Diarmuid Connolly: “It was in the second half, when the home crowd was in a state of shock, that he had arguably his best spell in a Dublin jersey, bringing the fight to Donegal  at Croke Park.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Among the usual head-shakes and grousing that accompany the annual GAA All-Star football awards a genuinely mystifying statistic was noted. This week(...)

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates with his players after winning the Sam Maguire in 2012. Photograph: Inpho

The decision of Jim McGuinness to step down as Donegal football manager brings to an end a remarkable four years, not just in the county’s history (...)

The 2010 All-Ireland under-21 final marked the beginning of a period of revolution and incredibly bold thinking in Gaelic football. Photograph: Inpho

It seems like longer than four years ago. On a balmy May evening in Cavan town, Donegal man-child Michael Murphy crashed a ferocious penalty kick agai(...)

Paddy Andrews and Bernard Brogan following Dublin’s victory over Monaghan in the quarter-final at Croke Park. “There are so many guys there to take your place. . . I’d say it’s a very good thing because it makes the team perform better.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Some things are constant, some things aren’t. We don’t know what the lifespan of this Dublin team will be and yet most of the country can reel off a h(...)

Dublin’s Dermot Connolly is grabbed by Donegal’s Neil McGee following an incident that resulted in a straight red card for Connolly. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

In the furore that surrounded the Dublin-Donegal championship match of three years ago perspective counted for a lot. For some there was fascination i(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly is a current part of an intercounty set-up that has dominated in Leinster for the past decade. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In the past four years the All-Ireland football championship has changed. Back in 2010, all four provincial champions were eliminated in the quarter-(...)

Mayo’s Aidan Walsh rises to a ball during the All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Croke Park. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

“Last year they mastered many new skills and brought football to a different level on many fronts… particularly in the area around physicality. They r(...)

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara holds off Chrissy McKaigue of Derry in the recent league final.

The end of Eoghan O’Gara’s 2013 championship was hidden in plain sight, unseen by any but the most eagle-eyed, unremarked upon by all. And yet, it was(...)

Michael Darragh Macauley in action against Cork: “If you don’t have the belly for the fight, and the talent as well, it is not going to be good enough.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Imagine if Michael Darragh Macauley slipped through the cracks of Dublin’s soaring dynasty. “I still give Pat(...)

Such is Dublin’s strength in depth, they were able to spring   Eoghan O’Gara (left) from the bench against Cork in Sunday’s Division One semi-final at Croke Park, and he made a big impact. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin in rare times. Belief is what drives champions ever onwards. “Look, belief is the only thing that really stopped them when they w(...)