Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly has announced his retirement from the inter-county game. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Even for a player like Eoin Kelly the decision to retire at age 32 probably doesn’t come as a major surprise, although it does bring the curtain down (...)

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea, who received the backing from his players following the All-Ireland defeat by Kilkenny, urges his side forward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There is mounting concern in Tipperary hurling that manager Eamon O’Shea may no longer be able to commit to the post. In the aftermath of Saturday’s A(...)

Jim O’Brien at work in his Tipperary workshop on hurleys that will be used by some of the Tipperary players in the All-Ireland final. Photo: Bryan O’Brien 4:53

“Have you got those two 35s?”Mark Dowling is almost furtive in the way he asks his father Brian to pass out the two freshly-fashioned hurleys that are(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Limerick’s Séamus Hickey in action against Cork during last year’s Munster final at the Gaelic Grounds. “I was just absolutely thrilled to get a jersey the last day. It’s a very difficult thing to do in the group of players we have at the moment, to actually have a 1 to 15.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Séamus Hickey hadn’t yet rounded the corner towards his 19th birthday the day Limerick decided to make a man of him. It was May 2006 and they were in (...)

Paul Curran is finally fully recovered from his hip trouble and ready to push for a place on the Tipperary team for the All-Ireland championship. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The seasons get more complicated. That is something Paul Curran has discovered. All of this year, he has been juggling. At home, the delight of a firs(...)

Antrim 1-17London 1-7Antrim secured a place in the Leinster senior hurling championship quarter-final with a seven-point win over 14-man London in yes(...)

John Allen wonders what it was like for the much-honoured  Tommy Walsh to have remained  on the bench throughout  last Sunday’s Allianz  Hurling League final against Tipperary. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

So the league final is over and we have proof positive that Kilkenny are back in pole position as championship approaches.Tipperary have also shown si(...)

Na Piarsaigh’s David Dempsey and Kevin Downes with Mark Wyse and Stephen Mason of Passage during the Munster club clash at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Na Piarsaigh 0-20 Passage 3-9Goals do not always win matches as Passage discovered in Limerick as they lost a thrilling Munster hurling club semi-fina(...)