Shane Moloney of Galway scores the winning point in injury time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Oh hurling, how could we doubt you? We worthless curs, we ignorant daws. We’ve spent the summer grumbling at the lack of a decent game and instead of (...)

Waterford’s Colin Dunford celebrates at the final whistle of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 semi-final against Tipperary at  Nowlan Park in  Kilkenny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 1-19Tipperary 2-15These games matter and they don’t matter. Tipperary turned up in Nowlan Park just a little heavier-legged than they were a(...)

Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson: “Winning is oinfectious.”

It was appropriate that the closing act in Tipperary’s league win over Galway was Darren Gleeson’s safe and assured handling of a tricky and dangerou(...)

 Kilkenny celebrate victory over Tipperary in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final 2014 replay at Croke Park. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the end it was a case of back to basics. Kilkenny went away from the drawn match convinced they needed to improve like they did for the All-Ireland(...)

Kieran Joyce and Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher tussle for possession in the crunch half-back area during yesterday’s final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

With four minutes left and Tipperary aching for something, for anything, Bonner Maher finally got the ball in his hand heading for goal. If Eamon O’Sh(...)

Lar Corbett: his movement will prove a real threat to Kilkenny’s defence again. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

This is still as evenly balanced as ever but the last three weeks must have been easier for Tipperary. They’ve fewer players with a back pocket full o(...)

Tipperary’s Noel McGrath. “He’s probably the most elusive player currently playing the game. You see him on the ball at wing-forward and in the very next play, he seems to be in full-forward again.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Four minutes into the second half of the drawn game, Noel McGrath wheeled away out of a scrum on the Kilkenny 45. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw(...)

 Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy and Brian Hogan get to grips with Patrick Maher of Tipperary during the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I don’t think anyone can accuse me of exaggeration in suggesting this was one of the truly great games of hurling . . . possibly the best final EVE(...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan tussles with goalkeeper Eoin Murphy and Joey Holden of Kilkenny during yesterday’s All-Ireland final draw at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It ended like no other All-Ireland, 81,179 sets of eyes trained on the screens at either end as Hawk-Eye kept us in suspense. Which was appropriate en(...)

Patrick Maher scores  Tipperary’s goal during  the  All-Ireland SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28When the heart-rate returns to something approaching normality, when the adrenaline fades and we all slide back to our wor(...)