Brian Gavin

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Joe Canning and Galway supporters celebrated in Croke Park. “Sick of hearing about Galway. Sick of looking at them at the All Stars last year. Sick of the image of David Burke lifting the cup . . .” Photograph:  Inpho

The years when you don’t win the All-Ireland never leave you. I’ve said it before here – the likes of 2010 and 2013 will always be etched into my memo(...)

Hurling referee Brian Gavin has announced his retirement. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Hurling referee Brian Gavin has announced his inter-county retirement. Offaly’s Gavin, aged 40, officiated in four All-Ireland SHC finals - the most (...)

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue shows the Liam MacCarthy Cup to the welcoming home crowd in Ballinasloe on Monday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As Liam MacCarthy heads west, Galway’s players have a great few months ahead of them. Nothing beats winning All-Irelands. I have yet to see an All-Ir(...)

David Gavin (26) from Castlebar, Co Mayo. His memorial  Mass heard he was a man who lived, loved and laughed”. Photograph: Facebook

An Irish man who has not been seen since diving into water in the Rocky Mountains in Canada told his friends he was “in paradise” shortly before he di(...)

Kilkenny’s Liam Blanchfield under pressure from Seamus Hickey of Limerick at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-17 Brian Cody is standing with his back pressed against the wall of the Kilkenny dressing room, and he doesn’t look comforta(...)

Kilkenny’s Pádraig Walsh under pressure from David Dempsey of Limerick during the All-Ireland Round One hurling qualifier at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-17 Sooner or later we’ll know if there’s still water in the well, because for now Kilkenny are just about living off air, or(...)

Some men are born umpires. Others have umpiring thrust upon them. Mark Gilsenan was sitting at home in Corduff, Co Monaghan on a Friday night in July (...)

Referee Maurice Deegan black cards Lee Keegan in this year’s Dublin-Mayo All-Ireland football final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It won’t be music to everyone’s ears that Gaelic football’s black card is going nowhere, but plans for a more precise application of the controversial(...)

Mayo’s Donal Vaughan is tackled by Dublin’s Brian Fenton in Sunday’s draw: “Nothing stings like turning up in an All-Ireland final and letting it pass you by.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As a player, the feeling after a drawn All-Ireland final is unique. There is no game in your career that you have put more of yourself into; then all (...)

Tipperary minor captain Brian McGrath and Senior players Noel and John McGrath. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was the Sunday the boys in the blue and gold took over Croke Park and history was again made. It was Tipperary’s day. It was a special occasion for(...)

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