Galway’s Cathal Mannion celebrates after the final whistle. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I remember Anthony Cunningham’s words to me on the Wednesday after the Leinster final. He was happy with that performance and was confident Galway wou(...)

Andy Smith: “We built a bit of momentum through the Leinster campaign and we just have to bring that confidence into the quarter-final now.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every team has their own definition of success, and for some, that means hurling beyond the Galway Races. Because having attended more often than not (...)

Dublin’s Niall Corcoran believes atmosphere at Croke Park was a bit flat. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There were presumably no assurances of a little more proper championship hurling this time as part of the live television agreement, although both Dub(...)

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have wheeled out the big guns for Sunday’s Division One A relegation play-off against Clare. As expected manager Brian Cody has given instant(...)

Dublin’s Shane Durkin challenges with Joe Cooney during his side’s win over Galway. Photograph: Inpho.

Dublin 0-26 Galway 2-14 The last time Dublin spent a spring in the top division and didn’t end it in a relegation play-off, they won the league. And t(...)

Galway and Kilkenny players battle for possession during the Allianz Division 1A Hurling League match  at Pearse Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 0-20 Kilkenny 0-18The prodigal from Portumna returned to settle nerves and a league win for Galway against the All-Ireland champions on a turbu(...)

What Happens to the Hope at the End of the EveningPeacock Theatre****The old friend who turns up waving a bottle, and wants to stay up all night like (...)

Dublin manager Anthony Daly celebrates the breakthrough  Leinster final win over Galway last summer. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When Anthony Daly talks about a player being “mad for road” that normally means they’re going in the right direction. For Danny Sutcliffe that road i(...)

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(...)

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(...)