Dublin boss Anthony Daly: Last year Dublin  went from averaging 0-4 from play out of their starting forwards to averaging 1-11. Now Daly needs them to pick up where they left off. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the aftermath of Dublin’s draw in Wexford Park last June, certain truths were self-evident. One, that Dublin would go nowhere unless they started (...)

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell scores his third goal despite the attention of Cork’s Brian Murphy. Photo:Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As soon as you see Shane O’Donnell taking off his helmet, you only hope Louis Walsh isn’t passing a television. Just gone 19, his boyband credentials (...)

Clare’s Patrick Donnellan, Cian Dillon, Colin Ryan and Conor McGrath surround Christopher Joyce of Cork during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In all likelihood somebody someday will make a movie about “Davy Fitz” but for now Mel Gibson’s 1997 offering Conspiracy Theory will have to suffice. (...)

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy shakes hands with Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald after the game. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork 3-16, Small Little Fishes 0-25, one eventuality Anthony Nash’s Da hadn’t covered when he said on Friday’s Up for the Match: “We know we’ll be abl(...)

Ten-year-old twins Colm and Noel Flynn from St Finnachta’s national school, Sixmilebridge. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Full disclosure from the start. This report comes to you from a Clarewoman. A Clarewoman who was present in Ennis on the night in 1995 when Anthony Da(...)

Clare’s Patrick Donnellan will a vital part of their team plan on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

They call him Paddy down home. When he walked into the lobby of the Clare press night a couple of weeks back, Patrick Donnellan was in full Patrick mo(...)

Clare manager and former goalkeeper Davy Fitzgerald. Was one of the Sixmilebridge men on the great Banner team of the 1990s that claimed three Munster and two All-Ireland titles in four years. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

When St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield tripped the light fantastic on St Patrick’s Day 1999 to blow Rathnure away in the final of the All Ireland Club Champ(...)

Cork is Cork, so when it gets serious – and it can hardly get more serious than an All-Ireland final – Cork wins, boy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tradition is a biggie in the GAA, not just in terms of sepia-tinted flim-flam, but apparently a factor in what can happen on the pitch. How often has (...)

Liam Rushe: “It’s better to fall on our faces at the end of April than to do it at the start of July, like we did last year.”

It’s been a chastening 12 months for Dublin hurling. League winners in 2011 and having held their own against Tipperary in the All-Ireland sem(...)