Monday 23 September 2019

Why do we love the All-Ireland championship? We asked our Independent.ie readers for their best memories

Brian Fenton, left, and Ciarán Kilkenny of Dublin celebrate with the Sam Maguire following the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Brian Fenton, left, and Ciarán Kilkenny of Dublin celebrate with the Sam Maguire following the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The All-Ireland championship is in full flow and we got in touch with our readers to find out exactly why they love the competition. Here is a collection of your responses.

"1998, my club Corofin winning the All-Ireland Club Championship and Galway winning the AllIreland in same year!"

Darren, Galway supporter

"It has to be Galway winning the hurling All-Ireland in 2017. The minors winning, Tony Keady's family being there, it seemed written the stars. Delighted Joe Canning got his All-Ireland senior inter-county medal."

Orlaith, Galway supporter

"The 1992 Offaly v Limerick All-Ireland Final when Offaly staged an incredible comeback to defeat Limerick. Unforgettable occasion."

David, Offaly supporter

"Taking my two young sons to see the excitement of Donegal winning the 1992 All-Ireland final"

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Declan, Donegal supporter

"The first day I saw Christy Ring play. The personification of MAGIC."

Gerrard, Cork supporter

"Being brought by my father to Croke Park to see Galway win the All-Ireland in 1980 against Limerick and hearing Joe McDonagh sing the West’s awake."

Ken, Galway supporter

"July 1991, seeing Dublin supporters leaving Croke Park early with Dublin well ahead before a Kevin Foley goal and David Beggy point winning the game for Meath. It’s not just my favourite GAA memory, it’s my favourite sporting memory!”

Kevin, Meath supporter

"Cork winning the All-Ireland football final in 2010  the relief at the end was immense as Cork had been in the running for the title for a number of years with this crop of players. For a long time during that game it looked as if we were going to be second best again. Was delighted for that group of players who had been close so many times and finally got their reward."

Derry, Cork supporter

"It’s got to be Stephen Cluxton kicking the winning point during the 2011 All Ireland senior football final against Kerry”

Darren, Dublin supporter

"Going to the 1995 Munster final with my dad and coming home to Clarecastle to see Anthony Daly climb on top of the bus shelter in the village and give an unbelievable victory speech."

Seamus, Clare supporter

"Roscommon beating Mayo in this year’s Connacht championship semi-final in Castlebar for the first time in 36 years in Mayo’s home venue & then going on to win the Connacht final in Salthill.  #happydays #UpThe Rossies”

Joanne, Roscommon supporter

"Kildare beating Meath in the 1998 Leinster senior football final."

James, Kildare supporter

"Witnessing the Shane O'Donnell hat-trick was my greatest GAA memory.”

Martin, Clare supporter

"Tipperary stopping Kilkenny’s bid for five in-a-row All-Irelands"

Ellen, Tipp supporter

"Limerick winning the All-Ireland last year for the first time in 45 years. Glorious day, a long time coming!"

Deborah, Limerick supporter

"Laois beating rivals Kildare in the 2003 Leinster final 2-13 to 1-13."

Aileen, Laois supporter

"As a child standing on the Hill in Clones in 1997 with my father to watch Cavan win their first Ulster Championship 28 years. As of yesterday, we haven't won one in 23 years unfortunately!"

Oisin, Cavan supporter

"Eamon McEneaney scoring the equalizing point in Monaghan v Kerry to force a replay, which unfortunately Monaghan lost, All-Ireland Semi Final 1985. Memory still vivid." Seamus, Monaghan supporter

"Down winning the All Ireland in 1994 and coming to Newcastle Co, Down!"

Chris, Down supporter

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