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(...)

Aidan O’Shea shakes hands with Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton after the All-Ireland semi-final ends all square at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By the end, Aidan O’Shea had earned the ultimate accolade. Booed and scorned by the Hill, their dudgeon high after the latest collision between himsel(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea will pose a huge threat to Dublin’s ambitions at  Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the morning after Mayo fed Donegal through the wood-chipper in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final, Aidan O’Shea was king of the world. Well, he was(...)

Stephen Cluxton: his kick-outs are vital to Dublin’s prospects on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sometimes you’ve got to just keep your mouth shut and see what you can learn from what’s going on around you. I thought I knew about Ulster football a(...)

Dublin’s Denis Bastick: “A lot of it is mental. We are a better team. We have been improving the last few years but there is the mental factor in that.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There aren’t many 34-year-old footballers would who confidently declare himself “in the shape of his life”, and for Denis Bastick, that’s not just in (...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley vies for possession with Fermanagh’s Marty O’Brien. “No one should just be happy getting into the 26. Lads shouldn’t be happy until they have that starting jersey.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

So much is made of the strength of the bench in modern football that it may as well be a 21-man game. Or that numbers on the jerseys doesn’t count (...)

Dublin and Ballymun Kickhams Davey Byrne will not be available for selection this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has said that the players want to move on from the incident last week’s challenge match with Armagh, won by Dublin 3(...)

Dublin defender Ger Brennan has yet to recover from injury. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Twelve days out from the Leinster football semi-final against Kildare and Dublin manager Jim Gavin has, yet again, ruled Ger Brennan out of contention(...)

Dublin midfielder Denis Bastick has been in good for this season after an injury-plagued 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin centrefielder Denis Bastick attended yesterday’s Toyota promotion in Kilmainham on crutches. It turned out that he had “rolled his ankle” play(...)