David Clifford in action against Ronan McNamee of Tyrone. “I don’t buy this idea that Kerry have nothing to lose. They have an All-Ireland final to lose.”  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Over the next 10 days, everyone will have their say about the football final. The only thing more talked about than an All-Ireland final is a Dublin-(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan scores his side’s second goal against Mayo. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

In a way the competing theories were both correct. Mayo had too much mileage up this summer and it told in the end whereas Dublin were indeed undercoo(...)

Mayo were no match for Dublin, the RTE panel would tell us that nobody are, or will be. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

“It’s the hope,” Joanne Cantwell had reminded us at half-time, “that kills you”, the only consolation this time around for the Mayo faithful the fact (...)

 Con O’Callaghan celebrates scoring a goal against Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jim Gavin has a small ritual he carries out with every Dublin player who comes off the pitch as he’s substituted. Doesn’t matter if you had a scorcher(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan collides with Rob Hennelly of Mayo. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin 3-14 Mayo 1-10 Who wants to play them now? Who really wants to face Dublin? In the end, there would be no dark magic or otherworldly defianc(...)

 Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly in action against Tyrone last weekend. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly has been named in Dublin’s matchday 26 for Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo. Connolly made his first appearance since(...)

With Diarmuid Connolly unlikely to start for Dublin in Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final, who will Lee Keegan pick up? And who will Mayo’s other track(...)

Sean O’Shea: has been prominent in Kerry’s attack this summer. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The second year of the three-year Super 8s trial is complete and the air is thick with demands for it be discontinued in the aftermath of the Tyrone-D(...)

Mayo are an older team now than when they last met Dublin in the 2017 final. It would appear as if this is the greatest team of all time they are playing. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

And then there were four. Kerry-Tyrone has its own recent history and edge and I am sure it will produce a worthy finalist on Sunday. But I think it i(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin named a dummy team on Friday night ahead of his team’s win over Tyrone. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dummy teams The madness begins midweek – each and every week. When will the teams be released? Will they be dummy teams? Who will make the benches(...)

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