Philly McMahon battles with Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea. Dublin had a plan for O’Shea and it worked well but may have have been really troubled had Barry Moran joined him in the full forward line. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was a day of high drama and tension in Croke Park. Dublin and Mayo produced a game of such extreme turning points that questions and debate will sw(...)

Dublin’s Michael Fitzsimons, Jack McCaffrey, Philly McMahon,Tomas Brady, John Small and Paul Flynn foul Colm Boyle of Mayo resulting in a late penalty. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What compels them? What is it about Mayo that requires them to take these grand, dramatic days to the brink of oblivion before they can summon the ins(...)

Kerry’s Darran O’Sullivan scores a goal despite the attention of Kildare’s Ciarán Fitzpatrick and Eoin Doyle during last weekend’s one-sided All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash at Croke Park.Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ah lads. Seven goals!? Are ye joking? We know ye’re going well but there’s going well and there’s going well. Three would have been plenty. Four wo(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal past Fermanagh goalkeeper Thomas Treacy during the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph:   Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 2-23 Fermanagh 2-15 By the numbers, this was quite a contest. By any other metric, it was business as usual. Dublin rolled on through an(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton leads his players in the team parade before the Leinster final against Westmeath. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Mike Hassett was one of those fellas who could get away with anything. Some of us would have to watch ourselves in case we said the wrong thing at (...)

Diarmuid Connolly holds off Paul Sharry and John Gilligan. He was  the best Dublin forward in terms of dealing with the pressure Westmeath exerted. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Instead of people despairing over Dublin’s decade-long domination of the Leinster championship, maybe we should look at the attitude which Westmeat(...)

Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal in the Leinster SFC Final against Westmeath at Croke Park. Photograph:  Inpho

Dublin 2-13 Westmeath 0-6 When it comes to Leinster finals these days, we dutifully pan for grains of interest having long since given up on finding (...)

Manager Jim Gavin says hunger in Dublin camp is as sharp as ever. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Each game in isolation. Control the controllables. Prepare answers to every question. Repeat ad nauseum. Being a Dublin footballer, or their manager (...)

Kildare manager John Ryan reacts late on in their defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Five is the magic number An unusual feature of Dublin’s win over Kildare at Croke Park this weekend is that it marks a rare five-goal champion(...)

Westmeath’s Paul Sharry celebrates with John Egan and David Lynch at the final whistle in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was long after the final whistle, maybe half an hour. The Dublin and Kildare teams were out on the pitch, shuttling through the last of their warm-(...)