Spring break in the National Football League, and after three rounds of drama including timekeeping issues, ridiculous red cards and a fixture list designed by Jared Kushner, there exists much food for thought, even if the conclusions are pretty much the same.
Dublin GAA secretary John Costello has expressed shock at the timing and tone of a report into the funding the county receives which was broadcast on RTÉ’s Prime Time a week after their All-Ireland SFC final replay win over Kerry.
When the Dublin footballers continuously speak about the ‘culture’ that Pat Gilroy changed and established and that Jim Gavin then perfected, they rarely go into detail while knowing the secret of winning and Gavin was in the detail.
The Tuesday night after Donegal scraped through the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final, Jim McGuinness crammed his players into a makeshift portable building at Donegal’s yet-to-be-built Centre of Excellence in Convoy.
Appreciating the human condition has been at the very core of what has made this Dublin group as special as it is. In a frank interview, selector Declan Darcy, who has coached alongside Jim Gavin since 2003, gives an insight into how the panel’s bond has helped with grief, his five-in-a-row fears and the return of Diarmuid Connolly.
Dublin forward Niamh McEvoy sounded a warning to her teammates that they still have a lot of improving to do if they are to retain their TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship, following a show of force against Waterford at the weekend in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise.