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(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid  is brought down for a penalty by the combined efforts of Matthew O’Hanlon and Liam Ryan of Wexford during the Leinster SHC semi-final at Nowlan Park.  Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kilkenny 5-25 Wexford 0-16 The longest day of the year arrived and for the Wexford hurlers it contained the longest hour of their lives. Best laid p(...)

Lester Ryan’s league form has been a revelation for Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

The abiding rivalry of last year is already on a second episode for this season. Galway got the remedial win over the champions early in the ca(...)

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(...)

John Meyler, the Carlow hurling manager, thinks there should be two top divisions of seven teams each. Photograph: Inpho.

Six of one will always be a half dozen of another, although hurling would be better served by having two top divisions of seven, according to C(...)

Clare’s Conor Ryan and Pádraig Walsh of Kilkenny in action during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash at  Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A league table where the teams look like they’re huddling together for warmth can only come about because of games like this. Bitty and careles(...)