Donegal’s Colm McFadden holds off Cork defenders during the All-Ireland semi-final in 2012. The meetings between the sides have been important staging posts in their respective fortunes over the last six years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Teams cross paths in the Allianz League as they both search for new identities

Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson: “Winning is oinfectious.”

All Star goalkeeper wants his team to keep winning as they develop new players

Tipperary’s Padraic Maher, Gearoid McInerney, Gearoid Ryan and Conor O’Brien with James Regan and Joseph Cooney of Galway during their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash in Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Goals from John O’Dwyer and Séamus Callanan help see off battling Tribesmen

  Jimmy Barry-Murphy gets away from Galway’s Sylvie Linnane in the 1986 All-Ireland Final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A folk hero for his on-field exploits, JBM has no time for nostalgia as he plots a route back to All-Ireland

Johnny Sexton is returning to the Ireland team after a 12-week absence due to concussion. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sexton warned by light-hearted club-mate to ‘wear helmet’ for Ireland-France clash

Corofin’s Gary Sice: “To come out of Dublin, never mind Leinster, two years in a row is a serious feat . . . but we will have a good crack at them.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway star was 12 when his club last claimed All-Ireland honours

Sean Cavanagh battles for the ball with Mayo’s Colm Boyle on a day Tyrone ran out winners at MacHale Park. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Mayo’s hard-running game hits wall as Ulster side show old streak of defiance

Tommy Bowe, or should that be Tommy Booooooowe, scores a try against England at Twickenham in 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

It’s our chance to savour George’s long goodbye but when Bowe scores – be cool

Ballyhale Shamrocks manager Andy Moloney is wary of favourites tag against Gort. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpo

Henry Shefflin friendship meant Tipp man was almost local long before he became manager

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