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(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. In pursuit ofsuccess he had to recast Dublin as ateam that could embrace a more formidable defensive approach while  still posing a threat at the other end. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It wasn’t just the sight of Dublin and Kerry contesting an All-Ireland final that gave Sunday a back-to-the-future atmosphere. The incessant ra(...)

Denis Bastick: “Anything is possible with this team. We’ve three All-Irelands, early in the decade, and who knows what can happen.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There are several ways of handling nerves in the week of an All-Ireland football final, although Denis Bastick would rather it didn’t involve having h(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton and manager Jim Gavin with the Sam Maguire trophy on O’Connell Street. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne 2:03

“Dublin. The city that fought an empire” was the message on a fan’s T-shirt at the homecoming for the victorious Dublin senior footballers. The GAA(...)

 Philly McMahon tackles Kieran Donaghy during the All-Ireland final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin may be All-Ireland champions - and the GAA 2015 season may be at a close - but the county’s latest disciplinary issue just doesn’t seem to b(...)

Dublin’s  Philly McMahon and Kerry’s Colm Cooper.  Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

In the end, the year came together perfectly for Jim Gavin and Dublin. But only on this, the last day. A comfortable league title, another easy Leinst(...)

 Kieran Donaghy appeals for a penalty after a clear drag down by Rory O’Carroll. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Some All-Ireland finals are the complete football spectacles, and this wasn’t one of them. Conditions didn’t help and the game struggled to come al(...)

Dublin Manager Jim Gavin celebrates with Cian O’Sullivan after the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In the end, the year came together perfectly for Jim Gavin and Dublin. But only on this, the last day. A comfortable league title and another facile L(...)

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(...)

Kerry’s Colm Cooper tries to shoot despite the attentions of  James McCarthy and Philly McMahon of Dublin  during the All-Ireland SFC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 0-12 Kerry 0-9 Croke Park surfed the blue wave, as Dublin celebrated an All-Ireland victory as sweet as it was unsightly. Undermined b(...)