Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea is tackled by Dublin’s Emmet Ó Conghaile at MacHale Park. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Dublin 0-9 Mayo 0-7 If you think the All-Ireland champions would be spooked by having to take the show on the road, think again. Dublin left a wet(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly (l) and Colm Boyle of Mayo Photograph: ©INPHO/Andrew Paton

Mayo 0-7 Dublin 0-9 The boys of summer are no slouches on the black nights of winter either. Dublin left a wet, dark night in the west after wrestlin(...)

Dublin defender Philly McMahon celebrates scoring Dublin second goal in the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo last summer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Everyone remembers the goals in last year’s semi-final replay between Dublin and Mayo, an encounter memorably labelled by RTÉ’s Darragh Moloney as “t(...)

Mikey Sweeney replaces Lee Keegan in the Mayo side to meet Dublin in Castlebar on Saturday night. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has made no change to his announced team to face Mayo on Saturday evening in the AFL Division One match in Castlebar. The s(...)

Mayo’s Brendan Harrison and Donal Vaughan with Paul Kerrigan of Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork 1-18 Mayo 0-12 Cork gave new manager Peadar Healy an encouraging start to his tenure with a surprisingly comfortable victory over a well-beaten (...)

There is now the beginning of a movement to keep players in the game purely because they enjoy the game. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Joyce Carol Oates,” came the waspish, delighted reply from Gore Vidal in answering his own challenge to name the three saddest words in the English l(...)

 A vicar’s tea party list of storms will  kick off the year, while a weather system named after a 7th century saint will end it. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Future perfect – Frank McNally previews 2016 through a (slightly cracked) crystal ball: January: There is no let-up in the weather, as storms Gertrud(...)

Ireland’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring a goal in the International Rules Test. The Mayo man was superb against Australia. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If whatever crafty gene drives the International Rules series could be isolated, it would make a fortune for the biomedical industry. Two years ago(...)

Ireland’s John O’Loughlin tries to tackle Luke Breust of Australia during the International Rules match at Croke Park. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ireland 56 [3-11-5] Australia 52 [1-13-7] Ireland’s International Rules Test victory on Saturday night was an impressive display – although late slipp(...)

Joe Kernan: “They blew us out of the water last year, they will be wanting to do the same here again, and that’s what we have to be ready for.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The difficulties for this evening’s one-off EirGrid International Rules Test could be seen and heard at Friday’s media conference when all the poin(...)