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Shane O’Neill celebrates Galway’s  victory over Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds. “Galway and Limerick were two of the top teams at the start of the year and it was inevitable we were going to meet at some stage if we kept advancing.”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway manager Shane O’Neill says it was almost inevitable that he was going to come up against his native Limerick in his first championship in charg(...)

 Conor Whelan in action against Kilkenny in the Leinster final. Galway, despite ample possession,  have lacked a goal threat thus far. That could be costly against Tipperary. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

I don’t want to start talking about such a vital weekend by saying that I’ve no idea who’s going to win the first match but Tipperary and Galway has b(...)

I think of this rivalry like the vicious killer clown in the horror movie IT. The clown is called Pennywise and he awakens from the underground world every 27 years to feed his need. The Tipperary-Galway rivalry was asleep since the late 80s. It’s now back in all its glory and hopefully it stays around for a while longer. There are too many good players for it to vanish underground. Photograph: Warner Bros/New Line Cinema

As I left Thurles on Sunday evening in the crisp darkness it felt like the weekend was summed up by a phrase that was in use elsewhere in the sporting(...)

Michael Quirke: “I think it was definitely worth it. I do. I think the GAA did an incredible job to be honest with you.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

And just like that, the championship is half over. We’ve hardly had time to get a bit of wear out of the good winter coat and already the season is l(...)

Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor scores the first goal of the game in their Connacht semi-final win over Roscommon. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The dream lives on for Joe Biden’s favourite Gaelic football team. If the election to the White House of the ancestral son of Mayo is proof of anythin(...)

Cillian O’Connor in action for Mayo against Dublin in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. “We’re still as hungry as ever to win it, it’s a different type of championship, but no less valid that any other one.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The light on the Zoom call is a little sublime and maybe the sound too and still Cillian O’Connor appears born again, the body language talking purely(...)

Kevin Walsh pictured during Galway’s Allianz Football League game against Kerry at Tuam Stadium in January 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When Kevin Walsh was manager of the Galway football team, he often fell into conversation with his selectors, Brian Silke and Seán Conlon, about the n(...)

Melanie Labor: ‘‘I’ll see you soon’ doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll actually see you soon.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The first time Melanie Labor visited Ireland in the late 1990s she bought a travel guide which she regularly leafed through during the fortnight she s(...)

Caitríona Cormican: “When you see what’s going on and you just know the impact it can have. It’s the worry that if people don’t follow the measures, what may be ahead of us. That’s what the worry is. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Back in January, when the coronavirus was a vague, far off thing, Caitríona Cormican was already starting to hunker down. Centre-back on the team tha(...)

It went from bad to worse for Tyrone last week when Cathal McShane went off with a bad injury. Photo: Evan Logan/Inpho

Supporters were thin on the ground when Mattie Donnelly appeared at the dressing room door in Tuam stadium last Sunday. The Galway crowd disappeared q(...)

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