Brian Cody celebrates at the final whistle after Kilkenny beat Tipperary in last year’s All-Ireland hurling final repay in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Most managers would be lamenting the retirement of five of their most prolific All-Ireland winners in the one go. Or at least feel a little uneasy abo(...)

 Joseph Holden of Ballyhale Shamrocks is shadowed by Gort’s Gerard Quinn in Tullamore. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan / Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-17 Gort 1-15Ballyhale Shamrocks have lined up yet another St Patrick’s Day parade after booking their place in the All-Ireland (...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks players Mark Aylward, TJ Reid and Joey Holden who will likely  take the honour of becoming Kilkenny’s captain for 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks may have wrapped up the perfect season for club and county but there is still one matter to be decided: the Kilkenny hurling capt(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks vs Kilcormac/KillougheyBallyhale Shamrocks’ Henry Shefflin and Peter Healion of Kilcormac/Killoughey. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-21 Kilcormac-Killoughey 1-14 AETThe hot favourites won and the underdogs put in a game challenge but it would be wrong to conclu(...)

Henry Shefflin: will line out for Ballyhale Shamrocks against Clara in the Kilkenny county final on Sunday. Photo:Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There will be a little more at stake than just a Kilkenny hurling championship when Clara take on Ballyhale Shamrocks at Nowlan Park on Sunday. The K(...)

 Kilkenny’s  Richie Hogan with his 2014 GAA GPA All Star award and Hurler of the Year award at the 2014 GAA GPA All Star Awards at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

All-Ireland finalists Kilkenny and Tipperary emerged from Friday night’s presentation of the GAA GPA All Stars, sponsored by Opel, at Dublin’s Conv(...)

Henry Shefflin with his young son Henry after Kilkenny’s final victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. The legendary Ballyhale man won a record tenth All-Ireland medal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

They won the year at around tea-time on Saturday evening in Ireland. They won it when tables were being set in thousands of houses and the pubs wer(...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan fires past Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy to score the game’s opening goal.
Croke Park Timeline

3mins: First blood to Tipperary, as Shane McGrath catches the ball on the run and strikes it perfectly between the posts at the Hill 16 end. Tipperary(...)

 Kilkenny celebrate victory over Tipperary in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final 2014 replay at Croke Park. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the end it was a case of back to basics. Kilkenny went away from the drawn match convinced they needed to improve like they did for the All-Ireland(...)

Tipperary’s Padraic Maher and Brendan Maher tackle Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly during Saturday’s final at Croke Park.Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 Ultimately the outcome of Saturday’s All-Ireland hurling final replay followed such logical patterns that it left those (...)