of modern Gaelic football, were being(...)

The return to fitness of forward Andy Moran, here celebrating his goal against Galway in the Connacht quarter-final, has given his county a massive boost. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Well now. That got nasty in a hurry. Remember the run-up to last year’s All-Ireland final? Remember how fun and novel it all seemed? Lord, it even fel(...)

Pearse O’Neill: survivor from 2010 victory over Dublin.

In the three years since they last played in the football championship the winds of fortune may have shifted in Dublin’s favour, but there will still (...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Neil McGee of Donegal are involved in a heated exchange during last year’s All-Ireland football final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Call it mind games, call it player welfare concern, either way next Sunday’s rerun of last year’s All-Ireland final between Donegal and Mayo was yeste(...)

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(...)

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