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 (...)

TJ Reid celebrates scoring the opening goal against Waterford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A visiting German journalist got Brian Cody to pose for a selfie after his post-match press conference yesterday. Watching on, the thought struck tha(...)

Kilkenny’s manager Brian Cody is reflecting on yet another All-Ireland final appearance. Photograoh: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Cody, briefly pausing while guiding Kilkenny into a 14th All-Ireland final since 1999, gifted the media a rare joke last evening. Granted, it wa(...)

TJ Reid scores Kilkenny’s goal despite the attention of Waterford’s  Barry Coughlan during the  All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18 That sense of the predictable that Kilkenny have brought to so many big matches over the past 17 seasons was again in evi(...)

Maurice Shanahan has been key for Waterford, holding up possession superbly as the lone attacker. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You look at Kilkenny and realise that they’ve lost about one-third of the panel that won the All-Ireland last year and it has left them vulnerable. Ev(...)

Richie Hogan is still a tower of strength for Kilkenny hurlers. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

It’s been an eventful week leading up to the first of this year’s hurling All-Ireland semi-finals with injury rumours swirling around Kilkenny and (...)