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 (...)

Cormac Costello in action against Galway’s Cein D’Arcy. The Dublin forward took the opportunity to showcase his undoubted talent during the league clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

After a football pre-season dominated by the experimental rules or more specifically the hand-pass restrictions intended to unshackle the game from th(...)

 Kilmacud Crokes’ Bill O’Carroll and Cian MacGabhann with Mark Schutte of Cuala. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Kilmacud Crokes will face Ballyboden St Enda’s in the Dublin senior hurling championship decider, after they spectacularly dethroned All-Ireland champ(...)

Dublin fans celebrate as their team defeat Tyrone at Croke Park to make it four All-Irelands in a row.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

These – right now – are the rare auld times. On a gorgeous afternoon in Croke Park, the Dublin football team swept to their fourth All-Ireland footba(...)

Dublin’s playmaker Ciaran Kilkenny takes a shot during the All-Ireland SFC against Tyrone. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In order to halt Dublin’s pursuit of four in a row and claim Sam Maguire for themselves, Tyrone need to force Dublin to take risks; risks in possessio(...)

Declan Darcy with Jim Gavin: “You have to evolve because if you stand still, if you look behind for one minute, you will be caught.”

And the Lord turned to Peter and said, “We are all involved absolutely”. Really, that was Jim Gavin, politely refusing to specify his coaching role (...)

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