Kilkenny manager Brian Cody gestures during Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland hurling final against Tipperary. Photograph: Inpho

Vince Lombardi never really worried about winning. His only fear was losing. Which may help explain why a great manager like Brian Cody feels nothing(...)

John O’Dwyer gestures to the referee for calling the Hawk-Eye into play after a late free for Tipperary during yesterday’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary 1-28 Kilkenny 3-22 The place went from tumult and as gripping a conclusion to an All-Ireland final as had been seen to the sense of silen(...)

Patrick Maher scores  Tipperary’s goal during  the  All-Ireland SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28When the heart-rate returns to something approaching normality, when the adrenaline fades and we all slide back to our wor(...)

 Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has made three changes for the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has made three changes for Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final, drafting Eoin Murphy, Walter Walsh and Richie Power into th(...)

“Twitter carried the news that Henry was available to play in the semi-final game against Galway. Brian, though, not one of the Twiteratti I’d guess, held him in reserve.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

So there we have it. Kilkenny and Tipperary meet again. In 2010 Tipp smothered Kilkenny’s ‘drive for five’ with a very convincing final performance.Th(...)

Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy battles for possession with Limerick’s  Graeme Mulcahy at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

It’s unusual a match ends up playing out as most people expected. Limerick were up to a point nearly as good as they could have been. They come up sho(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: has been impressed by a dogged Limerick side. Photograph:  Inpho/Cathal Noonan

August falls and Kilkenny are where they want to be. This time last year they were kicking their heels, watching from afar as the big festivals of the(...)

Brian Cody led his Kilkenny team to Leinster final victory over Dublin this year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Brian Cody has rejected the characterisation of Dublin’s players as “manufactured hurlers”, condemning the phrase as condescending and completely wro(...)

Dublin manager Anthony Daly celebrates the breakthrough  Leinster final win over Galway last summer. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When Anthony Daly talks about a player being “mad for road” that normally means they’re going in the right direction. For Danny Sutcliffe that road i(...)

Kilkenny’s Aidan Fogarty is tackled by Galway’s Andrew Smith at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17 An intriguing but predictable encounter in Tullamore ended with yet another affirmation of Kilkenny’s almost feral instinct(...)