Jimmy Keaveney

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James McCartan was named back-to-back Footballer of the Year in 1960 and 1961. Photograph: Mark Pearce/Presseye/Inpho

The death of James (Jim) McCartan, at the age of 85, is a sad loss for football, particularly in his native Down, where his memory will be revered for(...)

Dean Rock in action during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Cavan at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Most successful people will tell you that in sport as in life they’re often more driven by the lows than the highs, remember the misses more than the (...)

Dublin’s Dean Rock takes a free during last year’s  All-Ireland SFC Final replay against Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The fuss over tuition fees for Dean Rock’s place-kicking academy has again focused attention on the GAA’s amateurism rules and the extent to which peo(...)

Dean Rock scores a free during the Allianz Football League Division 1 game against Monaghan at  Croke Park on February 8th. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dublin’s Dean Rock has spoken about how he had to ease up on free-taking practice as a younger player. Rock, who turned 30 this year, will almost cert(...)

Bernard Brogan: ticked all the boxes as a top class forward during a spectacularly successful  career with Dublin. Photograph: Donall  Farmer/Inpho

In a funny way, the frustration of his last couple of years on the county panel was just about the only box that Bernard Brogan needed to tick in his (...)

Bernard Brogan with Dublin manager Jim Gavin and Brogan’s sons  Keadan and Donagh after the five-in-a-row was completed in the All-Ireland final replay against Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bernard Brogan’s retirement at the age of 35 probably didn’t come as a major surprise in that it had been widely speculated on since Dublin’s completi(...)

Dublin’s Dean Rock: “I’m quite proud of who I am as a person and who I represent, and football has been a massive part of that.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Here he is, the Dublin footballer. The gilded prince floating above life’s quotidian concerns. Born in luxury, raised in opulence, the championship bu(...)

 Monaghan were surprise winners against Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Just the league? How relevant is the league in the context of championship? As the season approaches it end with just final details to be resolved, c(...)

A photograph of Jimmy Magee at his funeral in  Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Jimmy Magee would have been “so, honoured, so proud” about the attendance at his funeral, his son Mark Magee said. “He loved people, He loved his fri(...)

Kevin McManamon and Jim Gavin with Sam. Even their greatest sin in the eyes of many – winning lots of football games – hasn’t reached epidemic levels yet. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

What garlands can I lay at the feet of the team that has everything? Well, on the week the Leinster football championship starts, we could start by na(...)

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