Dublin SFC: Jack McCaffrey sent off as Crokes march on

Dublin SFC: Jack McCaffrey sent off as Crokes march on

Holders Kilmacud Crokes kept alive their ambitions of back-to-back Dublin SFC titles when accounting for 14-man Clontarf by 0-16 to 0-8 in their quarter-final at Parnell Park yesterday.

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‘They’re a really special group. You’d bring your kids to watch them play’

‘They’re a really special group. You’d bring your kids to watch them play’

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.

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O’Mahony: Attack could be the best form of defence for Kerry

O’Mahony: Attack could be the best form of defence for Kerry

To sweep or not to sweep. It’s a question Peter Keane may be mulling over as the Kerry manager formulates a strategy for taking down Dublin in the All-Ireland final.

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Dubs’ Rowe determined to break Rebel hearts

Dubs’ Rowe determined to break Rebel hearts

Dublin’s double goal-scoring hero in the 2018 TG4 All-Ireland senior final, Carla Rowe, is hoping to repeat her ‘dream come true’ performance when the champions face Cork in Croke Park on Sunday.

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Keaney gives Mayo fighting chance in ‘battle’ with Dubs

Keaney gives Mayo fighting chance in ‘battle’ with Dubs

Conal Keaney has predicted that Mayo will attempt to draw Dublin into a battle at Croke Park and then hope that Jim Gavin’s side ‘fall apart’ in the final 10 minutes.

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Tour de force from five-goal champs

Tour de force from five-goal champs

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.

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Diarmuid Connolly is back training with Dublin, Jim Gavin reveals

Diarmuid Connolly is back training with Dublin, Jim Gavin reveals

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has confirmed that Diarmuid Connolly is back training with the All-Ireland champions as their five-in-a-row bid intensifies.

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Dublin claim 8-in-a-row with win over Westmeath

Dublin claim 8-in-a-row with win over Westmeath

Dublin claimed their eighth TG4 Leinster senior title in a row, but the scoreline doesn’t do justice to Westmeath who only fell out of contention thanks to late goals from Niamh McEvoy and Nicole Owens at netwatch Cullen Park.

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Kenny and Kennedy were pumped to beat their own county, says Dublin’s Crummey

Kenny and Kennedy were pumped to beat their own county, says Dublin’s Crummey

Dublin captain Chris Crummey has admitted Galway-born manager Mattie Kenny and selector Greg Kennedy were pumped up to beat their native county in last Saturday week’s Leinster SHC final round game.

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McManamon rejects role of money in Dubs’ success

McManamon rejects role of money in Dubs’ success

Early in his Dublin career, Kevin McManamon set up a fresh food business with a pal to guarantee flexible working hours and more time for football.

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The blue wave that became a tsunami

The blue wave that became a tsunami

The Leinster Senior Football Championship has long been crying ‘stop’ and Dublin have long since stopped listening. This wasn’t quite a pulverisation, but unquestionably another endorsement of capital might.

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Jim Gavin: ‘We were probably a bit more clinical than they were’

Jim Gavin: ‘We were probably a bit more clinical than they were’

A subdued Dublin press conference mirrored the game that preceded it. Perhaps James McCarthy’s injury had darkened Jim Gavin’s mood, but the manager was at least pleased with his team’s second-half display.

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Dublin secure 9th Leinster title in a row

Dublin secure 9th Leinster title in a row

A record ninth Leinster SFC title in a row for Dublin but one that came in slightly unusual circumstances.

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Bealin and Magee: ‘Splitting Dublin would be toxic. It would create a Celtic v Rangers’

Bealin and Magee: ‘Splitting Dublin would be toxic. It would create a Celtic v Rangers’

Unlike many in the current Dublin panel, Paul Bealin and Johnny Magee know what it’s like to lose to Meath.

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Senan Connell concerned as Dublin fans ‘bored’

Senan Connell concerned as Dublin fans ‘bored’

Former Dublin forward Senan Connell has admitted Blues supporters are getting “bored” of Leinster championship games and are “just chatting after 20 minutes”.

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Three Dublin strikes knock Galway out of the Championship

Three Dublin strikes knock Galway out of the Championship

Galway have been sensationally dumped out of the All-Ireland hurling championship after a remarkable evening at Parnell Park that saw Dublin pull off a famous Leinster SHC win.

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Cormac Costello stars as Dublin reach yet another Leinster final

Cormac Costello stars as Dublin reach yet another Leinster final

Dublin breezed into a ninth Leinster SFC final as Cormac Costello yet again dazzled with nine points.

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Leinster bosses not worried by falling attendances

Leinster bosses not worried by falling attendances

Leinster Council chairman Jim Bolger has rejected the idea that Dublin fans are getting bored of watching their team win, despite an alarming drop in attendances at their games.

