Dermot Crowe has been writing on Gaelic games for the Sunday Independent since 1997 and is a working journalist for 26 years. His homeplace of Miltown Malbay in west Clare is staunch football country, but he played juvenile hurling with the maverick Clonbony club whose motley crew swam against the tide. Years later, nearing 30, he resumed his hurling career with Na Fianna in Dublin, going on to hurl for the senior team and survive the terror of marking Dotsy O'Callaghan. He now plays with St Maur's in Rush where he lives with his wife Hannah and their son Senan. At 46, he's adamant this is his last season.
A native of Galway, Ronnie Bellew is a freelance journalist and sub-editor based in Dublin. He is the author of GAA The Glory Years (Hodder Headline Ireland in 2005). He became hooked on hurling after watching Galway champions Castlegar defeat Blackrock of Cork in the 1980 All-Ireland club semi-final played in Athenry. The highlight of his playing career was reaching a Galway U-21 (C) final with Ahascragh and he can still be persuaded to go for a puck-around. For his sins, he is a Galway hurling season ticket holder.