Cork’s Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley celebrate with the Brendan Martin Cup in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

They were the hunted rather than the hunter this time but you don’t need to have seen a lot of the Cork women’s football teams to know they can do it (...)

Cork’s Valerie Mulcahy scores a goal during the  All-Ireland semi-final at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Cork 4-14 Kerry 0-13 Eamonn Ryan’s remarkable Cork are through to a 10th TG4 All-Ireland final in 11 years. The Rebelettes saw off Munster (...)

Donegal’s captain Aoife McDonnell after defeating Waterford in the 2010 All-Ireland Intermediate final at Croke Park. McDonnell has returned to the squad after management changes. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

It’s almost three years to the day when the headline on understated it just a touch: “Cork Prove Too Strong for Donegal”. How stron(...)

Cork hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy shows his frustration during the quarter-final defeat by Galway.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The woes of the Cork senior teams have been the subject of much criticism and debate since last weekend. The performance, or underperformance, shou(...)

Former  Cork manager Brian Cuthbert looks dejected at Semple Stadium during his side’s loss to Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

At some point in the 72 hours it took Brian Cuthbert to decide not to seek another year as Cork football manager, the thought must have stuck: what i(...)

The Ulster SFC final between Monaghan and Donegal this year made for unpleasant viewing. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

We are remorselessly reassured of Gaelic football’s evolution. There’s a presumption of advancement in that. So whatever else modern-day Gaelic foo(...)

Joe Canning says he is getting sick of people taking about what a good year Galway had in 2012. Photograph: David Maher / Sportsfile

Joe Canning sees no reason to be brimming with joy. Pausing at the Semple tunnel after a freakish occurrence, hitting more wides than scores, he stal(...)

Cork’s Daniel Kearney is knocked over by the advancing Jonathan Glynn of Galway during the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

It falls to Galway and Waterford to provide the spice of novelty as this year’s All-Ireland hurling championship reaches its high summer crossroads. F(...)

 Jonathan Glynn scores Galway’s first goal against Cork.  Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

The Leinster final would have thrown a lot of people, me included, off the Galway scent. They were excellent in this complete destruction of Cork. Wha(...)

Galway’s David Collins. His influence on his team’s defence extends far beyond his position. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The day of deliverance – or otherwise – arrives on Sunday for the last candidates in a hurling summer still trying to discover what it is about. Re(...)