Westmeath’s Boidu Sayeh scores a  late goal in the EirGrid  Leinster U21 Football Championship match against Meath at    Lakepoint Park in Mullingar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Westmeath 2-8 Meath 0-12 A fortuitous goal in the 56th minute from corner back Boidu Sayeh was the key score as Westmeath advanced to meet Dublin in (...)

  Michael Murphy leads out his team last week: After the Kerry defeat, Donegal will be eager to get off the mark against Roscommon on Sunday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty

 Saturday  AIB ALL-IRELAND CLUB SFC SEMI-FINALS St Vincent’s (Dublin) v Slaughtneil (Derry), Páirc Esler, Newry, 2.0 (TG4)  The idea (...)

Even the greenest of green-horns will try and keep a lid on the excitement of playing in Enniscrone, or Meelick, or Crettyard, this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Well, that didn’t last long, did it? After what appears to be the briefest of interludes, the GAA intercounty season is back this weekend, and going t(...)

 Mick O’Dowd,  who stepped down as Meath manager following the recent All-Ireland SFC qualifier defeat against Derry. Photograph: Inpho

Mick O’Dowd has taken aim at former Meath stars for “sickening” criticism of current Royal County players. When he stepped down as Meath manager fol(...)

Conor McManus and his team-mates celebrate the Ulster final victory over Donegal last year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This weekend the Ulster championship semi-final brings together the two counties who have shared the last five provincial titles. Donegal are well-k(...)

Mayo’s Evan Regan in action during the Connacht SFC quarter-final against London at Ruislip. Photograph: Gerry McManus/Inpho

Recalling 1929 tragedy from intense rivalry Cavan and Armagh have played out some feisty clashes of late but we’re fairly certain one tragic set of(...)

Formerly a wing back for the county, Conor McManus has developed into Monaghan’s standout forward, scoring 1-19 out of the county’s total of 1-47 during the championship this year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clontibret is a parish rather than a village, a stretch of the Dublin road with little nests of houses tucked behind the hedgerows down rocky ampersan(...)

Colm McFadden, seen here in action against Derry in the Ulster semi-final, is playing his best football since Donegal’s All-Ireland win. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

In the space of a few years these counties have passed milestones in Ulster football. Monaghan are in a third successive final for the first time in (...)

Ger Cunningham: former Cork coach is being linked with the Dublin job in succession to Anthony Daly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

As expected Anthony Cunningham was last night ratified as manager of the Galway hurlers for another two years. He has held the post for the past three(...)

Meath goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke holds on tight as Eoghan O’Gara and Diramuid Connolly move in in last year’s Leinster final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wherever and whenever football folk huddle in corners to give out about the Dubs getting to play all their games in Croke Park, it’s rare you’ll ever (...)

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