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Galway manager Pádraic Joyce celebrates with selector Cian O'Neill

Galway manager Pádraic Joyce celebrates with selector Cian O'Neill

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Kerry boss Jack O'Connor embraces with Tadhg Morley

Kerry boss Jack O'Connor embraces with Tadhg Morley

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Galway manager Pádraic Joyce celebrates with selector Cian O'Neill

Ray Silke tells a story about Shane Walsh playing for St Jarlath’s juveniles that shines a light on how, even in childhood, genius carries its blessed to an advanced place.

As he remembers it, St Jarlath’s were maybe a point up against St Mary’s when a stunning slaloming run took Walsh past three defenders before nonchalantly rounding the goalkeeper. Faced with an empty net, he doubled back, soloing around a posse of defenders again before – only then – roofing a venomous finish.


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