Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor and  Kerry’s Paul Murphy with (back row) Ger Brennan (Dublin), Armagh’s Ciaran McKeever, Derry’s Chris Haigue, Limerick’s Seamus Hickey, Wexford’s Ursula Jacob and Mayo’s Fiona McHale at  the launch of GPA Madden Leadership Programme at Croke Park.  Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

To criticise the GPA for working too closely with the GAA is “ridiculous” according to GAA director general Páraic Duffy, because initiatives such as (...)

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea, who received the backing from his players following the All-Ireland defeat by Kilkenny, urges his side forward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There is mounting concern in Tipperary hurling that manager Eamon O’Shea may no longer be able to commit to the post. In the aftermath of Saturday’s A(...)

Tipperary coach Paudie O’Neill: “A fact is a fact. We can’t change the result of ’09 – but we can’t change the result of 2010 either”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Within the Tipperary management team, Paudie O’Neill provides perspective. He shares with manager Eamon O’Shea the geographical distance of having liv(...)

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea celebrates after his team’s win over Cork in the All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

It’s a long way from there to here. Three months ago, as he contemplated a second successive Munster defeat by Limerick, Tipperary manager Eamon O’She(...)

Liam Sheedy: Tipp’s All-Ireland winning boss is confident of repeat success.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Tipperary’s 2010 All-Ireland winning manager Liam Sheedy believes the county is primed for a repeat performance against Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sept(...)

Former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy (centre) with current boss Eamon O’Shea (left) and selector Michael Ryan in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Liam Sheedy’s perspective on the mental frailty of Tipperary’s best hurlers was sought yesterday. It was a valid question considering current Tipp (...)

Tipperary’s Eamon O’Shea: “One of the things about hurling is that it’s a totally different game month by month.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

He says he never stopped enjoying it through the torrents of rumour and critical appraisal that followed Tipperary through the spring and you know tha(...)

Anthony Nash takes a 20m free against Clare in last year’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Inpho.

The GAA has called off the proposed introduction of the hooter-clock system for this year’s championship. At Saturday’s Central Council meeting(...)

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer in action against Clare’s Brendan Bugler during the recent league clash at Thurles. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Few recent All-Ireland champions have worn the crown as heavily as the feted Tipperary hurling team of 2010. The thrilling nature of that famou(...)

Jim Gavin receives his Philips Sports Manager of the Year award from Cel O’Reilly (Managing Director Philips Ireland) and Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Sport, at a function in the Shelbourne Hotel. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In a reverse of 1995, Dublin football manager Jim Gavin saw off Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald for the Philips Sports Manager of the Year award(...)