Anthony Cunningham: “There is no point in being here if you don’t believe you are good enough to win the All-Ireland.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Black and amber jerseys feature prominently in Anthony Cunningham’s championship memories. The Galway manager is focused on a fourth All-Ireland fi(...)

Michael Delaney: has served alongside manager Brian Cody since 2005 – a glorious period of success in Kilkenny hurling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – except when it comes to Kilkenny hurling. Because the one constant in preparing for this their 14th All-Ire(...)

 Galway manager Cyril Farrell is carried by jubilant supporters after Galway’s victory over Tipperary in the 1988 All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

It is fitting that Kilkenny and Galway on Sunday mark the 40th anniversary of their first All-Ireland because 1975 is the start of modernity with the (...)

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh:  “Every player wants to be playing, but if someone is going better than you they deserve to be playing.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Around 8pm on Friday evening, Brian Cody will assemble the entire Kilkenny hurling squad in the upstairs meeting room adjacent to Nowlan Park. In his (...)

Brian Cody: “We learn from each other, and we learn from matches. We learn from all the various aspects of the game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Don’t look back. It’s the same beginning, every year, because the last thing Brian Cody wants to talk about before an All-Ireland hurling final is the(...)

Shane Maloney scores Galway’s winning point against Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho

What an exciting time to be a hurler or a hurling supporter in Galway or Kilkenny, even more exciting if you’re a Galway senior hurler heading to Dubl(...)

“Eoin, barring something else happens, will be available for selection. There’s no doubt about that, and we have no concerns about Eoin’s participation.”

Brian Cody has “no concerns” over Eoin Larkin’s participation in the All-Ireland hurling final on Sunday week. Larkin sustained a hand injury at train(...)

Vince Power: fight to save the KPH is ‘what gets me out of the house in the morning’

It’s good to see that Vince Power, the chippy Waterford-born impresario who founded the Mean Fiddler group, has lost little of his grit, even if he ha(...)

Tipperary players celebrate beating Waterford to win the 2015 Munster Senior Hurling Championship final at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

After Tipperary’s thumping win over Munster champions Cork on this weekend last year a friend texted that the outcome was “yet further proof of the ir(...)

TJ Reid scores his side’s goal despite the presence of a thrown hurley at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I was surprised by people’s reaction coming out of Croke Park. I thought Kilkenny were really good. Others didn’t seem so convinced but in the second (...)