“[Diarmuid Connolly] has all the talent but he’s matched that in with his physicality, his work rate and with his leadership of the team,” says St Vincents teammate Paddy Andrews. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

TODAY Dublin SHC final Cuala v St Judes Parnell Park, 3.0 It’s hard to imagine two Dublin clubs more eager and ambitious heading into this hurling sho(...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson celebrates during the  All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19 Don’t look now. The Déise are coming with increasingly convincing arguments that this may be the group to bridge the chasm (...)

Ger Cunningham: the Dublin manager may be tempted to rejig his side following the heavy defeat by Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The one thing both these sides have going for them is that they only need to look at the other to see how matters could have turned out worse the l(...)

The scoreboard in Tullamore shows Galway leading Dublin 3-9 to 0-1 in the first half. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 5-19 Dublin 1-18 A Saturday night plucked from the bad old days for Dublin. Blowtorched from the start by Galway, charred and scarred before (...)

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(...)

 Paul Ryan (right, in action against Kilkenny) returns to the Dublin line-up and Tipperary will be wary of his ability if they infringe close to goal. Photograph: Inpho

It’s difficult to oppose Tipperary. In the familiar surroundings of their Thurles citadel, bolstered by the momentum of largely freewheeling, high -s(...)

Dublin’s Cian O’Callaghan in action against Westmeath in the Leinster under-21 semi-final in Mullingar. O’Callaghan’s task against Wexford will be to subdue Peter Kelly.  Photograph: Inpho

Wexford are on the cusp of making believers of us all. Defending champions, they are littered with hurlers who played leading roles in the unfathomab(...)

DUBLIN 2-25 GALWAY 2-13: As if part of some great cosmic realignment, Dublin hurlers continue to enjoy the sort of year they were supposed to have 12 (...)

Joe Canning: expected to exert a major influence over proceedings during Sunday’s Leinster senior hurling final

The Dublin hurlers must feel like Odysseus after finally returning home from the Trojan War only to find a gaggle of uninvited suitors dawdling in his(...)

What does it take to finish off a wounded Kilkenny? A consistent run of hurling matches without the litany of injuries of previous campaigns was all D(...)