Dublin’s James McCarthy displays his trophy after being named the  PwC GAA/GPA players of the month for September. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The boot is on the other foot in Dublin following the appointment of Pat Gilroy as hurling manager and James McCarthy isn’t so sure he likes it. For (...)

David Clifford scored 4-4 in the All-Ireland minor final win over Derry. Photograph: Inpho

David Clifford hasn’t played senior football for Kerry yet, but he is already expected to stop Dublin from winning four, and definitely five, All-Irel(...)

Dublin were left in a far better place by Donal Vaughan’s red card. The whole outcome changed on that instant. Photograph: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Everyone in Croke Park and watching around the world knew that Mayo were poised to win the All-Ireland on Sunday. They had created their perfect storm(...)

 James McCarthy with Milana Commons (aged two) at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin on Monday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sam Maguire is away to the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. Well, the mini van is heating up outside the Gibson hotel. The Garda escort in position. S(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton, and man of the match James McCarthy. Photographs: Inpho

Two key changes made at half-time in Sunday’s All-Ireland final proved the main difference in Dublin’s one-point win. And they weren’t the introductio(...)

 Dublin manager Jim Gavin has a selfie taken with members of the Air Corps who flew over Croke Park before the game, including Capt Sean McCarthy, Cmdt Frank Byrne and Capt Enda Walsh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It takes a dose of fresh air to remember pure happiness is flooding GAA tributaries from Shankill to Swords. But this is what winning looks and sound(...)

  Chris Barrett challenges PAddy Andrews at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

1. David Clarke Until late on Mayo had won all but one of their kickouts, and he pulled off a terrific save to deny Paul Mannion a goal. Yet Mayo los(...)

Dublin captain  Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after the All-Ireland football final win over Mayo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 1-17 Mayo 1-16 It came down, as it almost always does between Dublin and Mayo, to one kick. Dean Rock, 40 metres out from the Davin goal on an(...)

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells) [Captain] Age: 35 Height: 6’ Weight: 12st 9lbs, 80kg Occupation: Teacher Record breaking goalkeeper has been back o(...)

There  is evidence that both teams have moved on from 12 months ago  but if the choice is between which team has made the more plausible strides, the answer is Dublin.

For all the familiarity of the finalists, Sunday’s All-Ireland football final breaks genuinely unusual ground. There hasn’t been such a sustained riva(...)