Jack Mccaffrey

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Dessie Farrell addressed the situation of player availability  last July.  “These are amateur players at the end of the day and they’re not contracted to play for their county. Work and career is really, really important.”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was nearly six years ago when the GAA held a promotional event to flag their plans for commemorating the 1916 rising. Out on the pitch in Croke Pa(...)

Stephen Cluxton will once again not be involved with Dublin in 2022. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dessie Farrell has confirmed that Stephen Cluxton will not be a part of the Dublin panel this year, raising significant questions about the former cap(...)

Paul Mannion is happy to continue playing with Kilmacud Crokes just now and will not line out for Dublin this year. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

It tells a tale of the space Paul Mannion sees himself in these days that, along with fellow 20-something Jack McCaffrey, he attempted to organise a r(...)

Cuala falls into a part of Dublin that has a  large playing base but the fewest number of pitches in proportion. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin CEO John Costello had the unusual experience - in recent years anyway - of including in his annual report an account of how the county hadn’t w(...)

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 manager Dessie Farrell in the semi final against Mayo.  In two difficult years he has  won an All-Ireland and lost a semi final in extra time, but there is a lot of talking to be done. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Impho

On August 7th, 1974, Philippe Petit, a French high-wire performer, walked across a cable secured between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre. T(...)

It’s only right that everyone should pause and recognise what this Dublin has achieved. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

On one level, there is very obviously no crisis to be declared in Dublin football. Of the players who featured against Mayo on Saturday night, 14 were(...)

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(...)

Ciarán Kilkenny with Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor and Oisín Mullen: while some team-mates have struggled for their best form, Kilkenny remains reliable and still takes a lot of stopping on the big day in Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The championship has raced by. Suddenly we are in mid-August and the contest has been a straightforward sideshow to establish the usual suspects. Most(...)

Mayo’s Matthew Ruane celebrates after scoring a goal in the Connacht SFC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

An athlete came to see me once, looking to get something off their chest – something that had been bothering them. The back story was they had entered(...)

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