Brian Cody: “We learn from each other, and we learn from matches. We learn from all the various aspects of the game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Don’t look back. It’s the same beginning, every year, because the last thing Brian Cody wants to talk about before an All-Ireland hurling final is the(...)

Galway’s Peter Murphy, Kilkenny’s Kevin Fennelly, Galway’s Noel Lane, and Kilkenny’s John Henderson, all of whom played in the 1987 All-Ireland hurling final, at the launch of the Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Sevens. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

One of Galway’s most successful hurlers sometimes gets tired of the attention. Noel Lane, holder of three senior All-Ireland medals, said that he wis(...)

Tipperary’s  Seamus Hennessey, Noel McGrath and James Barry celebrate the All-Ireland U-21 hurling final victory over Galway in 2010. But Tipp’s great season  failed to lead on to the expected glory. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sunday completed an extraordinary turnaround in the fortunes of Tipperary and Galway hurling. It wasn’t a traumatic single event like the roof falling(...)

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(...)

Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan wins the ball ahead of Padraig Mannion of Galway to score his sides second goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We are in the midst of the greatest Canning era yet 2015 has not been the summer of Joe. There have been memorable moments, sure, like the wonderful, (...)

Shane Moloney of Galway scores the winning point in injury time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Oh hurling, how could we doubt you? We worthless curs, we ignorant daws. We’ve spent the summer grumbling at the lack of a decent game and instead of (...)

 Shane Moloney’s point at the death booked Galway a place in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 In the nick of time the GAA Hurling All-Ireland season ignited with just two matches to go. Galway, for so long spec(...)

 Séamus Callanan: the Tippearary full forward did a lot of damage against Galway when the sides met  in last year’s championship. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill /

The old line about not knowing what Galway will turn up isn’t strictly true unless you hear it at the start of the year. Once they get motoring in a s(...)

Galway’s Iarla Tannian: “He was an All Star in 2012, unlucky not to make the shortlist for Hurler of the Year. The Sunday Game panel made him Man of the Match in the drawn All-Ireland final.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There exists, in the person of Iarla Tannian, all that is good and all that is maddening about Galway hurling. He is a giant of a man but also essenti(...)

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(...)