At times, it’s often too easy to be cynical about the GAA, but last weekend provided two fine examples – one collective, one individual – of the enduring spirit which underpins the games and fuels our summers.

It speaks volumes about the Laois hurlers’ fine win over Dublin at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Sunday that, in the wake of the victory, pundits were wondering whether it was a bigger shock than Kerry’s triumph over Waterford in 1993 or Antrim’s 1989 All-Ireland semi-final win against Offaly.