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Stephen Cluxton makes a crucial save to deny Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien a goal during the All-Ireland football final replay at Croke Park.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Six-time All-Ireland winning football captain Stephen Cluxton is now in line to receive the one award that has so far eluded him throughout his long a(...)

Dublin’s Brian Howard and Eoin Murchan celebrate five in a row. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The tumult on the pitch eventually subsided and by the time Dave Brubeck sounded a mellow finale, the fact sank in that this was history. It never fee(...)

The Kerry team dejected after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

1 Shane Ryan In the first half Kerry retained all 10 of their kick-outs. And 13 from 13 thereafter. Ryan knew when to go short, and when he went long(...)

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(...)

Kerry’s Dara Ó Cinnéide: “We had underachieved as minors. And that hurt us so badly.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In the autumn of 1997, Dara Ó Cinnéide got a letter from a friend from Co Louth who he had studied alongside at the University of Limerick (UL). It wa(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly shooting for a point  late in the All–Ireland final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Late in the All-Ireland football final Dublin fans were treated with a sight that looked like a throwback. Perched just outside Kerry’s 45m line and d(...)

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey celebrates after scoring a goal with Paul Mannion. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

At the Dublin hotel the morning after last year’s All-Ireland final, Jack McCaffrey gave a long and completive interview to the gathered hackery, the (...)

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells) Age: 37 Height: 6’ 1” Weight: 12st 8lbs Still the gold standard. Commands his area so well. Keeps his defence on their(...)

 Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly in action against Tyrone last weekend. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly has been named in Dublin’s matchday 26 for Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo. Connolly made his first appearance since(...)

In five games so far this summer, a core group of 10 Dublin players have started every game. The average age of the team that beat Roscommon a fortnight ago was 27.7. Brian Howard was the only player under 25 in the side. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

And so to the last game of the Super 8s. Or, as Dublin chose to use it last year, the day when the end-of-year medal order gets bulked out. A chance f(...)

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