The winner is the loser who evaluates defeat the best and while much was made in the build-up to the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final of Kilkenny's gut-wrenching litany of defeats in deciders, Galway have had their own close run affairs.
The annual tradition of All-Ireland winners visiting children's hospitals continued this morning as new camogie champions Galway called into Our Lady's Children's Hospital.to see some very brave youngsters.
Kilkenny manager Ann Downey was magnanimous in defeat, praising Galway for their hunger but backing her troops to come back from a third devastating Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final defeat on the trot.
Two-goal hero Ailish O'Reilly revealed a fierce determination to prove the detractors wrong provided incalculable fuel as Galway illustrated once again their resolution to overcome whatever was thrown at them this year to become Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie champions for the third time and first since 2013.
It was a special moment for top scorer Pamela Greville, as she celebrated a stupendous performance in propelling Westmeath to a first Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship title with her 15-year-old daughter.
Three first-half goals, and particularly two just before half-time from Niamh Hanniffy and Ailish O'Reilly, and a player-of-the-match performance from Niamh Kilkenny were key as Galway held off a determined Kilkenny in front of a record attendance for a standalone Final of 24,730, to bag a third Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.
Pamela Greville shot nine points, three of them from play, while Laura Doherty and Amy Scally led an astounding second-half defensive effort that kept Galway to one injury-time minor, as Westmeath over turned a seven-point interval deficit to annex the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship.
Birthday girl Patrice Diggin scored five points and won player of the match honours, while Sara Murphy backed up a powerful defensive effort with a massive score of her own as Kerry, a county with only one adult club, secured an historic Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship title.
Westmeath camogie manager Johnny Greville gave the most passionate GAA interview of the year after guiding his side to a memorable comeback win over Galway in this afternoon's All-Ireland intermediate final at Croke Park.
Funny the notions people get when a rivalry is created. Think of the best ones in any sport and there was always an edge; a definite element of hatred. It is easier to go to war with that kind of mindset.
Cork withstood a fierce late rally from five-in-a-row chasing Galway to secure the county's first triumph in an All-Ireland Under 16 A Camogie Championship Final in 16 years by 1-14 to 2-10 at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh.
Anne Dalton is relishing her new attacking role within the Kilkenny team but insists that she will gladly return to game-keeping once more if that is what manager Ann Downey requires of her in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final against Galway on September 8th.
Moments after Kilkenny had accounted for a gallant but tiring Tipperary with a last quarter score rush, Ann Downey was enjoying the luxury of looking forward to watching the second Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final between Cork and Galway.
Galway captain Sarah Dervan believes that the examination Waterford subjected her team to in the Quarter-Final will stand to the Tribeswomen in Saturday's Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final against All-Ireland champions Cork at the LIT Gaelic Grounds (7.15pm).
LILLIS did not begin the year as Tipperary manager but she was a key member of Bill Mullaney's backroom staff so there was no way the ambition would alter when she took over the hot seat after Mullaney stood down for health reasons early in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.