Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Henry Shefflin and  Eoin Reid go for a high ball in the All-Ireland club final against Kilmallock. They scored five points between them. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-18 Kilmallock 1-06Ballyhale don’t always win Kilkenny and when they do, don’t always win Leinster. Play them in Croke Park how(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Colin Fennelly scores the opening goal of the AIB   All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Final against  Kilmallock at Croke Park. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) 1-18 Kilmallock (Limerick) 1-6Within seconds of the final whistle, Henry Shefflin removed his helmet to reveal that fam(...)

Joey Holden (right) in action against Dan Currams of Kilcormac/Killoughey in the AIB Leinster Club Senior Hurling  Final at  O’Moore Park in  Portlaoise. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Some young hurlers approach the All-Ireland club final with terrifying wonder, and then there’s Joey Holden. He’s approaching Croke Park with Ballyhal(...)

Ballyhale’s Colin Fennelly in action against Kilcormac-Killoughey in the Leinster club final. He poses a potent threat in the wide expanses of Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

When a club team with a glittering cast like Ballyhale gets to finals they’re always going to be short odds and this afternoon is no different with t(...)

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(...)