Tipperary’s Colin O’Riordan first impressed as an Under-16 on the Tipperary All-Ireland winning minor team of 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary and Kilkenny could each have a first AFL rookie if all goes well for Colin O’Riordan and Darragh Joyce at this week’s NAB AFL Draft Combine.(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning: Galway really need him to be man of the match but only in a functioning attack. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

There are three things that have struck me about Galway. I bumped into Anthony Cunningham the Wednesday after the Leinster final and was taken abac(...)

“Eoin, barring something else happens, will be available for selection. There’s no doubt about that, and we have no concerns about Eoin’s participation.”

Brian Cody has “no concerns” over Eoin Larkin’s participation in the All-Ireland hurling final on Sunday week. Larkin sustained a hand injury at train(...)

TJ Reid scores his side’s goal despite the presence of a thrown hurley at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I was surprised by people’s reaction coming out of Croke Park. I thought Kilkenny were really good. Others didn’t seem so convinced but in the second (...)

TJ Reid scores Kilkenny’s goal despite the attention of Waterford’s  Barry Coughlan during the  All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18 That sense of the predictable that Kilkenny have brought to so many big matches over the past 17 seasons was again in evi(...)

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(...)

TJ Reid scores Kilkenny’s goal during the  Leinster SHC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 2-15 Having perhaps braced themselves for the worst, in the light of Galway’s improved form, Kilkenny eventually worked out that (...)

Kilkenny’s Joey Holden in action against Wexford’s Conor McDonald. The full back will face a stiffer test against Galway’s Joe Canning at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny v Galway What strikes me about Galway so far is that they have a method to their play, are getting quality ball into the full forwards(...)

Ger Aylward scores a goal against Wexford. “Never any doubt in my mind that he would play at some stage,” says Richie Hogan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It wasn’t those ageing doyens that kept Ger Aylward at bay. Nor was he the best kept secret of Kilkenny people. Just held up by circumstances beyond h(...)

Kilkenny’s Ger Aylward scores his third and his side’s fifth goal at yesterday’s Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny and Tipperary may have been late into the action in this season’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship but their respective performances a(...)