“Twitter carried the news that Henry was available to play in the semi-final game against Galway. Brian, though, not one of the Twiteratti I’d guess, held him in reserve.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

So there we have it. Kilkenny and Tipperary meet again. In 2010 Tipp smothered Kilkenny’s ‘drive for five’ with a very convincing final performance.Th(...)

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 Aidan Fogarty is tackled by Galway’s Andrew Smith at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17 An intriguing but predictable encounter in Tullamore ended with yet another affirmation of Kilkenny’s almost feral instinct(...)

TJ Reid scores the first of his two goals past Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan during the Leinster SHC semi-final replay at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17Kilkenny restored order to their season having made all the right changes before this evening’s GAA Leinster hurling semi-fin(...)

Richie Power’s penalty  raises the green flag at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16(After extra-time, Kilkenny 1-12 Waterford 0-15 after normal time)Brian Cody is pulled from the debris of shattered bodies(...)

Waterford’s Kevin Moran scores the equaliser during normal time during the All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Kilkenny at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16 (aet): So, somehow, The Cats go marching on, Kilkenny still refusing to lay down their hurls just yet, thanks to a typica(...)

Kilkenny’s Aidan Fogarty holds off Shane McGrath of Tipperary during the NHL final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The hurling championship is supposed to be a slow burn but the qualifiers have finally delivered a momentous collision the HDC originally planned for.(...)

Kilkenny’s Kieran Joyce and Richie Hogan tackle Dublin’s Conal Keaney during last week’s Leinster semi-final at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

What is more reliable: Dublin’s renewed belief or Kilkenny’s ominous silence?Probably the latter – but it’s hard to describe the look of intent in Con(...)

Ger Aylward has impressed in Kilkenny’s attack in the last couple of league games and will be pushing for a place in the championship team. Photo: Inpho

Tuesday evening, not long past six o’clock. The lobby of the Clyde Court Hotel on Lansdowne Road gurgles with pre-match hubbub. Within a few ho(...)