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Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan and Shane Gallagher of Meath in the Leinster  Senior Football Championship final in Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 1-17 Meath 0-4  The definition of optimism must be watching Dublin put a 16-pointer on Meath and insist that it shows up certain vulnerab(...)

Dublin’s Ciaran Kilkenny with Louth’s Fergal Donohue during the Leinster championship clash at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Dublin 5-21 Louth 0-10 There is a sameness about Dublin’s opening championship fixtures in the Jim Gavin era. As likely to be stretched as a winter’(...)

Mayo’s Robert Hennelly against Dublin. Morgan Treacy/INPHO

There’s a conservatism that runs through the GAA like the Great Atlantic coal seam. For decades, it has been reflected in tactical and personnel switc(...)

The final day of the regulation league season sees all matches start at the same time and postponements are only approved when the fixture in question can’t affect the division’s promotion and relegation outcomes. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

The GAA are believed to be looking at the possibility of staging both league finals on a double bill at Croke Park on the last weekend of this month. (...)

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper is tackled by Niall Sludden of Tyrone during the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Dublin 1-11 Tyrone 1-14 There was a bit of history in the air at Croke Park on Saturday night but for the modest crowd of 19,927 the talk was more of(...)

Dublin’s playmaker Ciaran Kilkenny takes a shot during the All-Ireland SFC against Tyrone. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In order to halt Dublin’s pursuit of four in a row and claim Sam Maguire for themselves, Tyrone need to force Dublin to take risks; risks in possessio(...)

Mayo’s Keith Higgins closes in on Dublin’s Dean Rock during last year’s final. Tyrone don’t have the faith that Mayo had last year in their defenders, because they don’t have that calibre of player. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

This week I sat down to watch the 2017 All-Ireland football final. Primarily it was to see if there was anything in Mayo’s performance that could give(...)

Cian O’Sullivan: Dublin star is set to leave Pricewaterhouse Coopers  to move to a rival advisory firm in the coming weeks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As the Dublin senior men’s football team gears up for the All-Ireland final against Tyrone at Croke Park next weekend, two members of the Dublin pane(...)

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(...)

Tyrone’s Pádraig Hamsey tackles Michael Darragh Macauley. Macauley’s swashbuckling runs through the centre were a feature of Dublin’s style back in 2013 and 2014/15. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Here’s how it was, or how we thought it was. In the RTÉ studio before last year’s All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Tyrone, there was a discus(...)

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