Book launches are coming thick and fast at the moment but there is a reassuring comfort in the annual invite to the Croke Park Hotel for the launch of Sportsfile’s Season of Sundays.
The 156-page hardback ‘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. The book retails at €24.95 and is available now at bookstores nationwide.
Turning the pages brings back memories of one of the greatest Hurling Championships in living memory and of Dublin’s reach towards history by capturing four All Ireland titles in a row.
Hurler of the year Cian Lynch is featured on the front cover, the third year in a row for hurling but also the fifth in the last ten in an equal split between the two codes.
Sinéad Aherne lifting the Brendan Martin Cup as Dublin reclaimed their title in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Ladies Gaelic Football Final and Cork overcoming Kilkenny by one point to bring the O’Duffy Cup back Lee Side both feature, though an area for the future might be to feature more of the Women’s game throughout the season.
It is a carousel of images from the Gaelic Games year and that should feature a little more from Ladies Football and Camogie. There is no shortage of material as the Sportsfile team are out at all the Lidl and Littlewoods National Leagues and the TG4 and Liberty Insurance All Ireland Championships.
That aside it is another memorable book. We are fortunate to have such talent among our sports photographers in Ireland. Between Sportsfile led by Ray McManus and Inpho led by Billy Stickland we have an incredible array of photographers that do so much to capture the memories that last beyond the fleeting moments of triumph and despair that are what sport is all about.
That talent shines through in A Season of Sundays and is recognised far and wide. Sportsfile has a team of seven out in Lisbon this week covering the Web Summit for the world’s media.
A Season of Sundays itself was shortlisted for a prestigious Sportel Award last month.
“The GAA season never fails to deliver and once again I am proud of the collection my team at Sportsfile has assembled,” said McManus to a group of friends and sporting colleagues last night.
“Across all codes and competitions, we have captured some truly remarkable moments and it is a privilege to unveil them in our book each year.”
“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,” added GAA President John Horan.
“Its reputation precedes it and that’s why it has 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.”
Horan then revealed his personal favourite as one of Dublin Manager Jim Gavin emerging from the shadows at O’Moore Park ahead of Dublin’s Leinster Championship win over Wicklow.
“We are delighted once again to sponsor ‘A Season of Sundays’,” said John Comerford of Carroll’s Meats who were supporting the publication for a fourteenth year. Aer Lingus and Ulster Bank have also been on the cover across its 22-year history.
“Each year the publication serves up a feast for the eyes and this year is no different. The book has captured a wonderful selection of images that bring the GAA season to life in a unique and inspiring way.”