2011 final : John O’Keeffe and Shane McGrath get up close and personal  – Hard work had certainly brought out a formidable talent but Henry Shefflin had what all great players possess – the confidence and nerve to execute his skills under excruciating pressure

Although it appears obvious now that it’s about to happen, there was uncertainty about Henry Shefflin’s intentions since the end of last week’s All-Ir(...)

Cork’s Christy Ring. Photo:   Connolly Collection/Sportsfile

1 CHRISTY RING (Cork) – He remains the most iconic of hurlers, possessed of everything from talent and ferocious application to longevity and a str(...)

Former GAA president Liam O Neill with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tony Reddin in 2013.   Photo: David Sleator

Tony Reddin, who has died aged 95, wasn’t considered to be the greatest ever hurling goalkeeper: he was the greatest, and he had the recognition to pr(...)

Ipswich’s Stephen Hunt in action against   Charlton Athletic: his understandable comments sparked a firestorm of abuse.  Photo: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

It didn’t take the firestorm of abuse that erupted in response to Stephen Hunt’s perfectly unexceptional original column to demonstrate yet again that(...)

“I kind of do the work as opposed to saying what I want to be.” Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice, visiting the Learning for Life centre in Esker Hill, Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘She does ‘mumsy’ well”, murmurs an observer, watching the local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, drive off after declari(...)

Cork’s Alan Cadogan and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary clash in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A testing Sunday, that. From Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin to Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin and back again, and as ever you end up addled, half hear(...)

Jimmy Barry-Murphy in action against Tipperary during the 1985 Munster senior hurling final – widely regarded as his finest display for Cork. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Two years ago when Cork and Tipperary last met in the senior hurling championship, the match in Páirc Uí Chaoimh was worth two historical footnotes. T(...)

Young Irish artist Will Sliney,  who has been chosen by US giant Marvel Comics as their main artist on such as titles as Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men, has been chosen as Cork Person of the Month for July. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

A young Irish artist who has been chosen by US giant Marvel Comics as their main artist on such as titles as Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men has been c(...)

A section of the crowd at Cork versus Kerry in the 1976 Munster football final.

It could only have been conceived in Cork and in the decades since it has come to embody all of the charms and peculiarities of that county. The ov(...)

Kilkenny  manager Brian Cody speaks to Tommy Walsh before introducing him  as a second-half substitute during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship semi-final against Galway.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

How often have we heard the phrase “proud hurling county” used to elicit some semblance of hope for a team that are, to put it mildly, struggling in t(...)