An aerial view of  Croke Park on  All-Ireland hurling final day in 2000, when Kilkenny met Offaly, yet another occasion  when the attendance was less than the football equaivalent that year, when Kerry beat Galway, after a replay. Photograph:   David Maher/Sportsfile

The attendance at Sunday’s hurling final was 81,651 and given it fell short of the official 82,300 capacity, the figure is likely to be smaller than (...)

Brian Murphy of Cork, the only player in tomorrow’s starting line-ups with experience of playing in an All-Ireland final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Statistics are invaluable for ordering our thoughts about the past but in hurling, the most traditional of games, they can also become predictive as t(...)

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy celebrates victory over Kilkenny in the 1999 All-Ireland hurling final. Photo: Tom Honan/Inpho

Clare faced Cork in the 1999 Munster hurling final, a time when the counties’ co-ordinates were unusually set. With two All-Irelands and three Munster(...)

Nicky O’Connell of Clare with Stephen Moylan of Cork during their NHL game, the result of which   left Jimmy Barry-Murphy disappointed. Photograph: Inpho

This league carries the air of a murder mystery weekend. With two games to go in Division 1A, not only does nobody know the identity of the kil(...)