Dublin’s James McCarthy displays his trophy after being named the  PwC GAA/GPA players of the month for September. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The boot is on the other foot in Dublin following the appointment of Pat Gilroy as hurling manager and James McCarthy isn’t so sure he likes it. For (...)

Dublin’s Philly McMahon plays football with four-year-old Cathal Downey from Kildare while on the squad’s visit to  Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Philly McMahon is ordering lunch. The waiter is standing there with a little two-by-four pocket notebook and when Philly picks out a salad from the me(...)

 James McCarthy with Milana Commons (aged two) at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin on Monday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sam Maguire is away to the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. Well, the mini van is heating up outside the Gibson hotel. The Garda escort in position. S(...)

Dublin captain  Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after the All-Ireland football final win over Mayo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 1-17 Mayo 1-16 It came down, as it almost always does between Dublin and Mayo, to one kick. Dean Rock, 40 metres out from the Davin goal on an(...)

Stephen Cluxton takes a short kickout to Michael Fitzsimons against Mayo in 2015. Photograph: Inpho

Nineteen of the 24 players who featured in Jim Gavin’s first championship season still remain as Dublin pursue a third All-Ireland title in a row on S(...)

Alan Brogan and Conal Keaney at the launch of Ireland’s First Family SportsFest at the National Sports Campus. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Alan Brogan’s last act in a Dublin jersey was perfection. The All-Ireland of 2015 was decided when Hill 16 swallowed his soaring late point against K(...)

 Con O’Callaghan fires past Tyrone goalkeeper  Niall Morgan  to score Dublin’s first goal at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

And then there were two. So the only team that can stop this all-conquering Dublin team from winning a third successive All-Ireland title is Mayo, the(...)

Philly McMahon: “We don’t know how well our tactics are going to work, the same with them [Tyrone] So we can only prepare as best we can.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Philly McMahon reckons he’ll have to give the McGregor-Mayweather fight a miss early on Sunday morning. He’s an MMA enthusiast and, but for his commi(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin shakes hands with his Monaghan counterpart Malachy O’Rourke after their All Ireland quarter final at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The hope for Diarmuid Connolly is that all the “hard work done in the shadows” will prove sufficient. Dublin face Tyrone in their latest All-Ireland s(...)

Roscommon’s Enda Smith celebrates the Connacht final victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Enda Smith and Aidan O’Shea are the catalysts for their respective Roscommon and Mayo teams, and from the off on Sunday they’ll come head to head. Bi(...)