Tipperary’s Kieran Bergin puts pressure on Alan McCrabbe of Dublin during their All-Ireland senior hurling championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles, yesterday. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16 A dead day in Thurles handed us a game of no particular mystery, a story that unfurled in a simple, uninterrupted arc. Tip(...)

Tipperary’s  John O’Dwyer claims the sliotar ahead of Dublin players  Shane Durkin, Liam Rushe and Michael Carton during the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16The continuation of inevitability. Despite some remarkable revivals and the supposed levelling of hurling’s playing field in(...)

John Power of Kilkenny is challenged by Peter Kelly of Dublin during the Leinster hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

After a Leinster championship of snap and crackle, a final curiously bereft of pop. Kilkenny’s slicing and dicing of a fidgety Dublin side was old-sch(...)

Dublin boss Anthony Daly: Last year Dublin  went from averaging 0-4 from play out of their starting forwards to averaging 1-11. Now Daly needs them to pick up where they left off. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the aftermath of Dublin’s draw in Wexford Park last June, certain truths were self-evident. One, that Dublin would go nowhere unless they started (...)

Clare’s John Conlan with Colin Fennelly and Jonjoe Farrell of Kilkenny at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Colin Fennelly turned in a man-of-the-match performance – in a game he described as both “crazy” and “explosive” – as Kilkenny finally outgunned Ti(...)

Dublin manager Anthony Daly: “We played at challenge-match intensity while Galway were at championship levels.” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly will have to plan without All Star nominated forward Paul Ryan as his team tries to bounce back f(...)

Clare captain Anthony Daly celebrates victory over Tipperary  in the 1997 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

“There has been a missing person in Clare for 81 long years. Well today, that person has been found alive and well . . . ”Anthony Daly, September 1995(...)

Cork have proved very reliant on Pat Horgan in their championship outings to date. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The hurling championship has been completely re-energised by this season’s events. In recent years any time you were asked about the All-Ireland in Au(...)

Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly feels the full force of a challenge from Limerick’s Tom Condon  during the Munster semi-final  at the Gaelic Grounds Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The novelty, in recent times anyway, of Cork meeting Limerick in a Munster final has so many variables but mainly the fact neither county has won it f(...)

DUBLIN 2-25 GALWAY 2-13: As if part of some great cosmic realignment, Dublin hurlers continue to enjoy the sort of year they were supposed to have 12 (...)