Lar Corbett scored a spectacular hat-trick in the 2010 All-Ireland hurling final against Kilkenny, to win his second All-Ireland and help deprive Cats of five titles in a row. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Not many players “come out of nowhere” to win two All-Irelands plus a hurler of the year award, but then Lar Corbett is no ordinary player. Now, at 34(...)

 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 (...)

Dublin’s Brian Fenton: the midfielder follows up his man-of-the-match award in the All-Ireland final with a first All Star nomination. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Although there is no place for either Paul Flynn, who has been an All Star for the past four years, or captain Stephen Cluxton, who has not been no(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody on his future: “I was able to obviously marry both all along, and it won’t have any influence on what I decide to do or not to do.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Typical of Brian Cody to keep staring straight ahead even when looking back, because when reflecting on All-Ireland hurling title number 11, the Kilke(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: his record speaks for itself: 11 All-Irelands. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

We’ve been here before, singing Kilkenny’s praises, and it looks like we’ll be here again. There is no end to what Brian Cody’s men achieve on the hur(...)

Galway defender Iarla Tannian competes with Kilkenny’s TJ Reid during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Only when Brian Cody starts listing off the reasons why Kilkenny should not have won this All-Ireland title can we fully appreciate why they did. Cod(...)

Kilkenny captain Joey Holden lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after his side beat Galway in the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18 It started with the promise of a memorable contest but by the final whistle Kilkenny had proved beyond quibble their endurin(...)

In waiting: in the three games Kilkenny have needed to make it to the final, Cody has used just eight substitutes. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

As the drip-drip news of Kilkenny retirements came over the winter, the caveat went that only JJ Delaney would be departing the scene as a starter.(...)

TJ Reid scores his side’s goal despite the presence of a thrown hurley at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I was surprised by people’s reaction coming out of Croke Park. I thought Kilkenny were really good. Others didn’t seem so convinced but in the second (...)

TJ Reid celebrates scoring the opening goal against Waterford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A visiting German journalist got Brian Cody to pose for a selfie after his post-match press conference yesterday. Watching on, the thought struck tha(...)