Paddy Downey

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Cork’s Sean McGrath and Willie O’Connor of Kilkenny. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

It’s the most revisited All-Ireland hurling rivalry of all. On Sunday afternoon at Croke Park Cork and Kilkenny will square up for the 29th time in th(...)

Paul Taylor: the Sligo manager,  after a grim year on the field,  succeeded  at the ballot box, getting returned for Fianna Fáil and securing the biggest vote on the incoming council.  Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Maybe unsurprisingly in an organisation of such tradition and repetitive routine, the GAA sometimes finds history echoing coincidentally down the deca(...)

Eamon Cregan on the sideline as Limerick manager in 2000-. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

It has got to the stage that nearly half a century has passed since Limerick’s last All-Ireland in 1973. Five times, in other words every decade since(...)

Galway goalkeeper Michael Connelly blocks the ball to keep the Limerick attack at bay during the 1980 All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

September 7th, 1980. Galway versus Limerick. 2-15 to 3-9. It will always be the GAA’s day of magic-realism. Even if you have no interest in hurling, y(...)

Anthony Molloy of Donegal is tackled by Dublin’s Paul Bealin  in  the 1992   All-Ireland  final. Photograph: Inpho

A lot has happened since the first weekend of April in 1992. Croke Park has been entirely redeveloped, the last of the GAA bans was struck down, and t(...)

 Tempers flare between the Dublin and Tyrone players at Healy Park on Saturday night. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Home discomforts Dublin were solid favourites going to Omagh on Saturday and duly delivered despite being a man short for nearly half an hour so in a(...)

Fashion tops the list of online purchases, at 59 per cent, followed by electrical goods on 39 per cent and books and stationery at 38 per cent. Photograph: Eva Katalin Kondoros/iStock

Are we facing into a retail apocalypse? The US certainly seems to be; over the past 15 years, close to half a million jobs have been lost in departmen(...)

Dublin’s Tommy Drumm shakes hands with Tyrone’s Frank McGuigan after the 1984 All-Ireland semi-final.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Prologue 1984  In those days Ulster teams weren’t expected even to travel hopefully apart from those years when they were rotated against the Co(...)

Even before the Sky deal, the number of live broadcasts was reduced by 10 because of the impact they were having on attendances at local club fixtures.  Photographer: Simon Bellis/Bloomberg

The report of the McNamee Commission in 1971 contained the GAA’s first detailed public consideration of the role of media, especially broadcast, in Ga(...)

Cork’s Patrick Horgan fends off the attention of Tipperary’s Padraic Maher during last Sunday’s mathc. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A little bit of history repeating itself. In a couple of weeks it will be 25 years ago that Paddy Downey opened his report on the 1992 Munster semi-fi(...)

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