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The Cavanagh brothers celebrate with the trophy after winning the Ulster final on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

“Hot sunny days in Clones is a memory for me,” beams Sean Cavanagh as he stands in the sunshine with his daughter in his arms. “ I remember standing (...)

Tyrone’s Darren McCurry and manager Mickey Harte celebrate their semifinal win. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Ulster SFC final: Tyrone v Down, Clones, Sunday 2pm – live on RTÉ2 and BBC Having walloped Derry and Donegal, Tyrone take the final step towards the (...)

Roscommon celebrates as Ciaran Murtagh lifts the trophy. The sheer Roscommon-ness of last Sunday is hard to overstate. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ah, that’s Roscommon for you. Or Waterford – how Waterford was that on Saturday night. And this weekend, are we going to see Down do something that co(...)

Down’s Caolan Mooney scored 0-2 against Armagh in the Ulster SFC quarter-final.  Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Down are surely the most enjoyable team to watch in this year’s championship. Yes, Éamonn Burns’ team brought a huge level of aggression and want to (...)

Kevin McKernan of Down celebrates  at the final whistle of the  Ulster SFC semi-final against Monaghan   at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh. Photograph: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Down breathed pure magic into the All-Ireland football championship on Saturday evening and left the rest of country marvelling over what was a fabulo(...)

Jamie Clarke: opted out for the entire 2016 season but re-established himself during Armagh’s league run this year. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Jamie Clarke will make his first championship start for Armagh since 2015 when starting at corner forward in Sunday’s Ulster football quarter-final ag(...)

Martin Clarke was a key factor in Down reaching the All-Ireland senior football final in 2010. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

As a silent commentary on how Down football in the space of little over six years went from being within centimetres of an All-Ireland to celebrating (...)

Down’s Aidan Carr attempts a block on Fermanagh’s Che Cullen. Photograph: Inpho

Down 0-10 Fermanagh 1-16 Fermanagh cruised to a nine-point victory over a lacklustre Down in Newry as Peter McGrath’s team looked better in all depar(...)

Darren Hughes in action for  Monaghan against Down. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

The constant gathering of scores as Monaghan ruthlessly dismissed Down on Sunday drew an immediate comparison to Dublin. Such high praise seems unwa(...)

Kieran Hughes of Monaghan shoots past Joe Murphy of Down in their Ulster SFC quarter-final. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Monaghan 2-22 Down 0-9 Here remains the Ulster football championship just not as middle aged folk remember it. The any given Sunday theory sounded m(...)

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