Kilkenny’s TJ Reid is favourite for the Hurler of the Year award after an exceptional season with club and county. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny and Galway share the biggest presence on the short list for the GAA GPA All Stars, sponsored by Opel. Both All-Ireland finalists have (...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody on his future: “I was able to obviously marry both all along, and it won’t have any influence on what I decide to do or not to do.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Typical of Brian Cody to keep staring straight ahead even when looking back, because when reflecting on All-Ireland hurling title number 11, the Kilke(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: his record speaks for itself: 11 All-Irelands. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

We’ve been here before, singing Kilkenny’s praises, and it looks like we’ll be here again. There is no end to what Brian Cody’s men achieve on the hur(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Eoin Larkin tackle Padraig Mannion of Galway during Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

See them as they stand on another Monday morning: this band of brothers. Irish sport has seen nothing like the Kilkenny hurling teams which have pl(...)

Galway defender Iarla Tannian competes with Kilkenny’s TJ Reid during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Only when Brian Cody starts listing off the reasons why Kilkenny should not have won this All-Ireland title can we fully appreciate why they did. Cod(...)

Joe Canning’s uncharacteristic late miss denied Galway the chance to get back into the All-Ireland final against Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

1. Galway setting the mood and tempo early on: particularly in the attack, their forwards seeming to switch positions with each passage of play. Jo(...)

Kilkenny captain Joey Holden lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after his side beat Galway in the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18 It started with the promise of a memorable contest but by the final whistle Kilkenny had proved beyond quibble their endurin(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning: Galway really need him to be man of the match but only in a functioning attack. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

There are three things that have struck me about Galway. I bumped into Anthony Cunningham the Wednesday after the Leinster final and was taken abac(...)

In waiting: in the three games Kilkenny have needed to make it to the final, Cody has used just eight substitutes. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

As the drip-drip news of Kilkenny retirements came over the winter, the caveat went that only JJ Delaney would be departing the scene as a starter.(...)

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(...)