Mick O Dwyer

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Kieran Donaghy with Tommy Walsh: the two players’ paths largely diverged after  the heady days of 2008/9. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We have found ourselves back in 2008 quite a bit over the last few weeks. First of all it was the current Tyrone team, inviting comparison to that mag(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin:  now the county’s most successful manager with five All-Irelands. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

On the upper deck of the old Hogan Stand just before the replayed NFL final of 1988, there was the customary good attendance of Meath supporters. Shor(...)

 Pat O’Neill and Tony Hanahoe: both won All-Ireland titles as players for Dublin and also managed the county to Sam Maguire success – Hanahoe as player-manager in 1976, O’Neill in 1995.  Photograph: Tom Honan

The Shed In among all of the yarns and anecdotes about the Decade of the Dubs, oft-heard to the point that it will take archaeologists to uncover one(...)

Galway manager Kevin Walsh and Dublin manager Jim Gavin  shake hands after the  All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park on Saturday.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ominous Jim Gavin warning: a cohort lies waiting in the shadows. Dublin in these dwindling twenty-teens hunt down Kerry greatness of the ’70s and ’80(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates his team’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final win over Monaghan at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mickey Harte is still here, still surviving, still bringing teams to All-Ireland finals. Billy Morgan went 14 years between 1993 and 2007, Mick O’Dwye(...)

Willie McCreery celebrates for Kildare after beating Louth during the Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter finals at Croke Park. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Tiomes

Willie McCreery was one of the 1998 Kildare team that played under legendary manager Mick O’Dwyer when he led the Lilywhites to a precious Leinster fo(...)

The Kerry team break from the team photo before the Munster final replay of 2015 at Fitzgerald Stadium. Kerry went on to win 1-11 to 1-6. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The redoubtable footballers who represent Cork in tonight’s Munster final may or may not be delighted to know that this isn’t the worst streak by a Co(...)

Former Kerry footballer and manager Mick O’Dwyer with the Sam Maguire trophy during a civic reception hosted by Kerry County Council in his honour. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Kerry footballing legend Mick O’Dwyer was presented - once again - with the Sam Maguire trophy at a civic reception to honour him in Tralee on Monday.(...)

Conor O’Shea: 'I believe you can win any game at any time. It doesn’t matter what sport, because it’s two teams.' Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Once again Italy appear to have drawn the short straw. First up they face England in Rome next Sunday, before just a six-day turnaround before playing(...)

Alan Dillon celebrates Mayo’s win over Dublin in 2012. He served the county with great distinction over a long career.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The news earlier this week was of retirements and returns. For Wicklow’s James Stafford, he apparently couldn’t say “no” to his new manager John Evans(...)

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