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(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid scores a goal in the Leinster  Hurling Senior Championship final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

It was a disappointing Leinster final for anyone who thought Galway were really going to put it up to Kilkenny and test them to the point where they m(...)

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham: “We’d be pushing hard for the Galway supporters to come out and drive this team on, as there is something to build on.” Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For all the clamour that follows Joe Canning’s marvellous goal, a Galway defeat followed because of superior performances by many more Kilkenny than G(...)

TJ Reid scores Kilkenny’s goal during the  Leinster SHC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 2-15 Having perhaps braced themselves for the worst, in the light of Galway’s improved form, Kilkenny eventually worked out that (...)

Ger Aylward scores a goal against Wexford. “Never any doubt in my mind that he would play at some stage,” says Richie Hogan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It wasn’t those ageing doyens that kept Ger Aylward at bay. Nor was he the best kept secret of Kilkenny people. Just held up by circumstances beyond h(...)

Former soccer player David Bentley, hurler Jackie Tyrell and Gaelic footballer Aaron Kernan are the focus of The Toughest Trade. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.

Jackie Tyrrell never heard of Giancarlo Stanton, baseball’s $325 million man, until he met him, face-to-face, at the spring training camp of the Miami(...)

Aaron Kernan will spend time with Premier League club Sunderland. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Crossmaglen native Aaron Kernan has welcomed former England soccer international David Bentley to his home town but admitted that he mightn’t have be(...)

Lester Ryan, captain of the Kilkenny hurling team, with his father Johnny Ryan, who died in a farm accident on Wednesday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

A hurling medal, a family photograph, a GAA jersey, a farm tag, all symbolising the life of Johnny Ryan, father of Kilkenny All-Ireland winning captai(...)

Lester Ryan, Kilkenny’s linchpin, is in mourning after the sudden death of his father, Johnny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

A Kilkenny farmer has become the first farm fatality of the year in this State after dying in a machinery-related incident at his farm.Johnny Ryan, ag(...)

Searchers looking for Derek Tyrrell are focusing on a stretch of the river between Inistioge and Thomastown.

Gardaí have resumed a search for a missing man, named locally as Derek Tyrrell (33), who was swept away by the River Nore on Sunday. Mr Tyrrell(...)