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(...)

Galway’s Cathal Mannion celebrates after the final whistle. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I remember Anthony Cunningham’s words to me on the Wednesday after the Leinster final. He was happy with that performance and was confident Galway wou(...)

Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan wins the ball ahead of Padraig Mannion of Galway to score his sides second goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We are in the midst of the greatest Canning era yet 2015 has not been the summer of Joe. There have been memorable moments, sure, like the wonderful, (...)

Shane Moloney of Galway scores the winning point in injury time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Oh hurling, how could we doubt you? We worthless curs, we ignorant daws. We’ve spent the summer grumbling at the lack of a decent game and instead of (...)

 Shane Moloney’s point at the death booked Galway a place in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 In the nick of time the GAA Hurling All-Ireland season ignited with just two matches to go. Galway, for so long spec(...)

 Séamus Callanan: the Tippearary full forward did a lot of damage against Galway when the sides met  in last year’s championship. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill /

The old line about not knowing what Galway will turn up isn’t strictly true unless you hear it at the start of the year. Once they get motoring in a s(...)

Tipperary  defence, backboned by Pádraic Maher, above, and James Barry has the collective nous and mobility to stay with Galway. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s striking how established the consensus becomes in the later stages of the All-Ireland championship even in relation to more nuanced verdicts than(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning: wasn’t at his best against Cork but will prove a major threat to Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I wonder what goals Galway and Tipperary players set themselves at the beginning of this season. The Tipperary hurling confraternity certainly were fo(...)

Galway’s Cathal Mannion has enjoyed an impressive championship campaign to date, scoring a total of 3-15 from play.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Can Galway rely on 10 minutes of excellence to beat Tipperary or Kilkenny? No. The Tribesmen have shown in flashes of dexterous free-scoring&nb(...)

Galways supporting cast has made star man Joe Canning even more of a threat. Photograph: Inpho

Galway’s tactical evolution in Anthony Cunningham’s fourth year as manager seems down to their marquee forward before the arrival of Joe Canni(...)