Mickey Graham

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Robbie McDaid celebrates scoring Dublin’s goal during the  All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Cavan at  Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The man comes around. Or perhaps in this pandemic winter, it’s the men coming around that continue to put the Dublin footballers in a height and weigh(...)

Dublin’s Robbie McDaid fists home Dublin’s goal past Cavan goalkeeper  Raymond Galligan during the  All-Ireland SFC semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 1-24 Cavan 0-12 At the end, the Dublin subs didn’t even cheer. Nobody clenched a fist or raised a roar. Dublin roll on to their eighth All-Ire(...)

 Mickey Graham will need to remind his Cavan team of the ‘why’. File photograph:

I think that both Cavan and Tipperary need to bring the spirit of Billy Miske to Croke Park this weekend. Billy Miske was a 1920s-era American boxer w(...)

Michael Dempsey: “The older you get the more you realise a sporting performance is multi-factorial and complex – a mix of the players and technical ability, a mix of game sense and tactics and what cements all of that together is the psychological, that ability to stay focused . . .” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Paul Earley and the Football Review Committee were analysing the state of football for their first report, which launched nearly exactly eight ye(...)

Dessie Farrell: bidding to lead Dublin to a sixth consecutive  All-Ireland final    in the first year of his managerial regime. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland SFC semi-final: Cavan v Dublin Throw-in: 5.30pm, Saturday. Venue: Croke Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at (...)

Cavan’s Stephen King  during a match against Meath in 1987. Photograph:   Ray McManus/ Sportsfile

When Cavan last won the Ulster title before this year, Stephen King captained the county to victory over Derry in the provincial final, and when Cavan(...)

David Power: The Tipp manager’s call to bring in the likes of Paddy Christie was an astute move. The players delivered an historic Munster title but  the management too deserve huge credit. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dara Ó Cinnéide is a very bright lad, one of the brightest I ever played with – although that might not be saying a whole pile. Paddy Bawn Brosnan on(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy with Mayo’s Lee Keegan after the 2019 All-Ireland semi-finals. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The composition of this weekend’s All-Ireland semi-finalists helps to clarify the ongoing discussion about the championship. This extraordinary year, (...)

Cavan fans after the 1997 Ulster final. File photograph: Inpho

Last Sunday night and Monday morning saw Cavan supporters across the land in a most curious position – replying to text messages congratulating them o(...)

Cavan have no issue with playing Dublin at Croke Park in the All-Ireland football semi-final. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The Cavan county board have outlined their absolute agreement to play their All-Ireland football semi-final against Dublin in Croke Park next Saturday(...)

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