Pauric Mahony:  must have felt that he had slain every demon of self-doubt in his body in the last four months only to experience a dreaded off-day in the Munster club final defeat to Na Piarsaigh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballygunner ended up losing the Munster club hurling final by eight points on Sunday, but anyone watching knew it was a far closer struggle than that.(...)

Joe Canning’s stunning late point sees Galway edge past Tipperary. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Best game Tipperary v Galway, Croke Park, August 6th The very definition of ding-dong. Sides level 13 times, Tipp putting in their best display sinc(...)

Galway’s Jason Flynn  celebrates with the Liam McCarthy Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 0-26 Waterford 2-17 For all of the years they flashed into finals and didn’t quite sustain the dazzle, Galway hurlers won the county’s fifth A(...)

Joe Canning stoops to take a sideline cut during Galway’s win over Waterford. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty

Joe Show Despite Galway playing all of the hurling, Waterford’s second goal levelled matters 0-10 to 2-4. Galway’s next score however was the perfect(...)

Galway’s Conor Whelan and Jonathan Glynn challenge Barry Coughlan and Tadhg De Burca in the air during the All-Ireland SHC final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Galway 0-26 Waterford 2-17 It ended with Joe Canning bending to take a sideline cut, killing the last bit of time the hurling season had in it. No so(...)

Galway players stand for the national anthem before the semi-final against Tipperary. Can they end the long wait since 1988?  Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

In an All-Ireland final, there’s a mental battle to be fought and overcome before you ever set foot on the grass. I often found myself taking time in (...)

Galway’s Pádraig Mannion in action against Tipperary’s Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher. “The next day you’d be hoping for a more complete team performance.”   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Whenever Pádraig Mannion hit the gym beside the pitch in Ahascragh, he became used to the sound of Tony Keady laughing at his endeavours. Keady was fa(...)

The 2017 team above the team who played in the 2005 All-Ireland final. Photographs: Inpho

Since their last All-Ireland hurling triumph in 1988, Galway have fallen short in seven finals. Over that period the county have become renowned for (...)

Galway’s Joe Canning looks on after scoring the winning point against Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Before the game I found it hard to separate Galway from Tipperary. That remained the case for 73 minutes. Only Joe Canning’s moment of magic did th(...)

Galway’s Johnny Coen tackles  Michael Cahill of Tipperary during the All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

GALWAY 0-22 TIPPERARY 1-18 In the end no-one was entirely right about this cliffhanger of a match. There were the threads of predictability – Galway (...)

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