Dublin’s Brian Fenton: the midfielder follows up his man-of-the-match award in the All-Ireland final with a first All Star nomination. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Although there is no place for either Paul Flynn, who has been an All Star for the past four years, or captain Stephen Cluxton, who has not been no(...)

 Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan celebrates with the Sam Maguire trophy: “It might seem like times are good now but you have to make the most of the opportunities.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Minutes before Dublin’s defining game of the season and Cian O’Sullivan couldn’t be sure. From the moment he was helped leave the field after strainin(...)

Ian Madigan in action during Ireland’s final training session at  St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ian Madigan missed the All-Ireland final celebrations. He was busy. Some of the Dubs are pals. Cian O’Sullivan was a year ahead of him at Blackrock Co(...)

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(...)

Dublin’s  Philly McMahon and Kerry’s Colm Cooper.  Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

In the end, the year came together perfectly for Jim Gavin and Dublin. But only on this, the last day. A comfortable league title, another easy Leinst(...)

Dublin Manager Jim Gavin celebrates with Cian O’Sullivan after the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In the end, the year came together perfectly for Jim Gavin and Dublin. But only on this, the last day. A comfortable league title and another facile L(...)

Kerry’s Colm Cooper tries to shoot despite the attentions of  James McCarthy and Philly McMahon of Dublin  during the All-Ireland SFC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 0-12 Kerry 0-9 Croke Park surfed the blue wave, as Dublin celebrated an All-Ireland victory as sweet as it was unsightly. Undermined b(...)

Kieran Donaghy: ‘The battling for positions and starting jerseys has been huge all summer. It’s probably the main reason why we’re back in this position . . . We all have to fight for that jersey.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Last thoughts of the Kerry football captain in the week of the All-Ireland final: will he or won’t he be starting? How will he handle Rory O’Carrol(...)

Mayo’s Séamus O’Shea is shown a black card, an incident that came back to haunt Mayo as Michael Darragh Macauley joined Brian Fenton and began to dominate. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Should we have ever doubted them? We found out a lot on Saturday, one of which is that Dublin – even with two All-Ireland titles since 2011 – still ha(...)