New club forces on the rise
GLENSWILLY winning the Donegal SF title for the first time; Na Piarsaigh doing likewise in Limerick hurling; Carrigtwohill taking the Cork SH crown for the first time in 93 years. Those were some of the headline-grabbers from last weekend's county finals.
It's the time of year for epic tales of local pride, passion and heroism, delivered in a manner which only the club championships can offer. It's encouraging too that the traditional elite in many counties no longer dominate, having been replaced by new forces.
And then there are the 'how our season changed' stories, perhaps best captured by Carrigtwohill, who beat Ballinhassig by just two points in the first round of the Cork championship.
Ballinhassig were subsequently relegated while Carrigtwohill went on to win the title. A special day for Niall McCarthy and richly deserved too after a long, distinguished career with club and county.