Jonny Cooper was disappointed by Dublin’s surprise defeat to Longford in the O’Byrne Cup semi-final at the weekend.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

It is arguably the most high profile vacancy in Gaelic football, the full back position for Dublin, and Jonny Cooper has insisted he’s ready for the (...)

 A vicar’s tea party list of storms will  kick off the year, while a weather system named after a 7th century saint will end it. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Future perfect – Frank McNally previews 2016 through a (slightly cracked) crystal ball: January: There is no let-up in the weather, as storms Gertrud(...)

This wonderful photograph from a packed  Ireland versus Austria match  in 1963 is just one of many in   ’Dalymount Park,   Home of Irish Football’ by Colin White.

THE BEST  No Borders – Playing Rugby For Ireland by Tom English (Arena Sport, €31.60) Oral histories are tricky to get right. An oral history (...)

John Leonard with his book Dub Sub Confidential at the award ceremony in the  Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The oldest (and dullest) question for an author is where the idea for their book came from. Still has to be asked though, and so when we gathered aro(...)

John Leonard (L) was the perennial back-up to Dublin goalkeeper John Leonard. Photograph: Inpho

Former Dublin substitue goalkeeper John Leonard’s autobiography Dub Sub Confidential has been named the inaugural Setanta Sports Book of the year. Le(...)

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(...)