Tipperary’s  John O’Dwyer claims the sliotar ahead of Dublin players  Shane Durkin, Liam Rushe and Michael Carton during the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16The continuation of inevitability. Despite some remarkable revivals and the supposed levelling of hurling’s playing field in(...)

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly gets his shot away as Dublin’s  Stephen Hiney moves in during the Leinster SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-24 Dublin 1-9Reconstructed, slightly remodelled but the interior of these Kilkenny hurlers looks much the same. Defeat to Dublin, and Cork,(...)

Dublin celebrate in front of their fans on Hill 16 following their victory over Kilkenny in the Allianz National Hurling League final in 2011. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Here is how it was. By the spring of 2011, Dublin had played 22 games under Anthony Daly in league and championship. Their record going into the leagu(...)

Dublin’sJoey Boland: “We knew we had to win anyway. We weren’t aware of the Waterford-Kilkenny result.”   Photograph: Inpho

One puck of a ball was all that was in it. At the end of the five-match sprint, as Dublin dipped for the line(...)

Tipp’s Michael Cahill is halted in his tracks by Dublin’s Conal Keaney during the league clash at Semple Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-19 The ball hopped around the ro(...)

Cork’s Patrick Horgan celebrates scoring his late goal against Dublin at Croke Park.  Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Cork 1-24 Dublin 1-19: A seemingly inseparable All-Ireland hurling semi-final and in the end the Dublin hurlers are finally stopped from reeling in(...)

Dublin’s Paul Ryan scores a goal against Galway during yesterday’s Leinster senior hurling final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This was a fantastic achievement by Dublin and also genuinely exciting for hurling. I’m fully convinced they’re now serious contenders such has been t(...)

Dublin’s John McCaffrey and Andrew Smith of Galway battle for possession. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 2-25 Galway 2-13: Dublin won their first Leinster hurling title since 1961 in great style with a 2-25 to 2-13 victory over Galway. On a boiling(...)

Joe Canning: expected to exert a major influence over proceedings during Sunday’s Leinster senior hurling final

The Dublin hurlers must feel like Odysseus after finally returning home from the Trojan War only to find a gaggle of uninvited suitors dawdling in his(...)

What does it take to finish off a wounded Kilkenny? A consistent run of hurling matches without the litany of injuries of previous campaigns was all D(...)