JOE BROLLY: Send in a SWAT team and the end of the empire

CIARAN Foran, Dave’s brother from the great Dublin team of the ‘90s, taxied me to Croke Park on Saturday. “Where is your wife from?” he said. “Mayo,” I replied. “I was the first man that ever wore white shoes in Mayo,” he said. “I wore white loafers with a tassle on them at a dance […]

Steven Poacher: Risk versus reward

THIS weekend sees the showpiece in our football calendar: the All-Ireland SFC final and what is perceived to be the rivalry of all rivalries, 30-time winners Dublin versus 38-time winners Kerry. There are so many facets to this game that make it intriguing and we will have the usual preview talk of key match ups, potential […]

No change for the Dubs ahead of Monaghan clash

By Michael McMullan DUBLIN manager Dessie Farrell has named an unchanged team for Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Monaghan in Croke Park (5.30pm). Whether it’s the Dublin team that actually starts is another matter. There have been changes to virtually every selection before throw-in. There is no place for Ciaran Kilkenny, Jack McCaffrey or Paddy Small […]

Derry set to dance with the Dubs at Celtic Park

By Michael McMullan SATURDAY is Rory Gallagher’s 40th game in charge of Derry with the visit of Dublin to Celtic Park as the county continue to bask in watching their side’s stock rise. It’s a world apart from the Derry’s first two games at the city venue. His first was a mid-week defeat at the […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: The demise of the Dubs

A FEW games was to be expected, but going four games without a win in the league is a crisis for this current Dublin team. It just makes you laugh when you cast your mind back to three or four years ago when the whole country was crying out for Dublin to be split into […]