Tipperary  defence, backboned by Pádraic Maher, above, and James Barry has the collective nous and mobility to stay with Galway. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s striking how established the consensus becomes in the later stages of the All-Ireland championship even in relation to more nuanced verdicts than(...)

Tipperary players celebrate beating Waterford to win the 2015 Munster Senior Hurling Championship final at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

After Tipperary’s thumping win over Munster champions Cork on this weekend last year a friend texted that the outcome was “yet further proof of the ir(...)

Maurice Shanahan has been key for Waterford, holding up possession superbly as the lone attacker. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You look at Kilkenny and realise that they’ve lost about one-third of the panel that won the All-Ireland last year and it has left them vulnerable. Ev(...)

Willie O’Connor of Kilkenny holds possession ahead of Waterford’s Anthony Kirwan during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final of 1998 at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

When it all ended Kilkenny’s Charlie Carter recalled, in his biography, “I’ve rarely been as happy to hear a final whistle.” Next weekend will be 17 y(...)

Mohammad Iftikhar (6) with his father, Dr Norman Iftikhar, at the 14th annual Jalsa Salana Annual Convention staged by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

An Irish Imam has told of being verbally abused on the street and having a bottle thrown at his head because of negative perceptions of Islam in Irela(...)

Waterford’s Stephen Bennett is tackled by Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett during the Munster hurling final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Both Tipperary and Waterford can take something from this but, importantly, they have room to improve before the All-Ireland series and will need t(...)

Colin Dunford stays one step ahead of James Woodlock during  Waterford’s league semi-final win over Tipperary at Nowland Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford have been in many ways the team of the year so far and I was mightily impressed by them in the semi-final when they should have beaten Co(...)

Jason Forde in action for Tipperary against Limerick in the Munster senior hurling semi-final.  Making   his first provincial championship start, Forde scored 1-3 from play. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There was a phase a couple of seasons back when every year people expected Waterford to fall back into the time-honoured rhythms of going into hurl(...)

On duty: Lewis Merletti, between Hillary and Bill Clinton, during a ceremony to make the US president an honorary freeman of Dublin in 1995

Sleepy Dungarvan, on the Waterford coast, might seem an unusual location for a gathering of spooks and cops, but every two years it hosts a conference(...)

A YouTube screen grab of Val Doonican during the Val Doonican Show on BBC in 1983

The Waterford-born singer Val Doonican has died aged 88. His penchant for individually styled casual pullovers, middle-of-the-road crooning and a gent(...)