Kilkenny captain Lester Ryan lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after the All-Ireland hurling final replay win over Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland winners show that specialists continue to rule the roost at All-Ireland level

Donegal’s goalkeeper Paul Durcan gets above  Eamonn McGee and Kerry’s  Kieran Donaghy to clear the ball during the All-Ireland Football Final at Croke Park. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Goalkeepers suffer fate of having no control over redemption following errors

 Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

‘We’ll willingly make heroes out of their biggest spoofers, because they’re so damn charming’

 Kerry’s David Moran and Seamus O’Shea of Mayo in action.  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Watching the Morans, Ogie and David, last Saturday offered a moment to gladden the heart

 Keith Higgins of Mayo tracks Kerry’s James O’Donoghue at Croke Park last weekend.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

James Horan’s side will have to play to their strengths to topple James O’Donoghue and Kerry

 Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan celebrates scoring his side’s second goal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Winning and losing is not about the grand gesture but a thousand smaller things coming together at the right time

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan and Bryan Cullen close down Donegal’s  Michael Murphy during the 2011 All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny hurlers and Dublin footballers keep moving things on in search for perfection

The    gorgeous piece of skill from Shane Walsh for his first-half point spread like wildfire on social media.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Young Galway forward improving by the day ahead of Croke Park clash with Kerry

  Conor McDonald in action for Wexford in an Under-21 match against Dublin. He’s a player that gets supporters excited. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Wexford’s journey through the summer has been an enjoyable one to follow amid growing levels of excitement

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