Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath and his players salute the team’s fans after Dublin’s victory at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“For a moment I thought Seán Quigley was going to wave the green flag himself,” was Pete McGrath’s take on Fermanagh’s first goal. “At the end the (...)

Fermanagh’s Marty O’Brien takes to the air against Dublin’s Alan Brogan at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Age of Shocks is over. Dublin and Kerry moved remorselessly on to the All-Ireland semi-final after a quarter-final double-bill which contained a (...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal past Fermanagh goalkeeper Thomas Treacy during the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph:   Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 2-23 Fermanagh 2-15 By the numbers, this was quite a contest. By any other metric, it was business as usual. Dublin rolled on through an(...)

Dublin captain  Stephen Cluxton lifts the Delaney Cup after victory over Westmeath.  Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Nine out of 10 Leinster titles is no trend. It’s not part of the so-called cyclical nature of football in the province. There’s permanency to it. Ji(...)

Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal in the Leinster SFC Final against Westmeath at Croke Park. Photograph:  Inpho

Dublin 2-13 Westmeath 0-6 When it comes to Leinster finals these days, we dutifully pan for grains of interest having long since given up on finding (...)

Jim Gavin shakes hands with Kildare manager Jason Ryan (left) at Croke Park. The Dublin manager has reshaped his side’s defensive set-up to good effect.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

I got a wee stroke of luck at the weekend because I was meant to be training on Saturday but the schedule was changed, which allowed me to go home to (...)

Cork’s  Mark Collins: pierced the Dublin attack to score a goal in the league final at Croke Park. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dublin’s defence has certainly improved this year, but chinks remain in their armour particularly in terms of being caught out on the counter attac(...)

Cork and Dublin managers Brian Cuthbert and Jim Gavin shake hands after the Allianz Football League Division One  final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Afterwards, you could have run a decent sweep on which was longer – the length of time Cork could legitimately claim to have had a chance or Stephen C(...)

“I’m lucky in that I’m part of a great team in St Vincent’s and a great team with Dublin over the last three or four years.” – Diarmuid Connolly. photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

So under the body armour and behind the often ruthless football streak is a humble and tender Diarmuid Connolly. He may still be somewhat mercurial o(...)

Monaghan’s Vinny Corey gets to the ball ahead of Dublin’s Paul Flynn in the Allianz National Football League semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin 0-17 Monaghan 0-16 Even though we all expected a Monaghan reaction in yesterday’s Allianz Football League semi-final, few anticipated (...)