Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is surely contemplating how he will know when his tenure should end. Photograph: Andrew Paton / Inpho / Presseye

Mickey Harte has been in charge of the Tyrone senior football team for the last 12 years. In that time, he has won their first 3 All-Ireland titles, t(...)

Dublin’s Johnny McCaffrey: “I was very surprised. It’s the Leinster final; it’s a big day. We’ve played in a lot of them before. It’s just hard to put our finger on what went wrong right now.” Photograph: Inpho

Maybe last year’s Leinster title appeared like a mirage for Dublin’s hurlers after another provincial trimming from Kilkenny on Sunday. Apart from las(...)

Tipperary were slow to get balls in to  Séamus Callanan but when they did, he scored twice. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

One box ticked. Kilkenny accomplished their first mission of the championship season by reclaiming Leinster – but will now head on to much tougher (...)

 Kerry’s James O’Donoghue, who scored eight points from play, gets his shot away despite the efforts of Cork’s  Michael Shields at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

The empires strike back. Time was, a summer Sunday that contained Kerry knocking off another Munster title while Kilkenny squared away an umpteenth Le(...)

John Power of Kilkenny is challenged by Peter Kelly of Dublin during the Leinster hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

After a Leinster championship of snap and crackle, a final curiously bereft of pop. Kilkenny’s slicing and dicing of a fidgety Dublin side was old-sch(...)

Dublin coach Anthony Daly during the Leinster hurling final againt Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

The great imponderable is you just don’t know. Some days the flame burns magnificently, on others dampness blankets everything. “This is the nearest (...)

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly gets his shot away as Dublin’s  Stephen Hiney moves in during the Leinster SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-24 Dublin 1-9Reconstructed, slightly remodelled but the interior of these Kilkenny hurlers looks much the same. Defeat to Dublin, and Cork,(...)

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh in action. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Reason #7,804 you’ve just gotta hand it to Brian Cody – he does what he says he will do. Or rather, he does not do what he says he will not do. Whe(...)

Dublin celebrate in front of their fans on Hill 16 following their victory over Kilkenny in the Allianz National Hurling League final in 2011. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Here is how it was. By the spring of 2011, Dublin had played 22 games under Anthony Daly in league and championship. Their record going into the leagu(...)

Kilkenny  manager Brian Cody speaks to Tommy Walsh before introducing him  as a second-half substitute during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship semi-final against Galway.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

How often have we heard the phrase “proud hurling county” used to elicit some semblance of hope for a team that are, to put it mildly, struggling in t(...)