Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney battles with Limerick’s Shane Dowling in the difficult conditions at Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

We’ll wring more years out of this Kilkenny side yet. For the 13th season of Brian Cody’s 16 in charge, they will see out the summer in Croke Park in (...)

Kilkenny’s Mark Kelly is tackled by Limerick’s  Wayne McNamara and Gavin O’Mahony. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17 IT WAS after half-time in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final and as a Biblical downpour crashed onto Croke Park, (...)

Richie Hogan of Kilkenny scores his side’s first goal during the All-Ireland Hurling semi-final against Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17They may have missed the big day in 2013, but Kilkenny showed their championship credentials haven’t diminished.The Cats ro(...)

Limerick will require top-notch displays from the likes of Paul Browne, here scoring a goal against Wexford, if they are to prevail on Sunday. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Last week I wrote about interpreting the pre-match signs in an effort to determine your team’s state of readiness for battle.This time last year Limer(...)

Limerick’s Declan Hannon wins possession ahead of Wexford’s Keith Rossiter during the All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Inpho

The problem for Limerick is what happens next. Has been for years. But, in particular, last year’s dismal showing in the All-Ireland semi-final again(...)

Dublin’s John McCaffrey has nowhere to go as Pádraic Maher, Gearoid Ryan, Kieran Bergin and Brendan Maher close in during yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at  Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I was really looking forward to the day’s hurling. A huge crowd landed into Thurles and the atmosphere around the square beforehand was superb. Everyo(...)

Limerick’s Tom Condon shows Paul Morris and Lee Chin of Wexford a clean pair of heels in yesterday’s quarter-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Limerick 4-26 Wexford 1-11 There are limits to super-heroics. Not for the first time, the unexpected happened when these county colours mingled and W(...)

It’s thumbs up for Limerick and their manager TJ Ryan at  Semple Stadium, Thurles, yesterday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

With few brass notes to their name all summer, it fell to Limerick to take their place among hurling’s big three after they crushed Wexford in the sun(...)

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates scoring a goal during the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final victory over Wexford at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Limerick 4-26 Wexford 1-11There are limits. Wexford ran into a brick wall this afternoon in Thurles as their adventures of the past month caught up ev(...)

The Limerick management will be hoping the likes of Kevin Downes  will help to   take  the scoring burden off  Shane Dowling, right, in tomorrow’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Wexford in Semple Stadium. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The rain was lashing down in a hotel outside Thurles and it was weeks before a ball had even been struck when Eamon O’Shea, the Tipperary manager, sai(...)