Dessie Dolan

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Dublin manager Jim Gavin hit out at Pat Spillane and ‘The Sunday Game’ over comments on Diarmuid Connolly. Photo: Inpho

Analyse that. The last two provincial football semi-finals, two extremely different results, one a victory for mind over matter, the other a defeat fo(...)

In the last two Leinster SFC finals just four contestable balls were kicked inside to John Heslin. He caught one and was quickly boxed up, winning a free. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Sunday will tell us what Westmeath have learned from their back-to-back Leinster final defeats to Dublin. In those two encounters, Tom Cribbin’s team(...)

 John Heslin celebrates scoring his late goal against Meath. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was mid-July and the football championship had yet to come alive - worse still it was 80 years since the first championship meeting of Meath and W(...)

Around Athlone, there is a sense of anticipation about the Healthy Town 2015 project that kicks off this week. The launch, at Athlone Civic Centre la(...)

Chloe Walshe (6), TJ Ormond (6) and Ellie Moonie (8) with Dessie Dolan at the launch of the    Irish Times/Pfizer Healthy Town initiative. molloyphotography

Former Westmeath county footballer Dessie Dolan has stressed the importance of setting realistic goals when embarking on a fitness regime. He was spea(...)

Dessie Dolan during his playing days with Westmeath. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

There are no negatives to exercising. You might not want to go for a run or whatever, but you won’t regret it afterwards. That’s according to Dessie (...)

Manager Jim Gavin says hunger in Dublin camp is as sharp as ever. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Each game in isolation. Control the controllables. Prepare answers to every question. Repeat ad nauseum. Being a Dublin footballer, or their manager (...)

Westmeath’s John Egan came on against Meath in the Leinster SFC semi-final with 10 minutes to go. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If old school visualisation still works in sports psychology then at least John Egan has something to go on. Not many people can visualise Westmeath b(...)

St Vincent’s Ger Brennan with Garrycastle’s Dessie Dolan. “He is an exceptional player for Vincent’s and he’s the one person that makes them tick,” says Dolan. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

You don’t go on a two-and-a-half-year unbeaten run without squeaking through a tight spot or two so maybe it’s perversely apt that the last time St Vi(...)

 Westmeath fans will hope  Dessie Dolan reverse his decision to retire. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan / Inpho

New Westmeath manager manager Tom Cribbin insists there’ll be no pressure put on county stalwart Dessie Dolan to reverse his retirement plans for the(...)

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