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 manager Jim Gavin. His  calmness and measured tone has been a vital bulwark against hysteria and getting-ahead-of-oneself. But he is still only one man and one voice in a big city. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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

Jim Gavin has very few sacred cows. We’ll find out as the summer goes along whether Philly McMahon is. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Yesterday morning, I collected Mikey Sheehy in Tralee and pointed the car for south Kerry. We had a couple of very important jobs to do, the second of(...)

Dublin’s  Jonny Cooper: “I just think that ability to focus on the immediate and the task in hand... it’s something that is profitable if you’re able to do it.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s the subject that dare not be spoken about around Dublin footballers; the drive for five and the county’s quest for GAA immortality. Cian O’Sulli(...)

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 (...)

 It’s hardly surprising that Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien is challenging a stiff suspension of 20  weeks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Like the buses: none for ages and then two at the same time. It is a testament to the GAA’s disciplinary procedures that the Central Appeals Committee(...)

Mayo’s Robert Hennelly against Dublin. Morgan Treacy/INPHO

There’s a conservatism that runs through the GAA like the Great Atlantic coal seam. For decades, it has been reflected in tactical and personnel switc(...)

Jim Gavin: declared that the performance against Tyrone “just hadn’t been good enough” and that it would “obviously not help the players that were out on the pitch – that’s for sure”.   Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Saturday night. In darkness. A season that had gone unexpectedly badly results in the title being lost amidst worrying performance levels. There is an(...)

Brian Howard in action against Galway: “The thing for me making that transition from minor and under-21s was having Brian Fenton there as an icon for me and as a friend.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Brian Howard was on his way in 2017. A significant contributor to Dublin’s victory in the last All-Ireland under-21 football championship, he made two(...)

Jim Gavin with Jason Sherlock before Dublin’s defeat to Kerry. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It takes a lot to test the nerve of Jim Gavin. Nothing whatsoever about the manner of Dublin’s brilliantly narrow one-point defeat to Kerry in Tralee (...)

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