Mark Shutte strikes to scores a point for Dublin despite the best efforts of Kilkenny’s Tomas Keogh, Lester Ryan and Cillian Buckley during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan.

By the end of a haywire afternoon in Kilkenny, Dublin hurlers were in the happy position of topping the Allianz Hurling League, as the only county wi(...)

Dublin’s Danny Suttcliffe evades  Kieran Bergin of Tipperary during the Dubs Allianz League win. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Unpredictable as ever, unvarnished as you like, the Allianz Hurling League coughed back into action over the weekend with the bookies’ favourites goin(...)

 Brian Cody celebrates with JJ Delaney after Kilkenny beat Tipperary in the All-Ireland final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It seems Brian Cody is still coming to terms with the loss of JJ Delaney, admitting he’d “never seen a better defender”, and that he’d plenty more to(...)

Lester Ryan, captain of the Kilkenny hurling team, with his father Johnny Ryan, who died in a farm accident on Wednesday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

A hurling medal, a family photograph, a GAA jersey, a farm tag, all symbolising the life of Johnny Ryan, father of Kilkenny All-Ireland winning captai(...)

Eamon O’Shea acquired the reputation of being an innovative  hurling coach and when Liam Sheedy invited him in to join the Tipperary set up, the players instantly responded to  his training methods. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“I never retired! I didn’t retire. Babs didn’t pick me,” Eamon O’Shea clarifies with a laugh, lightly poking fun at his last days as the skilful, u(...)

Brian Cody addressed the troops at Joan Burton’s think-tank in Portlaoise. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Who will tell the TDs? There’ll be a riot. Thursday was a dark day for Leinster House with the shock news that the authorities have “dropped” f(...)

Ipswich’s Stephen Hunt in action against   Charlton Athletic: his understandable comments sparked a firestorm of abuse.  Photo: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

It didn’t take the firestorm of abuse that erupted in response to Stephen Hunt’s perfectly unexceptional original column to demonstrate yet again that(...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney was one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. Here he keeps a close hold on Waterford’s Stephen Molumphy. Photography: James Crombie/Inpho

It is a moment that matters now nowhere other than deep in the souls of Galway hurling people, in particular those thousands sitting in the tiers of t(...)

Kilkenny legend JJ Delaney has announced his hurling retirement at the age of just 32

The recent spate of inter-county retirements continues with news of JJ Delaney’s decision to hang up his hurl at the top level. The Kilkenny player, r(...)

Brian Whelahan: The young Kilkenny players are “relishing the thought of carrying on the tradition that has gone  before them.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Losing four players, 28 All-Ireland medals between them, in the space of a week - you’d imagine Kilkenny will struggle to immediately replace that wel(...)