Ger Cunningham: “We had to get to know the players and the players had to get to know us. It’s been a learning experience.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

JACKIE CAHILL Dublin senior hurling team manager Ger Cunningham believes that the Sky Blues were “competitive and consistent” in 2015, and is already(...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson scores a side line puck against Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

More than anything Waterford are taking confidence from the manner of victory over Dublin in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final. In the 10 minutes af(...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson celebrates during the  All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19 Don’t look now. The Déise are coming with increasingly convincing arguments that this may be the group to bridge the chasm (...)

Dublin’s Liam Rushe. Dublin will target Waterford in the physical stakes. Rushe, Chris Crummy, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe and Mark Schutte are all big, powerful men. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Waterford were having a superb year, arriving into a Munster final on a high, until all of a sudden they were beaten twice in three days. They (...)

Michael Walsh: Dublin need to limit the ball going through him and Waterford’s other senior man Kevin Moran. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

This is the litmus test for Waterford. A defeat here would not cancel out the worth of their unexpected league triumph or the advances they made in(...)

Johnny McCaffrey celebrates at the final whistle after Dublin’s one-point win over Limerick in the round two qualifier at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 1-17 Limerick 1-16 Two mysteries here to test the sleuthing skills of the multitudes gathered in Thurles on Saturday night. One, how Du(...)

Colin Dunford stays one step ahead of James Woodlock during  Waterford’s league semi-final win over Tipperary at Nowland Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford have been in many ways the team of the year so far and I was mightily impressed by them in the semi-final when they should have beaten Co(...)

Dublin’s Michael Carton: he is not expected to travel to Semple stadium this Saturday. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Michael Carton has reportedly left Ger Cunningham’s Dublin hurling panel just days before the All-Ireland qualifier against Limerick. The veteran def(...)

Anthony Cunningham’s Galway produced a loose performance as they lost to Brian Cody’s Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Loose Galway lack shock and awe Galway hurlers have done better than most against Kilkenny in the Brian Cody era (three wins, equalled only by Cork) b(...)

Cork will play Clare in the All-Ireland second round qualifiers in a repeat of the 2013 final. Photograph: Inpho

The times and venues for the weekend’s hurling and football qualifiers have been announced with a double header of hurling action scheduled for Saturd(...)