Philly McMahon: “For someone to come off drugs is the most inspirational thing a person can do in life. Because it takes . . . unless you have experienced it, you can’t really know.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“What I love about the league is that every game is different,” says Philly McMahon, anticipating tonight’s under-lights extravaganza in Castlebar aga(...)

Dublin’s John Small tries to block John O’Rourke’s kick as Cork got their Allianz League campaign off to a winning start at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork 1-15 Dublin 0-16 When August comes, Dublin and Cork will expect to be busy. And this open, entertaining Allianz league game between two of the (...)

Philly McMahon: “There are little things in everybody’s body that they won’t understand unless they change their diet and do little experiments.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the early spring of 2013, Philly McMahon’s footballing life couldn’t have been going better and it couldn’t have been going worse. Ballymun were(...)

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(...)

 Donegal’s Ryan McHugh scores his first goal past Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17 After a spectacular eruption of near volcanic proportions the All-Ireland champions are gone – Donegal taking out Dubl(...)

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(...)

Cormac Costello celebrates a goal against Wexford in the Leinster semi-final. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There’s something about Dublin that feels familiar to me from my own football career and that’s the unbreakable confidence that teams acquire from con(...)

 Michael Darragh Macauley fires home Leinster’s second goal during the Leinster SFC quarter-final against Laois at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 2-21 Laois 0-16: It took them a while to get the ship pointed in the right direction but in the end Dublin’s progress was pretty smooth at Crok(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley scores his side’s first goal during yesterday’s Allianz Football League Division One semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

So maybe this is the way it’s going to be: A summer of watching Dublin find new and interesting ways to back themselves into corners, all as me(...)

Dublin’s Philly McMahon in action against Cork’s Brian Hurley during the recent  league clash at Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Philly McMahon does not want to change your opinion of him. He does not know you and you do not know him. Your opinion of him is none of his busine(...)