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(...)

Limerick manager TJ Ryan: “He didn’t say anything to me. He called the referee. I thought he was calling the referee to tell him it was a point but he didn’t say anything to me.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

TJ Ryan ended up having to answer the questions he hadn’t anticipated before this sobering defeat, ones no manager wants to hear after a match. Chief (...)

Séamus Hickey blocks the  shot from Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan during the Munster SHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick 1-16 Tipperary 4-23 If the sound of Tipperary talking themselves up during the week occasionally came across as a little forced, everyone was(...)

Waterford’s Colin Dunford celebrates at the final whistle of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 semi-final against Tipperary at  Nowlan Park in  Kilkenny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 1-19Tipperary 2-15These games matter and they don’t matter. Tipperary turned up in Nowlan Park just a little heavier-legged than they were a(...)

The successful appeal of Séamus Callanan’s red card suspension restores the focal point of Tipperary’s attack. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary’s approach to this match will undoubtedly be shaped by thoughts for their team-mate Noel McGrath, who is recovering from surgery this week(...)

Tipperary’s Patrick Maher battles with Shane O’Neill during their Allianz Hurling League Division One A match at Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork. Photograph: Inpho

Cork 4-21 Tipperary 2-28 Tipperary’s pre-match preparations may have been affected by their late arrival due to traffic congestion around Páirc Uí Rin(...)

James Woodlock of Tipp scores his side’s second goal. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tipperary 2-19 Clare 0-20Tipperary collected two valuable Division 1A league points at Cusack Park, Ennis yesterday when they had five points to spare(...)

Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson: “Winning is oinfectious.”

It was appropriate that the closing act in Tipperary’s league win over Galway was Darren Gleeson’s safe and assured handling of a tricky and dangerou(...)

The Tipperary duo of  Denis Maher and Kieran Bergin challenge  Iarlaith Tannian of Galway during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash at  Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 2-18 Galway 0-20Two Tipperary goals just after half-time helped them to stave off a strong closing quarter by Galway in this robust league e(...)

Clare’s Patrick Donnellan tackles Conor O’Mahony of Tipperary. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Clare 0-16 Tipperary 0-15Tipperary, last spotted in that transcendent All-Ireland final series, returned to inter-county hurling in more earthy circum(...)