Dublin’s James McCarthy, Rory O’Carroll and Philly McMahon tackle Kieran Donaghy of Kerry during yesterday’s All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For a long time, this game was talking out of both sides of its mouth. You had a hunch that Dublin had more about them but the scoreboard kept telling(...)

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(...)

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and trainer Cian O’Neill celebrate after their side beat Tyrone in the All-Ireland senior football championship semi-final at Croke Par. Photo: Andrew Patton/INPHO

When Kieran Donaghy at last got a bit of joy out of the Tyrone defence, rising to claim a decently floated ball from the sky and creating enough space(...)

The Cork County GAA board have thanked Brian Cuthbert for his two years of service and blamed the side’s All-Ireland exit on poor refereeing. Photograph: Inpho

The Cork County GAA board have issued a statement thanking recently departed senior football manager Brian Cuthbert for his two years in charge and al(...)

Bryan Sheehan’s presence for Kerry will add to  the kick-out options for Brendan Kealy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This Kerry team are masters of disguise. On the August bank holiday Sunday of last year, as they trotted out onto the field for the All-Ireland quar(...)

Dejected Cork manager Brian Cuthbert: “Cork were asked to take part in a race on Saturday night from a standing start while their opponents were already sprinting.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork exit the All-Ireland football championship under a heavy cloud of disappointment and analysis of what is ‘wrong’ with their team. I wasn’t entire(...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

Mark Collins of Cork reacts as referee Pádraig Hughes awards a penalty against him during the Munster SFC Final at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 Call them charmed or call them haunted. Or call it the poise of All-Ireland champions. The sun still shone over Fitzgerald Stadiu(...)

Colm Cooper returns to the Kerry starting XV for the first time since the 2013  All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Finally, after 16 months not without a few set backs, Kerry’s Colm Cooper returns from a ruptured cruciate and fractured kneecap. The eight time All S(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring a goal during the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (aet)A truly extraordinary match in Limerick this evening eventually laid waste to Mayo’s current great quest for the Sam Maguire(...)