Donal O Grady

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John and David Meyler after Cork’s victory in the 2018 Munster SHC final. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There’s a McDonald’s in north Wales – “up the top of the hill there”– where the staff came to know John Meyler’s order by heart. He’d land in shortly (...)

Cork manager Kieran Kingston and Patrick Horgan celebrate after the All-Ireland semi-final victory over Kilkenny at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The old giddiness has returned to Cork. You could sense a kind of rising Corky energy drifting up through the Republic all summer. You could see it t(...)

Limerick’s Seán Finn and Dan Morrissey celebrate at the final whistle of last December’s All-Ireland final win over Waterford at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday Limerick v Waterford, Croke Park, 5.0 – Live, RTÉ2 Last year’s finalists arrive at this year’s semi-final in arguably similar shape: Limeri(...)

Limerick’s Kyle Hayes and Christopher Joyce of Cork in action during the 2018 All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This year’s Allianz Hurling League enters its penultimate series this weekend. Certain themes have emerged: the controversy over new rules and the mas(...)

Richie English returns to the Limerick defence for their opening league game against Munster rivals Tipperary. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday DIVISION 1A Westmeath v Galway, TEG Cusack Park, 2.0 – Live TG4 Westmeath are a little understrength – Aonghus Clarke is away and captain Co(...)

Waterford’s Kevin Moran with Will O’Donoghue of Limerick during the All-Ireland final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Will O’Donoghue tiptoes around the issue and then greets it face on. Any new rule aimed at tackling cynical play or other so-called dark arts of hurli(...)

Cork’s Sean Óg Ó hAilpín and Diarmuid O’Sullivan with the Liam MacCarthy Cup after the All-Ireland hurling final in 2005. File photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

It falls today, predictably without too much fanfare, but it is now 15 years since Cork last won the All-Ireland hurling title. Having survived a slig(...)

Gardaí in Hazelwood Drive, Ballyspillane, Killarney, where a house’s windows were broken and front door scorched. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Forty years old this year, the Ballyspillane council estate was controversial from the start. Built more than a mile from Killarney town, it was put i(...)

Limerick’s Séamus Hickey, with his daughter Anna, holds aloft the Liam MacCarthy cup following Limerick’s All-Ireland SHC final win at  Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Did you think it? Actually, that’s the wrong question. Of course you thought it. The right question is, at what point did you think it? At what stage (...)

The Game – The Story of Hurling: “Nobody owns hurling. Hurling just lives.”

The voices come in a cascade of reverence. “Hurling’s a game for the gods,” proclaim the first soothing, familiar tones. “And gods played it.” “The (...)

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