Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan celebrates on of his two goals in the All-Ireland SHC Round two Qualifiers at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Not for the first time, Tipperary’s desire to gauge where they are is complicated by sticky issue of who they are. Still hurling’s little girl with th(...)

Offaly’s Brian Carroll  has no room to move as the Tipperary trio of  Michael Cahill, Paddy Stapleton and Paudie Maher surround him during the All-Ireland SHC Qualifier at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 5-25 Offaly 1-20It wasn’t always straightforward but Tipperary got the job done nonetheless in Portlaoise, running out easy winners in the e(...)

JJ Delaney: the multi-decorated and outstanding defender will man the full back berth for Kilkenny at Nowlan Park. Photo: Dara Mac Donaill

The arrival of Sky Sports has drummed up more interest in this fixture than might otherwise have been the case given the disparity between the counti(...)

Offaly manager Ollie Baker: has made three changes from the side that lost to Kilkenny. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ollie Baker may have got his wish for home advantage in Tullamore (and no disrespect to lovers of the old grounds at Birr), but there’s a price for ev(...)