Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy and Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick struggle for the ball in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In those elemental last 10 minutes on Sunday, Kilkenny were in all-hands mode but some of them got closer to the pump than others. Brian Hogan got on (...)

Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy battles for possession with Limerick’s  Graeme Mulcahy at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

It’s unusual a match ends up playing out as most people expected. Limerick were up to a point nearly as good as they could have been. They come up sho(...)

Limerick will require top-notch displays from the likes of Paul Browne, here scoring a goal against Wexford, if they are to prevail on Sunday. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Last week I wrote about interpreting the pre-match signs in an effort to determine your team’s state of readiness for battle.This time last year Limer(...)

Dublin’s John McCaffrey has nowhere to go as Pádraic Maher, Gearoid Ryan, Kieran Bergin and Brendan Maher close in during yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at  Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I was really looking forward to the day’s hurling. A huge crowd landed into Thurles and the atmosphere around the square beforehand was superb. Everyo(...)

Limerick’s Tom Condon shows Paul Morris and Lee Chin of Wexford a clean pair of heels in yesterday’s quarter-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Limerick 4-26 Wexford 1-11 There are limits to super-heroics. Not for the first time, the unexpected happened when these county colours mingled and W(...)

It’s thumbs up for Limerick and their manager TJ Ryan at  Semple Stadium, Thurles, yesterday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

With few brass notes to their name all summer, it fell to Limerick to take their place among hurling’s big three after they crushed Wexford in the sun(...)

Wexford’s manager Liam Dunne can only look on as his side are overwhelmed by Limerick in the All-Ireland SHC Quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sometimes you live and learn but most of the time you suffer the same cruel demise over and over. Wexford were, momentarily, back among the elite but (...)

Wexford’s Keith Rossiter fends off Clare’s Darach Honan. Nicky English believes the absence of Rossiter or Liam Óg McGovern would represent a serious blow for Wexford’s ambitions against Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

The main debilitating aspect of Wexford’s run of six championship matches in eight weeks is not principally tired minds and limbs but rather the likel(...)

Cork’s Séamus Harnedy celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against Limerick during the Munster SHC Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork 2-24 Limerick 0-24Cork gave Páirc Uí Chaoimh a big send-off this afternoon in a memorable Munster hurling final when their forwards finally got (...)

Cork’s Pa Cronin and Donal O’Grady of Limerick at close quarters in the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Twelve months ago this was a genuinely surprising Munster final in a momentous season by the end of which both teams had been beaten by the new All-Ir(...)