Michael Delaney: has served alongside manager Brian Cody since 2005 – a glorious period of success in Kilkenny hurling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – except when it comes to Kilkenny hurling. Because the one constant in preparing for this their 14th All-Ire(...)

Conor Cooney: ‘We gave a poor account of ourselves in most of our matches. We just have to reflect on the year’s hurling and see if we can improve for next year’. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Even as the GAA managerial merry-go-round still spins less and less seats are available; Brian Cuthbert’s appointment in Cork, to replace Conor Counih(...)

Brian Cody will take charge of the Kilkenny hurlers for a 16th year in 2014. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Brian Cody will take charge of Kilkenny’s hurlers for a 16th year in 2014 after his appointment was ratified at a specially convened meeting of the Ki(...)

Colin Fennelly lifts the cup after his side’s National League final victory over Tipperay. Photograph: Inpho

Mick Dempsey is the very personification of affability. If filling in for Brian Cody in the dressing room and on the sideline is a daunting tas(...)

As daunting for Kilkenny’s opponents as the All-Ireland champions’ relentless pursuit of success is the sense the ageing process may be no help(...)

By the end of the second league semi-final in Thurles, it had emerged that Galway captain Fergal Moore’s injury (right) wasn’t as bad as(...)