Ireland’s John O’Loughlin tries to tackle Luke Breust of Australia during the International Rules match at Croke Park. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ireland 56 [3-11-5] Australia 52 [1-13-7] Ireland’s International Rules Test victory on Saturday night was an impressive display – although late slipp(...)

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(...)

All-Ireland winning Dublin footballer Rory O’Carroll, a former volunteer with the Capuchin Day Centre,  with Anthony Bradley and the Sam Maguire Cup, during a visit to the centre. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

It was the turn of the Capuchin Day Centre homeless service to join in the celebrations over Dublin winning the All-Ireland football championship when(...)

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

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(...)