The return of Colm Galvin, Brendan Bugler and Conor McGrath should help Clare prove too strong for Offaly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Saturday July 4th,Independence Day in the United States will be a noteworthy day for a number of counties in this year’s championship. Sunday the 5(...)

Offaly’s Michael Duignan is tackled by Clare full back Brian Lohan during the 1995 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It will be the 20th anniversary – already! – next September but in the more modest environs of the qualifiers, Clare and Offaly will tomorrow stage(...)

Branden Grace watches his tee shot on the 10th hole as a structure fire burns outside of the golf course during the third round of the US Open at Chambers Bay. Photo: Matt York/AP

“Ah, it’s a duck-shoot at this stage, Marty,” Anthony Daly sighed as Kilkenny were racking up a score almost as high as Tiger Woods at the US Open, Da(...)

Ger Cunninghan believes his Dublin side will learn from losing the Allianz Hurling League semi-final  against Cork. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If every team is only as good as the last bit of their last game then Ger Cunningham might be worried. Otherwise he should be okay. Because Dublin go (...)

Shane O’Donnell found himself outnumbered too often to hurt Limerick.

Clare get their priorities back to front against Limerick Clare first used an auxiliary defender in championship in the 2004 All-Ireland quarte(...)

All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Viewed from a distance of two decades, maybe the most remarkable thing about the hurling summer of 1995 is just how unpromising it was roundly agreed (...)

Dublin’s Tomás Brady missed most of the 2013 All-Ireland winning season due to a cruciate ligament injury. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

In the two years since Tomás Brady switched from hurling to football there have been doubts, and lots of them. If his was any county other then Dublin(...)

Rob O’Shea has been the league’s main discovery for Cork during the  Allianz Hurling League. Photograph: Inpho

Electric and all as Cork’s Saturday night demolition of Dublin was six weeks ago, it was hard to shift the feeling that a team who can score 0-21 by h(...)

Dublin hurler Mark Schutte in his Cuala club colours.

Mark Schutte is pretty sure he inherited his hurling talent from his Kilkenny genes and not from the German side of the family.Either way, the Dublin (...)

New Dublin hurling manager Ger Cunningham. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Some people have been tempted to describe Tommy Dunne as the first backroom casualty of the new season, although there is nothing contentious about h(...)