Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy looks dejected during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final defeat to Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jimmy Barry-Murphy hasn’t seen too many days like this. Days when Cork came to Croke Park and lost every battle and sent their supporters streaming(...)

Cork’s Shane O’Neill challenges Patrick Maher of Tipperary during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Of all the hurling managers in the country, Eamon O’Shea is easily the most enjoyable to talk to after a game. He doesn’t always make what you’d call (...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan scores his second goal against Cork during the All-Ireland senior hurling  semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

So much for the revolution. So much for brave new dawns and hurling’s new wave and a sport turned on its head. So much for the old ways being gone and(...)

Tipperary’s Pádraic  Maher has to try to curb a lot of his natural instincts to play the full-back role. Photograph: Inpho

In the case against Pádraic Maher playing at full back for Tipperary, a couple of games against Cork have had to be taken down and used in evidence. I(...)

Jimmy Barry-Murphy: Long and successful All-Ireland lineage. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the verge of his 60th birthday, how bracing it is to note that Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s first All-Ireland semi-final appearance came 41 years ago next (...)

Cork’s Patrick Horgan in action. Photograph: Inpho

The day after Cork played Tipp in Semple Stadium in 2011, the papers were full of hosannas to the Tipperary forwards. Every one of them had scored fro(...)

Cork’s Daniel Kearney in action against Limerick’s Paul Browne. “Thankfully Jimmy saw enough in them to think that I would be a good intercounty hurler.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

While the greyer-templed hurling followers of the land belly up to history’s buffet when it comes to Cork v Tipp, the most any of the players are int(...)

Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy and Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick struggle for the ball in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In those elemental last 10 minutes on Sunday, Kilkenny were in all-hands mode but some of them got closer to the pump than others. Brian Hogan got on (...)

Lynne Cantwell: the issue of media overage of the Ireland player and her team-mates is complicated. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A man can tie himself up in all sorts of knots with this stuff. This column was going to begin with a story about Lynne Cantwell and two members of Th(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Jackie Tyrell celebrate at the end of the All-Ireland hurling semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

When the final whistle went, you had to scan the whole of the sideline to find Brian Cody. He was right down at the 13-metre line, taking a worm’s-eye(...)