Denis Bastick

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“If Ger (Brennan) is pushing to get into the team, it just means that I have to play better,” says Dublin’s Kevin Nolan. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho.

Life began to get complicated for Kevin Nolan at the height of the jubilation. The Dublin wing back had crowned a fine year with the county’s first(...)

While Bernard Brogan is unlikely to start against Mayo in tomorrow’s Division One game at Croke Park, Dublin manager Jim Gavin expects the fit again full forward to feature at some stage. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bit by bit, Dublin’s best side is starting to become available to Jim Gavin, who yesterday raised the prospect of Bernard Brogan facing Mayo on(...)

Mark Vaughan kicked seven points for Kilmacud Crokes in a losing cause against Ballyboden St Enda’s. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ballyboden St Enda’s progressed to the quarter-finals of the Dublin Senior Football Championship following their controversial 2-9 to 0-12 victory ove(...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan In the thick of the action against  Seamus O’Shea and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The final whistle is a pebble in a pond. From 5.05 last Sunday onwards, everything was a ripple spreading wider and wider. Cian O’Sullivan’s first ins(...)

The scoring exploits in Sunday’s All-Ireland senior football final of Bernard Brogan, seen here scoring the first of his two goals, earned him the RTÉ man-of-the-match award. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin joined an elite group with Sunday’s All-Ireland win. Since 1990, only Kerry and Tyrone have won two titles in three seasons and Kerry remain th(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan  celebrates scoring his  first goal during the All-Ireland Final at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin 2-12 Mayo 1-14: For the second time in three years, Dublin are All-Ireland champions after a one-point victory over Mayo in Croke Park. A huge (...)

There is pressure on every player ahead of the All-Ireland final but the likes of Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo will feel it even more, having played so well this year. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Everybody’s on the hunt for tickets. We say each September that this is the worst year anyone can remember for tickets. And it is. Last year you had t(...)

Dublin’s Dean Rock: has played a total of 70 minutes across Dublin’s five games, chipping in with 10 points – all but two from play. Photograph: Inpho

They are the second wave of the tsunami, the aftershock that comes to rattle you just when you’ve seen the first one off. Wherever Mayo stand with 20 (...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin and the Dublin squad observe the national anthem before the All-Ireland quarter-final against Cork. ‘There’s a great esprit de corps. A great bond. And a great belief’, says Gavin of his squad. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The drumbeat build-up to an All-Ireland final can be one of two things. It can be a riot of percussion, with cymbals crashing and bass thumping or it (...)

Denis Bastick: feared Dublin had left themselves too much to do against Kerry. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Having had time to reflect on Sunday’s frenzied do-si-do with Kerry, Denis Bastick freely admits there were times when he feared Dublin had given them(...)

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