League finalists Clare and Waterford are both coming teams. Their underage success in recent years denotes as much. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

You’re never entirely sure what you’re watching. The odd time you might experience an epiphany and say that, yes, this is the start of something signi(...)

Colin Ryan of Clare: “All you want to do is win. . . I’m sure the Waterford fans would love it if they won an All-Ireland no matter what way they are playing.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It was so furious and crowded around the middle sector at Semple Stadium on Sunday that there wasn’t much time to think, let alone find time to dwell (...)

Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan celebrates scoring the equalising point with the last puck of the game. Photo: Donall Farme/Inpho

Seventy minutes gone on May Day and everyone in the old place is riveted to their seats. Davy Fitzgerald stands alone on the sideline, arms folded. D(...)

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: “That is what hurling is all about. You want a man’s game; you want it toe to toe.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Davy Fitzgerald nodded when told that Derek McGrath had said that Clare-Waterford had just become a trilogy. Before this match, the benefits of mee(...)

Waterford players warm down after playing extra-time in drawing against Clare in Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Not even Sun Tzu could make much sense of this, a new chapter in the art of war where two teams couldn’t decide which mattered more – the winning or (...)

Waterford’s Shane Bennett, with Patrick Curran, has been playing a more prominent for the county. Photograph: Inpho

Saturday All-Ireland Under-21 FC final Cork v Mayo, Cusack Park Ennis, 6.0 – A high-quality championship reaches its climax in Ennis with the meet(...)

Clare and Waterford take to the field again in the Allianz Hurling League Division One final at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

Tactics – defined in the dictionary as “an action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end – is the subject of my maiden Irish Times jo(...)

Davy Fitzgerald: “It will be hard enough to get scores because of the way they are in that middle third. It will be tough.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“I don’t think you can force them to play another way. I don’t think you can.” Davy Fitzgerald sits back and a small smile creeps across his face as(...)

Kilkenny’s Jonjo Farrell dejected at the final whistle. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Plenty in Thurles to nourish hurling’s battered old soul. A league campaign that had often been a grind when it came to the business of scoring loosen(...)

Waterford manager Derek McGrath during the Allianz League semi-final clash with Limerick. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“That is us out there,” promised Derek McGrath, leaning back against a wall and coping with the latest successful day in Waterford’s ongoing happy rev(...)