Diarmuid Connolly holds off Paul Sharry and John Gilligan. He was  the best Dublin forward in terms of dealing with the pressure Westmeath exerted. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Instead of people despairing over Dublin’s decade-long domination of the Leinster championship, maybe we should look at the attitude which Westmeat(...)

Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal in the Leinster SFC Final against Westmeath at Croke Park. Photograph:  Inpho

Dublin 2-13 Westmeath 0-6 When it comes to Leinster finals these days, we dutifully pan for grains of interest having long since given up on finding (...)

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 (...)

Kildare manager John Ryan reacts late on in their defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Five is the magic number An unusual feature of Dublin’s win over Kildare at Croke Park this weekend is that it marks a rare five-goal champion(...)

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-(...)

Kildare will have their hands full trying to prevent Diarmuid Connolly (left) and Paul Flynn from spraying kick passes into the danger zone and keeping tabs on the full forwards. Photograph: Inpho

In two-year increments Kildare’s challenge to Dublin has slipped away since the 2009 Leinster final. The tale is told most graphically by the bookm(...)

Rory Gallagher and Donegal have been getting the best out of Michael Murphy by playing him in the middle of the park. Photograph: Inpho

We can talk about systems all we like but football is about players. The whole point of any system is to make the players you have more effective and (...)

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(...)

“I’m lucky in that I’m part of a great team in St Vincent’s and a great team with Dublin over the last three or four years.” – Diarmuid Connolly. photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

So under the body armour and behind the often ruthless football streak is a humble and tender Diarmuid Connolly. He may still be somewhat mercurial o(...)

Monaghan’s Owen Duffy tackles Jack McCaffrey of Dublin. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin 0-17 Monaghan 0-16In cinematic terms the widely expected Groundhog Day nearly turned out to be Reversal of Fortune but in the end settled for B(...)