Deserted stadia and crowded streets. It's been the strangest of summers.
42 years ago, as Cork GAA tried to alleviate the crippling debt left over from the construction of Páirc Úi Chaoimh, a new club championship format was introduced.
While many different metrics can be used to gauge the competitiveness of the GAA’s club championships, the wealth, or lack of, competition can be ascertained, at least to a certain extent, by examining the spread of finalists in each county.
It may have taken a global health crisis and the complete cessation of sport for three months, but maybe the GAA might emerge from its hibernation with a feasible solution to its perennial fixtures problem. Or at the very least, something vaguely resembling a feasible solution.
Should training sessions involving a limited number of personnel be permitted, it stands to reason that teams at the lowest rung of the GAA ladder, your Junior B’s and Junior C’s of this world, teams with which ‘training in small numbers’ is usually a given, should be the first to dip their toes into the waters of ‘the new normal’.
Ten years ago this month, an old and unfancied Cork team welcomed the All-Ireland runners-up, Tipperary to the Park. Aided by a man mountain at full-forward, it proved to be the last kick from a dying team.
John Horan practically dismissed all hopes of an All-Ireland championship last weekend. What are we going to do with ourselves now?
115 years ago, hostility abounded between two of Cork's most prestigious hurling clubs. Did this bitterness give rise to the espionage which ultimately thwarted Cork's All-Ireland ambitions?
A dual minor All-Ireland winner, at one time Finbarr Delaney was one of the most prolific forwards in Cork hurling.
Even in times so devoid of sporting commentary and parochial discord, comparing Niall McCarthy to D.J. Carey is probably as futile an exercise as can possibly be conceived. Yet here we are.
The epic story of the 1920 Munster Championship is a timely reminder that sport in Ireland has persevered through testing times before. It will return. At some stage.
John Gardiner, Ronan Curran and Sean Og O'hAilpin used once reign supreme. Since their departure, they've proved a tough act to follow.
It may not be the pandemic the GAA wants, but maybe it's the pandemic it needs.
The Cork hurlers 2020 campaign begins in earnest on Sunday. Grounds for experimenation, integration and rejuvenation. But at the end of the day, it's still only the league.
Can sporting success coincide with scientific accomplishment? Or is the era off the dual player (specifically that of the scholar-hurler) an idealistic concept destined for failure.
75 players have played championship football for Cork this decade. After years of anguish, a revival is finally in sight.
We were back, we were miles off, we were back again, we were years away. Cork's hokey-pokey decade.
In June 2008, Patrick Horgan, Seamus Callanan, T.J Reid and Joe Canning all made their intercounty debuts. Since then, they have been at the forefront of hurling's golden age of scoring.
Since 2010, 64 players have hurled for Cork in the heat of championship, representing a total of 32 clubs.