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Dillon double keeps eager Dubs in hunt

Dillon double keeps eager Dubs in hunt

Shortly before the Leinster hurling championship began, Marty Kavanagh admitted that Carlow would be targeting the Dublin game in particular.

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Brogan vows to add value to Dublin drive

Brogan vows to add value to Dublin drive

At 35, with a wife and two babies at home and a portfolio of business interests, Bernard Brogan would have been forgiven for following Paul Flynn’s recent lead and quitting Dublin.

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Bernard Brogan: Bid for Sam 'a very personal journey' for me

Bernard Brogan: Bid for Sam 'a very personal journey' for me

Veteran Dublin forward Bernard Brogan has described his bid to be part of Dublin's Championship campaign this summer as 'a very personal journey'.

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Fitzsimons happy to make his point for Dubs

Fitzsimons happy to make his point for Dubs

In his 10th season playing Championship football for Dublin, and in his 100th overall game, the tight-marking defender finally scored a point.

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Gavin still not closing the door on Connolly return in blue

Gavin still not closing the door on Connolly return in blue

Not for the first time, Gavin referred to a specific question in a general sense but is not ruling anything in or out for the St Vincent’s man.

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Cullen influence has helped Gavin ensure Dubs train as they play

Cullen influence has helped Gavin ensure Dubs train as they play

Eleven years ago, Bryan Cullen was an employee of Ulster Bank. It was merely a means to an end. Having graduated three years previously with a sports science and health degree, the job made little sense but for the fact he was playing inter-county football and the bank were associate sponsors of the All-Ireland SFC.

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Turbulence a given in flight of their lives, but Dublin have Gavin in the cockpit

Turbulence a given in flight of their lives, but Dublin have Gavin in the cockpit

If you stepped aboard a flight today, and you heard Jim Gavin introduce himself as the captain from the cockpit, you would feel immediately reassured.

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Even Dublin cakewalks can be hugely informative

Even Dublin cakewalks can be hugely informative

This evening in Portlaoise, we get the first indications if Dublin have ironed out their spring creases - or if there is genuine hope for the chasing pack

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Murphy: If mental planning right, Dubs will stroll to All-Ireland

Murphy: If mental planning right, Dubs will stroll to All-Ireland

Dublin legend Vinnie Murphy has backed his county to walk away with the All-Ireland and to ultimately cruise to the five in a row.

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Jim Gavin’s Dubs ready to take flight in drive for five

Jim Gavin’s Dubs ready to take flight in drive for five

And so begins the Dublin drive for five.

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Wexford fail to seal the deal as Dubs dig deep

Wexford fail to seal the deal as Dubs dig deep

When Dublin, trailing by three points, were awarded a free deep into injury-time at Parnell Park and centre-back Sean Moran strode forward, the mind was drawn back to Croke Park last year.

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Kenny: Nothing less than two wins will suffice

Kenny: Nothing less than two wins will suffice

Dublin manager Mattie Kenny has pointed out that the permutations are pretty straightforward now for his team — it’s win their remaining two games or exit the Leinster SHC.

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Dublin legend Anton O'Toole dies aged 68

Dublin legend Anton O'Toole dies aged 68

Four-time All-Ireland SFC winner Anton O'Toole has died, aged 68.

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Dublin selector Kennedy faces four-week ban

Dublin selector Kennedy faces four-week ban

Dublin selector Greg Kennedy has been slapped with a proposed four-week suspension for the incident during Saturday’s Leinster SHC clash which saw him intercept a quickly taken Kilkenny free by catching the sliotar.

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McCarthy dismisses doubts over Dublin’s full-back line

McCarthy dismisses doubts over Dublin’s full-back line

James McCarthy has rejected the suggestion Dublin’s full-back line is a potential area of weakness as they set about their bid for history and the five-in-a-row.

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Jim Gavin open to prospect of Diarmuid Connolly returning to Dublin panel

Jim Gavin open to prospect of Diarmuid Connolly returning to Dublin panel

Jim Gavin remains coy about the prospects of Diarmuid Connolly rejoining the Dublin senior panel.

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'My body says it’s time to call it a day': Dublin All-Star Paul Flynn announces retirement

'My body says it’s time to call it a day': Dublin All-Star Paul Flynn announces retirement

Six-time All-Ireland winner Paul Flynn has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

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Dublin SFC: Crokes begin defence of title in win

Dublin SFC: Crokes begin defence of title in win

Defending champions Kilmacud Crokes began their Dublin SFC campaign on a positive note when defeating Ballymun Kickhams by 2-13 to 0-14 at Parnell Park on Saturday night.

