Pat Spillane

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Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey, Paul Mannion and Niall Scully celebrate after their All-Ireland SFC win over Tyrone. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

It was a day full of regrets. Pat Spillane said he was sorry for ever using the “puke” word to describe Tyrone’s football. Colm O’Rourke mourned the(...)

Anxious Tyrone fans watch their team hang on against Monaghan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Being a Tyrone fan in Dublin can be difficult, especially in weeks like this, as the glorious lure of Sam Maguire breathes down our necks. Aware of th(...)

In the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final Tyrone defeated Kerry in a high-energy display of swarm tackling but also superior kicking. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

We live in the present, not in the future. Nearly 30 years ago I asked a senior colleague what it had been like to cover football in Kerry’s ‘Golden Y(...)

Minister for Agriculture  Michael Creed, Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar and  Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring are pictured in Westport, Co Mayo at the announcement of a rural regeneration plan. Photograph: Maxwell Photography.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there “isn’t a pot of money” from Europe to develop transport projects and that roads have been prioritised over rail (...)

Former Kerry footballer and manager Mick O’Dwyer with the Sam Maguire trophy during a civic reception hosted by Kerry County Council in his honour. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Kerry footballing legend Mick O’Dwyer was presented - once again - with the Sam Maguire trophy at a civic reception to honour him in Tralee on Monday.(...)

Joanne Cantwell, currently the host of ‘Saturday Sport’ on RTÉ Radio 1: ‘They pick out a bluffer straight away’. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When she was about 12 years old she decided her perfect job would be “a mixture of George Hamilton’s and Des Lynam’s”. Add her passion for Gaelic Gam(...)

Dublin were left in a far better place by Donal Vaughan’s red card. The whole outcome changed on that instant. Photograph: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Everyone in Croke Park and watching around the world knew that Mayo were poised to win the All-Ireland on Sunday. They had created their perfect storm(...)

Stephen Rochford: the Mayo manager has been subjected to a barrage of criticism for putting O’Shea on Donaghy. But Kerry’s full-forward line were restricted to just  0-5 from play. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It has been a ghoulish week for coverage of Gaelic football. For the second successive championship summer, Mayo’s manager Stephen Rochford has been w(...)

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is certainly not afraid of making big calls. Photograph: Inpho

What must the Mayo squad think of their manager Stephen Rochford. Brave? Ruthless? Tactical genius? A chancer? Since taking over Mayo ahead of the 20(...)

Tyrone lose to Kerry in the 1986 All Ireland Final. Will things be any different against Dublin on Sunday? Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The first All-Ireland final I ever went to was Tyrone v Kerry in 1986. My dad’s name came out of the hat in a club raffle a few days beforehand and, j(...)

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