Philly McMahon: “I grew up here, I love it, it was a brilliant place for me. I’m happy here.” Photograph: The Irish Times

As a kid, Philly McMahon and his friends used to see who could kick the ball highest against the side of Ballymun’s tallest tower block. “At a lot of (...)

Philly McMahon held the best forward of his generation, Kerry’s Colm Cooper, scoreless in the All-Ireland football final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Philly McMahon is right: the conversation this week should have been about his success in keeping the most celebrated forward of his generation sco(...)

Kerry’s Colm Cooper battles for possession with Philly McMahon, a player who performs better when he’s getting under the opposition’s skin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

I was standing in the tunnel at one stage on Sunday as the Kerry players walked past me. Some of them were guys I had played with, won with, lost with(...)

Cian O’Sullivan: despite a recent hamstring injury, he was deemed fit enough to play and, as it transpired, he executeed the sweeper role to perfection. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho 2:03

The season ends with the mid-winter adjustments made by Dublin returning them to All-Ireland success. The weather completely dominated the game and(...)

Philly McMahon tackles Kieran Donaghy: “It probably did look bad. But there was no intention whatsoever.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The last place Philly McMahon needs to be on the morning after an All-Ireland final is in the lobby of the Dublin team hotel, mingling with a few left(...)

 Philly McMahon tackles Kieran Donaghy during the All-Ireland final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin may be All-Ireland champions - and the GAA 2015 season may be at a close - but the county’s latest disciplinary issue just doesn’t seem to b(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy, Rory O’Carroll and Philly McMahon tackle Kieran Donaghy of Kerry during yesterday’s All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For a long time, this game was talking out of both sides of its mouth. You had a hunch that Dublin had more about them but the scoreboard kept telling(...)

 Kieran Donaghy appeals for a penalty after a clear drag down by Rory O’Carroll. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Some All-Ireland finals are the complete football spectacles, and this wasn’t one of them. Conditions didn’t help and the game struggled to come al(...)

Kerry substitute Kieran Donaghy battles in the Dublin square for a high ball with Rory O’Carroll and Johnny Cooper in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The deluge came from the skies rather than in front of the Hill goalposts but as dusk fell across the city last night, nobody cared. Dublin won the(...)

A dejected looking Colm Cooper after Kerry’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

In the chilling nightmares that follow every All-Ireland final defeat Kerry will wake up to nothing. No ghosts, no demons. The entire game will keep f(...)