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Dessie Farrell's influence reaping rewards in Dublin

Dessie Farrell's influence reaping rewards in Dublin

Eoghan O’Donnell has claimed that the Dublin hurlers have gathered their strongest panel in years as they chase a Championship breakthrough.

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The tiniest of cracks are appearing in Blue machine

The tiniest of cracks are appearing in Blue machine

Although Paul Mannion’s injury-time point in Croke Park last Saturday night maintained the remarkable trend that any Dublin defeat these past five seasons has been by only a kick of a ball, it was striking how Jim Gavin afterwards made no effort to conceal both his acknowledgement and his displeasure that in truth, Tyrone had outplayed his side by more than three points.

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Opportunity lost for Rossies as Dublin deliver yet again

Opportunity lost for Rossies as Dublin deliver yet again

Dublin’s second-half revival secured a deserved five-point win at a damp Dr Hyde Park, a result which was harsh on their hardworking hosts.

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Dublin boss Kenny sights set on extended League run

Dublin boss Kenny sights set on extended League run

Dublin manager Mattie Kenny is targeting an extended run in the Allianz hurling league after their breakthrough win over Waterford.

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Donegal motion to stop Dublin using Croke Park as home venue in Super 8s beaten at GAA Congress

Donegal motion to stop Dublin using Croke Park as home venue in Super 8s beaten at GAA Congress

Without naming Dublin, Donegal chairman Mick McGrath said it was unfair that Croke Park couldn’t be deemed both a home and a neutral venue for a team

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Ice-cool Jim Gavin will not be losing sleep about a February loss to Kerry

Ice-cool Jim Gavin will not be losing sleep about a February loss to Kerry

Jim Gavin won’t be put out by the way it ended in Tralee last Saturday night, will he?

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No Jayo fallout as Jim Gavin recommends 'emotional' documentary

No Jayo fallout as Jim Gavin recommends 'emotional' documentary

First some cupboard tidying. Dublin manager Jim Gavin didn’t only scoff afterwards at reports that Jason Sherlock had left his management set-up – he encouraged anyone yet to watch the “excellent” Jayo documentary, purportedly central to his ‘departure’, to do so.

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Groundhog Day for Galway (and Dublin)

Groundhog Day for Galway (and Dublin)

Saturday, in case you didn’t realise, was Groundhog Day in the US, the 133rd installment of a rodent climbing out of a burrow to predict the weather.

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Jim Gavin calls out GAA for lack of 'clear vision' for football

Jim Gavin calls out GAA for lack of 'clear vision' for football

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has criticised the GAA for not having "a clear vision" for the future of Gaelic football.

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Dublin claim victory against determined Carlow side

Dublin claim victory against determined Carlow side

Dublin recorded the win pretty much everyone expected in Mattie Kenny's first Allianz NHL league game as manager but were surprisingly made to fight for the Division 1B points.

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Con O'Callaghan in the line-up as Dublin name team for Monaghan clash

Con O'Callaghan in the line-up as Dublin name team for Monaghan clash

After playing a host of unknown faces during the O'Byrne Cup where they lost the final to Westmeath, Jim Gavin's line-up sees a number of familiar names return to the fold.

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Dubs legend: I can't see Diarmuid Connolly coming back

Dubs legend: I can't see Diarmuid Connolly coming back

When Diarmuid Connolly returned from last summer’s US sojourn and sat initially on the St Vincent’s substitutes bench, he wore a pair of official Dublin training bottoms.

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Dublin continue winning streak over age-old rivals

Dublin continue winning streak over age-old rivals

Andy McEntee and Paul Clarke have both enjoyed relatively successful stints in charge of the Donaghmore-Ashbourne club in Meath in past lives.

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Dublin beat Meath in shootout to book O'Byrne Cup final place

Dublin beat Meath in shootout to book O'Byrne Cup final place

The All-Ireland champions won 3-1 on penalties after the game was level after 70 minutes

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Bohan in awe at Gavin’s forensic approach

Bohan in awe at Gavin’s forensic approach

Back-to-back All-Ireland winning Dublin ladies manager Mick Bohan admits he’s blown away by the forensic attention to detail of his football counterpart Jim Gavin.

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Jim Gavin agrees extension to remain Dublin boss until 2021

Jim Gavin agrees extension to remain Dublin boss until 2021

After succeeding Pat Gilroy in late 2012, it is the third extension the five-time All-Ireland SFC winning boss has enjoyed.

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Leinster regrets linger for Cian O’Sullivan

Leinster regrets linger for Cian O’Sullivan

At the end of his worst week of the year, you’d almost feel some sympathy for Cian O’Sullivan. Even with his six All-Irelands.

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