On the back of an emotional roller-coaster of a GAA season, Sportsfile recently launched their twenty-second annual ‘A Season of Sundays’ book.
In a year that saw Limerick end a 45 year wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup and Jim Gavin’s Dublin win their 4thth All-Ireland in a row, the eagerly anticipated book looks back at all the memories throughout the year.
The 156-page hard back ‘coffee table’ book has in excess of 275 images of the 2018 Gaelic Games year from the talented team of Sportsfile photographers, with text by Alan Milton from the GAA.
This year’s instalment captures the highs and lows of the GAA in another bright and absorbing season. In 2018 we were treated to what was arguably one of the best hurling championships’ in recent times. The revised structure resulted in more thrilling games and more talking points for the duration of the summer.
Ultimately, Limerick came out leaders of the pack with Joe Canning’s 70 metre free falling just short for Galway in the remaining seconds of a hugely exciting All-Ireland final.
In the football, there was no stopping Jim Gavin’s Dublin as their strength in depth kept them on track to compete for a historic five-in-a-row in 2019.
Monaghan were the surprise package of the summer, just missing out on reaching only their second All-Ireland final to a very strong Tyrone side.
Sportsfile was also on hand to capture Sinéad Aherne lift the Brendan Martin Cup as Dublin reclaimed their title in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Ladies Gaelic football final.
While in camogie, Cork overcame Kilkenny by one point to bring the O’Duffy Cup back Lee Side for the 28th time, in a dramatic repeat of last year’s final.
‘IMAGE-DRIVEN TREASURE TROVE’
Uacharán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, John Horan commented: “The eagerly anticipated annual publication of ‘A Season of Sundays’ heralds the onset of winter and the concluding stages of another hectic year of football and hurling activity. Its reputation precedes it and that’s what it has been become a much sought-after inclusion in the collection of so many people who follow our games.
“Everyone will have their favourites in this year’s offering and the green hue throughout will sit well with Limerick and neutral hurling followers alike. Similarly, the incredible images that accompany Dublin’s march to a fourth consecutive crown will be treasured in the capital.
“I heartily congratulate Ray and the Sportsfile team who never fail to reach the high standards they have set for themselves. It’s a yearly image-driven treasure trove and I am delighted as GAA President to welcome its arrival on the shelves as another memorable year starts to wind down.”
It would make the perfect Christmas gift for any GAA fan, retailing at €24.95 from bookstores nationwide and online at www.sportsfile.com