Feature: All things must pass

Dublin’s defeat to Galway had a real end of an era feel to it, and Niall Gartland looks back on the days other dynasties came to an abrupt end… Tyrone 2012 KERRY celebrated like loons when they overcame Tyrone in a famous Qualifier clash in 2012, but by that stage Mickey Harte’s side were nowhere […]

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 […]

Howard shocked but happy with Cluxton return

By Michael McMullan WHEN Stephen Cluxton walked through the doors of the Parnell Park dressing room in the middle of last year’s championship, Brian Howard thought it was a windup. Fast forward to the All-Ireland final and when Kerry dropped off Howard, the Raheny man became Cluxton and Dublin’s kick-out pathway to get a hold […]

JOE BROLLY: The precision of winners

MAYO’S efforts against Dublin in the modern era have been as successful as Enoch Burke’s court cases. Another Mayo man who seems to be cursed. Yet, for all those defeats in big games, Mayo remain the most popular and entertaining team in Gaelic football. Like a happy labrador lining up in the traps against a […]

Kilkenny has “massive respect” for rivals Derry

By Shaun Casey DUBLIN footballer Ciaran Kilkenny says he has “massive respect” for All-Ireland contenders Derry and like the rest of the country, is excited to watch their clash with Donegal this weekend. Mickey Harte and Jim McGuinness renew their acquisitions on the sideline and Kilkenny, who has played against Derry four times in the […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: Setting down a marker

DO away with the league finals they said. Nobody wants them they said. There is no room in the calendar they said. Well, anyone who was of that opinion before last weekend’s games will certainly have changed their tune on Monday morning. What we witnessed in Croke Park is everything that is good about our […]

Glass: Teams must meet Dubs head on

By Michael McMullan DERRY captain Conor Glass believes teams must go “head-to-head” with Dublin as opposed to any cautious approach of sitting back. Speaking after Sunday’s dramatic penalty shootout win over the All-Ireland champions secured a first league title since 2008, Glass commented about the enjoyable nature of the blockbuster. In a week when former […]

JOE BROLLY: Accept the inevitable

THE bad news for the rest of us is that the conservatism that threatened to bring an end to Dublin’s dynasty has been replaced with the adventure that created it in the first place. “Balls out football,” as Pat Gilroy calls it. As we saw on Sunday against Tyrone, Dublin are in annihilation mode. I predicted […]

Derry v Dublin preview: A marker for summer

NFL Division One final Derry v Dublin Sunday, Croke Park, 4pm By Michael McMullan FROM the moment Derry decided to make seven changes to their team ahead of the Dubs’ visit to Celtic Park the interest in a potential rematch in the final ramped up. Now it’s here, when you delve through the noise of […]

GERARD O’KANE: Laying down a marker

WELL, the leagues have finished for all but eight teams who will compete in the finals this weekend. The other 24 teams have had a week off from league fixtures and planning, but it certainly will not have been a week off from county duty as the Championship is rolling around next weekend again. On […]