Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin never experienced sledging on a hurling field in the course of a glittering career. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In a game played with sticks it’s less likely that names will ever hurt you, although in his 16 years of intercounty hurling, Henry Shefflin was never(...)

Waterford’s Noel Connors and Kevin Moran celebrates at the final whistle of the league final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Time moves differently in the hurling life. Noel Connors is still just 24 but as the Waterford players celebrated on a damp afternoon in Thurles on Su(...)

If Cork can limit their influence, through Aidan Walsh (above), Séamus Harnedy and Mark Ellis in the central area Waterford’s challenge won’t run as smoothly. Photograph: Inpho

Allianz Hurling League final Cork v Waterford, Semple Stadium, 3.30pm – It has been a notable aspect of Waterford’s feisty displays that they rea(...)

Conor O’Sullivan has opted out of the Cork senior hurling panel. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Confirmation that Conor O’Sullivan has opted out of the Cork hurling panel has taken parts of the county by surprise given everything else appears (...)

Cork’s Séamus Harnedy eludes Wexford’s Daithí Waters and Eoin Conroy at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork 0-18 Wexford 0-14 Inspired by Patrick Horgan, Cork overturned a six-point interval deficit to see off Wexford and book a place in the semi-final (...)

Tipperary’s Patrick Maher battles with Shane O’Neill during their Allianz Hurling League Division One A match at Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork. Photograph: Inpho

Cork 4-21 Tipperary 2-28 Tipperary’s pre-match preparations may have been affected by their late arrival due to traffic congestion around Páirc Uí Rin(...)

Galway’s James Regan and Conor O’Sullivan of Cork during their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Pearse Stadium, Galway. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 0-20 Cork 2-17 Supporters of either of these counties looking for strong evidence of what might lie ahead for the year will have left Pe(...)

  Colm O’Driscoll tackles Kerry’s Anthony Maher during his side’s 11-point win over their rivals. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Cork and Kerry through the looking glass: what did the result mean? But what did it really mean? To those of uncomplicated disposition Cork handed th(...)

Clare players go through a warm up drill before the game against Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork v Clare in Pairc Ui Rinn, a quick rasher sandwich, then off to Dunedin for Sri Lanka v Afghanistan. Where would you be going? And if it wasn’t fo(...)

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(...)