Paul Mannion

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Mayo’s Enda Hession in action against Paddy Small of Dublin during the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

They always say that the last thing a good boxer loses is his punch. He might get old, he might slow, he might get it tight to make the weight. But he(...)

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell in the semi final against Mayo.  In two difficult years he has  won an All-Ireland and lost a semi final in extra time, but there is a lot of talking to be done. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Impho

On August 7th, 1974, Philippe Petit, a French high-wire performer, walked across a cable secured between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre. T(...)

It’s only right that everyone should pause and recognise what this Dublin has achieved. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

On one level, there is very obviously no crisis to be declared in Dublin football. Of the players who featured against Mayo on Saturday night, 14 were(...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon celebrates at the final whistle of the 2017 All-Ireland final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2017 All-Ireland final was 42 minutes old and Dublin were a point ahead. They had dominated the exchanges in the seven minutes since half-time. Pa(...)

 Dublin’s Kevin McManamon scores his side’s third goal against Mayo in the 2015 semi-final replay. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As the Dublin-Mayo rivalry heads into a 10th championship meeting in 10 years, there is valid focus on the strength of the respective benches. This ha(...)

Ciarán Kilkenny with Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor and Oisín Mullen: while some team-mates have struggled for their best form, Kilkenny remains reliable and still takes a lot of stopping on the big day in Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The championship has raced by. Suddenly we are in mid-August and the contest has been a straightforward sideshow to establish the usual suspects. Most(...)

Mayo’s Matthew Ruane celebrates after scoring a goal in the Connacht SFC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

An athlete came to see me once, looking to get something off their chest – something that had been bothering them. The back story was they had entered(...)

Even with all the retirements and the players who are out injured, Dublin still have a core of players like Brian Fenton. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

I still think Dublin will win the All-Ireland. I don’t know if that’s suddenly a controversial opinion – maybe the heat is getting to me. But when I l(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy with a young fan after the Leinster championship win over Wexford. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin won’t win the All-Ireland this year. Somebody will beat them at some stage over the next seven weeks. Could be Kerry at the end, could be Mayo (...)

Dublin keeper Stephen Cluxton. “The situation is very simple, Stephen isn’t with us at the moment”

Dublin’s surprisingly tight win over Wexford on Sunday, 0-15 to 0-7, was their narrowest victory since defeating Meath in the 2013 Leinster football f(...)

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