Johnny McCaffrey: “We have looked at Waterford . . .They are a very good hurling side but they work extremely hard.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Barring draws, just five games remain in the 2015 hurling championship. Three in Croke Park, two down in Thurles, starting with an unfamiliar (...)

Joseph Cooney  fires home Galway’s goal  despite the efforts of Dublin’s Peter Kelly during the Leinster SHC quarter-final  at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It might have been just the last weekend in May but there was a palpable anxiety in the display of both teams in this GAA Leinster hurling quarter-fi(...)

Tipperary’s Barry Grogan celebrates with manager Peter Creedon after the victory over Laois at O’Moore Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Of all the Tipperary supporters converging on Tullamore this evening, one man is taking particular joy from their eye-catching run through the All-Ir(...)

Dublin’s Johnny McCaffrey: “I was very surprised. It’s the Leinster final; it’s a big day. We’ve played in a lot of them before. It’s just hard to put our finger on what went wrong right now.” Photograph: Inpho

Maybe last year’s Leinster title appeared like a mirage for Dublin’s hurlers after another provincial trimming from Kilkenny on Sunday. Apart from las(...)

John Power of Kilkenny is challenged by Peter Kelly of Dublin during the Leinster hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

After a Leinster championship of snap and crackle, a final curiously bereft of pop. Kilkenny’s slicing and dicing of a fidgety Dublin side was old-sch(...)

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’s Martin Quilty  with Conal Keaney of Dubs Stars during  the annual challenge game at Round Towers. Photo: Donall Farmer HO/Donall Farmer

Dubs Stars 2-13 Dublin 0-13Second-half goals from Paul Ryan and Aidan Roche helped the Dubs Stars register a deserved six point win over Dublin in the(...)

  All Blacks captain Richie McCaw tries his hand at hurling with Dublin’s Bernard Brogan during the AIG-hosted Dublin GAA and New Zealand All Blacks’  Unique Skills Challenge at Westmanstown Sports and Conference Centre in Clonsilla, Co Dublin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Richie McCaw sounded awfully like Brian Cody last night. Turns out Cody’s mantra about any hurling county being capable of beating another on any give(...)

Clare captain Anthony Daly celebrates victory over Tipperary  in the 1997 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

“There has been a missing person in Clare for 81 long years. Well today, that person has been found alive and well . . . ”Anthony Daly, September 1995(...)

Dublin manager Anthony Daly celebrates after Leinster final win over Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Johnny McCaffrey’s speech ticked up towards its crescendo but Anthony Daly’s was the only face anyone wanted to see. The Dublin manager doesn’t really(...)