Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny and manager Dessie Farrell. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On the weekend of the May bank holiday in 2012, Ciarán Kilkenny won his first All-Ireland title. The Dublin under-21s beat Roscommon in Tullamore by 2(...)

Top of the world: Michael Darragh Macauley with Sam in hand. File photograph: Inpho

It is almost a decade now since Dublin and Mayo met for a Saturday night league game in Castlebar when the players literally lost one another in a thi(...)

Darren McCurry finishes for Tyrone’s second goal after Conor McKenna draws the defence and provides the astute pass. When the chance came and the right thing had to be done, all that practice and training clicked into place and they buried Mayo without having to even think about it. Photograph: Jams Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland finals are merciless occasions. They don’t care who you are or what you’ve been through or how far you’ve come. They are over so quickly t(...)

Mayo’s Colm Boyle celebrates the semi-final victory over Dublin  at the final whistle with Stephen Coen. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Our eyes did not deceive us. Last Saturday we spoke here about the suspicion of new vulnerabilities within the Dublin team. That night, we got our ans(...)

Mayo’s Enda Hession in action against Paddy Small of Dublin during the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

They always say that the last thing a good boxer loses is his punch. He might get old, he might slow, he might get it tight to make the weight. But he(...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon celebrates at the final whistle of the 2017 All-Ireland final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2017 All-Ireland final was 42 minutes old and Dublin were a point ahead. They had dominated the exchanges in the seven minutes since half-time. Pa(...)

 Dublin’s Kevin McManamon scores his side’s third goal against Mayo in the 2015 semi-final replay. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As the Dublin-Mayo rivalry heads into a 10th championship meeting in 10 years, there is valid focus on the strength of the respective benches. This ha(...)

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton walks down the tunnel after lifting the Sam Maguire last December. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If Stephen Cluxton really has played his last game for Dublin, you’d have to say this is all pretty on-brand. No announcement, no formal statement, no(...)

Dublin’s Chris Crummy celebrates after the victory over Galway at Parnell Park in June 2019. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

They should have more to them, the Dublin hurlers. That’s always how it feels, isn’t it? By now, by this stage, it all ought to be further along. The (...)

Kieran McGeeney: “Kieran [Donaghy] made a career out of bringing other people into the game, and I think that was something we were sort of missing in Armagh.” Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Kieran McGeeney opens with a joke about wanting another Kieran on the Armagh sideline to supplement his own sense of humour. That being Kieran Donaghy(...)

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