Kilkenny’s TJ Reid. Maybe it’s a bit sensational to write that Reid is unmarkable at present yet it’s not an outrageous statement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On Sunday Galway will play their third All-Ireland final in four years. That’s a fair amount of experience garnered by a side that has been flattering(...)

Noel Skehan, former Kilkenny goalkeeper,  in Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan

Some people keep their Christmas decorations up all year to save the hassle of taking them down. In Kilkenny, they may as well leave their black-a(...)

EU agriculture commissioner  Phil Hogan may be facing one of his toughest challenges yet in the role. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

It’s almost a year since former minister for the environment Phil Hogan faced MEPs at a European Parliament hearing held to approve his appointment as(...)

Anthony Cunningham: “There is no point in being here if you don’t believe you are good enough to win the All-Ireland.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Black and amber jerseys feature prominently in Anthony Cunningham’s championship memories. The Galway manager is focused on a fourth All-Ireland final(...)

 Galway manager Cyril Farrell is carried by jubilant supporters after Galway’s victory over Tipperary in the 1988 All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

It is fitting that Kilkenny and Galway on Sunday mark the 40th anniversary of their first All-Ireland because 1975 is the start of modernity with the (...)

Galway’s David Collins: “The intensity and workrate required to beat Kilkenny is going to be twice what we brought to Tipperary.”  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ten years on from his most gilded summer, campaigns that culminated in the Young Hurler of the Year award, All-Ireland under-21 success and a breatht(...)

Senator Mary Moran: she called on the congregation “to sit down and listen to the people and their priests – to communicate”

Labour Senator Mary Moran has expressed disappointment at the reception she and others received at the headquarters of the Dominican congregation in T(...)

Alan Maguire at the Ghost Estate Farmlea Manor Ferrybank, Waterford.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Alan Maguire and Carol Anne Kennedy live, with two dogs, on a small housing estate just outside Waterford city. The estate, just over the Co Kilkenny(...)

 President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has signed the result of last May’s marriage referendum into the Constitution. The Thirty-Fourth Amendment of the C(...)

Donal English-Hayden (14) died after a tractor drawing a trailer overturned on a farm in Co Carlow. Photograph: Facebook

The funeral of 14-year-old Dónal English Hayden, who was killed in an incident on a farm in Co Carlow during the week, has taken place. Fr Conn Ó Mao(...)