Tipperary’s Shane McGrath kicks the sliotar  forward as he’s challenged by Waterford players during the Munster SHC Final at Semple Stadium. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 To say the 125th GAA Munster hurling final was nondescript isn’t to belittle a competitive encounter in which favourites(...)

Kilkenny’s Ger Aylward scores his third and his side’s fifth goal at yesterday’s Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny and Tipperary may have been late into the action in this season’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship but their respective performances a(...)

Séamus Hickey blocks the  shot from Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan during the Munster SHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick 1-16 Tipperary 4-23 If the sound of Tipperary talking themselves up during the week occasionally came across as a little forced, everyone was(...)

Waterford’s Colin Dunford celebrates at the final whistle of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 semi-final against Tipperary at  Nowlan Park in  Kilkenny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 1-19Tipperary 2-15These games matter and they don’t matter. Tipperary turned up in Nowlan Park just a little heavier-legged than they were a(...)

The successful appeal of Séamus Callanan’s red card suspension restores the focal point of Tipperary’s attack. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary’s approach to this match will undoubtedly be shaped by thoughts for their team-mate Noel McGrath, who is recovering from surgery this week(...)

Offaly’s Joe Bergin with Ronan Maher of Tipperary in the league quarter final. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Offaly 0-13 Tipperary 1-16Both the weather and the physical confrontations in O’Connor Park yesterday were of a tempestuous nature as Tipperary held o(...)

James Woodlock of Tipp scores his side’s second goal. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tipperary 2-19 Clare 0-20Tipperary collected two valuable Division 1A league points at Cusack Park, Ennis yesterday when they had five points to spare(...)

Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson: “Winning is oinfectious.”

It was appropriate that the closing act in Tipperary’s league win over Galway was Darren Gleeson’s safe and assured handling of a tricky and dangerou(...)

The Tipperary duo of  Denis Maher and Kieran Bergin challenge  Iarlaith Tannian of Galway during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash at  Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 2-18 Galway 0-20Two Tipperary goals just after half-time helped them to stave off a strong closing quarter by Galway in this robust league e(...)

 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(...)