Kilkenny’s TJ Reid. Maybe it’s a bit sensational to write that Reid is unmarkable at present yet it’s not an outrageous statement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On Sunday Galway will play their third All-Ireland final in four years. That’s a fair amount of experience garnered by a side that has been flattering(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Richie Hogan: former player Derek Lyng must now instill confidence into the players: Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

“When you get out there, perform well, and you win an All-Ireland, there’s no greater feeling than that,” says Derek Lyng. Although now that Lyng ha(...)

Galway’s Cathal Mannion. “People are saying ‘he scored five points against Cork; he scored five more the last day against Tipperary. How is he doing that’?” Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

It may have slipped past the radar but Galway will be present for both minor and senior All-Ireland hurling finals on Sunday. It’s only the seventh ti(...)

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 final(...)

Galway’s David Collins: “The intensity and workrate required to beat Kilkenny is going to be twice what we brought to Tipperary.”  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ten years on from his most gilded summer, campaigns that culminated in the Young Hurler of the Year award, All-Ireland under-21 success and a breatht(...)

A view of the match programme. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The end being near, the final curtain being faced, it brings an air of melancholy about the place. Not just that, it brings a stack of programmes a(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan in action against Waterford in the recent All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Hogan has been fortright in his views on the current format of the league structure. Photograph: Inpho.

This is a drum I’ve beaten before but it needs to be beaten again. Why? Well a wide-reaching decision with fairly serious consequences for many hurlin(...)

 Séamus Callanan: the Tippearary full forward did a lot of damage against Galway when the sides met  in last year’s championship. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill /

The old line about not knowing what Galway will turn up isn’t strictly true unless you hear it at the start of the year. Once they get motoring in a s(...)

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 (...)