Mikey Sheehy

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Former Waterford manager Derek McGrath, right,  with former selector Dan Shanahan. “If Dan wasn’t as diligent and as innovative as he was, that iconic status wears off in no time. But that never happened.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

On a Saturday night in Tralee a few years back, we arrived to the press box to find two seats were being kept for a couple of late arrivals. Just as t(...)

 Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton kicks the winning point in injury time to clinch victory over Kerry in the memorable 2011 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Sportsfile

Bear with me a moment as I start off by digressing a little. It is five years since Bryan Cullen has lifted the Sam Maguire Cup to end the drought and(...)

Kerry’s Páidí Ó Sé is held aloft by supporters after Kerry’s victory over Dublin in the 1985 All-Ireland Football final. Ready to greed him is Kerry manager Mick O’Dwyer. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Phil O’Sullivan is one of 33 Kerry men to have lifted the Sam Maguire so far. Through the phantasmagorical collage of the Kerry football tradition, th(...)

Paul Geaney: one of seven Kerry players to have started every championship game for the Kingdom this year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Completing the summer set Seven Kerry players are seeking to complete a championship set in this weekend’s All-Ireland final after starting every cham(...)

Austin Stacks GAA club’s first female chairperson, Máiread Fernane. ‘I don’t want to be crying coming down on Sunday,’ she says. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

They don’t do false modesty in Kerry. And why should they, when they have won 37 All-Irelands? The mural on the gable wall at the top of Rock Street(...)

Former Kerry footballer Ger Power is one of just six footballers with eight All-Ireland medals.

Ger Power laughs as he recalls the oft-told story about the holiday the Kerry senior football team had planned if they won a fifth successive All-Irel(...)

Peter Canavan: retained an unshakeable belief that he would win an All-Ireland for Tyrone. He led the county to success in 2003 and won a second medal in 2005. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tyrone’s All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry on Sunday is the latest contest in a rivalry spanning four decades, every one of which has seen the Ulst(...)

Jim Gavin has very few sacred cows. We’ll find out as the summer goes along whether Philly McMahon is. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Yesterday morning, I collected Mikey Sheehy in Tralee and pointed the car for south Kerry. We had a couple of very important jobs to do, the second of(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning in action during last month’s All-Ireland hurling final defeat to Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Prelude Last year was the big breakthrough for Galway hurling, a first All-Ireland title in 29 years. Joe Canning was central to the achievement. In (...)

Ollie Campbell: led Ireland to their first ever  Test series win (2-0) in Australia in 1979.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The impending arrival of Pope Francis to Ireland on Saturday and the only previous papal visit, that of John Paul 11 in September, 1979 can be linked (...)

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