Ireland’s world-beating ploughmen Eamonn Tracey from Carlow and John Whelan from Wexford will between them bid for their 13th top-two-in-the-world performances, after winning their national test matches at Carlow last week.
Dónal Óg Cusack had already begun changing the game with short puckouts in 2003 and 2004 but Damien Fitzhenry’s puckout masterclass against Kilkenny in the 2004 Leinster semi-final was still a keynote moment in hurling’s expanding tactical revolution.
Mild-mannered. Genuine. Diligent. Workaholic. As Páraic Duffy prepares to wave goodbye as GAA director general this Saturday, there has been similarities in the tributes paid to him. Rightly too: He is all of the above but we can add steeliness to it.
Listening to JJ Delaney, Tommy Walsh and Aidan Fogarty on last weekend, it was striking if there was one thing they loved more than winning it was simply playing and if there was one thing they hated more than losing it was not playing at all, writes .
Michael Carey and Tommy Ronan play for St Kieran’s College against Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore in the Croke Cup final this afternoon. Their fathers, DJ and Adrian, won the competition with Kieran’s in 1988 and plenty more besides. Two great hurlers met to reminisce and fill in that generation gap, writes.
The Wednesday or Thursday after the 2014 All-Ireland final replay an old stalwart from near Urlingford decided to go for a spin on the far side of the border. Eternal vigilance and all of that, dontcha know.
Experience is everything. When Michael Fennelly pulled up in the All-Ireland semi-final replay with Waterford, it looked a serious injury, and so it proved: the Kilkenny midfielder was out for the rest of the season with an achilles tendon problem. Scratch one big name for this weekend.
It’s a good time to be a sports fan in Ireland. It seems every week we have another sporting occasion to turn our attention to, from the Euros to international rugby — both senior and U20 — to the GAA championships that have picked up speed in the last few weeks with some shocks big enough to silence the debate on structures for the time being.
It’s not often you hear a hurler admit he’s not exactly suited to a position. Don’t get Shane O’Donnell wrong, he absolutely loves being the only inside forward, but he wouldn’t say his is the ideal body size for the role.