Dublin’s Donal McIlgorm and Kildare’s Daniel Courtney battle for possession during the  Leinster minor football semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare 3-16 Dublin 3-13 A clinical Kildare proved too strong for a wasteful Dublin as they secured a well-deserved 3-16 to 3-13 victory in their Ele(...)

Andriú MacLochlainn disputes referee Cormac Reilly’s decision to award a free to Bernard Brogan and Dublin in the dying moments of the Leinster semi-final in 2011. Kildare moved on to the qualifiers and did not get a second bite at their rivals that year. photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was on this weekend four years ago that an injury-time free was all that separated Dublin and Kildare. Not just any injury-time free. A riotously d(...)

Kildare will have their hands full trying to prevent Diarmuid Connolly (left) and Paul Flynn from spraying kick passes into the danger zone and keeping tabs on the full forwards. Photograph: Inpho

In two-year increments Kildare’s challenge to Dublin has slipped away since the 2009 Leinster final. The tale is told most graphically by the bookm(...)

Former All-Ireland winning Dublin captain John O’Leary:  “What you’re trying to do is bring a style of football through the development squads.” Photograph: Sportsfile

When John O’Leary is asked about managers he has fair experience to fall back on. Dublin’s All-Ireland winning captain from 20 years ago and five-tim(...)

Darren Dalay: “You have to keep on improving. Longford had a spell there in the first half where they kicked five points in a row I think. That’s something we can improve on.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When there is talk of Dublin’s panel strength, Darren Daly is the sort of player in focus. An adaptable defender who can slot into most positions a(...)

Soldiers mark the  Rising at Eastertime  at the GPO, above. A series of trails including one retracing  events of the  Rising has been launched,  taking in  the GPO, the Royal College of Surgeons, Moore Street, O’Rahilly Parade and the Garden of Remembrance, and focuses on the six days of the Rising. File photograph:    Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A series of trails including one retracing the events of the Easter Rising has been launched. Dublin Discovery Trails comprises four different theme(...)

Dublin defender Ger Brennan has yet to recover from injury. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Twelve days out from the Leinster football semi-final against Kildare and Dublin manager Jim Gavin has, yet again, ruled Ger Brennan out of contention(...)

Dublin’s Conal Keaney tackles Joe Canning. Galway will be looking for more from the gifted Portumna star in the replay at Tullamore. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Digging out reasons for one or other of these teams to prevail in the replay is a tricky business. Galway got nothing out of Joe Canning last Sunda(...)

Jason Flynn and Joe Canning of Galway chase a loose ball ahead of Dublin’s Cian O’Callaghan, goalkeeper Alan Nolan and Peter Kelly during the Leinster hurling quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan.

Rarely have two teams appeared more driven by the fear of losing than the desire of winning. It certainly felt that way in the end, as Dublin and Galw(...)

Johnny Coen of Galway tussles with Dublin’s Mark Schutte during yesterday’s Leinster SHC quarter-final clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Time was, these were the Sundays that marked the start of the summer. June Bank Holiday, the Dubs in Croke Park, an ghrian go hard sa spéir. Feels lik(...)