Jimmy Barry-Murphy: Long and successful All-Ireland lineage. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the verge of his 60th birthday, how bracing it is to note that Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s first All-Ireland semi-final appearance came 41 years ago next (...)

 Clare’s Colm Galvin battles with Cork’s  Daniel Kearney during the Munster semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Guiney spoke this week about Wexford’s sheer delight at drawing Clare for this one, even if that also meant having to travel to Ennis. If there i(...)

Cork’s Aidan Walsh rises high to catch a ball despite the challenge of Clare’s Pat Donnellan and John Conlon at Semple Stadium. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18Last year’s memorable All-Ireland final and replay were characterised by an outgunned Cork somehow staying in touch with superior (...)

Cork’s Aidan Walsh collects a high ball ahead of the Clare duo of  Pat Donnellan and John Conlon during the Munster SHC semi-final  at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18: Cork reversed the findings of last year’s All-Ireland final by defeating champions Clare on their first championship outing in t(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly: Cork will surely deputise a man-marker to track the outstanding 2013 Hurler of the Year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

There wasn’t a whole lot between these teams last year but Clare proved themselves better in the end although in the All-Ireland finals I’d a sneaky f(...)

Cork’s Alan Cadogan in action against Shane Fives of Waterford. Cadogan proved a thorn in Waterford’s side during the drawn encounter and scored four points from play. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

MUNSTER SHC QUATER-FINAL REPLAY Cork v Waterford Sunday, 3.30, Semple Stadium Live on RTE.ie It’s strange to think that in the wake of Wate(...)

Cork players look on dejected after their defeat to Clare in Saturday’s final. Photogrpah: James Crombie/Inpho

Remarkably, the day after an All-Ireland hurling final comparable to a World War II spitfire battle, such was its jarring intensity, no one was badly (...)

Cork’s Stephen White and Conor Lehane celebrate the final whistle of the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final againsty Kilkenny.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

They strolled out of the tunnel in ones and twos to watch Clare beat Galway. Compact men, so notably conditioned, their faces unfamiliar to the genera(...)

Tipperary’s Brian Stapleton and Tomás Hamill tussle with Cork’s  Rob O’Shea and Jamie Coughlan at Semple Stadium, Thurles, last night. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary 5-19 Cork 2-13: Ken Hogan’s Tipperary cruised into the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship final with a comprehensive 15-point(...)

Hurling in Tipperary will go into hibernation if they lose here. The seniors’ season is already over and, while the intermediates are back at Semple t(...)