“Midfield is  another area of big improvement for Cork this year,” says Nicky English. “They were comprehensively outplayed by Clare at midfield in last year’s All-Ireland final so they went away and produced Aidan Walsh (right)”. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Last week’s semi-final was hard enough to predict, depending on where you came down on the balance between the dynamism and enthusiasm of Limerick and(...)

Cork’s Séamus Harnedy celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against Limerick during the Munster SHC Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork 2-24 Limerick 0-24Cork gave Páirc Uí Chaoimh a big send-off this afternoon in a memorable Munster hurling final when their forwards finally got (...)

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(...)

Waterford goalkeeper  Stephen O’Keeffe blocks Anthony Nash’s penalty during the Munster SHC quarter-final replay at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14: Cork are through to a Munster senior hurling championship semi-final meeting with Clare next Sunday after they demolished Wa(...)

Clare’s Darach Honan holds off Stephen McDonnell of Cork during the Munster SHC semi-final, a game where the Clare forward threatened to rule the roost. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The same old clichés keep recurring: hurling-wise, it’s been a fantastic championship, reminiscent of 1995, and weather-wise it hasn’t been too bad ei(...)

Cork’s Lorcán McLoughlin in action during the All-Ireland semi-final victory over Dublin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A big day for the Kanturk club in Cork was copper-fastened with the Man of the Match award for the county’s All-Ireland semi-final win over Dublin goi(...)

Dublin and Cork teams shake hands before the game. Photograph: Inpho.

That was as good and as exciting a game I’ve ever seen in this the best hurling championship of my lifetime. Didn’t think I’d say that about a Cork Du(...)

Cork’s Patrick Horgan celebrates scoring a goal for Cork. Photograph: Inpho

Future generations may look at the bare detail of Cork’s 12th championship win against Dublin in 15 meetings with its ultimately comfortable winning m(...)

Dublin’s Ryan O’Dwyer (11) is sent off by referee James Owens at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly was left wondering what might have been after his side were beaten by five-points by Cork, 1-24 to 1-19, in a thri(...)

Cork’s Patrick Horgan celebrates scoring his late goal against Dublin at Croke Park.  Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Cork 1-24 Dublin 1-19: A seemingly inseparable All-Ireland hurling semi-final and in the end the Dublin hurlers are finally stopped from reeling in(...)