Alan Brogan

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Ray Cosgrove in action against Meath’s famous full back Darren Fay in 2002. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Next month it will be 20 years since the new Croke Park was unveiled. Its first production was a familiar crowd pleaser, the most potent rivalry in pr(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan in action against Wexford in the Leinster  SFC quarter-final at  Chadwick’s Wexford Park on July 4th, 2021. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

When Alan Brogan cautions about how difficult it is for Dublin teams to go to venues outside of the city, he’s speaking from experience – even if it’s(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan slips the challenge  of Tyrone’s  Conor Gormley during the Allianz  Football League Division 1 game at Healy Park in Omagh in April 2010. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

On Sunday it comes around. Just under 12 years ago, Pat Gilroy took Dublin footballers on the trip to Healy Park in Omagh. For the first time in over (...)

David Brady celebrates Mayo’s win over Dublin in the 2006 All-Ireland quarter-finals. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

David Brady calls and asks if you can give him a minute and hangs up, all in the space of eight seconds. “Sorry now, I was absolutely bursting for the(...)

 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(...)

Stephen Cluxton makes a crucial save to deny Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien a goal during the All-Ireland football final replay at Croke Park.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Six-time All-Ireland winning football captain Stephen Cluxton is now in line to receive the one award that has so far eluded him throughout his long a(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly shooting for a point  late in the All–Ireland final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Late in the All-Ireland football final Dublin fans were treated with a sight that looked like a throwback. Perched just outside Kerry’s 45m line and d(...)

Tyrone’s Mattie Donnelly and Donegal’s Hugh McFadden in action during the Ulster semi-final at Kingspan Breffni Park.  Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

There had already been an unusually warm ripple of approbation for this year’s Ulster championship even before last weekend but this was always in the(...)

Sligo’s Charlie Harrison and Anton Sullivan of Offaly. “I’ll miss playing at the highest level, being the best you can be against the best.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

He understands that it’s not a bolt from the blue, but Charlie Harrison has decided at the age of 36 that it’s time to draw a line. This summer has ma(...)

Dublin’s Niall Scully celebrates scoring their second goal against Tyrone in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, in Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There are two sides to every story, except when it comes to the state of Gaelic football, for which there about 200. The inter-county season has ended(...)

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