Jim Gavin shakes hands with Kildare manager Jason Ryan (left) at Croke Park. The Dublin manager has reshaped his side’s defensive set-up to good effect.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

I got a wee stroke of luck at the weekend because I was meant to be training on Saturday but the schedule was changed, which allowed me to go home to (...)

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 (...)

Cian O’Sullivan: valuable for his dynamism and mobility around midfield for Dublin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

For much of the build-up to this Leinster senior football quarter-final the mood has been “Charge of the Light Brigade” – with added unhappiness ov(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly scores a penalty past Cork goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran during the Allianz Football League division one final at  Croke Park. Photo:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin 1-21 Cork 2-7After a patchy Allianz Football League campaign to date, Dublin erupted in the final against Cork and laid waste to opponents, who(...)

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(...)

Monaghan’s Vinny Corey gets to the ball ahead of Dublin’s Paul Flynn in the Allianz National Football League semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin 0-17 Monaghan 0-16 Even though we all expected a Monaghan reaction in yesterday’s Allianz Football League semi-final, few anticipated (...)

It was the Jim McGuinness-managed Donegal that knocked Mickey Harte’s Tyrone off their perch in Ulster.  Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho.

If Mickey Harte ever admits he didn’t see the Donegal whirlwind coming five seasons ago, then he can be forgiven. Nobody did. But it has sometimes bee(...)

Mayo’s Kevin Keane tries to get to grips with Bernard Brogan. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mayo 0-10 Dublin 2-18 It is hard to believe that if and when these heavyweight teams collide in high summer that this cold night in Castlebar won’t pr(...)