Limerick’s manager TJ Ryan celebrates with selector Paul Beary after last year’s Munster semi-final win over Tipperary at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

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Galway’s Cathal Mannion celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Dublin in Tullamore. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Galway hurling team heads for Tullamore again tomorrow with happy thoughts of their routing of Dublin fresh in the memory bank. The feel-good effe(...)

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same” - Rudyard Kipling

Why are we all so hung up on winning or losing? When did it become so important in sport? Is it in the human make up, psyche, or DNA to always want to(...)

Carlow hurling manager Pat English has to be realistic in his expectations of players’ dedication. Photograph: Inpho.

On Saturday some of the less well recognised hurling counties are allowed to grace the hallowed turf that is Croke Park. I use the word allowed slight(...)

Limerick’s Cian Lynch, seen here getting away from David McInerney of Clare, had an excellent performance in last week’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Last August I went to two Saturday evening All-Ireland football quarter-final games in Croke Park. I hadn’t been at a county football game for a good (...)

The intercounty retirements of Brian Hogan, Henry Shefflin and Tommy Walsh are a huge loss, not just to Kilkenny, but hurling at large. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

At last hurling championship time is with us. In the closed season (Yes, I know, what closed season?) we’ve been kept mildly entertained by the usual (...)

Patrick Maher scores Tipperary’s first goal against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final: All the Tipperary forwards, while playing artistically and intelligently, also got stuck in and dug out a draw when losing seemed to be on the cards for them. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are piano players and piano shifters . I was fairly concerned before the drawn All-Ireland final that Tipperary had too many players and not eno(...)

Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin of Clare celebrate victory at the end of the All-Ireland Hurling Under-21 Championship Final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Every so often a special group of players comes along and lights up the sporting world with their achievements. What special ability, expertise, capac(...)

Kilkenny and Tipperary will again have to go toe to toe after their All-Ireland hurling final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crosbie.

Up to last weekend it couldn’t be said that it was a great hurling year. Sunday’s final was all and more you would have wanted in the final of the mos(...)

Kilkenny’s Brian Kennedy and  JJ Delaney in action against Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the evening of the Cork-Tipperary semi-final I made a late afternoon visit to a well-known palatial Tipperary hostelry on Fleet Street on the south(...)