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1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells) Age: 37 Height: 6’ 1” Weight: 12st 8lbs Still the gold standard. Commands his area so well. Keeps his defence on their(...)

Dublin’s Dean Rock: “I’m quite proud of who I am as a person and who I represent, and football has been a massive part of that.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Here he is, the Dublin footballer. The gilded prince floating above life’s quotidian concerns. Born in luxury, raised in opulence, the championship bu(...)

Dean Rock: “I think we timed our run a lot better this year [than in 2016].” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jim Gavin may not have had Colm O’Rourke’s advice strictly in mind regarding last season’s football league, but he was certainly thinking along the sa(...)

All-Ireland champions: Dean Rock kicks Dublin’s winning point against Mayo. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile via Getty

Ah, this September song. Dean Rock is weighing up the moment, eyeing the Canal End posts judiciously, taking cognisance of the breeze, of his heartbea(...)

 Ballymun Kickhams clubman Dean Rock was a hugely significant part of Dublin’s All-Ireland success this season. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dean Rock believes that he can be a better place kicker in 2017 than he was this season when the reliability of his performance was a major factor in (...)

Dublin warm up ahead of their Leinster quarter-final meeting with Laois at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny at the start of June. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland champions Dublin will start their defence of the Leinster title on the road again after the fixtures were finalised for the 2017 Leinster(...)

Stephen Cluxton fails to stop Paul Geaney scoring a goal for Kerry. Cluxton is Dublin’s strongest link and if you break that, there’s a chance the whole thing goes to pieces. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It’s an odd kind of All-Ireland week. Nearly every conversation I have about the game goes the same way. We spend 90 per cent of it coming up with way(...)

Dean Rock and Cillian O’Connor will play key roles in this year’s All-Ireland football final. Photographs: Inpho

On Sunday week arguably the two best free-takers in Gaelic football will take to Croke Park for the All-Ireland final. Dean Rock and Cillian O’Conno(...)

“The main thing is to keep my heart rate down. I am not running at a hundred miles an hour to the free. The free will be taken when I am good and ready, I suppose.”

During a father and son interview with The Irish Times way back in 2008, the teenager remarked: “It brings its own pressure but I don’t want to be kn(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly sends Monaghan goalkeeper  Rory Beggan the wrong way as he slots home a penalty in the  Allianz Football League Division 1 match at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin 1-14 Monaghan 0-16 Thoroughly enjoyable fare for the last Saturday in February, with Dublin ultimately breasting the tape no more than a float(...)

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