Wexford’s Brian White was the first referee to benefit from the new dispensation when he was appointed to take charge of the Kerry-Galway All-Ireland football final replay in 2000. Photograph: Inpho

The caricature is that the GAA love replays and that referees are well-regarded if they can ensure a big championship match is level after 70 minutes.(...)

Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy and Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick struggle for the ball in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In those elemental last 10 minutes on Sunday, Kilkenny were in all-hands mode but some of them got closer to the pump than others. Brian Hogan got on (...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney battles with Limerick’s Shane Dowling in the difficult conditions at Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

We’ll wring more years out of this Kilkenny side yet. For the 13th season of Brian Cody’s 16 in charge, they will see out the summer in Croke Park in (...)

Kilkenny’s Mark Kelly is tackled by Limerick’s  Wayne McNamara and Gavin O’Mahony. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17 IT WAS after half-time in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final and as a Biblical downpour crashed onto Croke Park, (...)

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates one of his two goals against Wexford in the quarter-final at Thurles. He will pose a major threat to Kilkenny’s defence on Sunday. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tomorrow will be Kilkenny’s 14th All-Ireland hurling semi-final in the 15 years of Brian Cody’s management. Of those 14, the county has lost just two(...)

Limerick hurler Donal O’Grady: say “home advantage can work the other way if you’re struggling to make an impact because the crowd can get on edge. Photograph: Inpho

Of course there are two Donal O’Grady’s. One felt the need to step away last April but the other is still serving his people until they need him no m(...)

Clare’s manager Davy Fitzgerlad reacts during his side’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final defeat to Cork at Semple Stadium on June 15th. Photograph: Inpho.

It is turning into a stressful summer for hurling referees. Tipperary’s Johnny Ryan had charge of what may well have been the last Anthony Nash pen(...)

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald reacts on the sideline. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

As ever, the anatomy of victory and defeat hinges on perspective. Last September, Jimmy Barry-Murphy came within seconds of conjuring up what would p(...)

Aidan Walsh of Cork, seen here battling with Clare’s Pat Donnellan and John Conlon,  epitomised Cork’s superior resolve and desire in the  Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

With about 10 minutes left Aidan Walsh intervened to knock out a ball heading for Podge Collins for a 65. The incident typified the most obvious aspec(...)

Waterford IT’s Eoin Murphy celebrates with the Fitzgibbon Cup after his side beat Cork IT in Saturday’s final. Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho

Waterford IT were composed front-runners as they won a sixth Fitzgibbon Cup in 15 years in Belfast on Saturday. They may not have had the(...)