2014 TG4 All Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 28/9/2014Dublin vs Cork Cork Manager Eamon Ryan celebrates with his team after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

How a county who had never won a senior trophy turned into the best team in Irish sport

 Dublin County Board chairman Andy Kettle has died. He was 68. Photo Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tireless worker for Dublin oversaw a period of great success for the county

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon and Odhrán Mác Niallais of Donegal at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Malachy Clerkin on a raid for the ages, Jim McGuinness’s best ever trick

GAA, soccer and rugby followers have lots of choice this Christmas with stories that range from the personal to the universal

St. Vincent’s forward Diarmuid Connolly after the All-Ireland club final win ver Castlebar Mitchells’s at Croke Park in March 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

The distance between the best of the best and the great unwashed rest can be an ocean

Henry Shefflin: the Ballyhale Shamrocks player has been awarded Hurler of the Year three times throughout his career.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Kilcormac/Killoughey won’t be cowed by Ballyhale’s stars but it won’t be enough

James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick: will be helping Ballyhale Shamrocks’ bid to claim another title when they face Offaly champions Kilcormac-Killoughey

Ballyhale star has no regrets about decision to end his intercounty career with Kilkenny at just 26

Cork’s Rhona Ní Bhuachalla (left) and Val  Mulcahy (13) and team-mates celebrate   after their remarkable win over Dublin in the 2014 TG4 All Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

‘The most striking thing about it was the complete absence of panic in the Cork side’

Austin Stacks manager Stephen Stack celebrates with Kieran Donaghy after the final whistle in the Munster club final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Austin Stacks star now has Munster club success to add to All-Ireland medal in 2014

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