Stephen Rochford

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Cormac McAnallen: moved from centrefield to full back after the drawn Ulster final of 2003. Tyrone went on to win their first All-Ireland title. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

It is ironic that all of the fuss caused by Stephen Rochford’s decision to send Aidan O’Shea to patrol the square was triggered by Kieran Donaghy, a p(...)

Jack Barry got himself in on goal but he didn’t have the composure to realise that Jack Savage was inside with nobody on him. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

I was sitting among a grand big family of Mayo supporters last Sunday, outnumbered but I held my own. There was a young lad sitting in front of me, 10(...)

Andy Moran: was a joy to watch. His movement and game intelligence was exemplary. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpo

We waited all summer for this game and it didn’t disappoint. After a low-key All-Ireland championship spread over five months, the season spins around(...)

Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan misses a late, long-range free at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

They say the difference between writing fiction and non-fiction is simple. Fiction has to be believable. And yet here we are, sitting in a bubbling Cr(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy at the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final at  Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

How to make sense of a game where a high-risk tactic might well have denied Mayo another All-Ireland final – and yet still they find themselves in wit(...)

Kerry’s David Moran and Séamus O’Shea of Mayo in the side’s last championship meeting in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All-Ireland SFC semi-final Kerry v Mayo Croke Park, 3.30 Live, RTÉ 2 and Sky Sports Arena In the space of a couple of weeks and on the back of Ros(...)

Donal Vaughan celebrates scoring his  goal against Donegal in 2013. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In the giddy aftermath of their team’s overwhelming win in the quarter-final replay against Roscommon, Mayo minds instantly travelled to one day of co(...)

Kerry captain Johnny Buckley in action against Aidan O’Shea of Mayo in 2014. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry v Mayo - Croke Park, Sunday, 3.30pm Live on RTÉ 2 and Sky Sports Arena Despite being in-season since the last weekend of January 2016, Joh(...)

GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final replay, Croke Park. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

So now there’s a big four, apparently. Or maybe it’s still a big three, only Mayo were in it all along and people were claiming bigger things than Tyr(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores their fourth goal of the game. Photograph:  INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Mayo 4-19 Roscommon 0-9 Alternative histories: what if Donie Smith had hit a blameless wide into the teeth of the squall eight days previously, consi(...)

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