Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea will pose a huge threat to Dublin’s ambitions at  Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the morning after Mayo fed Donegal through the wood-chipper in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final, Aidan O’Shea was king of the world. Well, he was(...)

Stephen Cluxton: his kick-outs are vital to Dublin’s prospects on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sometimes you’ve got to just keep your mouth shut and see what you can learn from what’s going on around you. I thought I knew about Ulster football a(...)

Dublin manager Jim gavin has described Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea as the “form player in Ireland at the moment”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Jim Gavin describes Aidan O’Shea as “the form player in Ireland at the moment”, he’s not just deftly talking up the opposition. If Dublin are (...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley vies for possession with Fermanagh’s Marty O’Brien. “No one should just be happy getting into the 26. Lads shouldn’t be happy until they have that starting jersey.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

So much is made of the strength of the bench in modern football that it may as well be a 21-man game. Or that numbers on the jerseys doesn’t count (...)

Brian Fenton, seen here in possession against Monaghan  in the league, starts at centrefield for Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho. Allianz Football League Division 1, Clones, Monaghan 5/4/2015Monaghan vs DublinMonghan’s Owen Duffy and Brian Fenton of Dublin Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

You’d imagine it must tickle the Dublin squad on some level that the country seems racked with worry over whether it’s any good for them to be goin(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton leads his players in the team parade before the Leinster final against Westmeath. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Mike Hassett was one of those fellas who could get away with anything. Some of us would have to watch ourselves in case we said the wrong thing at (...)

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 (...)