Roving half-forward Colm O’Driscoll has been a key player in Brian Cuthbert’s new-look Cork team. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jim Gavin may have doubled back from calling Sunday’s opposition “the most defensive Cork team he had ever seen” but no one is being fooled into think(...)

Donegal’s Colm McFadden holds off Cork defenders during the All-Ireland semi-final in 2012. The meetings between the sides have been important staging posts in their respective fortunes over the last six years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

It is easy to forget, now that Dublin seem to be All-Ireland favourites for always and evermore, that not too long ago Cork were regarded as the smart(...)

Cork’s Colm O’Neill tries to shrug off Down’s  Brendan McArdle during a league clash last March.  Photo: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

If you didn’t laugh, you’d punch a window. After Conor Counihan pulled stumps on his time as Cork manager in August, Colm O’Neill left it a few days b(...)

Zach Tuohy and Aidan Walsh celebrate after the second International Rules Test in 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

At the age of 23 Aidan Walsh has already had an extraordinarily eventful career. In his second season three years ago he helped Cork to the county’s f(...)

Conor Cooney: ‘We gave a poor account of ourselves in most of our matches. We just have to reflect on the year’s hurling and see if we can improve for next year’. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Even as the GAA managerial merry-go-round still spins less and less seats are available; Brian Cuthbert’s appointment in Cork, to replace Conor Counih(...)

It’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: Kieran McGeeney is leaving Kildare and returning to his native county Armagh. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So it’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: on the same night Jason Ryan went before the Kildare county board to be ratified as thei(...)

The scoring exploits in Sunday’s All-Ireland senior football final of Bernard Brogan, seen here scoring the first of his two goals, earned him the RTÉ man-of-the-match award. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin joined an elite group with Sunday’s All-Ireland win. Since 1990, only Kerry and Tyrone have won two titles in three seasons and Kerry remain th(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin is congratulated by his Cork counterpart Conor Counihan after Saturday’s game. Counihan announced his resignation shortly afterwards. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

By the time Conor Counihan arrived into the press conference room, word was already out that he’d resigned. He wore it lightly enough, his innate dece(...)

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey fires home the only goal of the game  past Cork goalkeeper Alan Quirke at Croke Park on Saturday night. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin 1-16Cork 0-14Two games to go and Dublin are still humming along, still favourites in many eyes to hoist the old canister come the fourth Sunday(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin is congratulated by his Cork counterpart Conor Counihan at Croke Park on Saturday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Conor Counihan has announced he is to step down as Cork manager after his side’s five-point defeat to Dublin in the All Ireland quarter-final at Croke(...)