When local artist Maura O’Connell of West Cork Casting Studio was commissioned to prepare specially-moulded hand casts for none other than Cork GAA legend, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, and rising Cork GAA star, Melissa Duggan, she couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
Tue, 01 Oct, 2019
It was Declan Hannon who said it, sitting in the victors’ banquet with the Liam MacCarthy Cup in front of him: ‘We’ve all marched behind the band out the back garden when we were four, five, six years of age.’
Sat, 25 Aug, 2018
An elegant playmaker, Paddy Kelly has retired from Gaelic football with one All-Ireland senior medal. But he wanted more and rather than look back, he is angry about Cork’s future and what he sees as apathy engulfing the county...
Sun, 15 Jan, 2017
For a measure of how a player is valued, very often you need look no further than his club. When he was barely out of his teens, Na Piarsaigh trusted Christopher Joyce with the most pivotal and responsible position on the field, centre-back.
Sat, 12 Jul, 2014
By his own reckoning, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín was probably the least skilful hurler to ever put on a Cork jersey — but has there been a more dedicated person to wear it? “That’s what made me survive,” he suggests. Now with his life thoughts put to paper, he’s ready to reflect, without bitterness, without rancour. Anyone looking for sly digs won’t find them here.
Sat, 09 Nov, 2013
He gave rise to one of the great Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh legendary live commentary pieces – “His father is from Fermanagh, his mother from Fiji, neither a hurling stronghold”; yesterday Seán Óg Ó hAilpín formally announced his retirement from inter-county fare, thus ending what is surely the most unique story in top-class hurling.
Sat, 03 Nov, 2012