Cian O’Neill has been appointed as the new Kildare football manager, while Joe Quaid will take charge of the county’s hurlers. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

So Cian O’Neill’s transfer to his native county is complete, presenting Kildare with a new football manager, and leaving Kerry without a coach and se(...)

Kerry’s Colm Cooper battles for possession with Philly McMahon, a player who performs better when he’s getting under the opposition’s skin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

I was standing in the tunnel at one stage on Sunday as the Kerry players walked past me. Some of them were guys I had played with, won with, lost with(...)

A dejected looking Colm Cooper after Kerry’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

In the chilling nightmares that follow every All-Ireland final defeat Kerry will wake up to nothing. No ghosts, no demons. The entire game will keep f(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan and Paul Flynn celebrate with the Sam Maguire trophy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The city game is edging towards greatness and the Dublin football team is claiming the teenage decade of this young century. On a slate-grey day in th(...)

Kevin McManamon scores Dublin’s second goal against Kerry in the epic 2013 All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The teams arrive at the big day, trailing different perceived personalities. Kerry, despite an abundance of gifted players, have the reputation of doi(...)

Donegal’s Karl Lacey returns to the dressing rooms after All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry in 2014. Photograph Cathal Noonan/Inpho 6:50

Kieran McGeeney told me a story one time about himself and a few of the Armagh lads going over to see a Celtic game in Glasgow. They got the full work(...)

Kieran Donaghy: ‘The battling for positions and starting jerseys has been huge all summer. It’s probably the main reason why we’re back in this position . . . We all have to fight for that jersey.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Last thoughts of the Kerry football captain in the week of the All-Ireland final: will he or won’t he be starting? How will he handle Rory O’Carrol(...)

Kerry will expect David Moran to capitalise in centrefield against Dublin in the All-Ireland football final at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

The more things change, the more they say the same. Kerry and Dublin is often described as the dream final. But whose dream? What we can say is that t(...)

Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice celbrates beating Donegal in last year’s All-Ireland Senior Football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Here they come again. Like all great rivalries, there is always some sense that destiny can’t keep them apart for long. It’s also the one thing Éamonn(...)

Barry Cahill in action during Dublin’s 2011 All-Ireland final triumph against Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

When Dublin last met Kerry in an All-Ireland final four years ago Barry Cahill was playing. One of a half-forward line, with Paul Flynn and then capta(...)