Chloe Walshe (6), TJ Ormond (6) and Ellie Moonie (8) with Dessie Dolan at the launch of the    Irish Times/Pfizer Healthy Town initiative. molloyphotography

Former Westmeath county footballer Dessie Dolan has stressed the importance of setting realistic goals when embarking on a fitness regime. He was spea(...)

Dessie Dolan during his playing days with Westmeath. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

There are no negatives to exercising. You might not want to go for a run or whatever, but you won’t regret it afterwards. That’s according to Dessie (...)

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 (...)

Westmeath’s John Egan came on against Meath in the Leinster SFC semi-final with 10 minutes to go. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If old school visualisation still works in sports psychology then at least John Egan has something to go on. Not many people can visualise Westmeath b(...)

St Vincent’s Ger Brennan with Garrycastle’s Dessie Dolan. “He is an exceptional player for Vincent’s and he’s the one person that makes them tick,” says Dolan. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

You don’t go on a two-and-a-half-year unbeaten run without squeaking through a tight spot or two so maybe it’s perversely apt that the last time St Vi(...)

 Westmeath fans will hope  Dessie Dolan reverse his decision to retire. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan / Inpho

New Westmeath manager manager Tom Cribbin insists there’ll be no pressure put on county stalwart Dessie Dolan to reverse his retirement plans for the(...)

Garrycastle 1-11 Emmet Óg Killoe (Longford) 1-10 A sublime point from their marquee forward Dessie Dolan in the 59th minute edged Garrycastle i(...)

Cavan’s Killian Brady puts  Paul Sharry of Westmeath under pressure during Saturday’s All-Ireland senior championship qualifier at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Photograph: Inpho

Cavan 1-15 Westmeath 1-14 Westmeath turned over a new leaf but still couldn’t prevent Cavan from booking their place in the next round of the All-Ire(...)

Goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton’s kick-outs form an important part of Dublin’s game plan. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Brian Cuthbert had a fair idea of what would be on the menu when Cork and Dublin came out for the second half a fortnight ago. The question was(...)

Donncha O’Connor of Cork in action against Hugh McGrillen of Kildare at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Dublin continued to hit the ground running in their defence of the Allianz National League Division One title. Having opened their campaign with a na(...)