UCD manager Nicky English: His side  are the outsiders of the semi-final quartet largely because they lack   well-known players but as a collective they have been extraordinarily strong. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The Fitzgibbon Cup this weekend in Cork IT unusually sees no participants from the host city. It’s largely a Limerick invasion with all three college(...)

Cork’s Brian Corcoran: played for up to a dozen different teams one year due to his proficiency in two codes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Next week’s annual GAA Congress will consider hugely significant rule changes, which can make major inroads on the problem of burnout and rationalisin(...)

Ruby Walsh and Faugheen in action during the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Comparing champions of different eras is famously futile, but Faugheen’s scintillating career-best performance in the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle surely(...)

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(...)

Tipperary hurling legend Jimmy Doyle photographed in June 2005 at the Thurles Sarsfields Club at Semple Stadium. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Thurles on Thursday, the spiritual home of hurling, to pay their last respects and hear warm tributes to one of the g(...)

Antrim Hurling Manager Jim Nelson has passed away. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In 1989 Antrim competed in their first All-Ireland final in almost half a decade, at the time they were in the midst of a period in which they would (...)

UL’s Kevin O’Brien scrambles for possession with Matthew O’Hanlon of UCD. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

University of Limerick 0-18 University College Dublin 0-15 The long Fitzgibbon Cup famine for University College Dublin will continue for a(...)

Kilkenny legend JJ Delaney has announced his hurling retirement at the age of just 32

The recent spate of inter-county retirements continues with news of JJ Delaney’s decision to hang up his hurl at the top level. The Kilkenny player, r(...)

Double All-Ireland-winning Cork hurling coach Archdeacon Michael O’Brien has died after a  long illness. Photograph: Inpho

Tributes have been paid to double All-Ireland-winning Cork hurling coach Archdeacon Michael O’Brien, who died on Friday in a nursing home following (...)

Cork’s Alan Cadogan and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary clash in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A testing Sunday, that. From Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin to Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin and back again, and as ever you end up addled, half hear(...)