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 (...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks manager Andy Moloney is wary of favourites tag against Gort. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpo

It’s not quite A-Connecticut-Yankee-In- King-Arthur’s-Court but at first glance, the notion of two Tipperary men coaching in Kilkenny hurling heartlan(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks players Mark Aylward, TJ Reid and Joey Holden who will likely  take the honour of becoming Kilkenny’s captain for 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks may have wrapped up the perfect season for club and county but there is still one matter to be decided: the Kilkenny hurling capt(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks vs Kilcormac/KillougheyBallyhale Shamrocks’ Henry Shefflin and Peter Healion of Kilcormac/Killoughey. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-21 Kilcormac-Killoughey 1-14 AETThe hot favourites won and the underdogs put in a game challenge but it would be wrong to conclu(...)

A palate-tickling array of delights will be served at the Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium, part of the National Craft and Design Fair, which runs (...)