Lar Corbett scored a spectacular hat-trick in the 2010 All-Ireland hurling final against Kilkenny, to win his second All-Ireland and help deprive Cats of five titles in a row. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Not many players “come out of nowhere” to win two All-Irelands plus a hurler of the year award, but then Lar Corbett is no ordinary player. Now, at 34(...)

Goalkeeper Robert Hennelly’s two bad kickouts that lead to Dublin’s first two goals illustrated Mayo’s lack of composure when it really mattered.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There is a lot of public sympathy around for Mayo after yet another case of close but no cigar. I guarantee you though that if you did a survey of int(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody on his future: “I was able to obviously marry both all along, and it won’t have any influence on what I decide to do or not to do.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Typical of Brian Cody to keep staring straight ahead even when looking back, because when reflecting on All-Ireland hurling title number 11, the Kilke(...)

Jackie Tyrell celebrates Kilkenny’s All-Ireland Hurling victory over Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

To the vast annals of great GAA half-time speeches we must now add that of Jackie Tyrrell. Exactly what was said in the Kilkenny dressing-room on S(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid celebrates as he leaves the Croke Park pitch after yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling final win over Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If you’re the kind who likes your symbolism served heavy-handed, it was easy to appreciate the fact that TJ Reid was the one who made the game’s last (...)

Galway defender Iarla Tannian competes with Kilkenny’s TJ Reid during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Only when Brian Cody starts listing off the reasons why Kilkenny should not have won this All-Ireland title can we fully appreciate why they did. Cod(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning: Galway really need him to be man of the match but only in a functioning attack. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

There are three things that have struck me about Galway. I bumped into Anthony Cunningham the Wednesday after the Leinster final and was taken abac(...)

In waiting: in the three games Kilkenny have needed to make it to the final, Cody has used just eight substitutes. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

As the drip-drip news of Kilkenny retirements came over the winter, the caveat went that only JJ Delaney would be departing the scene as a starter.(...)

“Eoin, barring something else happens, will be available for selection. There’s no doubt about that, and we have no concerns about Eoin’s participation.”

Brian Cody has “no concerns” over Eoin Larkin’s participation in the All-Ireland hurling final on Sunday week. Larkin sustained a hand injury at train(...)

TJ Reid celebrates scoring the opening goal against Waterford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A visiting German journalist got Brian Cody to pose for a selfie after his post-match press conference yesterday. Watching on, the thought struck tha(...)