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Eamonn Breslin: launched himself at the ball from the edge of the square and beat the Laois goalkeeper with a diving header

You’ve heard of William Webb Ellis, who supposedly picked up a football and ran with it, launching a new sport. Somewhat less famous is Eamonn Breslin(...)

Offaly played Galway in the 1971 football final

The 50th All Stars teams are announced this weekend. The scheme, devised by journalists and sponsored by tobacco firm PJ Carroll and Company, was the (...)

It’s something of a hidden history but before the golden jubilee of the All Stars is celebrated at the end of this year, this week marks the 50th anni(...)

Longford won their only Leinster championship to date in 1968. File photograph: Inpho

Tuesday is the 52nd anniversary of a high water mark for Longford football. In August 1968, the county took its place for the only time in the last f(...)

Croke Park opened up to rugby and soccer in 2005. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

If all that 1971 did was to abolish the old Rule 27 – the Ban on foreign games – it would still qualify as one of the most important years in the GAA’(...)

Cork manager Billy Morgan told his players to get down on their knees and pray they would face Meath again later that year in the championship. File photograph: The Irish Times

This Wednesday it will come and go, largely unnoticed but the 30th anniversary of Cork hurlers’ pedestrian win over Kerry in the Munster championship (...)

Offaly line up before a game against Longford in January. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Last week Offaly GAA lost Fr Tom Scully to Covid-19. An inspirational figure, he is widely credited within the county with a pioneering role in the wo(...)

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(...)

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