Aisling at the All-Ireland hurling semi-final replay between Clare and Galway at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Disabled or differently abled? The first is generally viewed as a negative – preference is to focus on ability. However, I will continue to use the te(...)

Clare’s Jason McCarthy scores the final equalising point in an incident-packed semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Galway 1-30 Clare 1-30 [After extra time] Clare had lamented for the past five years their inability get back to Croke Park and Saturday’s extra(...)

Clare’s Patrick O’Connor leads the team during the parade before the Munster senior hurling championship semi-final against Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

“It is a big evening for Clare football,” says Colm Collins of the arrival of the Mayo footballers for a knockout qualifier in Ennis, even as the hurl(...)

The 1991 All-Ireland winning Down team at Croke Park this month. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

There comes a time in every GAA fan’s life when they look at the jubilee team being presented on All-Ireland final day and realise “these are not old (...)

Waterford’s Tadhg de Burca and Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

No one wants to hear a sentence that begins “if it’s any consolation . . .” So Galway, and Waterford, I’m happy to tell you there’s no consolation wha(...)

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates scoring a point at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Is there ever an Irish summer when Sunday timekeeping is not a subject of debate?“I turned to Mark and said there was one minute left,” the Limerick m(...)

Wexford’s Brian White was the first referee to benefit from the new dispensation when he was appointed to take charge of the Kerry-Galway All-Ireland football final replay in 2000. Photograph: Inpho

The caricature is that the GAA love replays and that referees are well-regarded if they can ensure a big championship match is level after 70 minutes.(...)

Chris Davis  of the Auburn Tigers returns a missed field goal for the last-gasp winning touchdown in their 34-28 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30th in Auburn, Alabama. Photograph:  Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

“There’s no athletes on the field for Alabama, they got all fat guys”. My most memorable moment of 2013 is certainly the comeback of the year – but wh(...)

It’s a long way from Ballyea to here – Clare’s Tony Kelly, with the Liam MacCarthy cup  near the team hotel on Minsheng Road, Shanghai during the GAA GPA All Star Tour. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

If distance lends perspective, Tony Kelly has a crystal-clear view of his annus mirabilis. Newly arrived in Shanghai with the rest of the GAA-GPA hurl(...)

Forward Pádraic “Podge” Collins saw his wonderful 2013 championship rewarded last night when he was named as one of the eight Clare players on this year’s All Star selection. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The revolution is complete, all resistance now futile. It may not be an all-time record but Clare’s eight All Star awards equals their best ever haul,(...)

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