You can be certain Jim Gavin has an idea of where he wants to go and who he wants to use already when his main men like Cluxton, O’Sullivan and Connolly finally move on. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The list of genuine insights rationed out by Jim Gavin for public consumption is notoriously and deliberately a short one. We are used it by now and h(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin watches his team take on the Dubs Blue Stars earlier this year. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin has agreed to a two year extension to his term with the All-Ireland champions. Gavin, who works as a pilot w(...)

Dublin players go through their warm-up routine before the league match against Mayo at MacHale Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

It would be misleading to describe this as a “streak”. The term is too flashy and volatile and to capture what has been a gold-standard two years of u(...)

The big achievement of the year belongs to All-Ireland champions Dublin. Jim Gavin’s team managed to go through the entire season of league and championship unbeaten. Photograph: Inpho

It’s hard to categorise years until there’s a decent filter of hindsight but in its dying days 2016 has the feel of an ante-room. It’s not that nothin(...)

“We’d love to have him back and we all wish him well but he’s happy so that’s the most important thing.”

Dublin are unlikely have to defender Rory O’Carroll back on board for the 2017 championship, according to his Dublin and Kilmacud Crokes team mate Pau(...)

 Ian Madigan: “I know I am up against it when it comes to (Ireland) selection but if I keep my head down over here, do the best I can do, that’s all I can control.”  Photo: Getty Images

Remember Ian Madigan? How quickly we discard them. His move to France, accidentally, worked out nicely for Irish rugby. None of the decision makers a(...)

Philly McMahon at the Ireland Active Conference launch: “This team isn’t going to be here next year – it’s going to be a different team.”   Photograph: dan Sheridan/Inpho

There was something cruel and slightly unusual about the Dublin footballers facing a full round of club championship games, just seven days after the(...)

Referee Maurice Deegan black cards Jonny Cooper. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The season has ended with familiar scenes of Dublin celebration, and congratulations to all involved; they are a superb team. This year’s All-Ireland (...)

Dublin’s John Small has impressed this year, but the absence of Jack McCaffrey is still felt. Photographs: Both Cathal Noonan/Inpho

For 54 minutes of the All-Ireland final draw two weeks’ ago, the reigning champions were minus half of last summer’s winning backline. That’s minus t(...)

Stephen Cluxton fails to stop Paul Geaney scoring a goal for Kerry. Cluxton is Dublin’s strongest link and if you break that, there’s a chance the whole thing goes to pieces. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It’s an odd kind of All-Ireland week. Nearly every conversation I have about the game goes the same way. We spend 90 per cent of it coming up with way(...)