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(...)

Dublin players are commended by Fergus Connolly for not just being a fine team, but for being good people. Photograph: Inpho

On a list containing the possible sidelines Fergus Connolly could be standing on this weekend, it’s fair to say that the one he finds himself on repre(...)

Tipperary’s Kieran Bergin puts pressure on Alan McCrabbe of Dublin during their All-Ireland senior hurling championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles, yesterday. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16 A dead day in Thurles handed us a game of no particular mystery, a story that unfurled in a simple, uninterrupted arc. Tip(...)

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher comes under pressure from Dublin’s  Ryan O’Dwyer. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It is into the stadium of ghosts as the All-Ireland hurling season moves on to Thurles town, giddy with its own unpredictability and brilliance. At le(...)

 Paul Ryan (right, in action against Kilkenny) returns to the Dublin line-up and Tipperary will be wary of his ability if they infringe close to goal. Photograph: Inpho

It’s difficult to oppose Tipperary. In the familiar surroundings of their Thurles citadel, bolstered by the momentum of largely freewheeling, high -s(...)

Cork’s Lorcan McLoughlin with Limerick’s Donal O’Grady and Declan Hannon  during the Munster final. Hannon can be a key figure for Limerick if he is used in a central position. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

After Sunday there will be only four teams left, (barring another draw) in this year’s premier hurling competition. On the subject of draws is it not (...)

Donegal’s Ryan Bradley and Michael Darragh MacAuley of Dublin during the sides’ All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park in August 2011. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

People are fickle, aren’t they? When Donegal were coming through in 2011 and 2012, people were up for them because they were an underdog. Then when th(...)

Dublin’s  Diarmuid Connolly and his team-mates warm up before the second half of last  Sunday’s Leinster final. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Three games, 7-66 scored, a 14-point average winning margin, 19 different scorers, and 18 substitutes – who between them contributed 2-21.No wonder so(...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon: an example of how good Dublin are at winning primary possession. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wow. It’s not easy to find words that best describe Dublin’s victory in Croke Park, because I haven’t seen a Leinster final of such sustained pace and(...)

Meath’s Michael Burke protests to the referee after a scuffle involving several players on both teams late in the Leinster final defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

So Dublin recorded a 16-point thumping of their neighbouring rivals on a lovely sunny afternoon in Croke Park before the best attendance of the season(...)