Meath manager Andy McEntee and Dublin manager Jim Gavin shake hands at the final whistle of the Leinster Football Championship final in Croke Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Once upon a time Hill 16 inhabitants would be crammed in, bracing themselves for the Meath invasion. Those days are distant memories now and the GAA i(...)

Stephen Bray wheels away after scoring Meath’s first of five goals against the Dubs. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s not just Dublin’s last defeat in the province or even just their only one in 15 years but, appropriate to its rarity value, it hit like a meteori(...)

Paul Mannion in action during the 2018 Leinster Final against Laois at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

On a sunny Good Friday at a table in a rooftop bar, Paul Mannion stirs his coffee and settles in to talk about whatever you want to talk about. We can(...)

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien scores a goal in Tralee. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kerry 1-18 Dublin 2-14 Wow. Football may be losing some appeal, Dublin may be getting richer, only the greatest rivalry ever told will never grow old(...)

Eamon Donoghue of The Underdogs gets in a block on Dublin’s Robbie Gaughan during the game  at Parnell Park. Photograph courtesy of Fingallians GAA.

Our Underdogs journey had a disappointing finale last Friday night in Parnell Park, as we took a heavy beating against the All-Ireland champions. Des(...)

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey and Johnny Heaney of Galway in action at  the All-Ireland SFC semi-final in Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dublin keep regenerating like a city in boomtime. Block by block, hood by hood, Jim Gavin and his backroom team are constantly refreshing and recyclin(...)

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey gets to the bounce of the ball ahead of Galway’s Johnny Heaney during  the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The view from upper Hogan has Jack McCaffrey all hockey smiles in the parade, plucking familiar faces from the 54,716 audience. Two Palestinian flags (...)

 Galway’s Damien Comer takes on Dublin’s David Byrne. Dublin’s plan for Comer was a man-marker on the edge of the square and a sweeper patrolling the arc in front of him. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Damien Comer plays football like somebody dared him not to. In another life, he’d have heard John L Sullivan belly up to the bar declaring he’d lick a(...)

Dublin’s Paul Mannion  gets a way from Eoin O’Donoghue of Mayo during Saturday’s Allianz Laegue game at MacHale Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Mayo 0-12 Dublin 2-10 Mayo and Dublin have put themselves so generously in credit with their summer encounters through the past decade that we can ea(...)

Mayo goalkeeper Rob Hennelly is unable to keep out Paul Mannion’s early goal. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Mayo 0-12 Dublin 2-10 If ever you saw a four-point hiding, this was it. Dublin stretched their record against Mayo under Jim Gavin to 10 wins from 13(...)

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