Esdras Irabizi: He got to line out in two county finals for the club recently. How did he get on? “Ah, not too bad. We were up against tough teams and lost both unfortunately.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh’s old line about Seán Óg Ó hAilpín’s parentage is a favourite of hurling fans. It still holds true too. Whether coming from (...)

Kerry hurler  Pádraig Boyle beat footballer James O’Donoghue in a preliminary match to represent the county in this weekend’s charity FIFA tournament. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Careful what you say out loud. Joanne O’Riordan happened to mention to a friend one night recently that in Spain, Real Betis players had organised a L(...)

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh promoting  My Legacy and 65 Irish charities to launch a nationwide appeal to the public to leave a legacy gift to charity in their will. Photograph:  Keith Arkins

In the room where Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh is waiting there is a table laden with stuffed sandwiches and pastries and a scattering of fruit. He stands(...)

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 (...)

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín bringing the Liam MacCarthy Cup back to Cork. “I went from Seán Óg – ‘oh, isn’t the mother from somewhere exotic?’ – to Seán Óg ‘oh yeah, he lives in Park Dale’ and I became one of the community. That’s what the GAA did for us.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

In the promotional video for the Centra #WeAreHurling campaign, launched on Monday, Cork All-Ireland-winning captain Séan Óg Ó hAilpín recalls how the(...)