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(...)

Paddy Andrews of Dublin is tackled by Kerry’s Fionn Fitzgerald during this year’s All-Ireland senior football final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Some of the most lauded underage footballers are being fooled into thinking senior success is a mere transition. Dublin footballer Paddy Andrews says(...)

Ger Brennan has retired from intercounty football. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jim Gavin has acknowledged Ger Brennan’s ‘outstanding’ leadership qualities as his 2013 All-Ireland winning centre back officially hung up his Dublin (...)

John Leonard: “I don’t want this book to read as a celebration of drugs. The reality is I lost my mind a lot of times. I was very close to losing friends and losing sanity.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“That’s a tricky one,” laughs John Leonard when asked which felt better: being E’d out of his head on countless nights in the Kitchen and other venues(...)

Barry Cahill in action during Dublin’s 2011 All-Ireland final triumph against Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

When Dublin last met Kerry in an All-Ireland final four years ago Barry Cahill was playing. One of a half-forward line, with Paul Flynn and then capta(...)

Dublin’s Denis Bastick: “A lot of it is mental. We are a better team. We have been improving the last few years but there is the mental factor in that.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There aren’t many 34-year-old footballers would who confidently declare himself “in the shape of his life”, and for Denis Bastick, that’s not just in (...)

A crowd of 58,680 were present for Sunday’s All-Ireland football championship double header. Photograph: Inpho

Capital crowds The announcement in Croke Park on Sunday that the attendance was 58,680 drew an acerbic response from one of the more ‘seasoned’ member(...)

The phrase “behind closed doors” has always been one of the most loaded in the GAA lexicon. Ostensibly, the in-camera match arrangement allows both te(...)

Former All-Ireland winning Dublin captain John O’Leary:  “What you’re trying to do is bring a style of football through the development squads.” Photograph: Sportsfile

When John O’Leary is asked about managers he has fair experience to fall back on. Dublin’s All-Ireland winning captain from 20 years ago and five-tim(...)

Longford’s Barry Gilleran and manager Jack Sheedy celebrate the championship victory over Offaly at Tullamore. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Standing in the tunnel in O’Connor Park a fortnight ago after Longford had beaten Offaly, it wasn’t hard to discern which dressingroom belonged to the(...)