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Second placed Finn Harps maintained their push for promotion to the Premier Division when they came from behind to beat Athlone away from home last Friday night. The Town took an early shock lead but Ollie Horgan’s men were back on level terms through Nathan Boyle by half time. A second score from Boyle early in the second half put Harps in front as Keith Cowan sealed victory with a late third goal.
It is unusual to see so many clubs represented on a county minor hurling panel as there are this year.
When the shrill of the final whistle echoes around the cauldron that will be Croke Park on Sunday afternoon, will it be back-to-back All Ireland senior hurling titles for the first time in three decades for Galway, or will Limerick have bridged a 45-year gap since last annexing the Liam McCarthy Cup?
Jeffrey Lynskey has been a successful manager with the Galway minor hurlers over the past few seasons, guiding the county to titles in 2015 and 2017 and to another final this Sunday when his charges take on Kilkenny on Sunday in Croke Park (1pm).
First up and into the fray next Sunday on All Ireland hurling final day at Croke Park are the Galway minors who take on Kilkenny (1pm).
Pádraic Mannion won his first All-Star last year after a terrific season and, more importantly, he collected his first county senior All-Ireland medal in the victory over Waterford.
Whenever a team finally makes it to the top of the pile, the inevitable questions will be asked of players the following season of how much hunger do they have to win a second title? How will their winning experiences stand to them? Have they taken their game to the next level?
As one of the country's finest hurlers for the best part of a decade, David Burke has seen, done, and won it all.
"You are the prisoners of circumstance, of coincidence, and chance […] if you believe in such thing,"15-year-old twins Sophie and Josh are told, as they are caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life in Michael Scott's fantasy novel The Alchemyst: the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.
Watching the third episode of the documentary The Game on RTÉ One it was lovely to look back at Joe Connolly's rousing speech in 1980 after that team won the All-Ireland final and broke into the top tier of hurling again.