Darren Dalay: “You have to keep on improving. Longford had a spell there in the first half where they kicked five points in a row I think. That’s something we can improve on.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When there is talk of Dublin’s panel strength, Darren Daly is the sort of player in focus. An adaptable defender who can slot into most positions a(...)

Longford goalkeeper Paddy Collum lies prone after conceding Dublin’s  fourth goal. Here was a match completely devoid of the so-called blanket defence approach and there seemed to be uniform agreement that it was a very poor spectacle. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

We arrived at my in-laws in Creeslough just in time to watch the Dublin-Longford game on Sunday. I am on the first week of a summer break from Celt(...)

Johnny Coen of Galway tussles with Dublin’s Mark Schutte during yesterday’s Leinster SHC quarter-final clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Time was, these were the Sundays that marked the start of the summer. June Bank Holiday, the Dubs in Croke Park, an ghrian go hard sa spéir. Feels lik(...)

Longford manager Jack Sheedy: “So either take Dublin out of the Leinster championship and leave it to the rest of us, or else there has to be a new format, it needs to be reviewed”

When championship football is no longer a game but death by lethal injection, when Dublin keep driving nail after nail into the coffin of their opposi(...)

Dublin’s Paul Flynn scores a goal despite the efforts of Cian Farrelly and Dermot Brady of Longford during the Leinster SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin 4-25 Longford 0-10 It is hard to know how bad these beatings will need to get before they become indefensible. Do Dublin need to win by (...)

Cian O’Sullivan: valuable for his dynamism and mobility around midfield for Dublin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

For much of the build-up to this Leinster senior football quarter-final the mood has been “Charge of the Light Brigade” – with added unhappiness ov(...)

Longford’s Barry Gilleran and manager Jack Sheedy celebrate the championship victory over Offaly at Tullamore. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Standing in the tunnel in O’Connor Park a fortnight ago after Longford had beaten Offaly, it wasn’t hard to discern which dressingroom belonged to the(...)

Longford’s Colm P Smyth and Dermot Brady close in on Offaly’s Joseph O’Connor during the Leinster championship first round clash at Tullamore. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Longford captain Dermot Brady says his men are under no illusion about the task facing them against Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday but they are looki(...)

 Mickey Quinn, seen here in action for DCU, believes consistency has lacking in   Longford’s play over recent years. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Offaly can expect to face a very different Longford team in this weekend’s Leinster championship opener in Tullamore from that which they dismantle(...)

Longford’s Brian Kavanagh: Photograph: Inpho

AFL Division Four finalLongford v Offaly, Croke Park, 5.15The counties should resist any inclination to even slight distraction because of the imminen(...)