“Midfield is  another area of big improvement for Cork this year,” says Nicky English. “They were comprehensively outplayed by Clare at midfield in last year’s All-Ireland final so they went away and produced Aidan Walsh (right)”. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Last week’s semi-final was hard enough to predict, depending on where you came down on the balance between the dynamism and enthusiasm of Limerick and(...)

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(...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney battles with Limerick’s Shane Dowling in the difficult conditions at Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

We’ll wring more years out of this Kilkenny side yet. For the 13th season of Brian Cody’s 16 in charge, they will see out the summer in Croke Park in (...)

Richie Hogan of Kilkenny scores his side’s first goal during the All-Ireland Hurling semi-final against Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17They may have missed the big day in 2013, but Kilkenny showed their championship credentials haven’t diminished.The Cats ro(...)

Despite normally playing as a forward, Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan has excelled at midfield this summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Brian Cody gave up the thinnest of smiles. Stood outside the Kilkenny dressing room at Nowlan Park after watching his side’s unfussy deconstruction of(...)

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates one of his two goals against Wexford in the quarter-final at Thurles. He will pose a major threat to Kilkenny’s defence on Sunday. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tomorrow will be Kilkenny’s 14th All-Ireland hurling semi-final in the 15 years of Brian Cody’s management. Of those 14, the county has lost just two(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: has been impressed by a dogged Limerick side. Photograph:  Inpho/Cathal Noonan

August falls and Kilkenny are where they want to be. This time last year they were kicking their heels, watching from afar as the big festivals of the(...)

 Colm Cooper’s role with Kerry has been embraced by James O’Donoghue. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

My colleague Ken Early suggested in the Irish Times yesterday that, as far as the Brazilian media were concerned, the injury to Neymar which has ruled(...)

John Power of Kilkenny is challenged by Peter Kelly of Dublin during the Leinster hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

After a Leinster championship of snap and crackle, a final curiously bereft of pop. Kilkenny’s slicing and dicing of a fidgety Dublin side was old-sch(...)