The Dublin team during the National Anthem  before their league encounter with Kerry. There is  the suspicion whereas Dublin are tipping along nicely that their main rivals are slipping slightly. Photograph: Inpho

Most late, working nights in Croke Park are bathed in the remains of the summer daylight but a 4pm throw-in in early March wouldn’t come into that cat(...)

Cuala celebrate their victory over Ballyea  in the All-Ireland club final last March. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s safe to say that the timing probably didn’t appeal greatly to Mattie Kenny. The former Galway mentor, who last March managed Cuala to Dublin’s fi(...)

Mayo’s Andy Moran was named as the 2017 Footballer of the Year. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It wouldn’t be the All Stars without a bit of a snub hubbub. Stephen Cluxton’s omission from the football selection seemed to be the main talking poin(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire after the win over Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

1 David Clarke (Mayo) Mayo goalkeeper David Clarke attempts to block Kerry’s Paul Geaney during the All-Ireland semi-final replay at Croke (...)

The Sam Maguire at the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin where All Ireland winners Colm Basquel and Michael Fitzsimons joined Br Kevin Crowley and guests to celebrate Dublin’s three in a row. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Br Kevin Crowley has long been admired for his charity but it was the Cork man’s extraordinary faith that shone through on Thursday as the Sam Maguire(...)

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

There  is evidence that both teams have moved on from 12 months ago  but if the choice is between which team has made the more plausible strides, the answer is Dublin.

For all the familiarity of the finalists, Sunday’s All-Ireland football final breaks genuinely unusual ground. There hasn’t been such a sustained riva(...)

Pat Gilroy: saw Dublin swept aside by a rampant Kerry in 2009 quarter-final but within two years led his county to victory over Kerry in the final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In retrospect it all appeared a bit daft, like people fleeing through the streets because they thought the radio performance by Orson Welles and the M(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy and Kieran Hughes of Monaghan in action during the quarter-final  at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 1-19 Monaghan 0-12 Reaching the All-Ireland football quarter-finals used to confer membership of an elite club. Barring disaster, being involv(...)

 Kevin McManamon with his seven-month-old  nephew Liam after Dublin won their seventh straight Leinster football title at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin’s breaking of the record for Leinster titles attracted some attention even if it didn’t exactly leave the GAA world rapt at the achievement. Pa(...)

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