Tipperary’s  Seamus Hennessey, Noel McGrath and James Barry celebrate the All-Ireland U-21 hurling final victory over Galway in 2010. But Tipp’s great season  failed to lead on to the expected glory. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sunday completed an extraordinary turnaround in the fortunes of Tipperary and Galway hurling. It wasn’t a traumatic single event like the roof falling(...)

Galway’s Cathal Mannion celebrates after the final whistle. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I remember Anthony Cunningham’s words to me on the Wednesday after the Leinster final. He was happy with that performance and was confident Galway wou(...)

 Shane Moloney’s point at the death booked Galway a place in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 In the nick of time the GAA Hurling All-Ireland season ignited with just two matches to go. Galway, for so long spec(...)

 Séamus Callanan: the Tippearary full forward did a lot of damage against Galway when the sides met  in last year’s championship. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill /

The old line about not knowing what Galway will turn up isn’t strictly true unless you hear it at the start of the year. Once they get motoring in a s(...)

Tipperary  defence, backboned by Pádraic Maher, above, and James Barry has the collective nous and mobility to stay with Galway. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s striking how established the consensus becomes in the later stages of the All-Ireland championship even in relation to more nuanced verdicts than(...)

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 (...)