Cork’s Alan Cadogan and Tom Condon of Limerick clash in yesterday’s Munster Hurling Final at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

For all the entertainment value in the Munster final I’d have to damp down my pre-match belief that Cork and Limerick were potentially the two best te(...)

Limerick’s Richie McCarthy battles with Cork’s Patrick Horgan during last year’s Munster final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

I was very impressed by Cork when they beat Clare but a couple of things have complicated the overall picture going into tomorrow’s Munster final. Cla(...)

Tipperary were slow to get balls in to  Séamus Callanan but when they did, he scored twice. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

One box ticked. Kilkenny accomplished their first mission of the championship season by reclaiming Leinster – but will now head on to much tougher (...)

TJ Reid celebrates scoring the first goal of the game for Kilkenny against Galway. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We thought we’d seen Galway’s true form last week when they were being comfortably beaten by Kilkenny in the final stages of the first match. They wer(...)

Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrrell and Andrew Smith of Galway square up last week at O’Connor Park. Smith and Iarla Tannian will have to ensure they focus primarily on their hurling in the replay if Galway are to prosper. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It became a cliché going into last week’s match that Galway are unpredictable but even so what happened still managed to surprise. As I said immediate(...)

Galway’s Niall Burke scores his side’s opening goal despite the efforts of Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney and goalkeeper Eoin Murphy. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

No matter how many times you warn yourself that Galway are unpredictable they still have the capacity to surprise. Pundits, their own supporters and a(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan: key performer up front. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On all known form it’s hard to look beyond Kilkenny but back in 2012 I said before these counties met in the Leinster final that Kilkenny were operati(...)

Aidan Walsh of Cork, seen here battling with Clare’s Pat Donnellan and John Conlon,  epitomised Cork’s superior resolve and desire in the  Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

With about 10 minutes left Aidan Walsh intervened to knock out a ball heading for Podge Collins for a 65. The incident typified the most obvious aspec(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly: Cork will surely deputise a man-marker to track the outstanding 2013 Hurler of the Year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

There wasn’t a whole lot between these teams last year but Clare proved themselves better in the end although in the All-Ireland finals I’d a sneaky f(...)

A photo-montage of Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash scoring from a penalty during an Allianz League match against Tipperary earlier this season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

I’m relieved by the news that this situation is to be looked at by the GAA’s management committee. I’d acknowledge that although goalkeepers have been(...)