Shane McGuigan shows his disappointment at the final whistle following Derry’s one-point defeat by Donegal at Ballybofey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When all eyes are fixed on a major tournament final like they were last weekend, the GAA has to take a backseat. That’s just the way of the world whe(...)

Dublin’s Paddy Small scores a goal during the Allianz Football League Division One  semi-final against Donegal at  Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 1-18 Donegal 1-14 All hail, then, the first ever joint-winners of the National Football League. The Dubs came through their semi-final with fe(...)

Donegal have been the poster boys for flattering to deceive, but topped their group in the league without talisman Michael Murphy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Nothing became Division One North of the football league like the ending of it. Stop the clock at various stages of injury-time and you could have sen(...)

Cork missed out on the chance to build on their win over Kerry and progress to the All-Ireland semi-finals. Photograph: Inpho

What a brilliant weekend for Tipperary and Cavan, the best football stories of the year. Upsets like those would do the heart good. Tipperary winning (...)

David Clifford in action against Meath during the Allianz Football League Division 1 game at  Fitzgerald Stadium in  Killarney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Saturday ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Mayo v Kerry* (MacHale Park, 7.15 – Live RTÉ 2 & Eir Sport 1) *Rescheduled for Sunday at 1pm due to(...)

Stephen Cluxton makes a crucial save to deny Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien a goal during the All-Ireland football final replay at Croke Park.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Six-time All-Ireland winning football captain Stephen Cluxton is now in line to receive the one award that has so far eluded him throughout his long a(...)

Mayo’s Fionn McDonagh surrounded by delighted fans following the victory over Donegal at MacHale Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“If I’d hair it would have been standing up on my head,” said Peter Canavan of the atmosphere in Castlebar which couldn’t even be dampened by the heav(...)

Donegal duo Paddy McBrearty and Jamie Brennan could  prove a potent threat to Kerry’s defence at Croke Park.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

SATURDAY All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals, Group 2, Phase 2 Cork v Tyrone, Dr Hyde Park, 5.0 [Live, Sky Sports] Cork have been one of the great rest(...)

Donegal’s Ciarán Thompson is challenged by  Kane Connor of Fermanagh during the Ulster SFC quarter-final at Brewster Park in  Enniskillen. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Fermanagh 0-9 Donegal 0-15 Bodies are everywhere and there’s no room to breathe. It’s cramped and occasionally in-your-face cranky – and that’s just (...)

Dublin’s Dean Rock  kicking a free against Laois in the Leinster  Final. The challenge for Dublin is to keep tuned up, that’s the hardest job when you’re on top of the playing tree.  Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Winning is everything on the first weekend of the new Super 8s, and that applies across the board to all four matches even if the reasons are not the (...)

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