Paddy O Rourke

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 Down’s Peter Withnell and James  McCartan challenge Mick Lyons of Meath during the Mournemen’s seminal All-Ireland victory in 1991. File photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

They gathered in the shadow of the ground, which had changed beyond recognition from the time when their paths crossed most famously. There was a bun(...)

Eilis Ní Chaiside: “A lot of us would be involved in the Irish Language, but where we come from and where we live, it’s not a matter of ‘you must do this’, it’s a matter of choice.” Photograph: Donall Darmer/Inpho

Talk to those in Slaughtneil, and they might let you in on a secret that it is the camogie team that drives the rest of the club on. Put it directly(...)

Meath’s goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke dejected after defeat to Offaly in the All-Ireland series in 2017. He has opted out of this season’s panel.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

If it’s January, it must be time for a team meeting. And so it was last month that we gathered, my junior A team-mates and I, for a pre-season pow-wow(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “If High-Vis Varadkar had a favourite meal, it would be fresh sod and (video) clips.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The name change passed us by, but since Leo took over as party leader it seems that FG now stands for Fluorescent Government, with High-Vis Varadkar e(...)

Stephen Cluxton takes a short kickout to Michael Fitzsimons against Mayo in 2015. Photograph: Inpho

Nineteen of the 24 players who featured in Jim Gavin’s first championship season still remain as Dublin pursue a third All-Ireland title in a row on S(...)

File photo of Meath’s Mickey Newman, whose return to action was decisive. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meath 0-14 Sligo 1-9 Meath goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke whipped off his personalised goalkeeper’s gloves after the final whistle on Saturday evening a(...)

 Kildare’s Chris Healy and Fionn Dowling celebrate after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare 2-16 Meath 0-13 Dangerous times for Kildare, if Kildare they be. Through to a Leinster final for the first time since 2009, they were so domi(...)

Kevin Feely in action against Laois in the Leinster quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

When the mark came in this year many said it would have little to no impact on the game. But one man who has certainly been enjoying its benefits is K(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan catches a ball over the head of Meath’s Mickey Burke. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 0-21 Meath 0-11 It’s maybe symbolic of the state of expectation in the GAA Leinster football championship that a 10-point win in a semi-final (...)

Graham Reilly: together with Cillian O’Sullivan and Eamon Wallace he forms a potent Meath half forward line. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath’s half forward line contains three of the paciest forwards in the land and they can ask major questions of the Dublin defence this Sunday. No(...)

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