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Dublin’s Tommy Drumm shakes hands with Tyrone’s Frank McGuigan after the 1984 All-Ireland semi-final.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Prologue 1984  In those days Ulster teams weren’t expected even to travel hopefully apart from those years when they were rotated against the Co(...)

Colm Cavanagh: “I don’t think there’s any player at present that is anywhere near him . . . there is his ability to drop back and spot danger and then get forward.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho Ulster

“Colm Cavanagh, to me he’s the man.” And Joe McMahon would know. For 13 years he had been leading Tyrone from full back, centre back, midfield, and d(...)

Former Armagh manager Paul Grimley: “The 2003 final and that semi-final hurt Armagh people a hell of a lot. When it came down to the crunch in both years Tyrone won those battles.” Photograph:  INPHO/Donall Farmer

Revisiting the labyrinth of this 2005 trilogy has little to do with Saturday’s reprise. On Saturday, every able man, woman and child will migrate sout(...)

James McCartan says that a good barometer of how his teams were doing at the end of the match was where he was to be found on the field. He recalls ho(...)

Dublin  and Tyrone players come to blows during the infamous ‘Battle of Omagh’ in  2006. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

1995 All-Ireland Final Dublin 1-10 Tyrone 0-12 Over two decades ago and still the subject of historical debate, it was a final where Dublin conte(...)

Austin Gleeson: His capturing of the Hurler of the Year award not universally well received in Tipperary. Photograph: Inpho.

When Paul Pogba rejoined Manchester United from Juventus earlier this year, he was asked what he wanted to achieve at Old Trafford. He replied: “I (...)

 Dr Crokes captain Johnny Buckley and Man of the Match Colm Gooch Cooper celebrate winning the Kerry County Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Photo Don MacMonagle

When I heard that Cillian O’Connor had scored 4-4 for Ballintubber last weekend, I immediately tried to find footage of it online, as if coverage of t(...)

Outdoing Gaelic Players Association chief executive Dessie Farrell: “The organisation is in a really good place and 14 years is a long time to be in the position.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Dessie Farrell removes his glasses and waves from across the lounge in the Croke Park Hotel. We were supposed to meet across the road in Croke Park bu(...)

Seán Cavanagh: the last remaing link with the  Tyrone team that won a historic first All-Ireland in 2003. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

With the patience and precision of a lathe turner, Mickey Harte has crafted his latest team with big ambitions. There’s been a sense of inevitabilit(...)

Mickey Harte will stay on as Tyrone manager for at least two more years. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Mickey Harte has been re-appointed as Tyrone manage on a two-year term during a meeting of club officials at Garvaghey on Tuesday night. There had bee(...)

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