Sean Cavanagh

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Pádraig O’Hora, Ryan O’Donoghue and Kevin McLoughlin, Mayo after being beaten by Tyrone in the All Ireland senior football championship final at Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s not that sport has a monopoly on roller-coasting extremes of emotions, all walks of life have their fair share of them too, of course. But stil(...)

Pat Spillane, Seán Cavanagh and presenter  Joanne Cantweli on the RTÉ studio at Croke Park during the All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As Seán Cavanagh and Pat Spillane hammered away at each other on RTÉ television last Saturday before the All-Ireland football semi-final, it would not(...)

Tyrone’s Conor Meyler, Padraig Hamspey, Ronan McNamee and Michael McKernan tackle Adrian Spillane of Kerry - It appeared as if Kerry hadn’t considered the advent of a blanket defence. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Just like that, all has changed. As I watched the scenes in Croke Park at the final whistle on Saturday - Tyrone ecstasy, Kerry dazed - I thought back(...)

Niall Morgan: plays in  his  fifth All-Ireland semi-final for Tyrone when he lines out against Kerry. In the county’s history,   only Seán Cavanagh and, assuming they tog out, Peter Harte and Mattie Donnelly will have played in more. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Niall Morgan doesn’t ask that you take his word for anything. He absolutely is not looking for your sympathy. If you have made your mind up on the rig(...)

Mayo and Meath players get acquainted with each other during the 1996 All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: Inpho

I have had a week or so of holidays in Ballina. It wasn’t the best timing to return to the fatherland after the controversy of the Dublin-Mayo game. I(...)

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 (...)

Seán Cavanagh in action for Ireland against Australia in  October 2008 at the  Subiaco Oval, Perth, Western Australia. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Seán Cavanagh caused a bit of a stir back in the day when comparing International Rules success with winning the All-Ireland. He had captained Irel(...)

Brian Fenton wins a high ball during the semi-final victory over Cavan. He has all the attributes of a top midfielder  But it’s his decision-making and innate  footballing ability which are key assets for Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

When you watch Brian Fenton, you’d be wrong to just watch Brian Fenton. He looked unplayable at times against Cavan on Saturday night, the complete mi(...)

Mickey Harte lifts Sam Maguire in 2005. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In the end there was a kind of symmetry in the way Mickey Harte headed over the horizon in this, the very year that football reverted to pure knockout(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is ‘one of the most influential managers Gaelic games has seen’. File photograph: Inpho

Sometime after half-past-three last Sunday afternoon, Mickey Harte sat staring out from a bleak, darkening stand on to an empty torn up football field(...)

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