Aidan O Shea

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Tom Parsons: “Happiness isn’t found in winning an All-Ireland or winning All Stars or playing in these big games. Happiness in sport and in life is found in the daily routines of everything we do.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

In the end, Tom Parsons got to call his own way out. He got to sit down and type up a statement and put it out into the ether, happy that the road ahe(...)

Mayo’s Conor Loftus reacts to a missed chance as Dublin’s James McCarthy and Mick Fitzsimons look on at Croke Park. Just before half-time Loftus conceded possession via a quick sideline ball and within seconds Ciarán Kilkenny extended Dublin’s lead at the other end.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We’re some load of straw-clutchers at the back of it all. Here and there since Saturday night, I’ve heard it said that the final showed Dublin are the(...)

Dublin and Mayo players battle for the ball in the All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 2-14 Mayo 0-15 In the chill of midwinter, the strangeness of the season intensified by the emptiness of the stadium, Dublin’s footballers exte(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan scoring his side’s second goal at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The throw-in Accelerating from zero to 60 in 13 seconds, Dublin get the dream start that only Mayo themselves could have dreamed about. Aidan O’Shea (...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan has his shot blocked by Diarmuid O’Connor of Mayo during the All-Ireland SFC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What now? Dublin and Mayo served up a riveting All-Ireland final for three-quarters of the contest. It was 2-9 to 0-14 at the final water break, 55 m(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire trophy after the victory over Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 2-14 Mayo 0-15 Leave Santa’s sleigh up on its blocks, tell the elves they’re furloughed. Dublin were in no mood for fairytales here as they co(...)

Aidan O’Shea can play a vital role in Mayo’s kick-out strategy as they look to gain an advantage against Brian Fenton and James McCarthy . Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

What do Mayo need to do? What can James Horan try? I suppose it’s a question that will be going through the minds of thousands of nervous Mayo support(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo contest a high ball during the 2012 semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In a fast crowded decade, it is the game that has somehow fallen through time. Nobody talks about Mayo-Dublin 2012, which is a shame. It was signific(...)

Dublin’s John Small and Cillian O’Connor of Mayo square up during the 2016 All-Ireland SFC Final replay atCroke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland final: Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park Saturday, 5pm – Live on RTÉ2 and Sky Sports Mix. Follow on The Irish Times liveblog from 4.30pm You coul(...)

1. David Clarke Club: Ballina Stephenites Age: 37 Height: 6’ 2” Weight: 14st Occupation: Garda The best shot-stopper in the country but, with the pa(...)

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