“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 (...)

Dublin’s goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton: replaces Seán Currie at Croke Park for the Division One match against Tyrone. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin football captain Stephen Cluxton returns for his first match of this season’s league and will keep goal as the holders take on Tyrone at Croke (...)

Dublin’s Eric Lowndes gets away from  Gavin Burke of Dubs Stars during the annual challenge game at Parnells GAA Club. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 2-21 Dubs Stars 1-11 Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has accused the GAA of being ‘short-sighted’ with regard to proposed cuts in (...)

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(...)