Jim O’Brien at work in his Tipperary workshop on hurleys that will be used by some of the Tipperary players in the All-Ireland final. Photo: Bryan O’Brien 4:53

“Have you got those two 35s?”Mark Dowling is almost furtive in the way he asks his father Brian to pass out the two freshly-fashioned hurleys that are(...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon attempts to block a shot from Donegal’s  Odhrán Mac Niallais. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

One by one, Dublin’s players filtered hollow-eyed onto the team bus in the gangway beneath the Hogan Stand. A season that most of the country had ass(...)

Colm McFadden celebrates scoring Donegal’s  third goal in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The smart boys won. Smirking away down the back of the class, homework done to the last full stop. Donegal, the biggest underdogs in an All-Ireland(...)

Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin: “Obviously Brian is drilling it into the lads to use the ball intelligently. It’s not anything scientific but that’s what we should always be doing.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Of the countless records piled up against Henry Shefflin’s name, his number of All-Ireland semi-final appearances is arguably at once the most remarka(...)

 Stephen Hiney of Dublin, right, gets to grips with James Woodlock of Tipperary during yesterday’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When you win, you can talk. You don’t have to throw an elbow but you can stand up with your back straight and your chest out and let it be known you a(...)

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy greets  Limerick boss   TJ Ryan after the game. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In the fuss we made over Clare’s All-Ireland, the team on the receiving end got forgotten. A group of players that had to go home and lick their woun(...)

Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciaran Murphy, Simon Hick and Mark Horgan will continue to produce outstanding online radio content for The Irish Times.

The Irish Times today announced the signing of an extended contract with the Second Captains team who provide The Irish Times Second Captains Podcast;(...)

Kilkenny’s Water Walsh: will pose a big threat to Galway’s ambitions in the Leinster senior hurling semi-final at Tullamore. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

From the beginning of his still young hurling life, Walter Walsh has been the square peg around whom managers have decided to reshape round holes. Vi(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte shows his frustration during the Ulster quarter-final defeat to Monaghan at Clones. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mickey Harte has never not spoken to the media after a game before, not as far as any of us could remember anyway. Yet he left the duties to Tony Donn(...)

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 (...)