Sam Maguire

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Former Dublin goalkeeper John Leonard now lives in rural New Zealand. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘Lenny, show this lad the ropes, will ya?’ ‘No problem, Ski. Who is he?’ ‘Diarmuid Connolly – the most talented footballer in the country is who h(...)

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell has faced numerous challenges in 2020. Photograph: Inpho

At the end of 2019, there would have been no shortage of takers for the idea of Dublin as six-in-a-row champions but thanks to stirrings in China 12 m(...)

Mayo’s Matthew Ruane celebrates with Jordan Flynn after the win over Galway in the Connacht SFC Final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In November 1984, a collection of minor England pop royalty hit the ski slopes of Saas Fee to make a music video. ‘Last Christmas’ was officially a Wh(...)

Referee Joe McQuillan sends off Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly during the 2015 All-Ireland  semi-final against Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the nine years since Dublin and Mayo have established the defining modern All-Ireland rivalry, the eight matches have been closely contested with t(...)

Karen Whooley teaching sixth-class students at St Audoen’s National School in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Primary, secondary and third-level students around Ireland, and their teachers, look back on their efforts to keep learning in the shadow of Covid-(...)

Cavan fans after the 1997 Ulster final. File photograph: Inpho

Last Sunday night and Monday morning saw Cavan supporters across the land in a most curious position – replying to text messages congratulating them o(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Delaney Cup after the victory over Meath in the Leinster final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In 2015 on these pages, I outlined my idea for an alternative All-Ireland championship, based on national rankings, which I believe would allow all co(...)

Monaghan’s Dermot Malone is beaten to the ball by Kerry’s Tom O’Sullivan during their league clash in Inniskeen. Photograph: Inpho

Just short of half-time in Kerry’s first game back after the break, they were four points up away to Monaghan and looking fairly unruffled by it all. (...)

Can Pádraic Joyce be the alchemist? Can Galway win this unique, fireside winter All-Ireland? Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

The letters arrived all summer and into autumn. The abiding theme was the same. Can’t wait to see Galway back. “I remember one, in particular, from a(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford and Brendan McCole of Donegal in their AFL Division One game at  Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In a normal year, the final weekend of the Allianz Football League (AFL) is one of the great setpieces of the GAA year. Sixteen matches start simultan(...)

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