Galway’s Cathal Mannion. “People are saying ‘he scored five points against Cork; he scored five more the last day against Tipperary. How is he doing that’?” Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

It may have slipped past the radar but Galway will be present for both minor and senior All-Ireland hurling finals on Sunday. It’s only the seventh ti(...)

Galway’s Cathal Mannion celebrates after the final whistle. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I remember Anthony Cunningham’s words to me on the Wednesday after the Leinster final. He was happy with that performance and was confident Galway wou(...)

 Shane Moloney’s point at the death booked Galway a place in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 In the nick of time the GAA Hurling All-Ireland season ignited with just two matches to go. Galway, for so long spec(...)

Kieran Bergin battles past Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin in last year’s replayed All-Ireland final. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kieran Bergin is adopting a light-hearted view on the injury sustained by fellow Tipperary defender Pádraic Maher, at least for now. Maher injured hi(...)

Offaly’s Joe Bergin with Ronan Maher of Tipperary in the league quarter final. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Offaly 0-13 Tipperary 1-16Both the weather and the physical confrontations in O’Connor Park yesterday were of a tempestuous nature as Tipperary held o(...)

 Pádraic Maher claims the sliotar ahead Tipperary team-mate  Ronan Maher and Kilkenny’s  Walter Walsh and Richie Hogan during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Semple Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

TIPPERARY 2-22 KILKENNY 1-13 It’s always a bit pointless describing Allianz League matches the following spring as “revenge” or “consolation”(...)

Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson: “Winning is oinfectious.”

It was appropriate that the closing act in Tipperary’s league win over Galway was Darren Gleeson’s safe and assured handling of a tricky and dangerou(...)

The Tipperary duo of  Denis Maher and Kieran Bergin challenge  Iarlaith Tannian of Galway during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash at  Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 2-18 Galway 0-20Two Tipperary goals just after half-time helped them to stave off a strong closing quarter by Galway in this robust league e(...)

Clare’s Patrick Donnellan tackles Conor O’Mahony of Tipperary. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Clare 0-16 Tipperary 0-15Tipperary, last spotted in that transcendent All-Ireland final series, returned to inter-county hurling in more earthy circum(...)

Tipperary wing back Kieran Bergin in action during the drawn All-Ireland hurling final against Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary’s Kieran Bergin is of the view the free awarded at the end of last month’s drawn All-Ireland final wasn’t a foul. The controversial decisio(...)