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Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton, and man of the match James McCarthy. Photographs: Inpho

Two key changes made at half-time in Sunday’s All-Ireland final proved the main difference in Dublin’s one-point win. And they weren’t the introductio(...)

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford after his side’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Nothing about losing an All-Ireland football final ever gets any easier, and in the emotionally filled aftermath of this one Stephen Rochford is visib(...)

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells) [Captain] Age: 35 Height: 6’ Weight: 12st 9lbs, 80kg Occupation: Teacher Record breaking goalkeeper has been back o(...)

Stephen Cluxton takes a short kickout to Michael Fitzsimons against Mayo in 2015. Photograph: Inpho

Nineteen of the 24 players who featured in Jim Gavin’s first championship season still remain as Dublin pursue a third All-Ireland title in a row on S(...)

Diarmuid Connolly: would straight away become the best non-injured player ever to be held out of an All-Ireland final starting line-up. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The thing to remember about All-Ireland finals is that there is so much we don’t know at this point, even though we know these two teams so well. The (...)

 Con O’Callaghan fires past Tyrone goalkeeper  Niall Morgan  to score Dublin’s first goal at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

And then there were two. So the only team that can stop this all-conquering Dublin team from winning a third successive All-Ireland title is Mayo, the(...)

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan is beaten by Eoghan O’Gara for Dublin’s second goal in the All-Ireland semi-Final at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph by  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty Images

 Dublin 2-17 Tyrone 0-11 An early hiss ran through the capacity crowd in Croke Park as the air was let out of all the high hopes for a high-pres(...)

Con O’Callaghan scores Dublin’s  opening goal in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone at Croke Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 2-17 Tyrone 0-11 Dublin gave Tyrone nothing. Even a decently struck Peter Harte penalty in injury time was batted away by Stephen Cluxton. A(...)

You can be certain Jim Gavin has an idea of where he wants to go and who he wants to use already when his main men like Cluxton, O’Sullivan and Connolly finally move on. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The list of genuine insights rationed out by Jim Gavin for public consumption is notoriously and deliberately a short one. We are used it by now and h(...)

Dublin’s Dean Rock looks on as he misses a late free to bring the league final against Kerry into extra time. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Here’s a story: The multiple All-Ireland champions had to launch a late blitz to come from behind to defeat Monaghan and reach the league final. There(...)

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