Kildare manager John Ryan reacts late on in their defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Five is the magic number An unusual feature of Dublin’s win over Kildare at Croke Park this weekend is that it marks a rare five-goal champion(...)

Jonny Cooper: “Jim has shown he plays players by form. And that the lads aren’t picked on reputation.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Amateur footballers do all sorts of jobs during summer months to keep away from work. The teachers are professionals in all but bank balance, some st(...)

Laois’s Brendan Quigley  is tackled by Kildare’s Emmet Bolton and Eoghan O’ Flaherty. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

It’s more than safe to assume Dublin and Kildare will play out a non-contest in Croke Park on Sunday. A bookmaker’s points spread has Dublin at minu(...)

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 (...)

Monaghan’s Vinny Corey gets to the ball ahead of Dublin’s Paul Flynn in the Allianz National Football League semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin 0-17 Monaghan 0-16 Even though we all expected a Monaghan reaction in yesterday’s Allianz Football League semi-final, few anticipated (...)

 Kevin McManamon with Mickey Burke of Meath. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dublin 1-15 Meath 1-13That all days out this year might have such happy outcomes: both managers declared themselves satisfied, the bumper pre-season c(...)

Donegal manager  Jim McGuinness: ready to pit his wits against Jim Gavin and the reigning All-Ireland champions. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

That match three years ago is now a scary but merry memory for Dublin – like the time we ran out of petrol in Transylvania – given all the good thing(...)

Champions Dublin are unlikely to show rivals Monaghan any quarter at Croke Park. Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Monaghan come to Croke Park this evening having had a good year. They might not have retained the Ulster title but have returned to Division One and (...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon: an example of how good Dublin are at winning primary possession. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wow. It’s not easy to find words that best describe Dublin’s victory in Croke Park, because I haven’t seen a Leinster final of such sustained pace and(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal against Meath in the Leinster football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Dublin 3-20 Meath 1-10Three down easy, three to go, as Dublin’s imperial march towards their All-Ireland defence continues.A ninth Leinster football t(...)