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Michael Lyster presenting The Sunday Game in 1990. Photograph: Inpho

On Sunday evening, RTÉ’s Sunday Game returns – so integral to the nation’s summer that it has to be there even if the games aren’t. The programme is a(...)

Michael Lyster presenting The Sunday Game in 1990. The broadcaster spent 35 years fronting the live programme.

When it comes to sports documentaries of recent times, Loosehorse has proved to be something of a thoroughbred, producing ‘Jayo’, ‘Blues Sisters’, ‘Mi(...)

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates after their All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Wexford at  Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

RTÉ billed All-Ireland hurling semi-final weekend as old-school establishment versus modern revolutionary. It turned into a dizzying reminder of how a(...)

Darragh O’Donovan celebrates with Liam MacCarthy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There were around 10 minutes to go in the All-Ireland final when it sounded like Marty Morrissey was malfunctioning. “You’ve got me wrapped around you(...)

Joe Canning after the victory over Clare in Thurles. “We had a lot of doubters outside our group, even in our home county. It’s just great that we could quieten a few today.”  Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

There was much indignation and surprise when, in the minutes after Galway’s draining hurling semi-final replay win over Clare, Joe Canning made a poin(...)

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(...)

Galway minor hurling manager Jeff Lynskey says he almost contacted the Gardaí recently after an incident involving a player’s uncle and a county board(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly, Peter Duggan and Jack Browne tackle Galway’s Johnny Coen at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Eddie Brennan told us a story in the build-up to the All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Galway and Clare. It was a personal tale of how, after los(...)

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(...)

 Iggy Clarke with a hurley from his playing days at his home in Oranmore. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The moment has long been canonised: the fierce musicality of Joe Connolly’s Connemara-Irish, the beseeching lilt of Joe McDonagh’s rendition of The We(...)

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