Wexford manager Liam Griffin celebates winning the 1996 All-Ireland final. The former manager  and others have said that the county’s eye was taken off the development of young players. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Amidst all of the celebrations of last year’s memorable hurling championship, the continuing doldrums in one of the game’s great traditional strong(...)

Colin Fennelly lifts the league trophy following Kilkenny’s league final win over Tipperary at Nowlan Park in May. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Wexford manager Liam Griffin was right when he said that the move to change – yet again – the National Hurling League format was “a sour end” t(...)

The half-time speech is a an integral weapon in every manager’s armoury.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Armagh played Kerry in the 2002 All-Ireland football final. By half-time, they were going down the swanee. They’d lost John McEntee to concussion. Ois(...)

Brian Murphy of Cork, the only player in tomorrow’s starting line-ups with experience of playing in an All-Ireland final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Statistics are invaluable for ordering our thoughts about the past but in hurling, the most traditional of games, they can also become predictive as t(...)

A screengrab from a video of a swimmer with Dusty the dolphin in Doolin last year. Photograph via YouTube

A swimmer was injured by a dolphin in Co Clare last night in the fourth such incident involving the same animal in a month.Despite repeated warnings f(...)

Limerick’s Seamus Hickey and supporters celebrate against Cork in Sunday’s Munster final at the  Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

One of the most momentous provincial hurling championship seasons since the 1990s concluded at the weekend. Just as the world at large was cheered by (...)

 Conal Keaney was one of the many men to shine for Dublin in their win over Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Other than Richie Power, no Kilkenny forward had a shot from play in the second half of Saturday’s game. Point being, this was all about Dublin. It wa(...)

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