Kilkenny’s manager Brian Cody is reflecting on yet another All-Ireland final appearance. Photograoh: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Cody, briefly pausing while guiding Kilkenny into a 14th All-Ireland final since 1999, gifted the media a rare joke last evening. Granted, it wa(...)

Maurice Shanahan has been key for Waterford, holding up possession superbly as the lone attacker. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You look at Kilkenny and realise that they’ve lost about one-third of the panel that won the All-Ireland last year and it has left them vulnerable. Ev(...)

TJ Reid scores Kilkenny’s goal during the  Leinster SHC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 2-15 Having perhaps braced themselves for the worst, in the light of Galway’s improved form, Kilkenny eventually worked out that (...)

Ger Aylward scores a goal against Wexford. “Never any doubt in my mind that he would play at some stage,” says Richie Hogan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It wasn’t those ageing doyens that kept Ger Aylward at bay. Nor was he the best kept secret of Kilkenny people. Just held up by circumstances beyond h(...)

Michael “Brick” Walsh, seen here during the league match against Galway, is one of Waterford’s more mature players. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

On the day before St Patrick’s Day 2014, Derek McGrath’s Waterford side arrived in Ennis with their step light and their smile easy. With three games (...)

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have wheeled out the big guns for Sunday’s Division One A relegation play-off against Clare. As expected manager Brian Cody has given instant(...)

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(...)