Danny Sutcliffe of St Jude’s has been the player of the Dublin hurling championship so far. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Kilmacud Crokes v St Jude’s, Parnell Park, 7.45pm: New Dublin manager Ger Cunningham will be an interested spectator in Donnycarney, as he assesses so(...)

Clare strength and conditioning coach Joe O’Connor goes through a warm-up drill with the players prior to the senior championship semi-final at Semple Stadium, in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Impho

It’s 60 years ago since the GAA introduced a ban on collective training of inter-county teams. It felt the practice reeked of professionalism. The ban(...)

Clare defender Seán McMahon (left) tackles Declan Ryan of Tipperary during the 1997 All-Ireland hurling final, the first time intra-provincial rivals met at the venue. Photograph:  Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Tipperary’s clash with Cork this Sunday in the second hurling semi-final means that of the Munster hurling rivalries only Cork versus Limerick has yet(...)

It’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: Kieran McGeeney is leaving Kildare and returning to his native county Armagh. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So it’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: on the same night Jason Ryan went before the Kildare county board to be ratified as thei(...)

Cork’s Conor O’Sullivan and Conor McGrath of Clare clash in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Relegation Play-Off last April.  ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

They’re here because they’re here. The unfolding of the All-Ireland hurling championship has brought us to a final between Cork and Clare that was ent(...)

The ‘Boss’ Bruce Springsteen paid tribute in Limerick to the deeds of the Treaty County’s hurlers. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

It probably doesn’t happen this way but it would be great to think that when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band arrive in Nowlan Park, they will (...)

Clare’s Darach Honan will pose a serious threat to Galway’s defence on Sunday in Thurles. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Distraught, a barefoot Anthony Daly was met outside the Clare dressing-room by reporters. Davy Fitzgerald was away doing television so he missed the s(...)

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy: happy to air his views on the aspersions cast on his team’s fitness.

We hold these truths to be self-evident – or at least did until comparatively recently. The accumulation of weird events in the senior hurling champio(...)

Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keefe catches a high ball while under pressure from Colin Egan and Joe Bergin of Offaly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho
Waterford get the job done

Waterford 0-21 Offaly 1-14: A lively Tullamore tussle was decided by the splendid accuracy of Maurice Shanahan. The gifted Lismore attacker scored 0-1(...)

Offaly manager Ollie Baker: has made three changes from the side that lost to Kilkenny. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ollie Baker may have got his wish for home advantage in Tullamore (and no disrespect to lovers of the old grounds at Birr), but there’s a price for ev(...)