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(...)

The All-Ireland final holds more weight than any other match when it comes to winning an All Star. For the 30-plus Mayo and Dublin players who’ll be (...)

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is certainly not afraid of making big calls. Photograph: Inpho

What must the Mayo squad think of their manager Stephen Rochford. Brave? Ruthless? Tactical genius? A chancer? Since taking over Mayo ahead of the 20(...)

Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan misses a late, long-range free at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

They say the difference between writing fiction and non-fiction is simple. Fiction has to be believable. And yet here we are, sitting in a bubbling Cr(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy at the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final at  Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

How to make sense of a game where a high-risk tactic might well have denied Mayo another All-Ireland final – and yet still they find themselves in wit(...)

Mayo’s Lee Keegan: he received a black card in March in the League against Tyrone, and another in the  qualifier win over Cork. Photograph: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Five of the remaining seven counties in the All-Ireland Football Championship are in real danger of losing a player to suspension as the competition r(...)

Armagh’s Stephen Sheridan and Charlie Vernon with Kildare’s Kevin Feely. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Armagh 1-17 Kildare 0-17 After a blazing night’s entertainment on Jones’s Road, Kieran McGeeney finally caught a break. Six years exactly after his K(...)

Kildare’s Fergal Conway is challenged by  Armagh’s Niall Grimley during the All-Ireland Round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Armagh 1-17 Kildare 0-17 Saturday nights never carried this sort of fever. Armagh, the 2-1 outsiders going in, came out at the end of a barnburner, p(...)

Armagh midfielder Niall Grimley has been one of the finds of the championship. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

SATURDAY  All-Ireland SFC Qualifier round 4B Monaghan v Down Croke Park, 5pm Live on Sky Sports Main Event Given Monaghan’s wretched record i(...)

Kevin Feely catches a kickout against Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

Kildare have been handed a massive boost ahead of their Round 4B qualifier against Armagh with Kevin Feely being cleared to play. The rangy midfielde(...)