Mike Frank Russell: “If you look at the Dublin team, they had similar good forwards like Kerry. Yet even when Donegal went behind that blanket still didn’t come out. They have total trust in it.” Photograph: Inpho

Information can come from any direction these days, although when Mike Frank Russell tells you he played alongside Eamonn Fitzmaurice from minor on up(...)

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy: “one of the best games of hurling I’ve ever seen”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One year after waking up to the realisation that Cork had to go through it all over again Jimmy Barry-Murphy still has mixed feelings. All-Ireland hu(...)

Tipperary’s Paddy Stapleton gets to the ball ahead of Kilkenny’s Richie Power during Sunday’s All-Ireland senior hurling final in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Tipperary + Kilkenny = 4-50: the highest-scoring (70-minute) All-Ireland hurling final in championship history.Any game that sets a record like that (...)

 Kilkenny manager Brian Cody gestures during Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland hurling final against Tipperary. Photograph: Inpho

Vince Lombardi never really worried about winning. His only fear was losing. Which may help explain why a great manager like Brian Cody feels nothing(...)

Victorious Kilkenny minors celebrate their All-Ireland success against a progressive Limerick side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

 Kilkenny 2-17 Limerick 0-19 Rarely has the winning and losing of a minor final seemed less imperative than the pure and honest spectacle (...)

 Brian Cody (left) and Eamon O’Shea (right) are accidental coaches in a way, facilitators and nurturers of talent who do not pretend to know more than they do. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Malcolm Gladwell is at it again. This time destroying some of the myths about the Mafia, and given his typically unexpected conclusions, offers a theo(...)

Kilkenny’s Brian Hogan: “Their forwards like to rotate, like to move . . . . You could at six different stages during the match be marking all six.” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

They say there are no positions in hurling anymore. Goalkeepers mostly stay where they belong while everyone else plays musical chairs, and if attack (...)

Martin Comerford: “Whoever’s hungriest, with that little bit of mental strength to come through certain situations when they arise, and a bit of luck will be the winners on the day.”

Expert View : Martin Comerford, former Kilkenny All-Ireland winner.“We’ve beaten them in important games, and Tipperary have beaten us in important ga(...)

Michael Dempsey: “Tactically the game has changed, so players have to be better conditioned than they were years ago.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sport is not an exact science. Nor is hurling, and nor is peaking for an All-Ireland hurling final. It’s more of an art, says Michael Dempsey, which (...)

At no point this summer could Richie Power be certain of playing any hurling with Kilkenny. Injury was one factor, and also the realisation that no p(...)