Cork’s Alan Cadogan and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary clash in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A testing Sunday, that. From Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin to Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin and back again, and as ever you end up addled, half hear(...)

Kilkenny  manager Brian Cody speaks to Tommy Walsh before introducing him  as a second-half substitute during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship semi-final against Galway.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

How often have we heard the phrase “proud hurling county” used to elicit some semblance of hope for a team that are, to put it mildly, struggling in t(...)

Tipperary’s Padraic Maher in action against Dublin’s John McCaffrey during the National League clash at Thurles. “Kilkenny are the only team to knock us out of championship hurling since I started playing with Tipp.” Photograph: Inpho

“He slipped. People say it is a mistake. But the man slipped. It is very harsh,” Pádraic Maher says of Steven Gerrard’s spectacularly unfortunate fall(...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney and Lar Corbett of Tipperary during the Division One final at Nowlan Park on Sunday. They were involved in an off the ball scuffle resulting in  their dismissals . Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The 2010 hurler of the year slips quietly into the room with that disarming smirk of his and sits among us. We start with an easy one for Mr Co(...)