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Niamh Fitzpatrick whose the sister of Dara Fitzpatrick died in the Rescue 116 helicopter crash in 2017. Photo: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

In the hours before she met the Mayo team for the first time, Niamh Fitzpatrick cried her eyes out with the lifeboat crew who had pulled her sister’s (...)

Niall Scully in action during the 2017 Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup match against UCD at Parnell Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Players make great teams but great teams also make players. Niall Scully staked his claim for a Dublin place four years ago now after graduating best (...)

Former Dublin goalkeeper John Leonard now lives in rural New Zealand. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘Lenny, show this lad the ropes, will ya?’ ‘No problem, Ski. Who is he?’ ‘Diarmuid Connolly – the most talented footballer in the country is who h(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan celebrates the victory over Mayo in December’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Perhaps the greatest achievement by Dublin last year was how smoothly Dessie Farrell’s management filled the void left by Jim Gavin. Con O’Callaghan(...)

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell has faced numerous challenges in 2020. Photograph: Inpho

At the end of 2019, there would have been no shortage of takers for the idea of Dublin as six-in-a-row champions but thanks to stirrings in China 12 m(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo contest a high ball during the 2012 semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In a fast crowded decade, it is the game that has somehow fallen through time. Nobody talks about Mayo-Dublin 2012, which is a shame. It was signific(...)

Dublin’s John Small and Cillian O’Connor of Mayo square up during the 2016 All-Ireland SFC Final replay atCroke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland final: Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park Saturday, 5pm – Live on RTÉ2 and Sky Sports Mix. Follow on The Irish Times liveblog from 4.30pm You coul(...)

Dublin’s Robbie McDaid celebrates scoring a goal in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Cavan at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The last thing Dessie Farrell can be accused of is favouritism when it comes to Robbie McDaid, arguably Dublin’s big new find of 2020, not when his br(...)

Waterford manager Liam Cahill: “I was talking to a fella this morning from Italy and he’s oblivious to anything to do with my other life.” Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Out the window the fog is so thick you can actually see it moving as it passes through the skeletal trees. The grass is white-tipped and crunchy under(...)

Robbie McDaid celebrates scoring Dublin’s goal during the  All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Cavan at  Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The man comes around. Or perhaps in this pandemic winter, it’s the men coming around that continue to put the Dublin footballers in a height and weigh(...)

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