It’s been a contrasting week for Cork and Galway GAA. Photograph: Inpho

The real questions beginning to be answered in August A four game Semple stadium marathon - with the sustenance of tea, ham sandwiches and cake(...)

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 (...)

Joe Canning no longer has to carry Galway forward line on his shoulders. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There is always a sense that we’d have long given up on Galway hurling were it not for the occasional pound of flesh they extract from Kilkenny. Th(...)

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(...)

Richie Hogan: “We were totally blown away . . .Galway just came with, and they do it every couple of years, an attitude that they would beat all the teams in the country put together.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The faceless men of Kilkenny, it turns out, are brimming with character. But we always knew this. We just didn’t see the idiosyncrasies until Eddie (...)

Kilkenny’s Ger Aylward scores his third and his side’s fifth goal at yesterday’s Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny and Tipperary may have been late into the action in this season’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship but their respective performances a(...)

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(...)

Dublin players after Under-21 championship defeat to Kilkenny. Inpho

Kilkenny 4-12 Dublin 2-16 Kilkenny goals, a familiar lament for so many fallen opponents, caused a significant upset in this Leinster under-21 (...)