Leitrim line up for the Connacht semi-final at  MacHale Park. This charade of Division Four teams against the top teams with the marching bands and the preambles  is a thing of the past. Nobody wants to see it anymore – let alone play in it. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sunday may have been a significant day for the GAA in that it has become painfully clear to everyone that the charade of the Big Day Out has to stop. (...)

Donegal's Michael Murphy blocks a goal attempt from Shane McGuigan of Derry. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The pilgrims came in search of the All-Ireland football championship and located it in Donegal. Shades of the 1990s on a dull July Sunday.After a se(...)

Patrick McBrearty carries ahead of Gerard Collins during Donegal’s rout of Down. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Donegal 2-25 Down 1-12 At the end, the thing to watch for wasn’t the general fed-upness of a Down team whose year was done, nor the studied satisfact(...)

Patrick McBrearty is a top talent and a mature player but he hasn’t won an All Star yet. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The closer we get to this weekend’s semi-finals, the more farcical the whole situation becomes. Surely this is a first for world sport: a format that (...)

Donegal have been the poster boys for flattering to deceive, but topped their group in the league without talisman Michael Murphy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Nothing became Division One North of the football league like the ending of it. Stop the clock at various stages of injury-time and you could have sen(...)

Fans watch the game at the Athletic Grounds. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Armagh 0-16 Donegal 0-16 Relief for Declan Bonner but a sense of frustration was Kieran McGeeney’s lot following this pulsating Allianz League Divis(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McCarthy gets free of the Donegal defence to score  his third goal of the game in the Allianz Football League Division 1 North match at  Seán MacCumhaill Park  in Ballybofey. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Donegal 1-20 Monaghan 4-11 As Whit Sunday dawned, Declan Bonner was surely looking to the gods. Donegal might have salvaged a draw, coming from nine(...)

Daithí Burke is back in harness with Galway as they take on Tipperary in Saturday’s All-Ireland hurling quarter-final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Saturday ALL-IRELAND SHC QUARTER-FINALS Galway v Tipperary, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 1.15pm – Live on RTÉ 2. Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick) What’s the(...)

Donegal’s Peadar Mogan scores a goal despite the efforts of Armagh’s Ryan Kennedy of Armagh in the Ulster semi-final at Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Inpho

Donegal 1-22 Armagh 0-13 When Donegal were preparing for this one, Declan Bonner could feel an “edge”. The Donegal manager wouldn’t entertain the sug(...)

Paedar Morgan celebrates his goal against Armagh with Ryan McHugh. Photograph: Inpho

Donegal 1-22 Armagh 0-13 During the week, Declan Bonner didn’t want to entertain the very mention of complacency. It was easy to see why. “I’m relu(...)

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