Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea at the Gaelic Grounds: “I thought we held our nerve when they came back at us and showed a lot of resilience.  The experience gained over the last couple of years has been really good for us.”  Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho Treacy

Well, explain that. Limerick were playing at home in front of the biggest crowd this Munster championship fixture has seen in over 10 years. Limerick(...)

Séamus Hickey blocks the  shot from Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan during the Munster SHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick 1-16 Tipperary 4-23 If the sound of Tipperary talking themselves up during the week occasionally came across as a little forced, everyone was(...)

Waterford’s Colin Dunford celebrates at the final whistle of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 semi-final against Tipperary at  Nowlan Park in  Kilkenny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 1-19Tipperary 2-15These games matter and they don’t matter. Tipperary turned up in Nowlan Park just a little heavier-legged than they were a(...)

 Pádraic Maher claims the sliotar ahead Tipperary team-mate  Ronan Maher and Kilkenny’s  Walter Walsh and Richie Hogan during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Semple Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

TIPPERARY 2-22 KILKENNY 1-13 It’s always a bit pointless describing Allianz League matches the following spring as “revenge” or “consolation”(...)

UL’s Tony Kelly comes face to face with WIT’s Gavin O’Brien in the drawn final. Photo: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

After crashing to eventual champions Waterford IT in last year’s semi-final, University of Limerick and Clare’s Tony Kelly will hope to add a Fitzgibb(...)

Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson: “Winning is oinfectious.”

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The Tipperary duo of  Denis Maher and Kieran Bergin challenge  Iarlaith Tannian of Galway during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash at  Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 2-18 Galway 0-20Two Tipperary goals just after half-time helped them to stave off a strong closing quarter by Galway in this robust league e(...)

 Kilkenny celebrate victory over Tipperary in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final 2014 replay at Croke Park. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the end it was a case of back to basics. Kilkenny went away from the drawn match convinced they needed to improve like they did for the All-Ireland(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid scores past Cathal Barrett, James Barry and goalkeeper Darren Gleeson of Tipperary but the goal was disallowed. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Power and the glory go to Kilkenny
  • Hurling
  • September 27, 2014, 18:32

Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 In the end, Kilkenny did it the old-school way. They took all the frippery and revelry of the drawn game and choke(...)

 Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy and Brian Hogan get to grips with Patrick Maher of Tipperary during the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I don’t think anyone can accuse me of exaggeration in suggesting this was one of the truly great games of hurling . . . possibly the best final EVE(...)