All-Ireland champions: Galway captain David Burke with Martin Cummins at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, in Crumlin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The morning after the night before for the All-Ireland champions always involves a visit to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, in Crumlin in Dublin. It i(...)

Micheál Donoghue: only when the final whistle went was the Galway manager swept up in the emotion of it all. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty

They say All-Ireland finals are not necessarily won on the sideline, or in the making of substitutions, but they can be lost there, and for that Galwa(...)

Joe Canning: the scream he sent up into the Cusack stand contained all the good and all the bad from 10 seasons’ toil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sights and sounds and scenes. The end of an All-Ireland final is often like this. Something happens, usually a forlorn miss by the chasing team or a w(...)

Joe Canning of Galway celebrates  at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph:  (Photo By Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

It has been the year of maroon redemption. After 29 winters of searching, the Tribes go roaring back to the west. Galway is a hurling county in its so(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning in action against Tommy Ryan of Waterford. Canning was flawless on the frees during his side’s win on Sunday in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

An excellent and consistent season by Galway ended up with the All-Ireland. It was a deserved win and the way it happened wasn’t unpredictable but at (...)

Galway’s Johnny Coen lifts the Liam MacCarthy trophy after beating Waterford in the GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Great Wait ends. No hurling county has lived through the extremes of All-Ireland emotions as vividly as Galway and, after 29 years, they reclaime(...)

Three gold GAA All-Ireland hurling winners’ medals, crafted by hand  in Bluebell, Dublin, are held by  MMI employee Paul Fox. The company, established in 1939, makes medals, government seals, military insignia and sporting awards and trophies.   While the Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire cups are returned every year, the members of the winning hurling and football panels get to keep the medals.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

All-Ireland hurling final preview: Sunday, 3.30pm. Croke Park. On TV: RTÉ2, Sky Sports History can have the effect of freezing you in its headlights.(...)

Galway’s Pádraig Mannion in action against Tipperary’s Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher. “The next day you’d be hoping for a more complete team performance.”   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Whenever Pádraig Mannion hit the gym beside the pitch in Ahascragh, he became used to the sound of Tony Keady laughing at his endeavours. Keady was fa(...)

Galway GAA: Micheál Donoghue celebrates after victory over Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park this month. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the All-Ireland minor final of 1992 the Waterford managers moved Derek McGrath over to where Galway’s Micheál Donoghue was situated on the field. (...)

Galway’s manager Michael Donoghue: “He touched many lives,” he said of the  late Tony Keady.  Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Galway senior hurling manager Micheál Donoghue has paid tribute to the coaching influence the late Tony Keady has had on his squad, and described the (...)

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