Shaun Patton

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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 (...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan is challenged by  Galway’s Seán Kelly during the Allianz Football League Division 1 South game at  St Jarlath’s Park in Tuam. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s nearly a bit comical to hear people raving about the quality of the football since the start of the league. It’s every week now, game after game,(...)

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(...)

Tempers flare during the 2016 All-Ireland final replay between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It struck me during the week that although there are three provincial finals being played this weekend, many conversations involving the All-Ireland c(...)

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(...)

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell at the AFL Division 1 game between Dublin and Kerry  in Croke Park on January 25th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Most people are expecting Dublin to comfortably deal with Westmeath on Saturday, and for neutrals it may not be the most exciting prospect. But I’ve b(...)

Donegal’s Ryan McHugh closely monitored by Tyrone’s Michael O’Neill and Conor Meyler in Ballybofey. On a day when big men featured prominently, in contrast the usually influential  McHugh had one of his quietest outings in a Donegal shirt. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The terms and conditions for a winter championship were there for all to see last weekend. I was watching Tyrone and Donegal play in Ballybofey and th(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford gets his shot away despite the efforts of  Donegal’s Brendan McCole during the league clash at Austin Stack Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kerry 2-18 Donegal 0-10 If and when they have to deal with them, Dublin are going to find Kerry significantly more of a handful than they did in 201(...)

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