The intercounty retirements of Brian Hogan, Henry Shefflin and Tommy Walsh are a huge loss, not just to Kilkenny, but hurling at large. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

At last hurling championship time is with us. In the closed season (Yes, I know, what closed season?) we’ve been kept mildly entertained by the usual (...)

Who will win this year’s Championships? Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Keith Duggan Chief sports writer Is Gaelic football, as a spectacle, doomed? The opposite is true. There are six or seven credible Al(...)

 Jim McGuinness: “For me it’s a good opportunity to go on the other side.” Photo: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

Sky Sports are confident they can increase the two million viewers, spread thinly over 21 (14 exclusive) live matches shown during the 2014 football (...)

Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin with, from left,  Alice Brannigan (8), Hannah Brannigan (7) and twins Conor  and Tadhg Scanlon (7), at the launch of Kellogg’s renewed sponsorship deal with GAA Cúl Camps.

Henry Shefflin is in line to land a job on television as a hurling analyst before the start of the championship. It may mean that he has to be crit(...)

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(...)