Cyril Donnellan: will be aiming to cause problems for Laois at Tullamore. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Funny how people love a good underdog story without ever really respecting it. Laois have very obviously been a coming team for the past few season(...)

Dublin’s Niall Corcoran believes atmosphere at Croke Park was a bit flat. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There were presumably no assurances of a little more proper championship hurling this time as part of the live television agreement, although both Dub(...)

 Mark Schutte  has been a revelation so far, Dublin’s key man, consistently outstanding from the off. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Previous form for both counties can be largely discarded because true form can only come out of this game. Victory at Croke Park will kick-start eithe(...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against Galway in the All-Ireland Hurling Qualifier at Semple Stadium in Thursday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13Tight-rope hurling at Semple Stadium, and after a brilliant 70-minute balancing act from both teams, only Tipperary are left(...)

Kilkenny’s Aidan Fogarty is tackled by Galway’s Andrew Smith at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17 An intriguing but predictable encounter in Tullamore ended with yet another affirmation of Kilkenny’s almost feral instinct(...)

TJ Reid scores the first of his two goals past Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan during the Leinster SHC semi-final replay at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17Kilkenny restored order to their season having made all the right changes before this evening’s GAA Leinster hurling semi-fin(...)

 Niall Burke scores Galway’s opening goal despite the attention of  JJ Delaney and goalkeeper Eoin Murphy of Kilkenny during the  Leinster SHC  semi-final in  O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 5-16 Kilkenny 3-22Not content with testing your heart-rate, this old game often insists on testing your credulity. So it was here, as Henry She(...)

Michael Fennelly has been ruled out of the Kilkenny side for  Sunday’s Leinster SHC semi-final against Galway. Photograph:    James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny suffered a late setback before Sunday’s GAA Leinster hurling semi-final against Galway in Tullamore with the news that former Hurler of the Y(...)

Galway 1-22 Laois 0-23Galway will breathe a massive sigh of relief as they just about crept into the Leinster championship semi-final with a two-point(...)

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham. “We were disappointed, we had enough chances, played well in defence . . . ”. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

From the sideline, Anthony Cunningham saw it differently than most. The Galway manager didn’t believe his charges were swamped by Kilkenny’s se(...)