The well-documented parallels to 1998 have been further reinforced for Galway footballers as it emerged this week that goalkeeping coach Pat Comer is once again filming around the team this year.
In 1998, cinematographer Comer was an assistant goalkeeper and his wall documentary, A Year Till Sunday, captured the tribesmen’s march to a first Sam Maguire in 30 years.
The film, described at the time in these pages as “an epic of cinema verité”, has stood the test of time and remains a classic of an admittedly limited genre.
In 1998, Padraic Joyce and Co also beat Roscommon in the Connacht final and Derry in the All-Ireland semi-final and entered the decision as heavy underdogs against a side who had just knocked out the incumbents.
“It’s something I never thought would happen a few years ago. Getting the poundings of your life by shitty teams in Tuam…” notes Shay Walsh at the end of A Year Till Sunday. Could history repeat itself?
Kerry’s Louise Galvin was interviewed outside the Croke Park dressing room by Off The Ball’s Aisling O’Reilly after their All-Ireland semi-final win. Nothing unusual about that other than Galvin cradling his 14-week-old son in his arms.
The Kerry star returned to training nine weeks after giving birth in late March.
“It wasn’t part of the plan initially because it was a bit late,” she said. “I don’t know if he’s the first baby to be breastfed in the Croke Park dressing room, but hopefully he won’t be the last.
“He’s a great little baby and I get great support from my family, my husband, the management and the girls, they helped me, when I showered there they held him.”
Numbers show Cody’s consistency
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Sunday marked Cat’s 166th league game as Kilkenny manager and his 19th All-Ireland SHC final (including replays), meaning 16.4% of all league games he has overseen were All-Ireland finals.
The 68-year-old has captained Kilkenny to two more All-Ireland senior finals than Wexford (sorry, Yellowbellies) have qualified in their history. As a player and manager he has 22 Leinster SHC titles to his name, again just ahead of Wexford (21) and just behind Dublin (24).
Cody’s record of 11 Liam MacCarthys as a manager is miles ahead of the chasing pack, which is now led by John Kiely in four.
Sunday’s first half was the highest scoring second half on record in the CHS after the 2021 final, in which Limerick led 3-18 to 1-11 at halftime against Cork. The final score, with a total of 66 points, equaled last year’s record for the highest-scoring final ever.
It’s likely, given that the final traditionally takes place in September, that it was the hottest day ever for the decider.
“What a place, I love this place so much.” – Gearóid Hegarty buzzes Croker after the game.
Percentage of total Fermanagh scores accumulated by Seán Quigley (5-53) in 2022, according to @TheNumbersGael. No other county was so reliant on a goalscorer.