Waterford’s Barry Coughlan catches a high ball against Cork in the Munster semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When the championship draws were made last autumn the Munster pairings, for me, seemed to suggest a Cork-Tipperary final. Cork, I thought, would sure(...)

Offaly’s Joe Bergin with Ronan Maher of Tipperary in the league quarter final. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Offaly 0-13 Tipperary 1-16Both the weather and the physical confrontations in O’Connor Park yesterday were of a tempestuous nature as Tipperary held o(...)

Brian Cody and Henry Shefflin celebrate another  All-Ireland triupmh after the victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. It was Shefflin’s tenth winner’smedal as a player and Cody’s tenth success as manager. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It was probably instinct as much as accident that brought Paul Galvin to Nowlan Park in Kilkenny during the miserable summer in 2008, when red cards a(...)

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 boss Eamon O’Shea. “People didn’t really give us a chance. We’re delighted that we got the draw, but we always had a really strong belief in ourselves. And I always believe in my team, absolutely.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Time flies when you’re preparing for an All-Ireland replay, and Tipperary hurling manager Eamon O’Shea is finding three weeks just about long enough. (...)

 Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary at close quarters in the drawn All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland hurling finals have become boundless in their capacity to delight and crush but even as the teams and supporters gathered their senses bef(...)

Kilkenny and Tipperary fans on edge at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Seventy minutes gone in Croke Park and the ball falling out of a perfect September sky and Kilkenny and Tipperary are deadlocked 3-22 to 1-28 and yet (...)

Kilkenny’s Brian Kennedy and  JJ Delaney in action against Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the evening of the Cork-Tipperary semi-final I made a late afternoon visit to a well-known palatial Tipperary hostelry on Fleet Street on the south(...)

Dublin manager Anthony Daly shows his frustration as his charges go down meekly to Tipperary at Thurles in the All-Ireland quarter final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Prior to Dublin’s game with Tipperary last Sunday some of Anthony Daly’s words in the press caught my eye.“For the first week, anyway, (post Leinster (...)

Séamus Callanan celebrates scoring Tipperary’s second goal against Galway at Semple Stadium in the first round of the qualifiers. Photograph: James Crosbie.

Eamonn O’Shea finally caught a break with his Tipperary team and then promptly caught another one. The emotional energy expended during the win over (...)