Michael Fennelly (left) in action for Kilkenny: interest in UCD’s 18-week postgraduate certificate in innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise really picked up after Fennelly and other GAA players did the programme.Photograph: ©inpho/james crombie

Are innovative people born that way or can you learn how to become more innovative? Brendan Byrne is a strong believer in learning from the experience(...)

Kilkenny’s Joey Holden in action against Wexford’s Conor McDonald. The full back will face a stiffer test against Galway’s Joe Canning at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny v Galway What strikes me about Galway so far is that they have a method to their play, are getting quality ball into the full forwards(...)

 Mayo footballers, senior Cillian O’Connor, minor Barry Duffy, and Kilkenny hurlers, minor Tommy Walsh and senior Michael Fennelly at the launch of the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor championshhips at Croke Park. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Michael Fennelly has emerged as a fitness concern ahead of Kilkenny’s Leinster hurling semi-final against Wexford in Nowlan Park this Sunday. A lowe(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan was last year’s Hurler of the Year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The school where Richie Hogan teaches on Dublin’s northside is about 10 minutes on a bike from the Clontarf seafront where we’ve arranged to meet. Thi(...)

Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley scores the winning point despite the efforts of Clare’s Cian Dillon during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A relegation play-off at Nowlan Park Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-18 Clare 1-17The sense of unreality that surrounded the two most recent All-Ireland champions contesting yesterday’s relegation play-off in(...)

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have wheeled out the big guns for Sunday’s Division One A relegation play-off against Clare. As expected manager Brian Cody has given instant(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Henry Shefflin and  Eoin Reid go for a high ball in the All-Ireland club final against Kilmallock. They scored five points between them. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-18 Kilmallock 1-06Ballyhale don’t always win Kilkenny and when they do, don’t always win Leinster. Play them in Croke Park how(...)

Joey Holden (right) in action against Dan Currams of Kilcormac/Killoughey in the AIB Leinster Club Senior Hurling  Final at  O’Moore Park in  Portlaoise. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Some young hurlers approach the All-Ireland club final with terrifying wonder, and then there’s Joey Holden. He’s approaching Croke Park with Ballyhal(...)

Brian Cody celebrates at the final whistle after Kilkenny beat Tipperary in last year’s All-Ireland hurling final repay in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Most managers would be lamenting the retirement of five of their most prolific All-Ireland winners in the one go. Or at least feel a little uneasy abo(...)

 Joseph Holden of Ballyhale Shamrocks is shadowed by Gort’s Gerard Quinn in Tullamore. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan / Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-17 Gort 1-15Ballyhale Shamrocks have lined up yet another St Patrick’s Day parade after booking their place in the All-Ireland (...)