Roy Keane at the launch of the SSE Airtricity Under-17 National League at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown yesterday. Keane called for more Irish players to be playing at top level. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • July 28, 2015, 08:07

Jim McGuinness: Cork the victims of a flawed competition format In today’s paper the former Donegal manager poses the question why the All-Irel(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning has scored 4-32 in the championship so far this season, including a goal against Kilkenny. photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

After talking the talk it’s now about walking the walk, and everything about Sunday’s hurling quarter-final between Cork and Galway suggests it wil(...)

Anthony Cunningham’s Galway produced a loose performance as they lost to Brian Cody’s Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Loose Galway lack shock and awe Galway hurlers have done better than most against Kilkenny in the Brian Cody era (three wins, equalled only by Cork) b(...)

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham: “We’d be pushing hard for the Galway supporters to come out and drive this team on, as there is something to build on.” Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For all the clamour that follows Joe Canning’s marvellous goal, a Galway defeat followed because of superior performances by many more Kilkenny than G(...)

TJ Reid scores Kilkenny’s goal during the  Leinster SHC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 2-15 Having perhaps braced themselves for the worst, in the light of Galway’s improved form, Kilkenny eventually worked out that (...)

Joe Canning no longer has to carry Galway forward line on his shoulders. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There is always a sense that we’d have long given up on Galway hurling were it not for the occasional pound of flesh they extract from Kilkenny. Th(...)

Ger Aylward scores a goal against Wexford. “Never any doubt in my mind that he would play at some stage,” says Richie Hogan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It wasn’t those ageing doyens that kept Ger Aylward at bay. Nor was he the best kept secret of Kilkenny people. Just held up by circumstances beyond h(...)

Richie Hogan: “We were totally blown away . . .Galway just came with, and they do it every couple of years, an attitude that they would beat all the teams in the country put together.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The faceless men of Kilkenny, it turns out, are brimming with character. But we always knew this. We just didn’t see the idiosyncrasies until Eddie (...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid  is brought down for a penalty by the combined efforts of Matthew O’Hanlon and Liam Ryan of Wexford during the Leinster SHC semi-final at Nowlan Park.  Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kilkenny 5-25 Wexford 0-16 The longest day of the year arrived and for the Wexford hurlers it contained the longest hour of their lives. Best laid p(...)

Only two of Brian Cody’s 10 All-Irelands were won in seasons when the league final wasn’t contested by Kilkenny. Photograph: Eric Luke

This is an unusual championship for Kilkenny. They have lost the equivalent of a small country’s gold reserves in retiring All-Ireland medallists a(...)