Babs Keating

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Offaly supporters stage a sit-down protest after the 1998 All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park  against Clare was blown up early. Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

Had it only been the referee’s time-keeping error – a terrible, forgivable human mistake that visited Jimmy Cooney, the man charged with keeping order(...)

Nicky English celebrates his goal against Cork in the 1987 Munster Hurling Final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: John D Kelly

It’s worth stating at the outset that my favourite sports moment of all time is not when Tipperary’s Nicky English kicked that soccer-style goal past (...)

John Leahy in action against Kilkenny in the 1991 All-Ireland hurling final. It was to be the only time Leahy faced Kilkenny in the final during his long career. Photograph: Inpho

‘I hurled to get away from life, I think,” John Leahy says of days that were wilder in every sense. On a low-slung afternoon in Kilkenny city, few wou(...)

Offaly manager Kevin Martin with his team at Bord na Mona O’Connor Park, Tullamore,  earlier this year. Martin has handled all of the adversity visited on the team with admirable poise. Photograph: James Crombie/©INPHO

The levee broke at the weekend for Kevin Martin. Losing by 13 points to Westmeath in Mullingar in the McDonagh Cup was fairly depressing, even if losi(...)

Galway goalkeeper Michael Connelly blocks the ball to keep the Limerick attack at bay during the 1980 All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

September 7th, 1980. Galway versus Limerick. 2-15 to 3-9. It will always be the GAA’s day of magic-realism. Even if you have no interest in hurling, y(...)

Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty is challenged by Tipperary’s Ronan Maher during the Munster championship clash at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

An interesting point was made about Sunday’s Limerick-Tipperary match in the Gaelic Grounds; if the teams had played in differently coloured jerseys, (...)

A photograph of Jimmy Magee at his funeral in  Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Jimmy Magee would have been “so, honoured, so proud” about the attendance at his funeral, his son Mark Magee said. “He loved people, He loved his fri(...)

Brendan Maher and his Tipperary team-mates will put their All-Ireland title on the line against Galway at Croke Park. Photgraph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was a tribute to the triumph of hope over experience in Tipperary. Having failed since 1965 to string together even two All-Irelands, some in the c(...)

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Aidan Nolan clash with Tipperary’s Jason Forde  at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former All-Ireland-winning player and manager Babs Keating has criticised the suspension of Tipperary’s Jason Forde and called for the match referee, (...)

 Conor McDonald says that manager Davy Fitzgerald  has liberated the Wexford  players. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

For Davy Fitzgerald Sunday was the second year running that he’d put paid to Kilkenny in the knockout stages of the league. Twelve months ago his Clar(...)

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