Rory O Carroll

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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(...)

Dublin manager Tommy Carr argues with referee Mick Curley during the 2001 All-Ireland quarter-final against Kerry in Thurles.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

2001: A Thurles Odyssey The Point. First meeting since the 1985 All-Ireland final. Semple Stadium has seen plenty days like it, just not these col(...)

Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin speaks ahead of the Dublin v Kerry All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Thoughtcrime is permitted. Individualism, too. But cult of personality is instantly exiled. Not in this Dublin panel. Not inside this Dublin panel any(...)

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns says he is proud of his team. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Started in Dungarvan’s Fraher Field, ended in Croke Park. Some distance travelled. “I am not going to sit here and say I was Jim McGuinness and I tol(...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan closes down Donegal’s  Frank McGlynn during the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the first Sunday afternoon in January 2015, we gloved up and scarfed ourselves to choking point to head for Parnell Park. We stood and steamed the (...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan with Donegal’s Neil Gallagher  during the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final. The teams meet again this evening  at a sold-out Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The man with the reputation for getting up early is subject to rigorous scrutiny compared to Dublin. The champions are constantly referred to as if th(...)

James McCarthy has been declared fit to play against Donegal in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One should be forgiven for presuming the natural place to direct a conversation with Jim Gavin about Donegal would be 2014. That seismic All-Ireland s(...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan is comfortable sweeping and marking at centre back. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It’s 10 summers since Paddy Christie won his last Leinster title. Dublin spent half of the years that followed scavenging the capital for a fullback.(...)

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