Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates with Neil  and Eamonn McGee after the victory over Dublin in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A few days after the Ulster final, Pat Shovelin dropped into the house just for a chat. I was down in the office and he popped his head round the d(...)

All-Ireland winning Dublin footballer Rory O’Carroll, a former volunteer with the Capuchin Day Centre,  with Anthony Bradley and the Sam Maguire Cup, during a visit to the centre. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

It was the turn of the Capuchin Day Centre homeless service to join in the celebrations over Dublin winning the All-Ireland football championship when(...)

 Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan celebrates with the Sam Maguire trophy: “It might seem like times are good now but you have to make the most of the opportunities.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Minutes before Dublin’s defining game of the season and Cian O’Sullivan couldn’t be sure. From the moment he was helped leave the field after strainin(...)

Cian O’Sullivan: despite a recent hamstring injury, he was deemed fit enough to play and, as it transpired, he executeed the sweeper role to perfection. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho 2:03

The season ends with the mid-winter adjustments made by Dublin returning them to All-Ireland success. The weather completely dominated the game and(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton and manager Jim Gavin with the Sam Maguire trophy on O’Connell Street. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne 2:03

“Dublin. The city that fought an empire” was the message on a fan’s T-shirt at the homecoming for the victorious Dublin senior footballers. The GAA(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan and Paul Flynn celebrate with the Sam Maguire trophy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The city game is edging towards greatness and the Dublin football team is claiming the teenage decade of this young century. On a slate-grey day in th(...)

Kerry’s Colm Cooper tries to shoot despite the attentions of  James McCarthy and Philly McMahon of Dublin  during the All-Ireland SFC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 0-12 Kerry 0-9 Croke Park surfed the blue wave, as Dublin celebrated an All-Ireland victory as sweet as it was unsightly. Undermined b(...)

Dublin’s Alan Brogan: “Obviously there’s history there and a sense of occasion when you’re playing Kerry. My Mam is from Kerry so that brings its own little edge to it.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There are plenty of stories in Dublin GAA circles about him. Here’s one. A club corner back remembers Alan Brogan walking over before throw-in a fe(...)

Mayo’s Kevin McLoughlin and Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan in action in the All-Ireland semi-final replay. Dublin manager Jim Gavin said: “Cian got cramp at the end of the game.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It looked like Cian O’Sullivan’s hamstring snapped underneath the Cusack Stand last Saturday evening. Mayo had been beaten, the clock had turned red a(...)

Dublin had a detailed game plan to cope with Aidan O’Shea, with Mayo setting up how Jim Gavin expected. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Whenever this Mayo team lose a big championship game now, it is impossible not to feel sympathy for them. For a second consecutive summer, they have c(...)