Stephen Cluxton: will captain the Dublin footballers again in 2015. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

New Offaly football manager Pat Flanagan has questioned the purpose of the GAA’s winter training ban and whether or not it affords the so-called weak(...)

Paul Durcan in action against ace Dublin forward  Bernard Brogan in this year’s All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

For all the microscopic attention paid to the patterns of football designed by Jim McGuinness, it is only recently people have begun to sit up and not(...)

Colm McFadden celebrates scoring Donegal’s  third goal in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The smart boys won. Smirking away down the back of the class, homework done to the last full stop. Donegal, the biggest underdogs in an All-Ireland(...)

 Donegal’s Ryan McHugh scores his first goal past Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17 After a spectacular eruption of near volcanic proportions the All-Ireland champions are gone – Donegal taking out Dubl(...)

Paddy Andrews and Bernard Brogan following Dublin’s victory over Monaghan in the quarter-final at Croke Park. “There are so many guys there to take your place. . . I’d say it’s a very good thing because it makes the team perform better.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Some things are constant, some things aren’t. We don’t know what the lifespan of this Dublin team will be and yet most of the country can reel off a h(...)

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness: “We’ll need to be on our toes from the first minute against Dublin. We’ll need to implement our own game plan from the very first minute.”

Maybe 2011 still matters. Jim McGuinness seems to be employing the same philosophy; the attempted shaping of a sport that leaves itself open to manip(...)

Monaghan’s Dessie Mone: could be largely confined to defensive duties against Dublin’s rampant attack. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I read with interest Niall Moyna’s comments here during the week on the likely physical impact on Monaghan of last week’s qualifier win over Kildare b(...)

Champions Dublin are unlikely to show rivals Monaghan any quarter at Croke Park. Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Monaghan come to Croke Park this evening having had a good year. They might not have retained the Ulster title but have returned to Division One and (...)

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(...)