Kilkenny’s TJ Reid is favourite for the Hurler of the Year award after an exceptional season with club and county. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny and Galway share the biggest presence on the short list for the GAA GPA All Stars, sponsored by Opel. Both All-Ireland finalists have (...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson scores a side line puck against Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

More than anything Waterford are taking confidence from the manner of victory over Dublin in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final. In the 10 minutes af(...)

 Jonathan Glynn scores Galway’s first goal against Cork.  Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

The Leinster final would have thrown a lot of people, me included, off the Galway scent. They were excellent in this complete destruction of Cork. Wha(...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson celebrates during the  All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19 Don’t look now. The Déise are coming with increasingly convincing arguments that this may be the group to bridge the chasm (...)

Dublin’s Liam Rushe. Dublin will target Waterford in the physical stakes. Rushe, Chris Crummy, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe and Mark Schutte are all big, powerful men. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Waterford were having a superb year, arriving into a Munster final on a high, until all of a sudden they were beaten twice in three days. They (...)

Johnny McCaffrey celebrates at the final whistle after Dublin’s one-point win over Limerick in the round two qualifier at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 1-17 Limerick 1-16 Two mysteries here to test the sleuthing skills of the multitudes gathered in Thurles on Saturday night. One, how Du(...)

Conal Keaney celebrates his goal during Dublin’s comfortable Round 1 qualifier win over Laois. Photograph: Inpho

Laois 0-19 Dublin 4-17 We’ll keep what happened on the field brief. It’s what was said by Séamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett on the same grass afterwards that(...)

Jason Flynn and Joe Canning of Galway chase a loose ball ahead of Dublin’s Cian O’Callaghan, goalkeeper Alan Nolan and Peter Kelly during the Leinster hurling quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan.

Rarely have two teams appeared more driven by the fear of losing than the desire of winning. It certainly felt that way in the end, as Dublin and Galw(...)

Joseph Cooney  fires home Galway’s goal  despite the efforts of Dublin’s Peter Kelly during the Leinster SHC quarter-final  at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It might have been just the last weekend in May but there was a palpable anxiety in the display of both teams in this GAA Leinster hurling quarter-fi(...)

 Mark Schutte  has been a revelation so far, Dublin’s key man, consistently outstanding from the off. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Previous form for both counties can be largely discarded because true form can only come out of this game. Victory at Croke Park will kick-start eithe(...)