Rory Gallagher

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Down manager James McCartan expects to introduce some of the county’s under-20 side that won the Ulster title last year in this year’s Allianz League. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

James McCartan is under no illusions about life in Division Two. Having acknowledged with equanimity last November that he and his coach Aidan O’Rourk(...)

 Des McAlea, a survivor of the Miami Showband massacre: ‘This is something that will live with me until the day I die.’ Photograph:  Stephen Davison

Every time Des McAlea travels the road between Belfast and Dublin he stops to pay his respects to his friends Fran O’Toole, Brian McCoy and Tony Gerag(...)

Conor Glass returned to Derry after a stint with Hawthorn in the AFL. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Referee Seán Curran had barely called for full-time in the Derry county final, confirming Glen’s maiden senior win, when Conor Glass broke down in tea(...)

 Former Mayo footballer Andy Moran: ‘I don’t think there is any chance Aidan O’Shea doesn’t start, and I expect him to have a big game.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Andy Moran is a fund of interesting observations on All-Ireland finals and more specifically Mayo’s role in them. The now retired former Footballer of(...)

Shane McGuigan shows his disappointment at the final whistle following Derry’s one-point defeat by Donegal at Ballybofey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When all eyes are fixed on a major tournament final like they were last weekend, the GAA has to take a backseat. That’s just the way of the world whe(...)

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(...)

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty celebrates his winning point alongside Odhran Mac Niallais. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal 0-16 Derry 0-15 Blood and iron. Fears that Ulster football had gone continental and devil-may-care evaporated on Sunday over 74 minutes that (...)

 Donegal took a big risk by playing  Michael Murphy against Down on Sunday.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

I find it hard to get into the Ulster mindset. I love it as a championship: I think it feels like an independent competition locked within the All-Ire(...)

Derry’s Christy McKaigue lifts the Division 3 trophy in Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Derry 0-21 Offaly 1-6 Derry for Ulster? Now there’s a thought. Manager Rory Gallagher certainly didn’t cloak his Championship ambitions with false m(...)

Derry’s Conor Glass in action against Cavan in the Allianz Football League Division 3 North game at  Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

Allianz Football League Division 3 final: Derry v Offaly, Croke Park, Saturday, 5pm – Live TG4 John Maughan’s old-school enthusiasm to play for the d(...)

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