Brian Cody celebrates with JJ Delaney after Kilkenny beat Tipperary in the All-Ireland final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It seems Brian Cody is still coming to terms with the loss of JJ Delaney, admitting he’d “never seen a better defender”, and that he’d plenty more to(...)

  Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary collide in the drawn All-Ireland hurling final on September 7th at Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28, Croke Park, September 7thIn heaven, all hurling matches come down to the last puck. It’s not supposed to be like that ba(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks players Mark Aylward, TJ Reid and Joey Holden who will likely  take the honour of becoming Kilkenny’s captain for 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks may have wrapped up the perfect season for club and county but there is still one matter to be decided: the Kilkenny hurling capt(...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney was one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. Here he keeps a close hold on Waterford’s Stephen Molumphy. Photography: James Crombie/Inpho

It is a moment that matters now nowhere other than deep in the souls of Galway hurling people, in particular those thousands sitting in the tiers of t(...)

Kilkenny legend JJ Delaney has announced his hurling retirement at the age of just 32

The recent spate of inter-county retirements continues with news of JJ Delaney’s decision to hang up his hurl at the top level. The Kilkenny player, r(...)

 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(...)

Henry Shefflin with his young son Henry after Kilkenny’s final victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. The legendary Ballyhale man won a record tenth All-Ireland medal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

They won the year at around tea-time on Saturday evening in Ireland. They won it when tables were being set in thousands of houses and the pubs wer(...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan fires past Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy to score the game’s opening goal.
Croke Park Timeline

3mins: First blood to Tipperary, as Shane McGrath catches the ball on the run and strikes it perfectly between the posts at the Hill 16 end. Tipperary(...)

 Kilkenny celebrate victory over Tipperary in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final 2014 replay at Croke Park. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the end it was a case of back to basics. Kilkenny went away from the drawn match convinced they needed to improve like they did for the All-Ireland(...)

Tipperary’s Padraic Maher and Brendan Maher tackle Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly during Saturday’s final at Croke Park.Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 Ultimately the outcome of Saturday’s All-Ireland hurling final replay followed such logical patterns that it left those (...)