Mick O Dowd

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Meath’s Michael Burke protests to the referee after a scuffle involving several players on both teams late in the Leinster final defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

So Dublin recorded a 16-point thumping of their neighbouring rivals on a lovely sunny afternoon in Croke Park before the best attendance of the season(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin and Diarmuid Connolly celebrate after the Leinster final defeat of Meath at Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

To think some Dublin supporters were born into this.A ninth Leinster football title in a decade – and fourth in succession. Another simply devastating(...)

Meath’s Michael Burke protests to the referee after a scuffle in the Leinster final defeat to Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Dublin’s devastating Leinster football final victory in Croke Park this afternoon has been slightly clouded by an allegation of biting from Mick O’D(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal against Meath in the Leinster football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Dublin 3-20 Meath 1-10Three down easy, three to go, as Dublin’s imperial march towards their All-Ireland defence continues.A ninth Leinster football t(...)

Kildare’s Hugh McGrillen tackles Meath’s Stephen Bray during the Leinster semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meath 2-16 Kildare 0-17 Led from the front by Stephen Bray, Meath sprang a nasty surprise on Kildare at Croke Park in yesterday’s Leinster football s(...)

Kildare manager Jason Ryan and Meath  manager Mick O’Dowd shake hands after the Leinster football senior championship semi-final in Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Mick O’Dowd enters the theatre attached to Croke’s Park’s museum and diffidently enquires if that is where he should be as if he might have wandered i(...)

Meath manager Mick O’Dowd: “Players going to Croke Park on big days need to know who they’re doing it for and who is following them. When they get the Meath jersey, it represents a lot. That matters.” Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Ballinacree is a bend in the road between Oldcastle and Lough Sheelin in North Meath. Tucked away tight by the Cavan border, you’d need to drive for t(...)

Meath’s Michael Newman rounds goalkeeper Pat Coady of Carlow to score his side’s sixth goal in the Leinster quarter-final at Dr Cullen Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath 7-13 Carlow 0-6Not so long ago Anthony Rainbow discovered that Brendan Murphy, by some distance Carlow’s best footballer, so good he was recruit(...)

Carlow’s Darragh Foley claims the high ball ahead of and meath’s Shane O’Rourke during the Leinster SFC quarter-final clash  at  Dr Cullen Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Carlow 0-6 Meath 7-13 A horror show for Carlow on their own patch. So low were confidence levels by the finish that a streaker was allowed run the len(...)

While Carlow coach Anthony Rainbow knows they have a tough Leinster SFC quarter-final against Meath, he notes: “a lot of people are writing us off already but we’ll put up a fight.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Fact: the most destructive sportsman living on this island is a Junior B Carlow footballer. Only problem is Anthony Rainbow can’t pick him for Sunday’(...)

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