Séamus Callanan: the Tippearary full forward did a lot of damage against Galway when the sides met  in last year’s championship. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill /

The old line about not knowing what Galway will turn up isn’t strictly true unless you hear it at the start of the year. Once they get motoring in a s(...)

TJ Reid scores his side’s goal despite the presence of a thrown hurley at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I was surprised by people’s reaction coming out of Croke Park. I thought Kilkenny were really good. Others didn’t seem so convinced but in the second (...)

Cillian Buckley: “It’s turning into a fierce game of athleticism and fitness. It’s probably suiting me, and it is a place I enjoy playing.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s now 31 days and so many hours since Kilkenny collected their 70th Leinster hurling title without much fuss, and it would appear that several posi(...)

Galway and Kilkenny players battle for possession during the Allianz Division 1A Hurling League match  at Pearse Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 0-20 Kilkenny 0-18The prodigal from Portumna returned to settle nerves and a league win for Galway against the All-Ireland champions on a turbu(...)

Dublin’s Liam Rushe, Chris Chrummy and Colm Cronin battle for possession against Matthew Ruth and Brian Kennedy of Kilkenny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

DUBLIN 0-25 KILKENNY 3-11 What might be described as a lively afternoon at Nowlan Park ended with Dublin, who had led at one stage by 14 points, hangi(...)

Dublin’s Conal Keaney and Kilkenny’s Matthew Ruth in action during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin 0-25 Kilkenny 3-11What might be described as a lively afternoon at Nowlan Park ended with Dublin, who had led at one stage by 14 points, hangin(...)

Cork’s Daniel Kearney tries to get clear of the challenge of Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash at Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Cork 2-17 Kilkenny 1-22 For years we’ve nodded sagely at the idea of Kilkenny’s pre-eminence being based on deathless competition for places and yet s(...)

Ruairí Quinn and John Walshe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You have to say John Walshe has a great sense of timing. He hops from journalism into a plum job for Ruairí Quinn, and then, with indecent haste, b(...)

Rower Inistioge star Kieran Joyce  pictured at the launch of the AIB GAA Club Championships in Dublin. “We’ve only come up from intermediate last year, and I suppose that still creates a good bit of momentum and excitement.” Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Nearly one month later and Kieran Joyce is still trying to figure out how he ended up man- of-the-match in the All- Ireland hurling final replay. Jo(...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan fires past Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy to score the game’s opening goal.
Croke Park Timeline

3mins: First blood to Tipperary, as Shane McGrath catches the ball on the run and strikes it perfectly between the posts at the Hill 16 end. Tipperary(...)