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KIERAN SHANNON: Can anyone catch the mighty Dublin?

Such supremacy is as a measure of the GAA’s negligence as it is of Dublin’s exemplary management, from John Costello to Jim Gavin, writes Kieran Shannon.

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MIKE QUIRKE: When it comes to crunch time Dublin know what needs to be done

The Dubs have secured an inconceivable four one-point wins in All Ireland finals in the last 7 years, writes Mike Quirke.

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JOHN FOGARTY: GAA losing war on cynicism

Dublin win not only because they are the best but because they are the boldest too, writes John Fogarty.

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COLM COOPER: Should Mayo have gambled and kept Andy Moran on?

Courageous. Resilient. Defiant. Brave. Every word a fair reflection of the Mayo footballers, but none worn as a badge of honour, for the one they crave most of all eludes them again: champions.

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KIERAN SHANNON: ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.’

As the familiar scene played out – Stephen Cluxton and the Dubs going up the steps of the Hogan Stand while below on the field Mayo men gazed disbelievingly once again into the distance – neutrals above in the press box struggled to catch their breath and process just what they had witnessed.

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O'ISIN MCCONVILLE: Is Diarmuid Connolly still the best Gaelic footballer on the planet?

Jim Gavin has escaped criticism, which is understandable given the winning run he has led Dublin on throughout the last three championships. However, he should cop some for what he did yesterday — or rather what he didn’t do.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Money insulates any coach against his failings

Our man inside the game was at Wembley this weekend, but cast envious glances towards
Vicarage Road.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: And you thought life as a sports journo was easy

One of the more helpful types you encounter along the road in this job is Mr Why Don’t You Talk To.

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PAT KEANE: Seriously Ryan, what the hell were you at?

Seriously Ryan, what the hell were you at?

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COLM COOPER: This time, Mayo need Aidan to sweep

Consistency and quality are still the foundation stones of every championship-winning team, but they’re not the same thing.

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LARRY RYAN: Did the Banana Boat go through Foxford?

In the days before last year’s football final, an extraordinary thing happened that would change the Examiner forever — the great Knowledgable Noel got it wrong.

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LIAM MACKEY: It might be later rather than sooner but England will still leave Europe

After Manchester United began their Premier League campaign with three wins on the trot, 10 goals scored and none conceded, one of the club’s most distinguished old boys was invited to add his voice to a swelling chorus of popular and critical approval. 

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EIMEAR RYAN: Is it time to name a landmark after legend Rena Buckley?

THE couple standing in front of me both wore red coats against the blustery evening. No accident, I’m sure; even their terrier sported a red and white collar. 

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O'ISIN MCCONVILLE: The Tony McEntee I know

If I was a Mayo footballer looking for some home truths, I would seek an audience with selector Tony McEntee, writes Oisín McConville

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DERVAL O'ROURKE: Some healthy lunchbox inspiration with Derval O'Rourke

This week I’ve put together a simple park bench circuit guaranteed to fit even the busiest of lifestyles. Recipe-wise, I’ve got some healthy lunchbox inspiration.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Less left to chance in modern sports these days as Leinster learn hard lesson

Amost 12 years later and it’s still hard to decide whether the disappointment of missing out on a weekend of little enough work and lots of leisure time in Boston for the Interprovincial hurling final was more acute than the mortification of being turned away by US immigration officials at Shannon, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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COLM COOPER: They don’t even bother with the yerras now

Watch how tight the ring fence is these days around the All-Ireland finalists. The word that comes to mind is ‘control’ in understanding the arm’s length mindset of the Dublin and Mayo camps since the semi-finals.

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RUBY WALSH: GAA stars could be turned into Rugby Sevens players and Olympians

Ruby Walsh says there is no doubt - on Sunday some of the finest athletes in Ireland will be playing in Croke Park.

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PAUL ROUSE: A journey, and a day, that lives long in Martin O’Neill’s memory

In 2008, Martin O’Neill, the Irish soccer manager, was invited to Áras an Uachtarán by Mary McAleese to give a lecture on the meaning of being Irish.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Captain class driving Dublin and Mayo to greatness

Stephen Cluxton is the hidden force in full view behind one of the country’s greatest-ever teams, writes Kieran Shannon.

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RUBY WALSH: Arbre De Vie has strong claims in Kerry National

With the ground being so testing, it will be very difficult for the horses who get detached early to make up a huge amount of ground, writes Ruby Walsh.

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