Stephen Cluxton

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Ryan McHugh celebrates scoring his side’s first goal in front of Donegal fans. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish people are a reliably sanctimonious lot when it comes to the GAA. Rarely more so, in fact. We go on as if no other sport is community-based, as (...)

Wales’ scrumhalf  Mike Phillips celebrates as a dejected Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross and Cian Healy of Ireland look on at the final whistle of the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eventually you make a pact with yourself. Enough of these dazed walks up Jones’ Road as the light declines. Sam Maguire winters in Kerry or Ulster. I(...)

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton watches on during the 2017 Leinster SFC semi-final against  Westmeath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

If and when he eventually hangs it up, Stephen Cluxton will retire with not just one of the great Gaelic football careers but one without many peers a(...)

James McCarthy: His consistency and versatility has proved an enormous asset for Dublin over the past decade. Only he and Stephen Cluxton have started all seven of Dublin’s  All-Ireland successes. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Although he’s been an ever-present during this decade of decades for Dublin, it still comes as something of a surprise to note that James McCarthy las(...)

 Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton kicks the winning point in injury time to clinch victory over Kerry in the memorable 2011 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Sportsfile

Bear with me a moment as I start off by digressing a little. It is five years since Bryan Cullen has lifted the Sam Maguire Cup to end the drought and(...)

Tyrone’s Cathal McShane and Mattie Donnelly celebrate the victory over Dublin in the Allianz Football League Division 1 game at  Healy Park in Omagh. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It has been an irony that a year replete with possibilities for headline writers may well end up not just without a 20/20 vision of the football year (...)

Dublin’s Paul Mannion scores a goal despite the efforts of Neil McGee and Shaun Patton of Donegal. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dublin 1-15 Donegal 1-14 Having drawn three of their previous four matches at Croke Park, Dublin just about got over the line in Croke Park on Saturd(...)

Dessie Farrell: his trickiest task will lie in assessing what changes to make and how to make them and how to bring a strident, self-possessed dressing room along with him. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Among his many and various accomplishments down the years, Dessie Farrell is responsible for one of the great hangdog one-liners ever to fall from a f(...)

David Clifford: the new Kerry captain will pose a big threat to Dublin’s defence in the Allianz League opener at Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

AFL Division One Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, 7.0, RTÉ 2, Premier Sport 2 The world spins and here we are at the start of another GAA season. It’s a n(...)

 Dublin manager Dessie Farrell and his management team look on during the game against Longford. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Longford 1-13 Dublin 3-6 The Dessie Farrell era is officially underway though victory eluded the new Dublin manager in what proved a dramatic and unc(...)

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