Kerry’s Colm Cooper with Philly McMahon: “The biggest point is that he had a fantastic season,” said Cooper.

Having grown accustomed to a level of scrutiny and criticism that comes with being the leading player of his generation, Colm Cooper says he has a de(...)

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey is presented with GAA GPA Player of the Year award by Dermot Earley, president  GPA, at the  Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Dublin rounded off a triumphant 2015 by taking the lion’s share, seven, of this year’s GAA-GPA football All Stars as well as the Footballer of the Yea(...)

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(...)