Paul Ryan (right, in action against Kilkenny) returns to the Dublin line-up and Tipperary will be wary of his ability if they infringe close to goal. Photograph: Inpho

It’s difficult to oppose Tipperary. In the familiar surroundings of their Thurles citadel, bolstered by the momentum of largely freewheeling, high -s(...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan celebrates on of his two goals in the All-Ireland SHC Round two Qualifiers at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Not for the first time, Tipperary’s desire to gauge where they are is complicated by sticky issue of who they are. Still hurling’s little girl with th(...)

Offaly’s Brian Carroll  has no room to move as the Tipperary trio of  Michael Cahill, Paddy Stapleton and Paudie Maher surround him during the All-Ireland SHC Qualifier at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 5-25 Offaly 1-20It wasn’t always straightforward but Tipperary got the job done nonetheless in Portlaoise, running out easy winners in the e(...)

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly gets his shot away as Dublin’s  Stephen Hiney moves in during the Leinster SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-24 Dublin 1-9Reconstructed, slightly remodelled but the interior of these Kilkenny hurlers looks much the same. Defeat to Dublin, and Cork,(...)

Lar Corbett:  had a straitened season last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea yesterday hinted that Lar Corbett may be ready to play a role in the Munster championship game against Limerick on Sun(...)

 Vintage tractors.  Photograph: Eric Luke

If you have a tractor, the Order of Malta wants to see it in Thurles next month. The charity is attempting to break a G(...)

 Hayes Hotel, Thurles, where on November 1st, 1884, seven men met to form the Gaelic Athlethic Association.  Photograph: James Crombie

Tipperary hurler Lar Corbett and international boxing star Matthew Macklin have set their sights on purchasing Hayes Hotel in Thurles – the birthplace(...)

Harvesting hope: Áine Lawlor

Difficult subjects make the best documentaries – if the stories are well told – though that doesn’t make them any easier to watch. And maybe it takes (...)

Goalkeeper Brendan Cummins has announced his retirement from intercounty hurling after a record 73 senior championship appearances since his senior debut in 1993.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary hurling goalkeeper Brendan Cummins brought the curtain down on a glittering intercounty career last evening after a record 73 senior champio(...)

A dejected Peter Kelly of Dublin after his sidee’s NHL semi-final defeat to Tipperary  this year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was this weekend last year when the last stones in the avalanche came falling down on Dublin’s heads. After the first wave had hit a fortnight earl(...)