Stephen Rochford

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Dublin’s Paddy Small scores a goal during the Allianz Football League Division One  semi-final against Donegal at  Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 1-18 Donegal 1-14 All hail, then, the first ever joint-winners of the National Football League. The Dubs came through their semi-final with fe(...)

Niamh Fitzpatrick whose the sister of Dara Fitzpatrick died in the Rescue 116 helicopter crash in 2017. Photo: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

In the hours before she met the Mayo team for the first time, Niamh Fitzpatrick cried her eyes out with the lifeboat crew who had pulled her sister’s (...)

James Horan: “We don’t see it as young and old at this stage. The guys are training together, whoever does well plays. That is where we are at.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

If the last thing James Horan could have imagined in his second coming as Mayo football manager was the prospect of all All-Ireland semi-final against(...)

Michael Lyster presenting The Sunday Game in 1990. Photograph: Inpho

On Sunday evening, RTÉ’s Sunday Game returns – so integral to the nation’s summer that it has to be there even if the games aren’t. The programme is a(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin with his children Yasmin and Jude after the 2013 final. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

2013: Dublin 2-12 Mayo 1-14 Jim Gavin, his first season as manager after Pat Gilroy, just about gets Dublin over the line, forced to leave on a clear(...)

Supporters on Hill 16 shade their eyes against the sun during the All-Ireland final replay between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph:   Tom Honan

Rare old times, indeed. Even the light was slow to decline over Croke Park, the night sky pretty in pink as Sam accompanied the Dubs for the fifth yea(...)

Kerry selector Donie Buckley: 'He’d always talk about initial contact – when you go into the tackle you should be turning the player or slowing him down.' Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The standout achievements by Kerry in the drawn All-Ireland final was the tactical clamp that prevented Dublin flooding into their customary scoring z(...)

How will Kerry deploy Tommy Walsh against Dublin? Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Expect a surprise Think of 2009, and Tadhg Kennelly smashing into an unsuspecting Nicholas Murphy; think of 1978, and Mikey Sheehy with that mischiev(...)

Dublin’s Brian Fenton with Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea of Mayo at their All-Ireland SFC semi-final match at  Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

I found myself in Dublin early on Saturday morning. It was a hectic week for Mayo supporters. The Super 8s did their job in the sense that the four be(...)

Dublin’s Brian Fenton with Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea of Mayo. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There was no way of glossing over the attendance figure at Croke Park on Sunday, not even Ger Canning calling 33,848 “just under 34,000” could help, t(...)

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