Former Mayo and Galway manager John O’Mahony: now a  TD, he is hoping for a great double this weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

GAA fever is sweeping the west, with Galway and Mayo hoping to stage a double raid on Croke Park this weekend. It is 27 years since Galway won the Li(...)

Galway forward Jason Flynn: “I don’t think many players are remembered if you don’t win an All-Ireland; it’s as simple as that.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Six days after playing a central role in Galway’s incandescent All-Ireland semi-final win over Tipperary, Jason Flynn was back in maroon. The under(...)

In waiting: in the three games Kilkenny have needed to make it to the final, Cody has used just eight substitutes. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

As the drip-drip news of Kilkenny retirements came over the winter, the caveat went that only JJ Delaney would be departing the scene as a starter.(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid. Maybe it’s a bit sensational to write that Reid is unmarkable at present yet it’s not an outrageous statement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On Sunday Galway will play their third All-Ireland final in four years. That’s a fair amount of experience garnered by a side that has been flattering(...)

Galway’s Cathal Mannion. “People are saying ‘he scored five points against Cork; he scored five more the last day against Tipperary. How is he doing that’?” Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

It may have slipped past the radar but Galway will be present for both minor and senior All-Ireland hurling finals on Sunday. It’s only the seventh ti(...)

Anthony Cunningham: “There is no point in being here if you don’t believe you are good enough to win the All-Ireland.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Black and amber jerseys feature prominently in Anthony Cunningham’s championship memories. The Galway manager is focused on a fourth All-Ireland final(...)

Brian Cody: “We learn from each other, and we learn from matches. We learn from all the various aspects of the game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Don’t look back. It’s the same beginning, every year, because the last thing Brian Cody wants to talk about before an All-Ireland hurling final is the(...)

Galway’s Peter Murphy, Kilkenny’s Kevin Fennelly, Galway’s Noel Lane, and Kilkenny’s John Henderson, all of whom played in the 1987 All-Ireland hurling final, at the launch of the Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Sevens. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

One of Galway’s most successful hurlers sometimes gets tired of the attention. Noel Lane, holder of three senior All-Ireland medals, said that he wis(...)

Tipperary’s  Seamus Hennessey, Noel McGrath and James Barry celebrate the All-Ireland U-21 hurling final victory over Galway in 2010. But Tipp’s great season  failed to lead on to the expected glory. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sunday completed an extraordinary turnaround in the fortunes of Tipperary and Galway hurling. It wasn’t a traumatic single event like the roof falling(...)

Galway’s Cathal Mannion celebrates after the final whistle. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I remember Anthony Cunningham’s words to me on the Wednesday after the Leinster final. He was happy with that performance and was confident Galway wou(...)

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