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Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Monday teatime and Mattie McGleenan is in the car, beating up the road to Dublin. The Cavan manager is headed for Abbotstown, there to take a training(...)

 Galway manager Micheál Donoghue  greets his father Miko Donoghue for the first time since winning the All Ireland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

You had to forgive the scepticism but when Galway annihilated All-Ireland champions Tipperary in last April’s league final in Limerick, it was the six(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning looks on as his late point wins the All-Ireland SHC semi-final against  Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Highlight It’s a terrific picture: Joe Canning has hit a winning point from virtually the first row of the Cusack Stand in the last seconds of injury(...)

Galway fans have been able to watch  careers grow and develop – in the case of Johnny Coen and David Burke, above, from wing-men to possibly the best midfield partnership in the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pádraig Kelly, of Galway and Sarsfields, won man of the match in the 1993 All-Ireland hurling final, the last time a player on the losing side won tha(...)

Micheál Donoghue: only when the final whistle went was the Galway manager swept up in the emotion of it all. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty

They say All-Ireland finals are not necessarily won on the sideline, or in the making of substitutions, but they can be lost there, and for that Galwa(...)

Joe Canning of Galway celebrates  at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph:  (Photo By Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

It has been the year of maroon redemption. After 29 winters of searching, the Tribes go roaring back to the west. Galway is a hurling county in its so(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning in action against Tommy Ryan of Waterford. Canning was flawless on the frees during his side’s win on Sunday in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

An excellent and consistent season by Galway ended up with the All-Ireland. It was a deserved win and the way it happened wasn’t unpredictable but at (...)

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 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 (...)

Galway’s Joe Canning watches his match-winning point go over the bar in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Tipperary  at Croke park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18 The dependably oscillating rivalry between Galway and Tipperary continues to go this way and that. For the third year in a(...)

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