Rory Hayes

8 results

Cork’s Jack O’Connor charges through the Dublin defence during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

My routine when I landed into Croke Park was always one of structure and process. I was a creature of habit. I got security from whatever nuggets of f(...)

Cork’s Shane Barrett celebrates scoring a goal against Clare. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork and Clare was always impossible to call: proven battlers against potential and it stayed that way up until the 74th minute. Kieran Kingston must (...)

Cork’s Shane Kingston scores a goal during the All-Ireland SHC round two qualifier against Clare at the LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork 3-19 Clare 1-23 In Clare, they lay all their songs at Tony Kelly’s feet. Rightly so. The Ballyea man gave another revelatory performance as Clar(...)

Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett and Limerick’s Seán Finn are hurling’s equivalent of the shutdown corners.    Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Just like every hurling team, every NFL team has a crop of corner backs. Some are up to the job, some aren’t. Most are middle of the road. But there’s(...)

Clare’s Ryan Taylor in action against Shane Fives of Waterford during the Munster SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clare 1-22 Waterford 0-21 Clare avenged last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat by Waterford and maintained the momentum of a drastically turned(...)

Cathal Mannion in full flow against Cork. His form is   key for Galway  as his loss in the semi-final last year was so crucial. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The league is over. The championship is more or less here. Nobody is going to get any fitter or stronger by the time the first ball is thrown in next (...)

Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe in action during their victory against Clare in the All-Ireland quarter-finals at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

An extraordinary weekend for Gaelic games in Tipperary started disappointingly with the loss of the All-Ireland crown on Saturday. It was the best per(...)

Wexford’s Aidan Nolan tackles Clare’s Tony Kelly during the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at Páirc Uí Chaomih. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Clare 0-27 Wexford 1-17 The general trend of their respective seasons was maintained by Clare and Wexford in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday. The first (...)