'Dear hurling, Cheers!! Yours, IRELAND' - Reaction to two epic days of hurling 11 months ago

'Dear hurling, Cheers!! Yours, IRELAND' - Reaction to two epic days of hurling

I went with a friend to Croke Park on Saturday for the All-Ireland semi-final between Clare and Galway.

It was the first game of hurling he ever attended, he had no interest in the sport and he basically came along because it was a Saturday and he had a free ticket.

He now wants to go down to Thurles for the replay next weekend.

'That was class'

It's been a difficult couple of weeks for the GAA amid a string of recent PR disasters but the All-Ireland semi-finals were the perfect advertisement for hurling and Gaelic Games.

Two games. Two sets of extra-time. Two absolute classics.

There was Peter Duggan's point. Nickie McQuaid's save. Goals from Conor Cooney, Pat Ryan, Cian Lynch, Aron Shanagher, Conor Lehane and Shane Dowling.

Ten-time All-Ireland winner Henry Shefflin may have summarised it best when he said on The Sunday Game 'I told my children at home to remember this summer for the weather. I tell ye I'll be going home this evening telling them to remember this summer for the hurling'.

Fans, pundits, comedians, rugby coaches, players, journalists and anyone with a mild interest in sport were falling over themselves to praise the sport in what was a fantastic weekend for the small ball game.