Dublin hurler Paul Schutte at Parnell Park: “There’s a nice little rivalry developing there between Dublin and Galway, seeing as we play each other so often now.”   Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Paul Schutte will miss Dublin’s Bord na Mona Walsh Cup semi-final clash with Galway and, for the sake of his battered shoulder, perhaps that’s just a(...)

Conal Keaney holds possession during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final against Waterford at Semple Stadium in July. That may turn out to be his last championship appearance for the county. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Conal Keaney is considering retirement from intercounty hurling. Speaking a day after he won a first Leinster club medal with Ballyboden St Enda’s fo(...)

Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe: “They beat us in the final but I honestly hope they go on and go all the way. It would be great for Dublin hurling.” Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Dublin hurler Danny Sutcliffe has been busy even if the inter-county championship season has been over for him since last July. The 2013 All-(...)

The Cuala team celebrate winning a first title in over 10 years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cuala 3-14 St Jude’s 0-13 A goal in either half from Sean Treacy proved pivotal as Cuala accounted for St Jude’s by 3-14 to 0-13 in their Dubli(...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson celebrates during the  All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19 Don’t look now. The Déise are coming with increasingly convincing arguments that this may be the group to bridge the chasm (...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Conal Keaney celebrates his goal during Dublin’s comfortable Round 1 qualifier win over Laois. Photograph: Inpho

Laois 0-19 Dublin 4-17 We’ll keep what happened on the field brief. It’s what was said by Séamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett on the same grass afterwards that(...)

Dublin’s Conal Keaney tackles Joe Canning. Galway will be looking for more from the gifted Portumna star in the replay at Tullamore. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Digging out reasons for one or other of these teams to prevail in the replay is a tricky business. Galway got nothing out of Joe Canning last Sunda(...)

Jason Flynn and Joe Canning of Galway chase a loose ball ahead of Dublin’s Cian O’Callaghan, goalkeeper Alan Nolan and Peter Kelly during the Leinster hurling quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan.

Rarely have two teams appeared more driven by the fear of losing than the desire of winning. It certainly felt that way in the end, as Dublin and Galw(...)