It's easy to know that Gaelic games are back with a vengeance because of the constant wrangling, never-ending rows about club versus county, whispered tales about which panels have been training like demons as County Boards turn a blind eye, stick their heads in the sand or whatever tired cliché tickles your fancy.
After the GAA published a revised fixture schedule for the 2020 intercounty season, Wicklow senior football manager, Davy Burke, has criticised the GAA's decision not to run qualifiers for the All-Ireland series, while his hurling counterpart, Eamonn Scallan, described his side's redrawn Christy Ring clash against Roscommon as being their final.
Jimmy O'Toole was minding his own business at work in Aughrim on Friday, June 29, 1990. It was four days after Ireland had dramatically beaten Romania to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Italy that summer, and he and his colleagues were more than likely debating where they would be spending their day watching Jack Charlton's Green Army go toe to toe against the host nation in the quarter-finals the next day.
The words 'gentleman' and 'stalwart' can be bandied about with a little bit more ease than many people care for in the world of sports reporting but in the case of Kiltegan's John Timmins there is certainly no exaggeration or misplacement if we assign them to our description of a man who has served his club through 50 years of unbroken committee service.
1990 is widely regarded to be one of the most special years in Irish sport. From a local perspective, Baltinglass made history by becoming the first - and so far, only - team from Wicklow to climb to the top of the GAA club mountain by winning the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship.
Regardless of what happens at the next Wicklow GAA County Board meeting or which of the three formats sent to clubs by the CCC the delegates vote to proceed with for the approaching condensed club championship season, it's going to be a hectic schedule with plenty of twists and turns.
As Keith Armstrong was lining up a penalty that, should he score, would win Arklow Town the LFA Youth Cup on June 13, 2010, the man for whom he came on as a substitute late-on in the cup final against St. Kevin's, Jonathan Kelty, was sat up in St. James' hospital with what was eventually diagnosed as a calf tear, listening in to what was happening over the phone.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a premature halt to all sport nationwide, Lucy Mulhall has been left to her own devices to do many things, including completing her post-graduate degree in Mathematics, in UCD; partaking in sheering sheep on her family farm in Tinahely, at which she laughingly admits her brothers - Joseph, Noel, and Kevin - are superior; and perfecting her lemon drizzle cake recipe.
Leo Varadkar said not all heroes wear capes - some wear scrubs and gowns. But some also wear Bray Wanderers jerseys. They wear those famous Green and White stripes as they break records. They wear it as they break hearts. They wear it with a smile and they wear it with pride. They wear it as they score 90 goals for their hometown club and make over 300 appearances. Not all heroes wear capes - but this hero is Kieran 'Tarzan' O'Brien.
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