Jonny Cooper

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Stephen Cluxton lifts Sam Maguire after Dublin’s win over Kerry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson /Inpho

The best team won the All-Ireland. This All-Ireland, last year’s All-Ireland, the last five-in-a-row, and seven since I started writing this column. A(...)

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper shows his emotion at the final whistle of the All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

It’s getting on for half-nine on Saturday night and down under the Hogan Stand, giddy Dubs are skipping by, hunting for porter. Jack McCaffrey and Dia(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy and Brian Fenton challenge for the ball with Kerry’s  David Moran during the All-Ireland football final replay at Croke park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 1-18 Kerry 0-15 As if to honour the occasion, Dublin completed their five-in-a-row ascent on history with the county’s best display in an All-(...)

Stephen Cluxton lifts Sam Maguire as Dublin celebrate beating Kerry to make it five in a row. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The flares went off behind the Hill and someone put Thin Lizzy on the house gramophone player and Dublin city swooned. So this was what Gaelic Footbal(...)

Kerry’s Seán O’Shea and Dublin’s Brian Fenton at the drawn All-Ireland SFC  final in Croke Park on September 1st. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland SFC Final Replay: Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Saturday, 6pm - Live on RTÉ and Sky Sports On Saturday evening in Croke Park, in what promi(...)

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’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(...)

Stephen Cluxton makes a stunning save to deny Kerry’s Paul Murphy a goal. It was another game where I came away nearly in awe of Dublin’s goalkeeper.  I honestly think he’s still underrated by people. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

We’ll get to Sunday’s game in a small bit but first I want to start with the replay. Specifically, the timing of it, on Saturday night next week. Once(...)

Kerry’s impressive Jack O’Shea in action against Brian Fenton who was a subdued figure for once for Dublin in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On-screen entertainment gives us a choice of lessons from Sunday’s unrelenting All-Ireland. One is the western genre of the tracker, inscrutably exa(...)

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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