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Looking at all the fuss on the radio and TV and written media on the AC Milan match against Shamrock Rovers during the week in Tallaght Stadium, I was immediately very interested.
Galway United’s thirst for national football honours was finally satisfied in Lansdowne Road in 1991 with a 1-0 win over Shamrock Rovers in the FAI Cup. It was a success that gave reality to dreams cherished for so long by so many who had fostered local football for decades. Linley MacKenzie spent the weekend with the United squad, watching their dreams become reality.
There was heartbreak for the girls from Presentation Athenry when an injury-time goal ensured Loreto College Kilkenny snatched victory in the Tesco All-Ireland Post Primary Schools’ Junior A Camogie final at St Rynagh’s in Banagher.
"When the whistle goes at the end of the match, you either are up there or you're not." Come 6pm on Sunday evening the Galway captain Sarah Dervan will know whether she will have climbed the famous steps of the Hogan Stand to hold the O'Duffy Cup aloft or whether she will be left on the hallowed turf of Croke Park, watching on as black and amber ticker tape falls to signify a Kilkenny victory.
After seeing your best laid plans picked apart over the previous hour by a ruthless machine, it is never an easy place for a team manager to be, having to face questions from a gaggle of journalists looking for a line from you to describe what just happened.
Galway will be looking for a good start against Cork when the two sides meet in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship semi-final at the LIT Gaelic Grounds, Limerick (7.15pm).
The Premier League came back with a bang last weekend.
Two decades ago he was part of a brash young bunch of players who made their way into John Maughan's team that came from nowhere to almost claim an All Ireland title, but lost out to Meath after a replay. But he didn't hold a grudge against the Royal county as he ended up marrying a lady from there who "felt a bit of sympathy" for him. He broke his leg and dislocated his ankle in a game in 1999, and that more or less ended his serious playing career. But at the end of last month he tweeted "Playing Junior C Championship at 42 and at times trying to chase Colm Mcs nephew is a serious recipe for extreme stiffness on a Monday" Who is it you ask that's still playing football club football 20 years later chasing after the nephew of one of his team-mates from that All Ireland final? It's John Madden, the man who stood between the sticks for Mayo in those clashes against Meath.
Galway senior camogie hopes of an All Ireland title came to an end in Semple Stadium on Saturday when Kilkenny edged extra time, winning by 3-25 to 1-19.