Summoning the spirit of an Irish sporting summer
All aboard then, for the great summer extravaganza. From now until the All-Ireland hurling and football final days in September, the GAA championships will electrify the Irish sporting scene with their unique brand of energy.
As ever, the Irish Independent will be at the heart of it, reporting, analysing and commenting on all the action.
For the many people who are passionately interested in the All-Ireland race, we will provide the most in-depth and informed coverage both in print and online at independent.ie, while also catering for those with just a passing interest.
Such is the essence of the All-Ireland championships – they belong to everybody, uniting local communities from all the counties as they embark on the great adventure.
The list of intriguing possibilities is lengthening by the year and this season certainly offers all the fascination the public could wish for.
Will Dublin footballers retain the All-Ireland football title for the first time since 1977? Will Mayo end the 63-year wait? Which of Munster's 'Big Two' – Cork or Kerry – will show more prominently and what of Ulster, probably the most competitive province of all? Could there be dark horses lurking in the background in the various provinces, ready to out-run all the known top contenders?
In hurling, Clare wrote a new script last year, taking over as No 1 at the end of one of the most remarkable seasons in championship history. What more delights has the great game to offer this year?
We hope you savour all the big action, your enjoyment of which will be greatly enhanced by staying with our coverage every day.
Executive Editor, Sport
Irish Independent Supplement