Esdras Irabizi: He got to line out in two county finals for the club recently. How did he get on? “Ah, not too bad. We were up against tough teams and lost both unfortunately.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh’s old line about Seán Óg Ó hAilpín’s parentage is a favourite of hurling fans. It still holds true too. Whether coming from (...)

Cork’s Aidan Walsh celebrates a goal against Clare. He has worn the senior county jersey with distinction in both football and hurling.   Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Twenty years ago, Cork reached the senior All-Ireland final in both football and hurling. Even more remarkably, one player, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, played (...)

The Game – The Story of Hurling: “Nobody owns hurling. Hurling just lives.”

The voices come in a cascade of reverence. “Hurling’s a game for the gods,” proclaim the first soothing, familiar tones. “And gods played it.” “The (...)

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín bringing the Liam MacCarthy Cup back to Cork. “I went from Seán Óg – ‘oh, isn’t the mother from somewhere exotic?’ – to Seán Óg ‘oh yeah, he lives in Park Dale’ and I became one of the community. That’s what the GAA did for us.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

In the promotional video for the Centra #WeAreHurling campaign, launched on Monday, Cork All-Ireland-winning captain Séan Óg Ó hAilpín recalls how the(...)

Cork’s Mark Coleman scores a sideline cut against Waterford. He has made a huge impression in his first season as a senior intercounty player. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Among the delighted Cork supporters on Sunday in Thurles was the county’s former All-Ireland-winning captain and Hurler of the Year Sean Óg Ó hAilpín.(...)