Referee David Coldrick: the All-Ireland Day documentary showed just what it’s like to be charged with refereeing a hectic All-Ireland final. Referee: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland Day, produced by Loosehorse and shown on Monday night on RTÉ was as vivid a portrait of the great day as has been seen. Taken from an a(...)

Ireland manager Joe Kernan chats with his captain Bernard Brogan in  Croke Park. Ireland will play Australia on November 21st. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All-Ireland football champions Dublin will be strongly represented on the Ireland team which takes on Australia in next month’s one-Test series – alth(...)

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates with Neil  and Eamonn McGee after the victory over Dublin in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A few days after the Ulster final, Pat Shovelin dropped into the house just for a chat. I was down in the office and he popped his head round the d(...)

John Leonard: “I don’t want this book to read as a celebration of drugs. The reality is I lost my mind a lot of times. I was very close to losing friends and losing sanity.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“That’s a tricky one,” laughs John Leonard when asked which felt better: being E’d out of his head on countless nights in the Kitchen and other venues(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. In pursuit ofsuccess he had to recast Dublin as ateam that could embrace a more formidable defensive approach while  still posing a threat at the other end. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It wasn’t just the sight of Dublin and Kerry contesting an All-Ireland final that gave Sunday a back-to-the-future atmosphere. The incessant ra(...)

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 captain Stephen Cluxton and manager Jim Gavin with the Sam Maguire trophy on O’Connell Street. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

“Dublin. The city that fought an empire” was the message on a fan’s T-shirt at the homecoming for the victorious Dublin senior footballers. The GAA(...)