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Ballygunner’s Harry Ruddle celebrates his side’s late goal against Ballyhale Shamrocks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Paddy’s Day. How many clubs, in how many counties, have spoken wonderingly of it. It was a beautifully evocative idea, that you’d be able to deca(...)

TJ Reid of Ballyhale Shamrocks lines up to take a free against St Thomas’s at Semple Stadium last month. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/©Inpho

One of these days Ballyhale Shamrocks might know that when they’re beaten, they are actually beaten. If any team has found a way of snatching victory (...)

Michael Fennelly: the vastly experienced former Kilkenny star has overseen an upswing in Offaly hurling’s fortunes in recent years. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

The fixture list for the opening round of the Allianz Hurling League is proof enough of the progress Offaly have made in the past two seasons. While(...)

 Niamh Rockett: ‘I love playing camogie and there are only so many years when you can be at the top of your game . . .you only have so much time.’  Photograph:  Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Eddie Rockett’s life has probably been challenging enough, what with all those folk thinking they’re the very first to say “burger and chips please, b(...)

Billy O’Keeffe celebrates scoring an early goal for Ballygunner. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballygunner (Waterford) 2-19 Slaughtneil (Derry) 1-17 With six minutes on the clock at Parnell Park and Ballygunner leading by 1-2 to no score, Dessi(...)

TJ Reid  goes into this  final having scored 7-114 in Leinster campaigns over the past 15 years. Photograph: Ashley Cahill/Inpho

They were newbies once, believe it or not. Fifteen years ago, on the sort of grey afternoon they would come to call home, Ballyhale Shamrocks trotted (...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks celebrate their fourth-consecutive Kilkenny SHC title. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Joey Holden, one of Ballyhale Shamrocks’ most decorated players, has paid tribute to club manager James O’Connor, who last year took on the unenviable(...)

 St Judes Tom Lahiff is tackled by  Adam Caul of Round Towers Lusk  during the Dublin SFC clash at Parnell Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Hurler of the Year favourite Cian Lynch is on the brink of yet more success after powering Patrickswell through to the Limerick SHC final. Lynch was(...)

Kilkenny’s Billy Ryan, who scored 1-4, gets away from Wexford’s Jack O’Connor during the league clash at UMPC Nowlan Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-27 Wexford 0-23 Well, that was a disappointment. Summer arrived from somewhere and Nowlan Park was resplendent in the sun and the war(...)

Dublin players celebrate their victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

And so the year like no other ended. It may have a pretty similar companion in 2021 but there’ll hardly be the same shocks to the system. In history g(...)

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