Lovely hurling
  • Hurling
  • September 13, 2014, 01:01

There was a touch of serendipity for the Gaelic Athletic Association in last week’s magnificent All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Tippera(...)

Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrell and Tipp’s Patrick Maher struggle for possession with Paul Murphy in close attendance. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sport is a soft touch for mythologising, Gaelic games among the softest and within GAA hurling to a greater degree than football. It’s a frequently he(...)

 Kilkenny manager Brian Cody gestures during Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland hurling final against Tipperary. Photograph: Inpho

Vince Lombardi never really worried about winning. His only fear was losing. Which may help explain why a great manager like Brian Cody feels nothing(...)

 Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy and Brian Hogan get to grips with Patrick Maher of Tipperary during the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I don’t think anyone can accuse me of exaggeration in suggesting this was one of the truly great games of hurling . . . possibly the best final EVE(...)

John O’Dwyer gestures to the referee for calling the Hawk-Eye into play after a late free for Tipperary during yesterday’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary 1-28 Kilkenny 3-22 The place went from tumult and as gripping a conclusion to an All-Ireland final as had been seen to the sense of silen(...)

 Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary at close quarters in the drawn All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland hurling finals have become boundless in their capacity to delight and crush but even as the teams and supporters gathered their senses bef(...)

Patrick Maher scores  Tipperary’s goal during  the  All-Ireland SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28When the heart-rate returns to something approaching normality, when the adrenaline fades and we all slide back to our wor(...)

Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, seen here with J J Delaney in the 2012 semi-final against Kilkenny, is fit to take his place in Tipperary’s team for Sunday’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea has named an unchanged side for Sunday’s GAA All-Ireland hurling final against Kilkenny. This means that Michael Cah(...)

Jim O’Brien at work in his Tipperary workshop on hurleys that will be used by some of the Tipperary players in the All-Ireland final. Photo: Bryan O’Brien 4:53

“Have you got those two 35s?”Mark Dowling is almost furtive in the way he asks his father Brian to pass out the two freshly-fashioned hurleys that are(...)

 Tipperary’s Lar Corbett (left) reaches for the ball as  Lorcán McLoughlin of Cork tries to challenge. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This was an outstanding win for Tipperary. They dominated a hugely disappointing Cork and no one could have envisaged them having this match won as ea(...)