Sat, 05 Sep, 2020
Limerick manager John Kiely considers a selection of images from an emotional summer and reflects on the weight of history, the Dolores O’Riordan factor, the war on hype, puckout stats, the influence of Paul Kinnerk, his dislike of sweepers, and why he vowed to make sure his players would never forget the time of their lives.
Sat, 29 Dec, 2018
Whataboutery is usually an exercise best avoided but, bear with us: in this instance, it is worth indulging. We’re trying to imagine the game of Gaelic football without more than three consecutive hand-passes, which will be the situation in a couple of weeks.
Tue, 27 Nov, 2018
Dublin sit just 70 minutes away from the county’s first four-in-a-row of All-Ireland senior football titles after an utterly dominant second-half display against the Connacht champions at HQ on Saturday evening.
Sat, 11 Aug, 2018
Twenty years ago Ray Silke had the unique distinction of leading both his club and county up the Hogan Stand steps to collect senior All-Ireland titles in Croke Park. Two decades on he is still leading by example — but in a very different capacity
Sat, 11 Aug, 2018
The Halfway House in Walkinstown is as Dublin as you can get. The blue and navy festoons the ceiling but there’s one corner of the premises sporting the green and white. Its owner Gerry O’Malley’s nod to the presence of Eamonn “Ned” Rea behind the bar.
Sat, 28 Jul, 2018
You shall know them by the trail of diesel receipts. Or the plastic wrapping from €2.99 best-of CDs picked up in service stations. By the Supermacs cartons and the Frank & Honest coffee cups, all of the fuel necessary to get an army on the road and to keep it marching.
Tue, 12 Jun, 2018
Ballyhale Shamrocks may be one of hurling’s most decorated clubs, but tradition counts for little in the quest to build, develop and grow. A five-year fundraising drive was launched last week with TJ Reid and Joey Holden amongst those working to secure the future for the next generation of young talents. writes
Sat, 12 May, 2018
Micheál Donoghue believes there is no need to rethink the weight of the sliotar in light of his Galway team’s achievement in claiming last year’s All-Ireland title without finding the net in their last four championship games.
Sat, 28 Apr, 2018
A survivor of Waterford’s last All-Ireland win in 1959, Austin Flynn manned the Déise square at a time when his chief responsibility was to ‘protect the goalkeeper from being killed’. His policing was thorough, even when assigned the cases of greats such as Nickey Rackard, Liam Devaney, and Christy Ring, who became a great friend as much as foe.
Sat, 09 Dec, 2017
Sat, 14 Oct, 2017
Back in 2004, long before several of Jack McCaffrey’s teammates hauled Mayo defenders to the ground to prevent them from receiving a kickout in the closing moments of an All-Ireland final, his father Noel, along with some other eminent academic colleagues, conducted a study into the attitudes of Irish athletes towards cheating.
Wed, 27 Sep, 2017
There’s always hope following Mayo. A vicious type of hope that leaves you writhing in your seat, jamming your fists into your eyes as if you’re watching a horror movie, but it’s hope all the same, writes
Sat, 23 Sep, 2017