Conor Lehane scored six points on his return to the Cork senior team in their win over Kerry. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Cork 1-20 Kerry 0-18 Conor Lehane scored six points in his return to competitive action as Cork held off a strong Kerry challenge in the Munster Seni(...)

 Jonathan Glynn gathers the ball from his tap over before scoring Galway’s  first goal  in the  All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Galway 2-28 Cork 0-22 So not for the first time Galway hurling shows up in an unlikely disguise. Only not in the often half-dressed fashion of (...)

Dublin’s Liam Rushe. Dublin will target Waterford in the physical stakes. Rushe, Chris Crummy, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe and Mark Schutte are all big, powerful men. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Waterford were having a superb year, arriving into a Munster final on a high, until all of a sudden they were beaten twice in three days. They (...)

Galway’s David Collins. His influence on his team’s defence extends far beyond his position. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The day of deliverance – or otherwise – arrives on Sunday for the last candidates in a hurling summer still trying to discover what it is about. Re(...)

Waterford’s Stephen Bennett is tackled by Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett during the Munster hurling final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Both Tipperary and Waterford can take something from this but, importantly, they have room to improve before the All-Ireland series and will need t(...)

Colin Dunford stays one step ahead of James Woodlock during  Waterford’s league semi-final win over Tipperary at Nowland Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford have been in many ways the team of the year so far and I was mightily impressed by them in the semi-final when they should have beaten Co(...)

Cork’s Mark Ellis in action against Waterford’s Jamie Barron in the Munster hurling semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been a long two years for both of these counties since they contested the memorable All-Ireland final and replay of 2013. Cork flared last sum(...)

Anthony Cunningham’s Galway produced a loose performance as they lost to Brian Cody’s Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Loose Galway lack shock and awe Galway hurlers have done better than most against Kilkenny in the Brian Cody era (three wins, equalled only by Cork) b(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid scores a goal in the Leinster  Hurling Senior Championship final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

It was a disappointing Leinster final for anyone who thought Galway were really going to put it up to Kilkenny and test them to the point where they m(...)

Conor Lehane scored Cork’s opener in their Round 1 qualifier win over Wexford. Photograph: Inpho

Wexford 0-20 Cork 2-22 “Was it that long?” asks Jimmy Barry-Murphy, with his gentlemanly smile, when informed Cork went 20 minutes of the second half (...)