Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates with Neil  and Eamonn McGee after the victory over Dublin in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A few days after the Ulster final, Pat Shovelin dropped into the house just for a chat. I was down in the office and he popped his head round the d(...)

Maurice Shanahan has been key for Waterford, holding up possession superbly as the lone attacker. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You look at Kilkenny and realise that they’ve lost about one-third of the panel that won the All-Ireland last year and it has left them vulnerable. Ev(...)

 Jonathan Glynn scores Galway’s first goal against Cork.  Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

The Leinster final would have thrown a lot of people, me included, off the Galway scent. They were excellent in this complete destruction of Cork. Wha(...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson celebrates during the  All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19 Don’t look now. The Déise are coming with increasingly convincing arguments that this may be the group to bridge the chasm (...)

Michael Walsh: Dublin need to limit the ball going through him and Waterford’s other senior man Kevin Moran. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

This is the litmus test for Waterford. A defeat here would not cancel out the worth of their unexpected league triumph or the advances they made in(...)

Waterford’s Michael Walsh is tackled by Tipperary’s Padraic Maher during the Munster senior hurling championship final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Maybe this was not the most incandescent of Tipperary’s provincial summer titles. But on a cloudy afternoon when Semple Stadium fell silent to honour (...)

Waterford’s Stephen Bennett is tackled by Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett during the Munster hurling final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Both Tipperary and Waterford can take something from this but, importantly, they have room to improve before the All-Ireland series and will need t(...)

Tipperary’s Shane McGrath kicks the sliotar  forward as he’s challenged by Waterford players during the Munster SHC Final at Semple Stadium. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 To say the 125th GAA Munster hurling final was nondescript isn’t to belittle a competitive encounter in which favourites(...)

Colin Dunford stays one step ahead of James Woodlock during  Waterford’s league semi-final win over Tipperary at Nowland Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford have been in many ways the team of the year so far and I was mightily impressed by them in the semi-final when they should have beaten Co(...)

Salvatore ’Toto’ Schillaci of Italy celebrates his winning goal against Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Amid disaster, triumph, and in defeat, jubilation. Italian football supporters leaving the magnificent Olympic Stadium in Rome on Saturday night gazed(...)