In the Munster Hurling Final of June 2004 Waterford’s John Mullane is restrained by Cork’s Seán Óg Ó’hAilpín after striking Brian Murphy. Photograph:Patrick Bolger/Inpho

On Sunday Cork and Waterford renew a rivalry that has provided some fantastic games since the beginning of this century.I was involved in some of thos(...)

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea: Empowering players to trust their own judgement can be a problem if decision-making is flawed.  Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The abdication of Juan Carlos in Spain is another indicator – should Eamon O’Shea need any more – that you’re only as good as your last game and that (...)

Cork’s Conor O’Sullivan and Conor McGrath of Clare clash in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Relegation Play-Off last April.  ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

They’re here because they’re here. The unfolding of the All-Ireland hurling championship has brought us to a final between Cork and Clare that was ent(...)

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash at Páirc Uí Rinn.  “It’s a great honour to play for Cork.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The last thing any player will admit before an All-Ireland final is a preference for the opposition. It’s just not part of the deal. And yet, when pre(...)