Jim Gavin’s Dublin are challenging for their third league title in a row but no longer possess the aura of invincibility that developed around the side last year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hindsight is everything but there may have been times over the usual winter ruminations when Jim Gavin and his Dublin players must have wondered if wi(...)

Fr Tommy Maher: his credo was uncomplicated. Photograph: Tom Brett

Msgr Tommy Maher, who has died aged 92, was one of the most significant figures in the history of hurling. In fact, it is not overdoing it to say that(...)

 Louise Phelan, vice president of global operations  for Paypal:  to speak at the Smart Business Show at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody is to a deliver a keynote speech at the Smart Business Show in Dublin on April 22nd.The two-day event is designed (...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has described Henry Shefflin as the best he has ever seen. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has paid tribute to retired Kilkenny record holder Henry Shefflin, describing him as the best hurler he’d ever seen.Speaki(...)

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have wheeled out the big guns for Sunday’s Division One A relegation play-off against Clare. As expected manager Brian Cody has given instant(...)

Henry Shefflin Press Conference where he announced his inter-county retirement. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 6:24

HOW’S YOUR BODY GENERALLY NOW? “I wouldn’t have aches and pains getting out of bed. I’m in very good shape to be honest. I got a little knock o(...)

Henry Shefflin leaves after the press conference announcing his intercounty retirement. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho. 6:24

It is too early for him to absorb now, but in years to come Henry Shefflin might come to see his final week as a Kilkenny hurler as one of his most ex(...)

Kilkenny trainer Fr Tommy Maher with Ted Carroll, Fr Tommy Murphy and Eddie Keher. He was regarded as perhaps the most influential coach in the game. Photograph: kilkennygaa.ie

The death has taken place at the age of 92 of Fr Tommy Maher, the coach associated with Kilkenny’s emergence as the pre-eminent power in modern hurli(...)

Henry Shefflin addressing the assembled media: “Of course you’d love to keep going but I’m 36 not 26 and I knew that day was coming.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It mightn’t have been the theatre of his specific dreams but it was in a way appropriate that the curtain came down on Henry Shefflin’s record-breakin(...)

Henry Shefflin’s decision to call time – at the age of 36, with a record 10 All-Ireland medals, 13 Leinster titles, 11 All Stars, six League titles – has been coming. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, or why Henry Shefflin has called us to a press conference, because the forecast is now p(...)