Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe tries to tackle Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley in the Leinster hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

He did not intentionally reference Sinatra but Danny Sutcliffe, the Dublin hurler, knows the next challenge could define the Anthony Daly era or exte(...)

Dublin coach Anthony Daly during the Leinster hurling final againt Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

The great imponderable is you just don’t know. Some days the flame burns magnificently, on others dampness blankets everything. “This is the nearest (...)

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly gets his shot away as Dublin’s  Stephen Hiney moves in during the Leinster SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-24 Dublin 1-9Reconstructed, slightly remodelled but the interior of these Kilkenny hurlers looks much the same. Defeat to Dublin, and Cork,(...)

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh in action. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Reason #7,804 you’ve just gotta hand it to Brian Cody – he does what he says he will do. Or rather, he does not do what he says he will not do. Whe(...)

Dublin manager Anthony Daly celebrates the breakthrough  Leinster final win over Galway last summer. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When Anthony Daly talks about a player being “mad for road” that normally means they’re going in the right direction. For Danny Sutcliffe that road i(...)

Wexford’s Keith Rossiter clashes with Dublin’s Conal Keaney and  Ciarán Kenny during the Leinster SHC semi-final at Wexford Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wexford 1-14 Dublin 0-22: Summer in bloom, and with that Dublin burst their way into another Leinster hurling final. They had to rely on old heads lik(...)

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(...)

Dublin boss Anthony Daly: Last year Dublin  went from averaging 0-4 from play out of their starting forwards to averaging 1-11. Now Daly needs them to pick up where they left off. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the aftermath of Dublin’s draw in Wexford Park last June, certain truths were self-evident. One, that Dublin would go nowhere unless they started (...)

Dublin’s Alan McCrabbe:  can cause problems for Wexford’s defence from play and from placed balls. Photo: Alan Betson

There’s an optimal way for underdogs to come in under the radar and Wexford haven’t quite managed it in advance of this evening’s intriguing Leinster(...)

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash scores his side’s third goal during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Allianz Hurling League round-up: Tipperary, Clare, Kilkenny and Galway all uphel(...)