Joe Canning cuts a dejected figure after Galway’s loss to Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On Sunday Galway hurlers face into a relegation play-off against Cork. Defeat would draw a line under a striking record, which has seen the county in(...)

Galway’s Iarla Tannian: “He was an All Star in 2012, unlucky not to make the shortlist for Hurler of the Year. The Sunday Game panel made him Man of the Match in the drawn All-Ireland final.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There exists, in the person of Iarla Tannian, all that is good and all that is maddening about Galway hurling. He is a giant of a man but also essenti(...)

Seamus Heaney. Photographer: Jack McManus

Lisa Hannigan Singer Anahorish, soft gradient, of consonant, vowel-meadow. I was really stuck for ages last year and took to reading Se(...)

Joe Canning  claims a high ball in a crowded midfield in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the past 30 years or so it’s been one of the hurling championship’s defining fixtures. Tipperary and Galway have played each other on 10 occasions (...)

Galway’s David Burke and Andrew Smith tackle Brian Kennedy of Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Nobody is any the wiser. The Galway hurlers looked deep within themselves in the closing minutes of last week’s physical encounter against Kilkenny an(...)

Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

Jackie Bulger (centre), brother of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, leaves the US federal courthouse at the conclusion of the first day of the trial in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

John McIntyre was working as an informant for US law enforcement agencies following an arrest for drink-driving when James “Whitey” Bulger lured him t(...)

Cork’s William Egan tackles Richie Hogan of Kilkenny during last year’s final. Photograph: Inpho

It so happens the counties contesting tomorrow’s Allianz Hurling League semi-finals in Thurles are the four most recent winners of the competit(...)

Lester Ryan’s league form has been a revelation for Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

The abiding rivalry of last year is already on a second episode for this season. Galway got the remedial win over the champions early in the ca(...)