Alan O’Connor put in a towering performance in the centre of the pitch  last Sunday and as the game wore on, his self-belief got stronger and stronger. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It gets harder and harder to know who to believe. Never mind that: it gets harder and harder to be believed, full stop. In the run-up to the Munster f(...)

Mark Collins of Cork reacts as referee Pádraig Hughes awards a penalty against him during the Munster SFC Final at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 Call them charmed or call them haunted. Or call it the poise of All-Ireland champions. The sun still shone over Fitzgerald Stadiu(...)

Donncha O’Connor was a key member of the Cork side that won the All-Ireland final in 2010. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A plethora of heavyweight names have left the Cork dressing room in recent years but even as Brian Cuthbert has begun to assemble a new-look side, the(...)

Mayo goalkeeper David Clarke is beaten by Brian Hurley’s late fisted goal as Cork claimed victory in the Allianz Football League Division One game at  Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork 2-7 Mayo 0-12Cork snatched victory at the death to secure their first division semi-final slot after a tetchy affair in difficult conditions at P(...)

Donncha O’Connor takes on Kieran Duffy at St Mary’s Stadium. The veteran O’Connor had a fine game for Cork scoring five points. Photograph: Andrew Paton/INPHO/Presseye

CORK 2-14 MONAGHAN 1-16An unpredictable afternoon in Castleblayney: rolling mist threatened the afternoon early on, as Monaghan played their first All(...)

Dublin’s Emmett Ó Conghaile: has impressed manager Jim Gavin during the O’Byrne Cup. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho
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All throw-ins 2.0 unless stated Football O’BYRNE CUP SEMI-FINALS Kildare v DIT, St Conleth’s Park Apart from the frictio(...)

Alan Campbell and Barry Grogan tackle Donncha O’Connor of Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 1-14 Tipperary 0-12Cork manager Brian Cuthbert welcomed the opportunity for “game-time” for his extended squad who continued their run through th(...)

This is the time of the year to be playing. You want every minute. Your appetite for football is never greater than for these few weeks. You know that(...)

Mayo manager James Horan shakes hands with  Cork’s Colm O’Neill at the end of the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It always amazes me when a team gets annoyed at the end of close games like this, over whether or not more time should have been played. The only pers(...)

There is no easy or deliberate way of peaking for an All-Ireland football final, and for Mayo that’s what this summer is all about. All year I’ve g(...)

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