It’s been a contrasting week for Cork and Galway GAA. Photograph: Inpho

The real questions beginning to be answered in August A four game Semple stadium marathon - with the sustenance of tea, ham sandwiches and cake(...)

 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 (...)

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(...)

TJ Reid scores Kilkenny’s goal during the  Leinster SHC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 2-15 Having perhaps braced themselves for the worst, in the light of Galway’s improved form, Kilkenny eventually worked out that (...)

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(...)