Kerry’s Colm Cooper with James McCarthy and Philly McMahon of Dublin during last September’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s little over four months since the counties met in the All-Ireland final but Dublin and Kerry are back in Croke Park this evening for the opening (...)

Kerry’s David Moran and Dublin’s Dean Rock  during last September’s All-Ireland final. “They’re a very good side, but a bogey team, I don’t know if they’re that.”   Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Five years ago, the prospect of David Moran having to shield Kerry from suggestions that Dublin are their ‘bogey’ team would have seemed, frankly, lu(...)

Darragh O’Connell of Cuala and Jack Langton of Clara at the Leinster Club semi-final at Parnell Park earlier this month. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

How does a hurler from north Kerry find his way to a south Dublin club on the verge of winning a Leinster title? That’s not a joke question, althou(...)

Cian O’Neill: “After the match . . . it was sad really because I don’t think players of any level, let alone my own county, deserve that.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Less than a month ago Cian O’Neill was preparing for an All-Ireland final as coach of champions Kerry. This week he is manager of Kildare and fulfilli(...)

 Jack O’Connor: masterminded three All-Ireland title wins during two stints at the helm of Kerry. Photograph: Inpho

Former Kerry player Ger O’Keeffe suspects Jack O’Connor will return for a third spell as the Kingdom’s senior football team manager. O’Connor, who mas(...)

Dublin’s Philly McMahon will learn his fate this weekend after being accused of eye gouging Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin corner back Philip McMahon will know this weekend if he is to face charges arising from an incident with Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy in Sunday(...)

Kerry players celebrate their minor football final victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Kerry 4-14 Tipperary 0-6 For a county that couldn’t win a minor All-Ireland for 20 years Kerry are suddenly golden. They didn’t so much defend(...)

Kevin McManamon scores Dublin’s second goal against Kerry in the epic 2013 All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The teams arrive at the big day, trailing different perceived personalities. Kerry, despite an abundance of gifted players, have the reputation of doi(...)

Jim Gavin on Kerry’s midfield: “It’s one of their strengths and nobody’s been able to go after it yet, so it’s a big challenge for us in that department.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Jim Gavin came before us at the Dublin media night with an apology. He was late due to work commitments. A volunteer, he proceeded to work the room(...)

Former Dublin captain Bryan Cullen with Morgan Freeman, Savannah Keogh, Summer O’Callaghan and Charlie O Reilly from St Audoens NS, Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

It wouldn’t be a proper heavyweight contest without a few verbal punches thrown in advance. And for Bryan Cullen, gloves now off in the more literal s(...)