Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It answers all of Dublin’s problems, on paper at least. But Jim Gavin has insisted he doesn’t envisage using the GAA’s new National Games Development(...)

Dublin’s Chris Sallier scores a goal against Laois in the Under-21 Leinster football championship semi-final in March. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

This weekend Dublin footballers are in pursuit of a sixth Leinster under-21 football title in eight years and will play Kildare in the provincial fin(...)

A teacher by  profession, Brian Cody had no track record of success at club level when offered the Kilkenny job 17 years ago. Photograph: Damien Eagers/Sportsfile

The agonies of management were well summed up by a very experienced practitioner, who had known All-Ireland success as well as tougher times. He descr(...)

 Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan celebrates with the Sam Maguire trophy: “It might seem like times are good now but you have to make the most of the opportunities.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Minutes before Dublin’s defining game of the season and Cian O’Sullivan couldn’t be sure. From the moment he was helped leave the field after strainin(...)

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(...)

Dublin and Kerry: since 1928 Sam Maguire has gone to Kerry 30 times but to Dublin only 10 times. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The hierarchies in football and hurling differ. Throughout the history of the small ball game, Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny have pushed ahead like (...)

The Dublin team in Croke Park last Sunday. Imagine the agony of Dublin fans watching it all dissolve. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

And what about Dublin’s football ghosts? Let us not suppose here, as the world and the circling planets warms hands on the fire that will emanate from(...)

Cork’s Jimmy Barry Murphy (left) and Dublin legend Jimmy Keaveney, who were inducted into the GAA Museum Hall of Fame at Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile.

As one of the two new inductees – along with Dublin footballer Jimmy Keaveney – into the GAA Museum’s Hall of Fame Jimmy Barry-Murphy was immediately (...)

The Ulster SFC final between Monaghan and Donegal this year made for unpleasant viewing. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

We are remorselessly reassured of Gaelic football’s evolution. There’s a presumption of advancement in that. So whatever else modern-day Gaelic foo(...)