Clare and Waterford meet again on Sunday. The game is now being played with defence, possession and optimum use of the sliotar as a priority. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It was interesting to see and hear much spoken and written early in the week where the words “traditionalist” and “purist” were invoked so often. Most(...)

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh and Brian Cody at the launch of the Leinster championship. “It’s a good starting point for any team to be functional, I’d say,” said Cody. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Brian Cody lets a smile half-flicker as the name Ger Loughnane is tossed into the conversation. He knew it would come, he knew it must come. We’re in (...)

Davy Fitzgerald: “It will be hard enough to get scores because of the way they are in that middle third. It will be tough.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“I don’t think you can force them to play another way. I don’t think you can.” Davy Fitzgerald sits back and a small smile creeps across his face as(...)

Justin McCarthy has managed both Clare and Waterford who clash this Sunday in the Allianz Hurling League final. Photo: Inpho

Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League final may be the first one between Clare and Waterford but Justin McCarthy is in the unique position of having managed(...)

Kilkenny’s Jonjo Farrell dejected at the final whistle. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Plenty in Thurles to nourish hurling’s battered old soul. A league campaign that had often been a grind when it came to the business of scoring loosen(...)

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald celebrates their first goal of the game against Kilkenny. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald would love the opportunity to repeat yesterday’s victory over Kilkenny later in the year. Any win over Kilkenny is nice,(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: “There has to be a sense that everyone can make this team.” Photograph: Inpho

Although Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League semi-finals in Thurles feature two counties from Division One B for the first time the most striking statist(...)

TJ Reid: “There certainly won’t be any pictures going up on the walls saying ‘Ger Loughnane this and Ger Loughnane that’”  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If Ger Loughnane is to be believed, then Kilkenny wouldn’t be winning anything these days without TJ Reid – although the player himself disagrees with(...)

President Michael D Higgins: to give the opening address at the Engineers Ireland annual conference in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President Michael D Higgins is to give the opening address at the Engineers Ireland annual conference this Friday. The conference, which is taking pl(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan and Darragh Ó Connell of Dublin in action during their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match  Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

Saturday Allianz Hurling League Division One quarter-final Dublin v Limerick, Parnell Park, 7.0 – A re-run of last year’s quarter-final won easily (...)