Keith Higgins

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It will be interesting to see whether Donegal follow Mayo forward Aidan O’Shea or operate a more zonal approach in their defence. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Mayo v Donegal Croke Park, Saurday 6.0, Live Sky Sports 5 The great debate on the competing merits of “hard” and “easy(...)

A crowd of 58,680 were present for Sunday’s All-Ireland football championship double header. Photograph: Inpho

Capital crowds The announcement in Croke Park on Sunday that the attendance was 58,680 drew an acerbic response from one of the more ‘seasoned’ member(...)

Aidan O’Shea scored a hattrick as Mayo thrashed Sligo to in their fifth Connacht title in a row. Photograph: Inpho

Sligo 2-11 Mayo 6-25 There comes a point on a day like this when numbers start to lose their meaning. Still, for what it’s worth and to satisfy the re(...)

Mayo’s defensive shortcomings were exposed by the manner of Gary Sice’s goal for Galway on Sunday at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

One of the tantalising questions of every recent All-Ireland championship has also been one of the hardest to answer: can Mayo win the All-Ireland? O(...)

Heavy security  outside the Special Criminal Court in Dublin for the arrival of  Nathan Killeen in   February  2013. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Convicted murderer Nathan Killeen has launched a High Court challenge against a decision of the prison authorities to place him in solitary confinemen(...)

Football captain Keith Higgins returned to the Mayo hurlers on Saturday. Photo: Inpho

Keith Higgins returned to the Mayo hurling team at the weekend, putting to bed any claims that he was being prevented from doing so by the county’s fo(...)

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(...)

Mayo’s Keith Higgins in action against Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy in last year’s All Ireland SFC semi-final replay. The cornerback admits his side were “very bitter, very sore” over the defeat. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Few teams captured the strangely unexpected openings of the Allianz Football League more than Mayo. After rolling over All-Ireland championship Kerry (...)

Cork’s James Loughrey: “Look at Donegal: it takes a year or longer to master a defensive structure. You can’t just suddenly do it.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It was a weekend of decidedly defensive football in the upper reaches of the Allianz Football League. On Saturday evening Dublin certainly weren’t go(...)

Kerry’s Pa Kilkenny and Adam Gallagher of Mayo hit the ground in their Allianz Football League Division 1 tussle in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Opening matches in the league rarely become reference points later in the year. It was of historical interest that Kerry have lost all of their openi(...)

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