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-(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly scores the  first of his two goals in the Leinster SFC semi-final against Kildare at Croke park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Things could have worked out a bit better for Kildare: not in the obvious sense that applies to any 19-point defeat but in the way the afternoon unfol(...)

Dublin’s Paul Flynn scores a goal despite the efforts of Cian Farrelly and Dermot Brady of Longford during the Leinster SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin 4-25 Longford 0-10 It is hard to know how bad these beatings will need to get before they become indefensible. Do Dublin need to win by (...)

Cork’s  Mark Collins: pierced the Dublin attack to score a goal in the league final at Croke Park. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dublin’s defence has certainly improved this year, but chinks remain in their armour particularly in terms of being caught out on the counter attac(...)

Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny is challenged by Cork’s  Eoin Cadogan  in yesterday’s Allianz National League Division One football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

History-making has never seemed so routine. Dublin totted up a three-in-a-row of National Leagues for the first time, and needed no more energy to do (...)

Jim Gavin’s Dublin are challenging for their third league title in a row but no longer possess the aura of invincibility that developed around the side last year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hindsight is everything but there may have been times over the usual winter ruminations when Jim Gavin and his Dublin players must have wondered if wi(...)