Cork woes: Their subs made very little impact and  it’s hard to see how they can recover this summer. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

This was a significant weekend in the hurling year with some very significant results. I had been impressed with Waterford this year and the match (...)

Waterford scorer-in-chief Maurice Shanahan. Photograph:  Inpho/James Crombie

Who will dismiss Waterford now? Who will doubt them? On what grounds? Derek McGrath’s young side keep turning down opportunities to fizzle out, doubli(...)

Maurice Shanahan celebrates after scoring a goal for Waterford in the Munster SHC semi-final against Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21   The evidence of Waterford’s arrival as a potent force in senior hurling hardened in Thurles, as Derek McGr(...)

Pauric Mahony: Waterford will have to do without one of the game’s top free-takers when they take on Cork in the Munster senior hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When the news filtered out of Pauric Mahony’s atrocious injury a few weeks back, it changed tomorrow’s terms of engagement at a stroke. For all that w(...)

Waterford’s Kevin Moran with his GAA/GPA Opel Player of the Month award. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For someone who’s just won the first GAA/GPA Player of the Month award for 2015 – and still fresh from captaining Waterford to only a third ever Nati(...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson, Martin O’Neill and Pauric Mahony celebrate with the trophy. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Follow that. Waterford began winning on a dark February evening when the hurling world wasn’t paying much notice and this morning, they finish the lea(...)

Waterford’s Noel Connors and Kevin Moran celebrate securing the county’s third league title with a 10-point victory over Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford’s revival is complete. As Derek McGrath would say afterwards, the Déise fans do not scoff at days like this. And rightly so. Just a year aft(...)

Waterford’s Michael Walsh and Cormac Murphy of Cork in action during the Allianz Hurling League Division One Final at Semple Stadium. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford, as the county freely accept, hasn’t so gilded a history that they will take lightly any silverware let alone national titles but even by th(...)

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(...)

Waterford’s Shane Fives clears from  Galway’s Joe Canning and Niall Healy. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Waterford 0-20 Galway 0-12 Any team that plays an overtly defensive game and still comfortably outscores their opposition must be doing something rig(...)