Waterford fans Shelly, Brigid and Aoife Phelan at Croke Park for the 2017All-Ireland final against Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As a giddy mini-bus from McLaughlin’s bar crossed the Blackwater Bridge at Youghal, en route to the 2002 Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Larry Goga(...)

Limerick manager John Kiely shakes hands with Waterford manager Paraic Fanning after the game at Walsh Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Waterford’s dispiriting run in the championship round robin over the past two seasons intensified with the 20-point defeat by Limerick to the extent t(...)

Waterford’s manager, Derek McGrath, celebrates with Philip Mahony after defeating Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

The undertow from the football waves crashing down from the weekend tends to wash away some of the attention the hurling final would have got in the p(...)

Waterford’s Dan Shanahan is chased by Séan Óg Ó gAilpín during the National Hurling League final of 1998. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

The nadir for Waterford was probably those two Munster finals in 1982 and ’83. Cork won both by 31 and 19 points, respectively. Reminiscing starkly (...)