Cyril Farrell

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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(...)

David Burke celebrates the semi-final win over Tipperary. “Nobody can complain that Waterford and Galway weren’t the best teams in the championship this year.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

This may be a novel All-Ireland hurling final for the country but for most of the Galway players, the All-Ireland final is no novelty. Runners-up in (...)

Tipperary’s  Pádraic Maher celebrates with Brendan Maher after the All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Last year in the football league final, Dublin’s emphatic defeat of Kerry was marked down as a turning point for Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s team which was s(...)

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