Dublin manager Dessie Farrell at the AFL Division 1 game between Dublin and Kerry  in Croke Park on January 25th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Most people are expecting Dublin to comfortably deal with Westmeath on Saturday, and for neutrals it may not be the most exciting prospect. But I’ve b(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is ‘one of the most influential managers Gaelic games has seen’. File photograph: Inpho

Sometime after half-past-three last Sunday afternoon, Mickey Harte sat staring out from a bleak, darkening stand on to an empty torn up football field(...)

Bernard Brogan lifts the Sam Maguire after Dublin’s victory over Tyrone in 2018. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was Jim McCartan, pioneering Down All-Ireland winner and father of James, who first floated the line past me. I was curious why he hadn’t been am(...)

Jimmy Lavin shone in both football and hurling and was part of a gifted group of Dublin players that emerged in the 1940s. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The death has taken place of Jimmy Lavin, one of the great talents that emerged in Dublin GAA in the 1940s. A next-door neighbour of Kevin Heffernan, (...)

Ryan McHugh celebrates scoring his side’s first goal in front of Donegal fans. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish people are a reliably sanctimonious lot when it comes to the GAA. Rarely more so, in fact. We go on as if no other sport is community-based, as (...)

The incremental introduction of new players for six of Jim Gavin’s seven years owed nearly everything to his ability to see qualities he could develop on the senior team – and they all paid off. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/©INPHO

In one of those strangely overlapping events, it was in Jim Gavin’s first competitive weeks with Dublin that Kevin Heffernan died. One of Gavin’s most(...)

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(...)

Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire as Dublin celebrate beating Kerry in the All-Ireland senior football final replay, at Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

On a clear day, you can see forever. Monday morning now and the skies of Dublin’s football team are blue and cloudless. The football landscape has bee(...)

Mickey Harte: set to take charge of Tyrone for the 18th year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There are just five vacancies left in the list of county football managers for the coming year. Galway, London, Laois, Wicklow and Tipperary have yet(...)

Paul Geaney: one of seven Kerry players to have started every championship game for the Kingdom this year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Completing the summer set Seven Kerry players are seeking to complete a championship set in this weekend’s All-Ireland final after starting every cham(...)

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