David Bentley, Jackie Tyrell and Aaron Kernan feature  in “TheToughest Trade”. The  documentary film  follows the GAA players  who experience professional sports of baseball and football while former professional athletes David Bentley and Brian Schneider experience the life of an amateur GAA club player with Crossmaglen Rangers, Armagh, and James Stephens, Kilkenny. Photograph: Sportsfile

The first thing that needs to be said about The Toughest Trade, which aired on TV3 on Thursday night, is that Jackie Tyrrell is one of the very few me(...)

Kilkenny’s Paul Mulrphy tackles Galway’s Jonathan Glynn at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The Kilkenny hurling team have become such a model of consistency that any time they suffer two defeats in a row eyebrows are raised. But as th(...)

Galway and Kilkenny players battle for possession during the Allianz Division 1A Hurling League match  at Pearse Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 0-20 Kilkenny 0-18The prodigal from Portumna returned to settle nerves and a league win for Galway against the All-Ireland champions on a turbu(...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney was one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. Here he keeps a close hold on Waterford’s Stephen Molumphy. Photography: James Crombie/Inpho

It is a moment that matters now nowhere other than deep in the souls of Galway hurling people, in particular those thousands sitting in the tiers of t(...)

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(...)

 Henry Shefflin is introduced as a late second-half substitute against Tipperary. Cody has opted to start the nine-time All-Ireland winner on the bench again for the replay. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Less than an hour after his incandescent championship debut in the 2012 All-Ireland final replay against Galway, Walter Walsh responded to a question (...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Jackie Tyrell celebrate at the end of the All-Ireland hurling semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

When the final whistle went, you had to scan the whole of the sideline to find Brian Cody. He was right down at the 13-metre line, taking a worm’s-eye(...)

Kilkenny  manager Brian Cody speaks to Tommy Walsh before introducing him  as a second-half substitute during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship semi-final against Galway.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

How often have we heard the phrase “proud hurling county” used to elicit some semblance of hope for a team that are, to put it mildly, struggling in t(...)

Tipperary’s James Woodlock and Richie Power of Kilkenny at close quarters in the Allianz National Hurling League Division One Final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Kilkenny took refuge in the dressing room at half-time during Sunday’s gripping league final in Thurles, they didn’t have to search too far for a(...)

 Kilkenny manager Brian Cody following his team’s thrilling league final victory over Tipperary at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Another league ends and Brian Cody celebrated the retention of the Allianz hurling title for the third successive year by remaining on the field in Se(...)