Mark Schutte  has been a revelation so far, Dublin’s key man, consistently outstanding from the off. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Previous form for both counties can be largely discarded because true form can only come out of this game. Victory at Croke Park will kick-start eithe(...)

 Tony Kelly is still Clare’s Mr Reliable what is now a mis-firing forward line. Photograph: James Crombie

This is a big weekend because the Munster championship is starting but how important is the actual outcome of tomorrow’s Clare- Limerick match in T(...)

Lar Corbett: his movement will prove a real threat to Kilkenny’s defence again. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

This is still as evenly balanced as ever but the last three weeks must have been easier for Tipperary. They’ve fewer players with a back pocket full o(...)

 Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy and Brian Hogan get to grips with Patrick Maher of Tipperary during the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I don’t think anyone can accuse me of exaggeration in suggesting this was one of the truly great games of hurling . . . possibly the best final EVE(...)

Kilkenny’s Padraig Walsh is chased down by Tipp’s Kieran Bergin

These teams are virtually inseparable. I don’t believe this is going to be a match where one team doesn’t turn up or one team runs away with it. As ev(...)

 Tipperary’s Lar Corbett (left) reaches for the ball as  Lorcán McLoughlin of Cork tries to challenge. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This was an outstanding win for Tipperary. They dominated a hugely disappointing Cork and no one could have envisaged them having this match won as ea(...)

“Midfield is  another area of big improvement for Cork this year,” says Nicky English. “They were comprehensively outplayed by Clare at midfield in last year’s All-Ireland final so they went away and produced Aidan Walsh (right)”. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Last week’s semi-final was hard enough to predict, depending on where you came down on the balance between the dynamism and enthusiasm of Limerick and(...)

Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy battles for possession with Limerick’s  Graeme Mulcahy at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

It’s unusual a match ends up playing out as most people expected. Limerick were up to a point nearly as good as they could have been. They come up sho(...)

The likes of Kevin Downes will have to step up and take on Kilkenny’s defence at Croke Park.  Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

I’m very close to taking Limerick to win this but ultimately it was just too hard to get it over the line even if I can in certain circumstances see m(...)

Dublin’s John McCaffrey has nowhere to go as Pádraic Maher, Gearoid Ryan, Kieran Bergin and Brendan Maher close in during yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at  Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I was really looking forward to the day’s hurling. A huge crowd landed into Thurles and the atmosphere around the square beforehand was superb. Everyo(...)