An alternative way of viewing Galway’s year is that it was characterised by extraordinary consistency of performance. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Old Moran surveyed the year ahead with a shake of his weary head. Freezing, wet weather – and the seasonal readjustment to that mystery which he had n(...)

 Waterford hurlers on board an open-topped bus are greeted by thousands of fans in the city on Monday evening. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

If longing won All-Irelands then the current Waterford team would be crowned champions in the morning such was the warm reception they received Monday(...)