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Ireland manager Stephen Kenny ahead of the Nations League game against Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was well worn ground by the time he addressed the media 40 minutes or so after the end of Ireland’s game against Bulgaria on Wednesday night but St(...)

World Cup, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Italy,  1990. Ireland’s  Kevin Sheedy scores a vital goal. File photograph: Inpho

1. June 11th, 1990 World Cup (Cagliari) Republic of Ireland 1 (Kevin Sheedy, 73) England 1 (Gary Lineker, 9). You might remember this one. Of all pe(...)

Dublin’s Paul Mannion celebrates with the Sam Maguire after defeating Kerry in last year’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán Moran How much will a straight knock-out championship change things? Or should we just be expecting six in a row for Dublin? No. The new format(...)

The Ireland players line up during the penalty shoot-oot against Slovakia. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It would have been desperately unfair for Alan Browne to be the only one who missed. At least Matt Doherty’s lucklessness in the Ireland shirt had one(...)

Ballymun Kickhams’ Paddy Small, James McCarthy and John Small lift the trophy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballymun Kickhams 1-19 Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-8 Front running for almost the entire match, Ballymun Kickhams gave a top-class performance in Sunday’s(...)

Ballymun Kickhams’ Paddy Small, James McCarthy and John Small lift the trophy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballymun Kickhams 1-19 Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-8 Front running for almost the entire match, Ballymun Kickhams gave a top-class performance in Sunday’s(...)

James McCarthy: His consistency and versatility has proved an enormous asset for Dublin over the past decade. Only he and Stephen Cluxton have started all seven of Dublin’s  All-Ireland successes. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Although he’s been an ever-present during this decade of decades for Dublin, it still comes as something of a surprise to note that James McCarthy las(...)

Padraig Reidy of Kerry tackles Kevin McManamon of Dublin in their Allianz  Football National League Round 1 match in February 2010. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin’s football decade may be defined by the seven All-Ireland titles won and last year’s completion of an unprecedented five-in-a-row, but the coun(...)

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton leads his team in the pre-match parade two weeks ago. Photograph:  Inpho/Morgan Treacy

1. STEPHEN CLUXTON (Parnells) Age: 37 Height 6’ 1” Weight: 12st 8lbs Faced by at times kamikaze pressing, he still managed to find kick-out targ(...)

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton saves a shot from Kerry’s Paul Murphy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 1-16 Kerry 1-16 Five-in-a-rows don’t come easy. The new empire stalled and yet the old one didn’t quite strike back. Prospects of the fabled s(...)

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