Dublin celebrate their Allianz Football League Division One final success over Cork at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin’s achievement in recording a first three-in-a-row football league title sequence has left them very short odds for this year’s All-Ireland but(...)

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke with Áine Lawlor and Finbar Furey at the Mansion House Dublin. Lawlor and Furey were recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Awards 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Broadcaster Áine Lawlor and folk and traditional musician Finbar Furey are among the recipients of the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Awards for their contributio(...)

Cork and Dublin managers Brian Cuthbert and Jim Gavin shake hands after the Allianz Football League Division One  final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Afterwards, you could have run a decent sweep on which was longer – the length of time Cork could legitimately claim to have had a chance or Stephen C(...)

Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny is challenged by Cork’s  Eoin Cadogan  in yesterday’s Allianz National League Division One football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

History-making has never seemed so routine. Dublin totted up a three-in-a-row of National Leagues for the first time, and needed no more energy to do (...)

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(...)

Jim Gavin’s Dublin are challenging for their third league title in a row but no longer possess the aura of invincibility that developed around the side last year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hindsight is everything but there may have been times over the usual winter ruminations when Jim Gavin and his Dublin players must have wondered if wi(...)

 Brian Hurley scores a goal past Donegal goalkeepr Michael Boyle in the Allianz Football League semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The counties with the biggest boxes to tick after last year meet in tomorrow’s Allianz Football League final in Croke Park. Both Dublin and Cork ha(...)

Dublin’s Tomás Brady missed most of the 2013 All-Ireland winning season due to a cruciate ligament injury. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

In the two years since Tomás Brady switched from hurling to football there have been doubts, and lots of them. If his was any county other then Dublin(...)

Roving half-forward Colm O’Driscoll has been a key player in Brian Cuthbert’s new-look Cork team. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jim Gavin may have doubled back from calling Sunday’s opposition “the most defensive Cork team he had ever seen” but no one is being fooled into think(...)

 Donegal’s Hugh McFadden tries to block down Cork’s John O’Rourke. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Football league semi-finals: where else in the world of competitive sport is the post-semi-final reaction to a national title so insouciant?“It’s not (...)