Joe Canning’s uncharacteristic late miss denied Galway the chance to get back into the All-Ireland final against Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

1. Galway setting the mood and tempo early on: particularly in the attack, their forwards seeming to switch positions with each passage of play. Jo(...)

Kilkenny captain Joey Holden lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after his side beat Galway in the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18 It started with the promise of a memorable contest but by the final whistle Kilkenny had proved beyond quibble their endurin(...)

Shane Maloney scores Galway’s winning point against Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho

What an exciting time to be a hurler or a hurling supporter in Galway or Kilkenny, even more exciting if you’re a Galway senior hurler heading to Dubl(...)

Wexford’s James Owens will referee his first senior All-Ireland hurling final next month. Photograph: Inpho

Wexford’s James Owens will referee his first senior All-Ireland final when he takes charge of Kilkenny and Galway in next month’s final. From the Ask(...)

Laois manager Séamus Plunkett and top scorer Zane Keenan celebrate at the end of the Leinster SHC quarter-final against Offaly at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Laois 29 Offaly 21 Laois manager Séamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett played down any effect his resignation and return may have had on his side’s performance (...)

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham saw his side lose out on two scorable frees due to new advantage rule in their one-point Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Cork.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham was in an awkward position. His team had sustained an agonising, one-point defeat at the end of a match they appeared t(...)

Richie Hogan of Kilkenny scores his side’s first goal during the All-Ireland Hurling semi-final against Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17They may have missed the big day in 2013, but Kilkenny showed their championship credentials haven’t diminished.The Cats ro(...)

Kilkenny’s Aidan Fogarty is tackled by Galway’s Andrew Smith at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17 An intriguing but predictable encounter in Tullamore ended with yet another affirmation of Kilkenny’s almost feral instinct(...)

TJ Reid scores the first of his two goals past Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan during the Leinster SHC semi-final replay at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17Kilkenny restored order to their season having made all the right changes before this evening’s GAA Leinster hurling semi-fin(...)

JJ Delaney: the multi-decorated and outstanding defender will man the full back berth for Kilkenny at Nowlan Park. Photo: Dara Mac Donaill

The arrival of Sky Sports has drummed up more interest in this fixture than might otherwise have been the case given the disparity between the counti(...)