Kilkenny’s TJ Reid scores a goal in the Leinster  Hurling Senior Championship final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

It was a disappointing Leinster final for anyone who thought Galway were really going to put it up to Kilkenny and test them to the point where they m(...)

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham: “We’d be pushing hard for the Galway supporters to come out and drive this team on, as there is something to build on.” Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For all the clamour that follows Joe Canning’s marvellous goal, a Galway defeat followed because of superior performances by many more Kilkenny than G(...)

TJ Reid scores Kilkenny’s goal during the  Leinster SHC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 2-15 Having perhaps braced themselves for the worst, in the light of Galway’s improved form, Kilkenny eventually worked out that (...)

Ger Aylward scores a goal against Wexford. “Never any doubt in my mind that he would play at some stage,” says Richie Hogan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It wasn’t those ageing doyens that kept Ger Aylward at bay. Nor was he the best kept secret of Kilkenny people. Just held up by circumstances beyond h(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid  is brought down for a penalty by the combined efforts of Matthew O’Hanlon and Liam Ryan of Wexford during the Leinster SHC semi-final at Nowlan Park.  Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kilkenny 5-25 Wexford 0-16 The longest day of the year arrived and for the Wexford hurlers it contained the longest hour of their lives. Best laid p(...)

Pauric Mahony: Waterford will have to do without one of the game’s top free-takers when they take on Cork in the Munster senior hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When the news filtered out of Pauric Mahony’s atrocious injury a few weeks back, it changed tomorrow’s terms of engagement at a stroke. For all that w(...)

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have wheeled out the big guns for Sunday’s Division One A relegation play-off against Clare. As expected manager Brian Cody has given instant(...)

Henry Shefflin: nothing was left undone, no question left dangling

Late last Wednesday week, Andy’s Bar, Main Street of Ballyhale. The club’s sixth All-Ireland title, won the day before, is being celebrated. Wisps (...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Henry Shefflin and  Eoin Reid go for a high ball in the All-Ireland club final against Kilmallock. They scored five points between them. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-18 Kilmallock 1-06Ballyhale don’t always win Kilkenny and when they do, don’t always win Leinster. Play them in Croke Park how(...)

Joey Holden (right) in action against Dan Currams of Kilcormac/Killoughey in the AIB Leinster Club Senior Hurling  Final at  O’Moore Park in  Portlaoise. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Some young hurlers approach the All-Ireland club final with terrifying wonder, and then there’s Joey Holden. He’s approaching Croke Park with Ballyhal(...)