Offaly images highlighted in Collection of GAA Magic Moments

Damian Moran


Damian Moran

6 January 2013;One for all and all for one. Offaly football manager EmmetMcDonnell stands to attention alongside his charges as hispride restoration project begins. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILEThis image may be reproduced free of charge when used in conjunction with a review of the book "A Season of Sundays 2013". All other usage � SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
One of the year’s most eagerly anticipated GAA books, A Season of Sundays 2013, sponsored by Carroll’s, celebrated its 17th year of publication as Sportsfile launched the 2013 edition earlier this week.

One of the year’s most eagerly anticipated GAA books, A Season of Sundays 2013, sponsored by Carroll’s, celebrated its 17th year of publication as Sportsfile launched the 2013 edition earlier this week.

Once again, Ireland’s number one Sports Photography Agency, Sportsfile, has produced another magnificent collection of images that captures the remarkable 2013 GAA All-Ireland season that includes a selection from Offaly’s season.

The annual book has become an institution in itself and embraces the heart and soul of Ireland’s national games. For the past 17 years Ray McManus and his leading team of award-winning photographers have captured the highlights, lowlights and off-beat moments that make each year’s A Season of Sundays an original and memorable keepsake. The book is enhanced by the Head of Media Relations for the GAA, Alan Milton’s perceptive caption-writing. It would make the perfect Christmas gift for any GAA enthusiast, retailing at €29.95 from bookstores nationwide and online at

This year’s book portrays the magical and thrilling moments that helped define the 2013 GAA season from start to finish. The much coveted front cover image this year sees All-Ireland final three-goal hero Shane O’Donnell being carried on the shoulders of his team mates as he lift’s the Liam McCarthy Cup aloft. The book captures the key moments of one of the most exciting and open hurling championships in recent times, which saw Clare’s young pretenders emerge victorious after their final replay against Cork.

While the Clare hurlers adorn the front cover this year, the book illustrates Dublin’s journey to lifting their second Sam Maguire trophy in three years. Pictures from Dublin’s semi-final victory over great rivals Kerry and the final itself against Mayo are captured along with other key championship moments such as Monaghan’s first Ulster title since in 25 years and London’s famous run through to the Connacht Final.

The coffee-table collection of images also pictures Cork’s one point win over Monaghan in the All-Ireland Ladies senior football final, completing an amazing three-in-a-row as well as a host of other remarkable scenes.

The book’s creator, Ray McManus from Sportsfile commented; “A Season of Sundays is an album of memories and impressions from what has been an extremely exciting season. GAA fans will be able to relive all the great and memorable moments from the season which was filled with joy and heartbreak as well as an insight into the real spirit of GAA which makes our national games so important to us.”

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill added; “The passing of another memorable GAA season wouldn’t be the same without the publication of a Season of Sundays and in its own unique way it brings down the curtain on another 12 month period of activity. What a 12 months it was too and we were fortunate that Sportsfile’s cameras were in situ week-in, week-out to capture the best images from a spellbinding season. Of course like so many others I look forward to seeing some of the less obvious and celebrated images and I laud Ray, his team and Carrolls for their combined efforts in ensuring that we have this superb collection to enjoy for the 17th consecutive year.”

Deirdre O’Neill, Marketing Manager, Carroll’s commented “Carroll’s have been proudly supporting the GAA since 1991 when the GAA first allowed sponsorship of county shirts. At Carroll’s, we are fully committed to giving back to the community and supporting Irish and our sponsorship of the book is a further extension of Carroll’s involvement in Gaelic games. We hope that many a Carroll’s ham sandwich was enjoyed on the way to Croke Park this year.”

A Season of Sundays 2013, sponsored by Carroll’s, retails at €29.95 and is now available at bookstores nationwide and online at