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The best images from a thrilling All-Ireland senior hurling final

Galway and Waterford produced plenty of colour and excitement this afternoon at Croke Park.

“My ball!”

Conor Whelan and Jonathan Glynn with Barry Coughlan and Tadhg De Burca Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Galway’s Conor Cooney blocks the path of Waterford’s Shane Fives…

Conor Cooney with Shane Fives Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Conor Whelan of Galway is impeded by Jamie Barron of Waterford…

Conor Whelan with Jamie Barron Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

But Whelan had the last laugh…

Conor Whelan celebrates at the final whistle Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Despair for Waterford’s Austin Gleeson at full-time…

Austin Gleeson dejected after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Waterford manager Derek McGrath congratulates Galway’s Joe Canning…

Joe Canning and Derek McGrath Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

McGrath and Galway boss Micheál Donoghue after the game…

Derek McGrath and Michael Donoghue embrace after the game Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Donoghue’s delight!

Michael Donoghue celebrates at the final whistle Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Donoghue with former Galway star Alan Kerins after the final whistle…

Michael Donoghue celebrates with Alan Kerins Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The Liam MacCarthy Cup returns to Galway hands for the first time in 29 years…

David Burke lifts The Liam McCarthy Cup Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Galway captain David Burke with his mother Paula…

David Burke celebrates with his mother Paula Source: James Crombie/INPHO

A bitter pill to swallow for manager Derek McGrath, selector Dan Shanahan and the Waterford players…

Derek McGrath and Dan Shanahan dejected after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Waterford dejected Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Galway’s Conor Whelan remembers his cousin, the late Niall Donohue, who passed away in 2013…

Conor Whelan celebrates Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

David Burke and Joe Canning with Margaret Keady, wife of Galway legend Tony, who died last month…

David Burke and Joe Canning with Margaret Keady Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Galway’s Jason Flynn celebrates with Jody Canning…

Jason Flynn celebrates with Jody Canning Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The Liam MacCarthy Cup finally found its way into the hands of one of the greats…

Joe Canning celebrates after the game Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

On a memorable day for the Canning family, Joe’s nephew Jack was man of the match as Galway defeated Cork in the minor final…

Joe Canning celebrates with his nephew Jack Canning who was part of the Galway Minor winning team Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Joe Canning celebrates after the game Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Jack Canning and Joe Canning celebrate Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Joe Canning celebrates with Galway supporters…

Joe Canning celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy cup Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Galway end 29 years of hurt as they lift All-Ireland crown with win over Waterford

Watch: Joe Canning shares touching moment with young fans after Galway victory

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