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It is commonplace to see Jim Gavin mentioned together with Stephen Cluxton (pictured) and county CEO John Costello as the most influential people in the quest that was completed last Saturday. Photograph: Tom Honan

The five-in-a-row done, what is Dublin’s place in history? The obvious answer is that this will be up to others to judge. From here on ground zero, th(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy and Brian Fenton challenge for the ball with Kerry’s  David Moran during the All-Ireland football final replay at Croke park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 1-18 Kerry 0-15 As if to honour the occasion, Dublin completed their five-in-a-row ascent on history with the county’s best display in an All-(...)

Dublin’s Brian Howard and Eoin Murchan celebrate five in a row. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The tumult on the pitch eventually subsided and by the time Dave Brubeck sounded a mellow finale, the fact sank in that this was history. It never fee(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin with selector Declan D’Arcy. The partnership with Jim Gavin began with the Dublin under-21s in 2002l Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This month marks the 25th anniversary of a significant day in the life of Declan Darcy. Having captained Leitrim to their historic Connacht title in t(...)

Mayo’s goalkeeper David Clarke saves from Bernard Brogan of Dublin in the All Ireland SFC semi-final in September 2012, the last time Mayo beat Dublin in championship.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What prescriptions from the past can Mayo take for their latest tilt against Dublin on Saturday? The counties meet for the eighth time this decade in(...)

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(...)

How big a loss will Joe Canning prove to be to Galway’s Leinster ambitions. Photograph: Sportsfile

Jackie Tyrrell Who will come out on top in the Munster and Leinster round-robins? Tipperary, Clare and Limerick in Munster. Galway, Kilkenny and Dub(...)

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Donnell at Croke Park where   it was announced that Bórd Gáis Energy’s sponsorship of the All-Ireland hurling championship has been extended to 2022. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Dublin surprised many in last year’s Leinster hurling championship by how relentlessly competitive they proved in the new, round-robin format. They ma(...)

Jim Gavin: declared that the performance against Tyrone “just hadn’t been good enough” and that it would “obviously not help the players that were out on the pitch – that’s for sure”.   Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Saturday night. In darkness. A season that had gone unexpectedly badly results in the title being lost amidst worrying performance levels. There is an(...)

 Dean Rock celebrates after scoring Dublin’s goal during the  Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dublin 1-15 Galway 0-7 World order restored, Dublin looking casual and then perfectly calculated in getting back to winning ways at Croke Park. It i(...)

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