Nicky English

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Darragh Ó Sé tracks Tipperary’s Derry Foley in 1997. Photograph: Matt Browne/Inpho

A few minutes after Tipperary had fallen to All-Ireland champions Kerry in the Munster final of 1998, their captain Brian Bourke summed up the feeling(...)

Limerick’s Pat Ryan and Barry Nash celebrate after the Munster semi-final victory over Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Despite the conditions in Cork, a winter storm to remind us that everything is different about this championship, a clear picture developed of hurling(...)

Hill 16 in full cry during the All-Ireland final replay defeat of Kerry  last year. Not having the Hill standing sentry in their big matches at the very least disrupts the status quo for champions Dublin. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“The sea of green was unreal. There were green jerseys everywhere. I don’t know how they did it but the Limerick supporters seemed to make up 75 per (...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy Cup after victory over Kilkenny in last year’s final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Seán Moran Winter hurling with yellow sliotars, what difference will it make? The big issues will still be settled on good surfaces but there’s no d(...)

Jack Sheedy scores a goal for Dublin in the Leinster SFC preliminary round replay against Meath at Croke Park in 1991. Photograph: Inpho

It’s funny to look back at it now but the Jack Charlton era in Irish soccer was initially viewed as some sort of existential threat to Gaelic games. T(...)

Shane Dowling consistently made often sensational interventions in big matches for Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

The retirement of Shane Dowling is a blow to Limerick hurling, just as the road ahead in this year’s championship has taken shape. Taken together with(...)

Nicky English celebrates his goal against Cork in the 1987 Munster Hurling Final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: John D Kelly

It’s worth stating at the outset that my favourite sports moment of all time is not when Tipperary’s Nicky English kicked that soccer-style goal past (...)

Rory O’Connor in action against Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final. “We slowly started pucking the balls down on top of the Tipp lads, making nearly All-Stars out of them.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s a throwaway remark that Rory O’Connor doesn’t mean to sound quite so cutting though the timing of it, a few days after the All-Stars, is too fitt(...)

Tipperary goalkeeper Brian Hogan claims his first Hurling All  Stars awards and follows in the footsteps of his father, Ken, who won one in  1987. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Though there are occasionally years in which the announcement of the hurling All Star team causes a stir around the place, 2019 is unlikely to be one (...)

From left, former hurlers Nicky English, Terence ‘Sambo’ McNaughton, and Conor Hayes and former footballers Colm O’Rourke, Larry Thompkins and Denis ‘Ogie’ Moran at Croke Park yesterday where they were inducted into the GAA Museum’s Hall of Fame. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

In the wake of Dublin’s five-in-a-row success, their 29th All-Ireland win, former Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice looked to the bigger, and slightly(...)

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