Dublin’s Bernard Brogan in action against  Keith Higgins of Mayo. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s very rare that you come away from an All-Ireland final with mixed feelings. As long as I’ve been going to them, the best team wins the All-Irelan(...)

  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(...)

Diarmuid Connolly with Jim Gavin before coming on against Tyrone. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin have named their team for Sunday’s All-Ireland final, and Diarmuid Connolly has not been included. Manager Jim Gavin has named the same team (...)

Stephen Cluxton takes a short kickout to Michael Fitzsimons against Mayo in 2015. Photograph: Inpho

Nineteen of the 24 players who featured in Jim Gavin’s first championship season still remain as Dublin pursue a third All-Ireland title in a row on S(...)

Mayo’s Paddy Durcan kicking  an  equalising point against Kerry in Croke Park to force a semi-final replay. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So, what do we mean when we say we think Mayo will win on Sunday? Is it an informed, dispassionate decision having pored over the relevant data, looke(...)

Diarmuid Connolly: would straight away become the best non-injured player ever to be held out of an All-Ireland final starting line-up. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The thing to remember about All-Ireland finals is that there is so much we don’t know at this point, even though we know these two teams so well. The (...)

Sam Maguire Cup. I think it will be close and that, ultimately, it could come down to hunger. And I just don’t see Mayo being denied if that is the definitive virtue. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

I have this nagging feeling that Mayo are going to be All-Ireland champions by Sunday evening. I say “nagging” because cold logic would leave me pred(...)

Blue Sunday: Dublin fans react to Con O’Callaghan’s goal against Tyrone. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin supporters should be spitting mad at the mere idea. Since last Sunday the calls to cleave the county – or, more accurately, the luminous city –(...)

 Con O’Callaghan fires past Tyrone goalkeeper  Niall Morgan  to score Dublin’s first goal at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

And then there were two. So the only team that can stop this all-conquering Dublin team from winning a third successive All-Ireland title is Mayo, the(...)