The hurling legions of Kilkenny and Tipperary finally realised that on Sunday last, there is no other county they would rather have played, no other voices they would rather have heard. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Something gave way during the sustained splendour of last week’s All-Ireland hurling final. Kilkenny and Tipperary managed to break the speed of the s(...)

 Kilkenny manager Brian Cody gestures during Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland hurling final against Tipperary. Photograph: Inpho

Vince Lombardi never really worried about winning. His only fear was losing. Which may help explain why a great manager like Brian Cody feels nothing(...)

John O’Dwyer gestures to the referee for calling the Hawk-Eye into play after a late free for Tipperary during yesterday’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary 1-28 Kilkenny 3-22 The place went from tumult and as gripping a conclusion to an All-Ireland final as had been seen to the sense of silen(...)

 Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary at close quarters in the drawn All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland hurling finals have become boundless in their capacity to delight and crush but even as the teams and supporters gathered their senses bef(...)

Kilkenny and Tipperary fans on edge at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Seventy minutes gone in Croke Park and the ball falling out of a perfect September sky and Kilkenny and Tipperary are deadlocked 3-22 to 1-28 and yet (...)

 Brian Cody (left) and Eamon O’Shea (right) are accidental coaches in a way, facilitators and nurturers of talent who do not pretend to know more than they do. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Malcolm Gladwell is at it again. This time destroying some of the myths about the Mafia, and given his typically unexpected conclusions, offers a theo(...)

Henry Shefflin celebrates one of his two goals in the 2000 All-Ireland final victory over Offaly, the first of nine Celtic Crosses for the great Ballyhale club man. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

It could be the last time. As so often with All-Ireland hurling finals and Henry Shefflin, speculation cloaks the unflappable Ballyhale man. He has ac(...)

Kilkenny’s Padraig Walsh is chased down by Tipp’s Kieran Bergin

These teams are virtually inseparable. I don’t believe this is going to be a match where one team doesn’t turn up or one team runs away with it. As ev(...)

Tipperary’s Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher battles with JJ Delaney and Tommy Walsh of Kilkenny in the 2012 All-Ireland SHC semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The final pieces fell into place last night with the expected news that Henry Shefflin would start his bid for a new record, 10th All-Ireland medal on(...)

 Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has made three changes for the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has made three changes for Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final, drafting Eoin Murphy, Walter Walsh and Richie Power into th(...)