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 (...)

Former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy (centre) with current boss Eamon O’Shea (left) and selector Michael Ryan in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Liam Sheedy’s perspective on the mental frailty of Tipperary’s best hurlers was sought yesterday. It was a valid question considering current Tipp (...)

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea: Empowering players to trust their own judgement can be a problem if decision-making is flawed.  Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The abdication of Juan Carlos in Spain is another indicator – should Eamon O’Shea need any more – that you’re only as good as your last game and that (...)

Limerick manager TJ Ryan celebrates with Gavin O’Mahony after the win over Tipperary yesterday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Sometimes, you’ve just got to tip the hat. All through the build-up, Limerick’s players and management had let it be known that the consensus that pu(...)

Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett feels the weight of a Limerick challenge during the Munster championship clash in Thurles. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Just a little respect. That’s all Limerick were after. Aretha’s justalittlebit. They came to Semple Stadium yesterday as Munster champions and left wi(...)

Tipperary will be looking for a strong performance from Séamus Callanan when they take on Limerick in their Munster SHC semi-final in Thurles tomorrow. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Though we tend to see Tipp’s world through the lens of their meetings with Kilkenny, it’s Limerick who’ve been the canary in the coal mine for the (...)