Tuesday July 14, 2020

The special magic of hurling’s big day

Today is All-Ireland hurling final Sunday: a day like no other in the Irish sporting calendar, writes GAA historian Paul Rouse

6th September, 2015
Tipperary's Cathal Barrett is tackled by Johnny Coen and David Collins of Galway. Picture: INPHO

This day ten years ago, Galway lost to Cork in an All-Ireland hurling final they could have won.

Several hours after the match, down a side-street in Drumcondra, two Galway men sat in silence on the bonnet of their Ford Escort, eating chips.

The car had been repainted in maroon-and-white stripes for the day. Hanging from its back window was a hand-painted advertisement. Two seats free in the back, it said, one for the Liam...

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