Peter Keane: “We are on a fast track here and we are hoping we won’t fall off the track.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There are some people in Kerry who will tell you next Sunday’s All-Ireland football final isn’t so much about the winning as it is stopping Dublin fro(...)

It’s 65 years since Mayo last lifted Sam Maguire, 62 since the Bulldogs last picked up the AFL Premiership Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It doesn’t matter how many times I travel the 10,000 miles between Ireland and Australia. There is simply no getting used to that upside-down feeling (...)

Dublin’s David Byrne tackles Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor  during the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In the end, the Mayo party simply went ahead as planned on Sunday evening, although the absence of the Sam Maguire Cup made for a pretty sobering atm(...)

Jim Gavin and Declan Darcy have been a tightly knit management pair since 2002. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“Ah, he’s still a grumpy old git, says f**k all.” Not many people would get away with saying that about Jim Gavin – which is a good thing, because p(...)

Jim Gavin belives a bounce of the ball could settle the All-Ireland final against Mayo. Photograph: Inpho

Twelve days before an All-Ireland football final and Jim Gavin isn’t for stirring. Everything that is thrown at the Dublin manager is deflected with (...)

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey and Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor in action last Sunday. ‘Mayo have unearthed a real gem in Diarmuid O’Connor’. photograph: inpho

Replays, they’re as predictable as the weather. I’ll start with a throwback to the 1972 All-Ireland football final. I was on a Kerry team that year(...)