Ciaran Kilkenny

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Meath manager Andy McEntee and Dublin manager Jim Gavin shake hands at the final whistle of the Leinster Football Championship final in Croke Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Once upon a time Hill 16 inhabitants would be crammed in, bracing themselves for the Meath invasion. Those days are distant memories now and the GAA i(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan and Shane Gallagher of Meath in the Leinster  Senior Football Championship final in Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 1-17 Meath 0-4  The definition of optimism must be watching Dublin put a 16-pointer on Meath and insist that it shows up certain vulnerab(...)

Ciaran Kilkenny is challenged by Meath’s Graham Reilly during Dublin’s Leinster final win. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 1-17 Meath 0-4 Here lies a Leinster final and provincial football championship in all but name. A decade of the Dubs. A new record of nine pro(...)

Ciarán Kilkenny: “I want to be involved with these guys for as long as possible and play for as long as we can.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Day and night, literally, is the difference between an Aussie Rules footballer and Ciarán Kilkenny. “Professional sports do the majority of their st(...)

Dublin’s Ciaran Kilkenny with Louth’s Fergal Donohue during the Leinster championship clash at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Dublin 5-21 Louth 0-10 There is a sameness about Dublin’s opening championship fixtures in the Jim Gavin era. As likely to be stretched as a winter’(...)

Brian Fenton celebrates after Dublin’s victory over Tyrone last September which sealed the four-in-a-row for the reigning All-Ireland champions.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster SFC quarter-final: Dublin v Louth Throw-in: 7pm. Venue: O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. How to follow: The Irish Times GA(...)

Dublin’s Eoin Murchan celebrates with Brian Fenton and the Sam Maguire after the victory over Tyrone in the 2018 All-Ireland SFC Final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

KEVIN McSTAY What is Dublin’s biggest weakness that can halt their five-in-a-row bid? That when the crunch comes, as it is almost certain to, due to (...)

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper is tackled by Niall Sludden of Tyrone during the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Dublin 1-11 Tyrone 1-14 There was a bit of history in the air at Croke Park on Saturday night but for the modest crowd of 19,927 the talk was more of(...)

James Horan: the Mayo manager will be looking for a big improvement on last week’s display against Dublin when his side  host Galway at McHale Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

SATURDAY Allianz Football League [Matches at 7.0 unless stated]  Division One Tyrone v Cavan, Healy Park – Meeting of two teams with a first(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan with Lee Keegan of Mayo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 1-12 Mayo 0-7 Oh well. We came armed with stats and catchy intros and promptly scribbled them out - Dublin restoring football’s world order wi(...)

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