Christmas is surely just around the corner when Sportsfile invites you to the launch of A Season of Sundays.
The photographic record of the year gone by was given an All Star launch at the Croke Park Hotel last night with Jim Gavin and Sam Maguire present to say kind words about the 21st year of publication of this annual staple.
This year’s instalment captures the highs and lows of the GAA season in another bright and absorbing look back at the year.
This year’s cover, our Irish equivalent of the Time Person of the Year, features Joe Canning and the look on his face as he pealed away from scoring ‘that point’ in the All Ireland semi final win over Tipperary.
Dublin’s three in a row features prominently as does Mayo’s circuitous route to the third Sunday in September this year.
Sarah McCaffrey’s two goals off the bench are also included from Dublin’s Ladies following their male counterparts by defeating Mayo while in Camogie, Cork got revenge on Kilkenny as they won their 27th O’ Duffy Cup in a dramatic repeat of last year’s final.
“A Season of Sundays is Sportsfile’s brainchild since 1996, and to see it mark its 21st birthday is special for the whole team to celebrate,” said Ray McManus, the Founder of Sportsfile and one of the most familiar figures on the sidelines of Irish sport.
“Since its inception, the book has captured some truly fantastic moments in each of those seasons and 2017 was no different.”
“I would like to thank all of my dedicated photographers for their fantastic work throughout the year, and of course the GAA community for making it such a thrilling season.”
“I want to congratulate Ray McManus and all of his team in Sportsfile for yet another magnificent collection of images for A Season of Sundays,” added GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail.
“This book is firmly established as an absolute gem in the library of top class GAA annuals.”
“The GAA year is a compilation of special moments. A Season of Sundays, year after year, is a treasure trove of these iconic images. From the moment that the first balls are kicked and pucked in a season – right through to the defining moments in the destination of Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire – Sportsfile are there, putting us in the heart of the action and their eye for the exquisite is as unerring as ever. Maith sibh.”
Alan Milton has once again supplied the words to put the images in context and the book is on sale from bookstores nationwide as well as directly from www.sportsfile.com