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 (...)

Donegal’s Ryan McHugh celebrates scoring a goal with Patrick McBrearty during the Ulster SFC Final against Fermanagh at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal 2-18 Fermanagh 0-12 Before it ended Rory Gallagher was already walking down the sideline to shake hands with Declan Bonner, the Fermanagh man(...)

Wicklow are frustrated that they can’t play their home quarter-final against Dublin in Aughrim. Photograph: Inpho

New faces, same old outcome Maybe it was Parnell Park asserting its value to Dublin but the close-run thing against Kilkenny came a bit out of the bl(...)

Tyrone’s Niall Sludden celebrates his goal against Donegal in the Allianz Football League Division 1A match at  Healy Park in  Omagh. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Tyrone 2-13 Donegal 1-10 The big Ulster derby relegation battle went Tyrone’s way at Healy Park, where they gleaned two valuable NFL Division One poi(...)

Dublin’s Colm Basquel is challenged by Hugh McFadden of Donegal during the Allianz Football League Division One game at  Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dublin 0-20 Donegal 0-15 Not quite the slow steamrolling over their opening two opponents, but still Dublin are simply taking care of business in the(...)

Christopher Bradley scored 1-5 as Slaughtneil beat Kilcar in the AIB Club SFC semi-final at Healy Park in Omagh. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho/Presseye

Slaughtneil (Derry) 2-17 Kilcar (Donegal) 0-17 Slaughtneil are into their third Ulster Club SFC Final in four years after an impressive six-point win(...)

David Clifford scored 4-4 in the All-Ireland minor final win over Derry. Photograph: Inpho

David Clifford hasn’t played senior football for Kerry yet, but he is already expected to stop Dublin from winning four, and definitely five, All-Irel(...)

Galway’s Johnny Heaney celebrates scoring his second goal in the All-Ireland SFC Round 4A qualifier against Donegal at   Markievicz Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway 4-17 Donegal 0-14 A summer’s evening can change everything. Galway came into Markievicz Park – easily one of the wonders of world sporting sta(...)

Roscommon’s Enda Smith gets away from Galway’s Thomas Flynn during the Connacht final at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Even before their Connacht final collapse against Roscommon, not all Galway football supporters were too convinced about this team. Connacht champion(...)

James McCarthy has been declared fit to play against Donegal in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One should be forgiven for presuming the natural place to direct a conversation with Jim Gavin about Donegal would be 2014. That seismic All-Ireland s(...)

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