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(...)

 Stephen Hiney of Dublin, right, gets to grips with James Woodlock of Tipperary during yesterday’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When you win, you can talk. You don’t have to throw an elbow but you can stand up with your back straight and your chest out and let it be known you a(...)

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer soars high over a posse of Dublin players, including Shane Durkin, Liam Rushe and Michael Carton, in yesterday’s game. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Prepare the good room, unpack the best china. The hurling championship has four teams left and it’s blue-bloods only. No riff-raff, as Basil Fawlty wo(...)

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher comes under pressure from Dublin’s  Ryan O’Dwyer. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It is into the stadium of ghosts as the All-Ireland hurling season moves on to Thurles town, giddy with its own unpredictability and brilliance. At le(...)

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(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly celebrates a score agains Wexford last Saturday. The reigning Hurler of the Year is included  in a strong home U-21  team  against Tipperary in Ennis. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It may or may not be ideal timing but Clare get the chance to move on from the surrendering of their All-Ireland senior title this evening when their (...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan celebrates on of his two goals in the All-Ireland SHC Round two Qualifiers at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Not for the first time, Tipperary’s desire to gauge where they are is complicated by sticky issue of who they are. Still hurling’s little girl with th(...)

Tipperary were slow to get balls in to  Séamus Callanan but when they did, he scored twice. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

One box ticked. Kilkenny accomplished their first mission of the championship season by reclaiming Leinster – but will now head on to much tougher (...)

Galway and Tipperary in action in the  All Ireland quarter-final of 2010. Tipperary went on to with the All-Ireland. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Similarities with last year abound. This weekend 12 months ago it was Kilkenny who stood between Tipperary and the redemption of a qualifier run, and (...)

Joe Canning  claims a high ball in a crowded midfield in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the past 30 years or so it’s been one of the hurling championship’s defining fixtures. Tipperary and Galway have played each other on 10 occasions (...)