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(...)

Meath’s Michael Burke protests to the referee after a scuffle involving several players on both teams late in the Leinster final defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

So Dublin recorded a 16-point thumping of their neighbouring rivals on a lovely sunny afternoon in Croke Park before the best attendance of the season(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin and Diarmuid Connolly celebrate after the Leinster final defeat of Meath at Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

To think some Dublin supporters were born into this.A ninth Leinster football title in a decade – and fourth in succession. Another simply devastating(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal against Meath in the Leinster football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Dublin 3-20 Meath 1-10Three down easy, three to go, as Dublin’s imperial march towards their All-Ireland defence continues.A ninth Leinster football t(...)

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(...)

Meath’s Damien Carroll with Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey during last year’s Leinster final at Croke Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mick O’Dowd’s painstaking stewardship of Meath’s fortunes brings the county into another Leinster final against Dublin. They are imbued with enough(...)

Kildare’s Hugh McGrillen tackles Meath’s Stephen Bray during the Leinster semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meath 2-16 Kildare 0-17 Led from the front by Stephen Bray, Meath sprang a nasty surprise on Kildare at Croke Park in yesterday’s Leinster football s(...)

Meath’s Andrew Tormey scores his side’s first goal from a penalty in the Leinster SFC semi-final against Kildare at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath 2-16 Kildare 0-17Meath produced enough vintage football at Croke Park to book their place in another Leinster football final, but not before ner(...)

Kildare manager Jason Ryan with Paddy Brophy after the win over Louth at Croke Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin’s shock and awe routine brings with it plenty of collateral damage, chiefly and most obviously the shortening of careers that might otherwise (...)

Meath’s Michael Newman rounds goalkeeper Pat Coady of Carlow to score his side’s sixth goal in the Leinster quarter-final at Dr Cullen Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath 7-13 Carlow 0-6Not so long ago Anthony Rainbow discovered that Brendan Murphy, by some distance Carlow’s best footballer, so good he was recruit(...)