Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey is presented with GAA GPA Player of the Year award by Dermot Earley, president  GPA, at the  Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Dublin rounded off a triumphant 2015 by taking the lion’s share, seven, of this year’s GAA-GPA football All Stars as well as the Footballer of the Yea(...)

Dublin’s Brian Fenton: the midfielder follows up his man-of-the-match award in the All-Ireland final with a first All Star nomination. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Although there is no place for either Paul Flynn, who has been an All Star for the past four years, or captain Stephen Cluxton, who has not been no(...)

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(...)

 Kieran Donaghy appeals for a penalty after a clear drag down by Rory O’Carroll. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Some All-Ireland finals are the complete football spectacles, and this wasn’t one of them. Conditions didn’t help and the game struggled to come al(...)

Kerry’s Marc Ó Sé in action in the Munster final against Cork. “Physically, I feel great, so I’ll just keep going as long as I feel I can,” he says. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Every great dynasty comes to an end, and in the modern era of Gaelic football, none have come greater than the Ó Sés from West Kerry. One uncle, th(...)

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(...)

Mayo’s Séamus O’Shea is shown a black card, an incident that came back to haunt Mayo as Michael Darragh Macauley joined Brian Fenton and began to dominate. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Should we have ever doubted them? We found out a lot on Saturday, one of which is that Dublin – even with two All-Ireland titles since 2011 – still ha(...)

Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly is unable to prevent Philly McMahon of Dublin scoring his side’s second goal during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 2:07

Dublin 3-15 Mayo 1-14 Dublin banished a week of controversy and the demons that took them to the brink of defeat last week with a barnstorming finish (...)

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey and Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor in action last Sunday. ‘Mayo have unearthed a real gem in Diarmuid O’Connor’. photograph: inpho

Replays, they’re as predictable as the weather. I’ll start with a throwback to the 1972 All-Ireland football final. I was on a Kerry team that year(...)

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(...)