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(...)

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,(...)

Wexford’s Keith Rossiter clashes with Dublin’s Conal Keaney and  Ciarán Kenny during the Leinster SHC semi-final at Wexford Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wexford 1-14 Dublin 0-22: Summer in bloom, and with that Dublin burst their way into another Leinster hurling final. They had to rely on old heads lik(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly: Cork will surely deputise a man-marker to track the outstanding 2013 Hurler of the Year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

There wasn’t a whole lot between these teams last year but Clare proved themselves better in the end although in the All-Ireland finals I’d a sneaky f(...)

Dublin boss Anthony Daly: Last year Dublin  went from averaging 0-4 from play out of their starting forwards to averaging 1-11. Now Daly needs them to pick up where they left off. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the aftermath of Dublin’s draw in Wexford Park last June, certain truths were self-evident. One, that Dublin would go nowhere unless they started (...)

Dublin’s Alan McCrabbe:  can cause problems for Wexford’s defence from play and from placed balls. Photo: Alan Betson

There’s an optimal way for underdogs to come in under the radar and Wexford haven’t quite managed it in advance of this evening’s intriguing Leinster(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: his sides can never be under estimated. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The sports statisticians are continually looking for patterns in play from which to draw conclusions. The statistics garnered from these(...)

Clare’s Conor McGrath: a hip surgery success story. From surgery Christmas 2012 to the best goal of the All-Ireland final nine months later. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The first answer is that there is no answer. As is so often the case when we start casting around for a through line connecting a spate of injuries of(...)

DIT progressed to a Walsh Cup quarter-final against Kilkenny, with a hard-fought extra-time win against Westmeath at Cusack Park, Mullingar, yesterday(...)

Forward Pádraic “Podge” Collins saw his wonderful 2013 championship rewarded last night when he was named as one of the eight Clare players on this year’s All Star selection. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The revolution is complete, all resistance now futile. It may not be an all-time record but Clare’s eight All Star awards equals their best ever haul,(...)