Anthony Cunningham: “There is no point in being here if you don’t believe you are good enough to win the All-Ireland.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Black and amber jerseys feature prominently in Anthony Cunningham’s championship memories. The Galway manager is focused on a fourth All-Ireland fi(...)

Galways supporting cast has made star man Joe Canning even more of a threat. Photograph: Inpho

Galway’s tactical evolution in Anthony Cunningham’s fourth year as manager seems down to their marquee forward before the arrival of Joe Canni(...)

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 (...)

Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

In idle moments – of which there are many in this job, and exponentially more when you’re sent to cover Ulster football – there are few of us who have(...)

TJ Reid celebrates scoring the opening goal against Waterford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A visiting German journalist got Brian Cody to pose for a selfie after his post-match press conference yesterday. Watching on, the thought struck tha(...)

Kilkenny’s manager Brian Cody is reflecting on yet another All-Ireland final appearance. Photograoh: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Cody, briefly pausing while guiding Kilkenny into a 14th All-Ireland final since 1999, gifted the media a rare joke last evening. Granted, it wa(...)

TJ Reid scores Kilkenny’s goal despite the attention of Waterford’s  Barry Coughlan during the  All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18 That sense of the predictable that Kilkenny have brought to so many big matches over the past 17 seasons was again in evi(...)

Maurice Shanahan has been key for Waterford, holding up possession superbly as the lone attacker. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You look at Kilkenny and realise that they’ve lost about one-third of the panel that won the All-Ireland last year and it has left them vulnerable. Ev(...)

Richie Hogan is still a tower of strength for Kilkenny hurlers. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

It’s been an eventful week leading up to the first of this year’s hurling All-Ireland semi-finals with injury rumours swirling around Kilkenny and (...)

Brian Cody: the experience of his Kilkenny side cannot be underestimated. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Two years ago Waterford’s minors won the county’s first minor All-Ireland title since 1948. On that team Austin Gleeson was picked at six, Shane Be(...)