Cork players look on dejected after their defeat to Clare in Saturday’s final. Photogrpah: James Crombie/Inpho

Remarkably, the day after an All-Ireland hurling final comparable to a World War II spitfire battle, such was its jarring intensity, no one was badly (...)

Cork supporters Sarah McSweeney and Mariah Sheehan at Bishopstown GAA club during yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Provision

A nail-biting conclusion without the desired result led to a feeling of dejection at Bishopstown GAA club yesterday, home to Cork captain Pa Cronin an(...)

 Fans from both counties watching the thrilling final moments of the match in Croke Park yesterday.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This is becoming a habit. A glorious, thundering, life-affirming habit. For the second year in a row, the All-Ireland hurling final will go to a repla(...)

Cork’s Patrick Horgan celebrates scoring his late goal against Dublin at Croke Park.  Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Cork 1-24 Dublin 1-19: A seemingly inseparable All-Ireland hurling semi-final and in the end the Dublin hurlers are finally stopped from reeling in(...)

Clare will benefit from the likes of Darach Honan getting some match practice against Waterford. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

If this were the other way around and Cork had beaten Clare three times already this year, there wouldn’t be much discussion about what was going to (...)

Cork’s Luke O’Farrell will pose a major goal threat against Clare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I expected this to be an open Munster championship and it hasn’t disappointed. Even Waterford might have felt they’d a chance had they not lost a numb(...)