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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(...)

Fireworks go off above the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro to mark the beginning of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph: Barbara Walton/EPA

The Parade of Nations, 2.43am and in waltzed Turkmenistan. “A central Asian country,” said George Hamilton, and that’s pretty much all he was prepared(...)

A Cork county hurler in action. Defender John Horgan (66) was one of the greatest hurlers of all time and a decent and honourable man both on and off the pitch, mourners at his funeral were told today.

Cork defender John Horgan (66) was one of the greatest hurlers of all time and a decent and honourable man both on and off the pitch, mourners at his (...)

Offaly manager Michael Bond celebrates the 1998 All-Ireland hurling final victory over Kilkenny. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The dust had not even settled on Waterford and Clare’s pulsating Allianz Hurling League final in Thurles when another significant result came through (...)

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