Jim McGuinness celebrates with Michael Murphy at the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Final in Clones, Co Monaghan. Photograph: /Morgan Treacy/Inpho 4:21

When Jim McGuinness found himself in Tralee as a student in the late 1990s, it didn’t take him long to figure out why the Kingdom, above all counti(...)

Cork’s Graham Canty, left, and former Kerry footballer Séamus Moynihan carry the Sam Maguire Cup to the summit of Carrauntoohil, Co Kerry, during the ‘Sam to Summit’ in aid of the Alan Kerins Project. Photo:  Valerie O’Sullivan/Sportsfile

Darkness at the break of noon, as the summit, almost vertically above us now, is suddenly eclipsed, and shadows itself from the big hard sun. No one s(...)

GAA Commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh lifts the Sam Maguire Cup on the summit of Carrauntoohil with programme director and former Galway star Alan Kerins (left) and Tom Prendergast, 1969 Kerry All-Ireland winner, during the “Sam to Summit” in aid of the Alan Kerins Project. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan/Sportsfile.

Legends and heroes have spawned from the steep crags of Carrauntoohil for centuries, although never before have so many of them gathered at the summit(...)

Myself and Galway’s Seán Ó Domhnaill exchange shirts after the drawn All-Ireland final in 2000. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

A friend of mine is halfway to a fortune after the hurling final. Whatever notion took him, he managed to back the double on both All-Ireland finals e(...)

Tyrone defenders swarm around a Kerry player during the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Tyrone won 0-13 to 0-6 and went on to defeat Armagh in the final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pat Spillane didn’t know what he was going to say but he knew he was going to say something. Knew he had to. Knew he needed to place on public record (...)