Karl O Connell

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Eoin Donnelly rises high to flick home Fermanagh’s winning goal against Monaghan in the Ulster SFC semi-final at Healy Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Fermanagh 1-8 Monaghan 0-10 This was just about the most Ulster football game that was ever Ulster footballed. Two defences not so much packed as(...)

Monaghan’s Gavin Doogan, Darren Hughes and Neil McAdam battle for possession with Paul Flynn and Brian Fenton of Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

I was talking to Brian McEniff a few years ago about Ulster football and the teams Donegal would come up against on a regular basis. McEniff’s thing (...)

Seán O’Shea: strong, square-shouldered and always willing, he has been the focal point of Kerry’s attack playing at centre-forward. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Eight minutes into Kerry’s game against Monaghan three weeks back, they were in danger of losing sight of their opposition just as surely as we were i(...)

The Australian team pose with the Cormac McAnallen trophy after winning game two and the seriesagainst  Ireland at Domain Stadium  in Perth, Australia. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Australia 53 [0-15-8] Ireland 50 [2-10-8] - Australia win series 2-0 As the curtain came down on the 2017 series and Australia celebrated regaining t(...)

Australia’s Nat Fyfe celebrates scoring a goal in Adelaide. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Australia 63 [2-13-12], Ireland 53 [1-13-8] That Russian roulette feeling you get before first tests with no real clues as to which barrel is going t(...)

Wexford’s Conor McDonald celebrates scoring  a goal in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A quarter-final against Kilkenny at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

SATURDAY MUNSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL Cork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Rinn, 5.0 – live on RTÉ 2 After pulling off last year’s once-in-72 years number on Cork, (...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly and Jonathan Lyne of Kerry in action in the Allianz Football League Division One final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly’s frustration does have the merit of consistency. His unhappiness with black cards predates his recent high-profile acquisition of t(...)

Monaghan’s Gavin Doogan, Darren Hughes and Neil Mc Adam with Paul Flynn and Brian Fenton of Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Monaghan 1-15 Dublin 2-15 We wouldn’t want artificially to exaggerate the crime rate by describing what happened in Clones on Sunday before 13,227 wi(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus is surrounded by Donegal players during the  Allianz Football League Division One game at  Fr Tierney Park in  Ballyshannon. Photograph: Trevor Lucy/Inpho/Presseye

Donegal 1-11 Monaghan 1-11 What did you expect? Yes, the sun shone in Ballyshannon and it was Mother’s Day and the world seemed in good mood. But whe(...)

Michael Murphy scored five points in Donegal’s 0-17 to 2-10 Ulster SFC semi-final replay victory over Monaghan at Breffini Park on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho.

Every so often, the championship creates an extraordinary rivalry, meaning that teams can bring a decade’s worth of emotion and envy and celebration a(...)

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